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April 18, 2008



My daughter took classes occasionally at ADI when she was home from college and then when she was dancing professional. One day after one of his classes he asked her how things were going. She had just had a professional set back and he took her out for breakfast and a chat. I don't think anyone had ever been so kind, understanding and encouraging to her than Michael had that day.

Lisa Traiger


Thank you for sharing that reminiscence. It speaks of what a truly generous and caring person Michael was.

I've been at ADI last week and this. The greatest testament to Michael's work and his legacy is that the classes continue. On Monday all four studios were filled -- and from the littlest five-year-olds in their pink leotards with their gawky turned in toes, to the pre-professional level 5s working on pirouettes and fouettes on pointe -- the building thrummed with dance. I think, just as he envisioned it.

Mark Bjerknes

Thank you for this very kind remembrance of my brother Mike.

Mark Bjerknes

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