J Michael Winward is an independent dance artist based in Boston. With influences in American-style ballroom, ballet, contemporary and somatic dance practices, his work places a strong focus on building connection: connection to one’s body, one’s self, one’s audience, connection between dance partners, connection within and across communities. As dancer and administrative assistant for Peter DiMuro/Public Displays of Motion (PDM), Michael works to advance the PDM mission of cultivating dance/arts literacy, advocacy and engagement. During his career as a competitive ballroom dancer, Michael advocated for the inclusion of same-sex partnership in mainstream competition. Through his program, Steps in Time, he brings social ballroom dancing to senior and elder care facilities throughout Greater Boston.