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 contributes dance and theatre writing to Dance Enthusiast, Time Out NY, Ballet Review, TDF Stages, HuffPost, and Broadway World.

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, and collaborated as a soloist with  Yvonne Ng, Autre Ne Veut, William Hooker, Yasuhiko Fukuoka, Bird Mask, Isaiah Sheffer, Rose Marie Guirard, and Yung Yung Tsuai.  

Behind the scenes, he is the former producer of Nadine Bommer Dance, production partner of Williamsburg Movement & Arts Center, director of dance at Webster Hall, Resident Artist at Sangre de Cristo Art Center, and regional coordinator of The New York City Road Runners. As the the founding artistic director of The Moving Beauty Series, he has advised, developed, and presented the work of numerous acclaimed artists including Blakeley White-McGuire, Joya Powell, Andrew J. Nemr, Jennifer Archibald, Alison Cook Beatty, Marie Meade, Michael Mao, Cameron McKinney, and Yoshito Sakuraba. 




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


BWW Review: Paterson Joseph is Sensational in SANCHOBWW Review: Paterson Joseph is Sensational in SANCHO
Posted: May. 4, 2018


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: Paterson Joseph is Sensational in SANCHOBWW Review: Paterson Joseph is Sensational in SANCHO
May 4, 2018

As a character piece,Sancho: An Act of Remembranceis an absolute triumph. The emotional work that Paterson and his co-director Simon Godwin have invested into this piece is exquisite.

BWW Review: Phoebe Legere is a Dynamo in SPEED QUEENBWW Review: Phoebe Legere is a Dynamo in SPEED QUEEN
March 26, 2018

Phoebe Legere's dynamic performance is to put through its paces in this haphazardly arranged show.

BWW Review: BUTOH BEETHOVEN: ECLIPSE Pierces The Nether RealmBWW Review: BUTOH BEETHOVEN: ECLIPSE Pierces The Nether Realm
December 11, 2017

Vangeline seemed to convulse as if she were peering through a scrying pool at something of mind-blasting awesomeness.

BWW Review: Flawed Though Rousing; THE INTIMACY EFFECTBWW Review: Flawed Though Rousing; THE INTIMACY EFFECT
December 4, 2017

That's the beauty of this play - well before the misdeeds of Weinstein, Lauer, Spacey, and Rose detonated in our laps, it was showing the poison of sexual violence in quiet spaces.

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.



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