Michael Thomas Aicardi is a San Francisco and North Beach native, Alumnus of Saints Peter and Paul School, and a graduate of the Justin Timberlake School of Dance. Michael’s childhood centered on sports at the Salesian Boys’ and Girls’ Club perfecting his patented 360 degree no-look pass, which can explain his grace while in the air. MTA’s career continued on to Sacred Heart Cathedral where he excelled at baseball and owning dance circles. After a few eye-opening stints in the Junior College scene, Michael took his talents to the East Coast and St. John’s University. He could often be found in the dugout with a clipboard in hand choreographing his newest dance moves to show the rookies how we do things on the “Best Coast.” Graduating with honors, it was time to come back home and open his own business, the San Francisco Baseball Academy. His background in dance establishes fundamentals that transition perfectly to baseball...footwork, concentration, and determination. Michael would like to thank Jesus, Barry Bonds, and his family, especially his mother and father, who inspired him to follow his dreams and who taught him his first waltz.
Katie Failinger is a proud mountain girl, both in height and in birth. Hailing from the beautiful Colorado Mountains, Katie now calls California her home. A self-taught dancer in many varieties, you can always find her on the dancefloor...just look up! Katie’s passion in life is travel, and if she had to pick a favorite, it would be Italy. No wonder the stars pulled her heart to North Beach! When she isn’t travelling (6 of 7 continents), she’ll be happily swirling her favorite glass of wine while reading “The Goblet of Fire” for the 5th time. Katie tried embracing her athletic side as a young lady, playing one season of almost every sport available. Upon realizing her hand-eye coordination wasn't one of her strong attributes, she focused on the arts and embraced music, acting, and dance. As a child, Katie learned everyone's favorite N*Sync classic, "Bye, Bye, Bye" and learned various dance styles from her mother including swing, salsa, and disco from her father. Her talent can be traced back to her ancestors who sailed the ocean blue on the Mayflower and settled throughout the American melting pot. Katie appreciates the love and support from all her family and friends, but most importantly the Kardashians, as it was their ancestors that invented wine.