Michael Mengden began ballet training at the age of ten. At thirteen, he was named Teen Mr. dance of America with Dance Masters of America. He has attended summer intensives on scholarship at Texas Ballet Theatre, Jose Carreño Festival, Bolshoi Ballet in New York City and the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School. The past two seasons Mengden danced in the pre-professional program at the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School in Florida on full scholarship, and had the unique opportunity to train and travel with Dr. Ramona de Saa, director of the Cuban National Ballet School in Havana. He has been a guest artist at several schools and galas around the world. In 2016, he pleased First in Senior Men’s Classical and First in Pas de Deux at the Youth America Grand Prix before joining Cincinnati Ballet Second Company for the 2016-2017 Season. Mengden joins the Cincinnati Ballet Company as an Apprentice for the 2017-2018 Season, promoted through the Cincinnati Ballet Second Company.