Michael Arellano was born and raised in Shelby Township, Michigan. At the young age of 3 years-old he found his passion for dance at a local competitive dance studio. Michael was excited and liberated by his love for movement, but as he grew older he realized the social stigma associated with his craft. Even before he discovered he was gay, he had already experienced homophobia towards him, leading him to hide his identity for many years. This created a complex journey of self-discovery, but Michael turned to the cathartic, healing powers of movement to find solace and safety in his body. Upon graduating from high-school in 2015, he began to proclaim his identity as a dancer and an openly gay man.
With the generous support of Point Foundation, Michael attended college at Western Michigan University where he received a BA in Dance and a BS in Psychology. In his third-year he studied abroad in London, England at Roehampton University where he helped to expand the scope and resources of the LGBTQ+ Society. Upon returning to WMU, he curated an LGBTQ+ multidisciplinary arts show representing the talent of young queer artists in West Michigan. Both projects were made possible by Point’s leadership training and amazing mentorship connection with choreographer Kyle Abraham.
Michael is now a professional dancer with Whim W’Him Contemporary Dance in Seattle, Washington performing work from acclaimed choreographers around the world. He is also an aspiring creator, seeking to curate evocative and representative artistic work.