Juan Michael Porter II

Juan Michael Porter II

Juan Michael Porter II is a dancer, writer, and producer whose work has taken him all over the world. He writes and creates with a focus on engaging, entertaining, and educating the reader without being a prick about it. He is a leading reviewer for The Huffington Post, Dance Enthusiast, Broadway World, and Ballet Review.

He has worked with H.T. Chen & Dancers, NYCOpera, Michael Mao Dance, The Martha Graham Dance Company, Balasole Dance Company, Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company, the musicians Autre Ne Veut, William Hooker, and Bird Mask, the playwright Isaiah Sheffer, and the choreographers Rose Marie Guirard, Yung Yung Tsuai, and Pascal Rekoert.

His work has been commissioned and presented by Creative Concept Productions, Dixon Place, Sangre de Cristo Art Center (Guest Artist in Residence), 3rd Ward, The Fresh Fruit Festival (Best New Play Award; 2011), Chen Dance Center (newSteps Commission 2013), and Webster Hall.

Juan Michael is the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of The Moving Beauty Series, the Production Partner of Williamsburg Movement & Arts Center, the former Director of Dance of Webster Hall's Quarterly Art Soirée, and the former Regional Coordinator of The New York City Road Runners Foundation




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BWW Review: THE MECCA TALES is a Heartbreaking Work of Healing GeniusBWW Review: THE MECCA TALES is a Heartbreaking Work of Healing Genius
Posted: Nov. 3, 2017


BWW Review: THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR SHOW is a Delight!BWW Review: THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR SHOW is a Delight!
Posted: Nov. 1, 2017


BWW Review: The Flames of FERGUSON FizzleBWW Review: The Flames of FERGUSON Fizzle
Posted: Nov. 1, 2017


BWW Review: THE SIEGE Shocks the Shell of PowerBWW Review: THE SIEGE Shocks the Shell of Power
Posted: Nov. 3, 2017


BWW Review: A PIECE OF MY HEART Encapsulates War's HorrorBWW Review: A PIECE OF MY HEART Encapsulates War's Horror
Posted: Nov. 3, 2017


BWW Review: Losing the Thread with MUSTBWW Review: Losing the Thread with MUST
Posted: Nov. 15, 2017


BWW Review: Excellence in Tame Circumstances on THE BENCHBWW Review: Excellence in Tame Circumstances on THE BENCH
Posted: Nov. 15, 2017


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BWW Interview: Darshan Singh Bhuller, Inspired to DanceBWW Interview: Darshan Singh Bhuller, Inspired to Dance
Posted: Sep. 25, 2017


BWW Review: THE MECCA TALES is a Heartbreaking Work of Healing GeniusBWW Review: THE MECCA TALES is a Heartbreaking Work of Healing Genius
Posted: Nov. 3, 2017


BWW Review: Too Many Songs, But Excellence Overflows In LOVELESS TEXASBWW Review: Too Many Songs, But Excellence Overflows In LOVELESS TEXAS
Posted: Sep. 11, 2017


BWW Review: The Marriage of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein Is A Bag of MarvelsBWW Review: The Marriage of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein Is A Bag of Marvels
Posted: May. 19, 2017


BWW Review: Though Formulaic, NEIGHBORS is GRANDBWW Review: Though Formulaic, NEIGHBORS is GRAND
Posted: Sep. 28, 2017


BWW Review: THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR SHOW is a Delight!BWW Review: THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR SHOW is a Delight!
Posted: Nov. 1, 2017


BWW Review: Excellence in Tame Circumstances on THE BENCHBWW Review: Excellence in Tame Circumstances on THE BENCH
November 15, 2017

This remarkable feat is the sort of thing that old school actors and worshipers of the craft fetishize over for hours. Galinsky's accomplishment as an actor and writer are such that one regrets that the production is less than exciting.

BWW Review: Losing the Thread with MUSTBWW Review: Losing the Thread with MUST
November 15, 2017

Somewhere within this exhausting exercise of cliches there is a joke about mustiness overtaking MUST.

BWW Review: THE SIEGE Shocks the Shell of PowerBWW Review: THE SIEGE Shocks the Shell of Power
November 3, 2017

Though these freedom fighters stand diametrically opposed to what I believe in, I recognized that they could have been members of my own family.

BWW Review: A PIECE OF MY HEART Encapsulates War's HorrorBWW Review: A PIECE OF MY HEART Encapsulates War's Horror
November 3, 2017

When Eliza McKelway picks up her guitar to sing one last song at the opening of the Vietnam War Memorial, a well spring of hope is unleashed.

BWW Review: NIGHT WITCHES Fails to Take WingBWW Review: NIGHT WITCHES Fails to Take Wing
November 3, 2017

NIGHT WITCH's tour de force physical production made use of evocative physical theatre effects, minimal production elements, and wonderful staging by Kathleen Anne Hefferon but failed to overcome its soggy script.

BWW Review: THE MECCA TALES is a Heartbreaking Work of Healing GeniusBWW Review: THE MECCA TALES is a Heartbreaking Work of Healing Genius
November 3, 2017

At curtain call I joined the entire audience in standing to applaud these excellent performers. I could have stood clapping all night.

BWW Review: THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR SHOW is a Delight!BWW Review: THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR SHOW is a Delight!
November 1, 2017

Whether you have a child or are a child at heart, THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR SHOW is a fabulous work of art that should be experienced by all.

BWW Review: The Flames of FERGUSON FizzleBWW Review: The Flames of FERGUSON Fizzle
November 1, 2017

Following a by-the-numbers formula, FERGUSON rolls out like the sketch of a LAW & ORDER episode during which the results are foretold without bothering to connect the dots.

BWW Review: Beneath the Melodrama, PETIE Pulsates with WarmthBWW Review: Beneath the Melodrama, PETIE Pulsates with Warmth
October 3, 2017

Set in modern-day Red Bank, Tennessee, PETIE is essentially a Greek tragedy and like the heroes of those classics, Bonnie is a sad portrait of proud thoughtlessness that corrodes over self-inflicted loathing.

BWW Review: Though Formulaic, NEIGHBORS is GRANDBWW Review: Though Formulaic, NEIGHBORS is GRAND
September 28, 2017

My jaw sat agape as tears of laughter rolled down my face for the full 5 minutes of UncleDave's Fight-House's gut busting fight choreography. Complete with Raul Abrego's gorgeous interactive set - the cloud by itself deserves awards - NEIGHBORS stands as the most fully realized production I have seen on or off-off-Broadway this year.

BWW Review: BLOOD BOUNDARY's Radiant Second Act Overcomes Awkward OpeningBWW Review: BLOOD BOUNDARY's Radiant Second Act Overcomes Awkward Opening
September 27, 2017

Somewhere in the second act of BLOOD BOUNDARY there is an interesting play to be found with alert performances and a powerful storyline that seamlessly resolves. Of course one has to sit through the long slog of act one's 'exposition mountain' to get to there.

BWW Interview: Darshan Singh Bhuller, Inspired to DanceBWW Interview: Darshan Singh Bhuller, Inspired to Dance
September 25, 2017

Though effectively retired from performing since 1996, Darshan Singh Bhuller recently started taking classes at Gibney Dance and rehearsing Mark Morris Dance Center in NYC. The reason? He is dancing at the upcoming gala celebration honouring Nadine Senior, the founding principal of the Northern School of Contemporary Dance who passed in January 2016.

BWW Review: The One Note Play Deflates This RHINOCEROSBWW Review: The One Note Play Deflates This RHINOCEROS
September 14, 2017

Moshe Yassur's direction is bold and intelligent. Eli Rosen's translation is clear. Susannah Norris-Lindsay's costumes are simple and effective. Unfortunately most of the performances are delivered in one mode: whiny, angsty, and loud.

BWW Review: A Masterful BEFORE THE SUN AND MOONBWW Review: A Masterful BEFORE THE SUN AND MOON
September 11, 2017

This simple folk tale focuses on falling in love, taking on responsibility, and learning how to fly. Told through fantastic music, a clever use of masks, and puppetry, BEFORE THE SUN AND MOON casts a spell of enchantment across the entire audience.

BWW Review: Too Many Songs, But Excellence Overflows In LOVELESS TEXASBWW Review: Too Many Songs, But Excellence Overflows In LOVELESS TEXAS
September 11, 2017

The thunderclap of energy that opened LOVELESS TEXAS on Friday evening was enough to jolt even the most tired of businessmen awake. Almost everything about this joyful musical is first rate, from the production values to the amazing tech crew to the excellent performers who belt it out to the rafters.

BWW Review: Sluts and Tramps Declare LOVE IS DEAD!BWW Review: Sluts and Tramps Declare LOVE IS DEAD!
September 8, 2017

LOVE IS DEAD! is a modern day penny-dreadful, though with more South Park style than Grand Guignol wit and style to balance it out.

BWW Review: Radicals In Miniature Fails to Launch The RevolutionBWW Review: Radicals In Miniature Fails to Launch The Revolution
June 27, 2017

This artfully square rendering of a radio studio serves as the set for Radicals in Miniature, an oral history that excavates the lives of non-celebrities. Created by Ain Gordon and Talvin Wilks - Gordon is joined in performance by Josh Quillen - Radicals begins with its performers chanting the word 'fan' over and over again while unleashing a litany of facts that would be obscure even if their subject matter weren't.

BWW Review: The Marriage of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein Is A Bag of MarvelsBWW Review: The Marriage of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein Is A Bag of Marvels
May 19, 2017

With much pretending at being someone who may or may not have been there - and tons of fun puns in this toiling word-play of a French farce - our minds are sent into a dizzying dervish of delight as the four main characters battle it out over who was a true genius and what the meaning of meaning amounts to once those geniuses have left the room.

BWW Dance Review: City Ballet Miscasts the Founder's ClassicsBWW Dance Review: City Ballet Miscasts the Founder's Classics
October 17, 2016

The state of any company's dancing can be gauged by looking at how it performs its founder's work. Of course that is no easy feat to assess with City Ballet, what with its glorious repertoire. All the same, Wednesday October 12th's program found the company disconcertingly off the mark. In politics, we follow the money; in ballet, we follow the casting.

BWW Review: BATTERY DANCE FESTIVAL Continues to EnthrallBWW Review: BATTERY DANCE FESTIVAL Continues to Enthrall
August 22, 2016

'Lovely, never, never change. Keep your breathless charm. Won't you please arrange it? 'Cause I love you.' Those glorious Dorothy Fields penned lyrics to Jerome Kern's evergreen 'The Way You Look Tonight' bubbled through my head during Kilowatts Dance Theatre's joyful performance of Jaime Shannon's 'Flights and Follys'. It was just a couple of swells dancing with their lady-friends to the type of tunes that Gram and Pops listened to when new; back when 'it weren't no sin' to revel in the unabashed sunshine of life. How wonderful to visit those times again.



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