Michael Cusumano (aka Madame Olga) grew up in Long Island New York. At the age of 14 he won the bronze medal at the International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria, the youngest male dancer to medal in the competition’s history till then. That same year he went on to win the special Jury Prize at the Prix de Paris 1994. Michael then joined American Ballet Theater at age 15, the youngest male dancer in the company’s history. Michael then danced as a soloist with the Boston Ballet. He made his Broadway debut in “All Shook Up” and then went on to star as “the jury” in the smash hit “Chicago” the musical on Broadway. Michael won the title of Mr.Broadway 2011. Other credits include “The Most Happy Fella” at New York State Theater, “On the Town” at Encores, “Live with Regis and Kelly”, “The Today’s Show”, “ABT Now for PBS”, “Le Corsaire for PBS”, feature film “Center Stage”, “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” “SNL”. Michael’s alter ego Madame Olga was featured on an episode of”Joan and Melissa Joan knows Best” dancing the Black Swan coda for WE TV. Madame Olga is currently a highly sought out teacher nationally and internationally. Check out @madameolgav on instagram. Michael most recently appeared in the original production of “An American in Paris” on Broadway. He is currently on faculty at Pace University.
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Born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Chattanooga, TN, Mr. Davis began his training as a full scholarship recipient with Ballet Tennessee.
Mr. Davis was accepted by Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble to have the privilege to work with Arthur Mitchell and then was promoted Company member under direction of Virginia Johnson dancing numerous such as the “Pas de Deux” from George Balanchine’ s Agon, the “Pas de Deux” from Alvin Aliey’s Lark Ascending, “The Male Duet” from Ulysses Dove’s Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven, the “Pas de Deux” from Darrell Grand Montre’s Vessels, Christopher Huggins “Pas de Trios” In The Mirror of Mind, “Four Men’s Variation” from Freddie Franklin’s Pas de Dix of Raymonda and Donald Byrd’s Contested Space.
He has performed with Dance Theatre of Harlem company on National and International tours, and was also a U.S. Ambassador for Dance Theatre of Harlem in Kingston, Jamaica, St.Thomas, and Honduras. Performed at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, has been a guest artist for Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Donald McKayle honors performance in Irvine, CA, The Kennedy Center and Honors in DC, The Paramount Theatre in Seattle, WA, danced the “Pas de Deux” with Emiko Flanagan from George Balanchine’s ballet Agon for Wendy Whelan’s documentary private presentation of “The Restless Creature” and has performed for Arthur Mitchell’s DTH Vision Gala with Ashley Murphy (Washington Ballet) alongside with Misty Copeland (ABT) and Matthew Prescott (International Freelance Artist).
Mr. Davis was a Guest Principal dancer with Ballet Tuscon casted in roles as The Sugarplum Fairy Cavalier in the “The Nutcracker” Don Quixote 3rd Act Grand Pas Deux, Balcony Pas de Deux in “Romeo and Juliet” and Solor in Kingdom of Shades from “La Bayadere.”
Just recently Fredrick has signed a contract to join as Guest Artist for the New Jersey Ballet Company.
Fredrick has a documentary by WTCI-PBS production from Chattanooga, TN based on his life being homeless child on the street to transcend to be a world class ballet dancer.
“From the streets to the stage the Journey of Fredrick Davis” that also won an Emmy last January at the 31st Midsouth Regional Awards.