|Country of origin||Canada|
|I mainly live in||Calgary, Alberta|
|Started dancing in||2006|
|Profession or education||Finance|
|Main trainers||Dany Desloges|
[Last updated October 2016]
Michael Currie was born in Ontario, Canada. After university, he started dancing salsa at the clubs and in the dance studios of New York City. After moving to Calgary, Alberta in 2007, he took up International Latin dancing.
Since his first competition on 1 March 2008, he's competed mostly in Calgary and Edmonton in Alberta, but also eight times in Vancouver: for Grand Ball from 2010-2013, and Snowball Classic from 2011-2013 and in 2015. In September 2010 he competed at Embassy Ball in Irvine, California, and in July 2014 he competed at a WDSF World Championship event in Italy.
He's also competed at the Canada DanceSport Canadian Closed Championships each Easter from 2010 to 2015: in 2010 (in Calgary), 2011 (in Toronto), 2012 (in Vancouver), 2013 (in Halifax), 2014 (in Montréal), and 2015 (in Calgary).
With Clarice Yau, he won the Adult Pre-Championship Latin events at Wild Rose Ball in 2010 and Snowball Classic in 2011.
On 13 July 2014, in Rimini, Italy, with Michelle Chan he competed at the WDSF Senior I Latin World Championships, finishing 19th of 43 couples. Michelle and Michael qualified for this event by finishing second at the 2014 Canadian Championships in this age category.
On 3 April 2015, before a hometown crowd, Michael repeated his second place result in Senior I Latin at the Canadian Championships, this time with a different partner, Angela Mulrooney.
Partnership and coaching history
Currie has had seven dance partners. In syllabus he danced with Anna Zhu from 2008 to 2009, then at the pre-championship and championship levels he has danced with:
- Clarice Yau (2009-2011),
- Angelina Sotnikova (2011-2012),
- Michelle Chan (2012-2014),
- Angela Mulrooney (2015),
- Jacqueline Petrohay (2015-2016), and
- Denise Yang (2016-present).
Currie is based since 2007 in Calgary, Alberta and is coached by Dany Desloges (http://www.danyandgosha.com). He has also taken lessons with Vibeke Toft, Maurizio Vescovo, Andra Vaidilaite, Anna Trebunskaya, Nikolai Voronovich, Maria Nikolishina, Slavik Kryklyvyy, Andrej Skufca, Richard Porter, and several dancers affiliated with Team Diablo in Italy. He's attended multi-day training camps with Maurizio Vescovo in Toronto in July 2011, in Molinella, Italy at Team Diablo in July 2014, at the Dutch Open in Assen, Netherlands in November 2014, and in Caorle, Italy for Team Diablo in July 2015.
From May 2012 to May 2015 Currie served on the Board of Directors for DanceSport Alberta Association (DSAB) (www.dancesportalberta.org), a regional body in Canada that forms part of Canada DanceSport (CDS), the Canadian chapter of the World DanceSport Federation (WDSF). During that time he also volunteered as treasurer for DSAB. He was co-chairman of the 25th Alberta Winter Classic, held 22 March 2014 in Calgary. From 2015 he has been chair of Ballroom at School (www.ballroomatschool.org), which seeks to introduce ballroom dancing to Calgay-area schools.
When not dancing, Currie works as a financial professional and entrepreneur (http://bruceforceresearch.com/michael-currie).