Before becoming an aerialist, Mike trained in Cape Town as a classical ballet dancer. He studied trapeze with Keith Anderson before touring with Circus Benneweis, Circo Cesare Togni, and Billy Smarts. Mike is also a successful producer and choreographer, devising original work with his company Above and Beyond, as well as producing flying acts for the Brit Awards, Euro 96, Simply Red, Barnum & Bailey, Circus Knie and many more.