Michael Cusumano grew up on Long Island,
New York. He began dancing at the age of six.
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 competitions history at the time) 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 as the youngest male dancer in the Company's history.
After ABT, Michael danced as a principal with Alabama Ballet, and then as a soloist with Boston Ballet.
He went on to perform in the original cast of All Shook Up on Broadway, then most recently starred as "the jury" in the smash hit Chicago the musical on Broadway. Michael competed and won the title of "Mr. Broadway" in the Broadway Beauty Pageant in 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 Show, ABT Now for PBS, Le Corsaire for PBS, and the feature film Center Stage. Michael is currently on faculty at Pace University.