Mike grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico and began dancing at the age of eleven. He began competing as a ballroom dancer at the age of thirteen. He was teaching private lessons by the age of sixteen, and he opened his first studio when he was eighteen. Mike began competing in country dancing with Patti Miller in 1988. Over the next four years, Mike and Patti competed as many as 25 times annually, and never finished below third place overall. Now retired from competition, Mike choreographs routines and provides coaching for competitive dancers. He became the director of the annual New Mexico Dance Fiesta in 1989, and has directed three of the UCWDC® World Championships, including the very first one in 1993.