• Maui Academy of Performing Arts (map)
  • 2050 Main St Suite 3G
  • Wailuku, HI 96793

Sunday, September 1
at MAPA Wailuku
$20: Confirm your spot in advance or pay at the door.

Class Description:
Class focuses on the understanding of movement construction and its connection to musical phrasing. An environment where students are taught to become present in space and capture the essence of human mobility.

Born in Manila, Philippines and raised in Southern California, Mike Esperanza has established himself as a sought after teacher and choreographer. With a BFA in graphic design from California State University, Fullerton, Mike's approach to visual construction has influenced a unique movement orchestration on stage described as "captivating visuals of impeccable lines and shapes" Jessica Abejar, Broadway World. His works have been commissioned by prestigious universities and dance companies including LA Contemporary Dance Company in Los Angeles, CA and Dark Circles Contemporary Dance in Dallas, TX. In 2005, Mike was awarded the "Dance: Creation for Performance" grant presented by Dance/USA and the Irvine Foundation. Mike has also been a finalist at the Palm Desert Dance Under the Stars Choreography Festival taking second place in 2009 and winning the paid engagement award in 2010. In 2011 Mike was part of the "Innerstate" roster presented by ODC Theater and funded by the Irvine Foundation. The program allowed his company, BARE Dance Company, to tour multiple cities in California and present the Lester Horton nominated show Manhatttan. In 2014, Mike received the Steps Repertory Ensemble Commission award at the Reverb Dance Festival and became the recipient of the CUNY Dance Initiative grant creating a new for work, VENOMOUS, for LaGuardia Performing Arts Center. Mike is also an accomplished photographer and film maker. In 2018 he was selected by San Francisco Dance Film Festival and The National Center for Choreography, Akron to collaborate with a director from Los Angeles to make a dance short featuring BARE company members. Mike’s films have been screened in Prague, Chile, Canada, Mexico as well as multiple cities around the country. Mike Currently teaches at Peridance, Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center and guest teaches at EDGE Performing Arts.