From Lubbock, Texas
With Nashville Ballet since 2018
Training and Education
Lone Star Ballet, Ballet Lubbock, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Ballet Austin II
Ballet Austin, Sarasota Ballet
Michael Burfield is originally from Lubbock, Texas where he studied at Ballet Lubbock and then Lone Star Ballet. He attended summer programs on full scholarship at Kansas City Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet School, Carolina Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet; after graduating high school, Burfield returned to Pacific Northwest Ballet on full scholarship as a Professional Division student.
From there, Burfield joined Ballet Austin’s second company in 2010 and was quickly promoted to the organization’s main company the following season where he spent three years working closely with Stephen Mills and Michelle Martin. While at Ballet Austin, Burfield had the honor of working on Mills’s Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project. In addition to touring the work in Miami and across Israel in Akko, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Burfield was also selected to perform a section of the project at the Kennedy Center during Ballet Across America. Burfield also worked with world-renowned choreographer Annabelle Lopez-Ochoa and toured her piece Requiem for a Rose to San Juan, Puerto Rico.
In 2014, Burfield made the move to Sarasota Ballet as a coryphee member under the direction of Iain Webb. Passionate about the organization’s diverse repertory, some of Burfield’s highlights there include performing Dicken in Will Tuckett’s The Secret Garden, George Balanchine’s Jewels and Stars & Stripes, Rudolf Nureyev’s Raymond Act III, Christopher Bruce’s Sargent Early’s Dream, Paul Taylor’s Company B, Christopher Wheeldon’s The American, Sir Peter Wright’s Summertide, Kenneth MacMillan’s Concerto, Dominic Walsh’s Wolfgang for Webb and Anthony Tudor’s Continuo.