Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Dancy emigrated to New Jersey at the age of 16 with his family in pursuit of the American Dream. He began training martial arts shortly thereafter, starting first with Tae Kwon Do and boxing in Trenton, NJ. He ultimately started training jiu-jitsu and MMA in 2007 at Ricardo Almeida Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Dancy currently works as a Law Enforcement Officer.
He is a black belt under Ricardo Almeida, who is the first American to receive a black belt from the legendary Renzo Gracie.
Dancy is fluent in both French and Haitian Creole, and speaks some Spanish. He comes home to a wife and two beautiful daughters.
One day in the late spring of 2019, Mike was working out at Exile Fitness and decided to pop in to Ground Control next door out of curiosity. Having heard some of the amazing benefits of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, he enrolled in his free trial week. That's where he was bitten by "the jiu-jitsu bug", and he ended up doing over 12 hours of classes in the first week alone.
Mike started out with his Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park, and has enjoyed successes working Sales Engineering and Technical Sales careers ever since.
Mike is a Blue Belt under John Rallo, the founder of Ground Control and a long-time pioneer in the Maryland Mixed Martial Arts scene. John is another one of the earlier black belts under Renzo Gracie. As for why they call him "Starfish"...you'll just have to ask him!
Mike speaks intermediate Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, and Spanish.