Michael Gardiner started Irish dancing in Denver, Colorado at the age of 5. He won the Western Regional Oireachtas four times and competed all over the United States.
In 2006 Michael moved with his family to Clarinbridge, Co. Galway and joined the Hession School of Irish Dance. With the tutelage of the Hession teachers, Michael won many regional and national titles including the Connacht Championships, British Nationals, Great Britains, All Scotlands, All Irelands, Irish Nationals and ultimately back-to-back World Championships. The first of his two World Championships was achieved during his brilliant 2013/14 grand slam season. Michael retired from competitive dancing in 2015 after winning his second World Championship. He also, with his brother Matthew, made Irish dance history by becoming the first brothers in 30 years to simultaneously win the World Championships.
Michael has performed with Kilfenora Ceili Band, Fusion Fighters and Riverdance. He is a keen lover of Irish dance and music, and is currently an architecture student at the University of Limerick. In addition to their love of Irish dance, Michael and his brother share a passion for the Denver Broncos!