SAN JOSE — Criminal defense attorney Michael E ermes dance shoes. Hingle, a tall, muscular man whose clients have included outlaw bikers and suspected drug dealers, likes to joke about his first role in a local ballet. The beanpole of a barrister made his debut in “The Toreador’’ — as a “horse’s ass.”. Eight years later, Hingle has now risen through the ranks of ballet extras to play a more dignified bit part — as “Mr. Posh,” one of the Christmas party guests in San Jose Dance Theatre’s current production of “The Nutcracker.’’ This time, the skinny lawyer gets to wear a tie and glide along the stage for about 26 minutes, instead of having to stoop over as he did in 2008 — with his face tucked under the costume of the dancer playing the horse’s front end and only his legs visible..
Since that first performance, the 56-year-old has regularly performed as an extra, including as a slave in “Romeo and Juliet.”. “The stage is like a courtroom to me, like a second womb,” he said, adding he’s only taken one ballet class — and that was just a few weeks ago. Highly ambitious, Hingle nonetheless aspires to performing more substantive roles someday — both on stage and in the courtroom. A controversial figure in the local legal world, Hingle used to represent the Hell’s Angels and was once charged with tipping off the target of a major drug investigation before he presented evidence he had done nothing wrong. Now, he said he plans to run for Superior Court judge in 2018 unless he’s appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown, which is a long shot ermes dance shoes. On the other hand, he has served as a substitute judge (pro tem) in traffic, small claims and civil court from time to time for the past 21 years..
Hingle is nearly as ambitious about ballet as he is about his professional career. “To be on the front line: priceless,” he said with a dreamy expression. The ballet is lucky to have Hingle as a volunteer, said Linda Hurkmans, San Jose Dance Theatre’s artistic director ermes dance shoes. Not only is he coordinated, but he’s highly reliable, she said. “He gives 100 percent each time,” she said, referring to the weekly rehearsals that started in September. “He knows where on the stage he needs to be and fits right in.”..
Hingle said it never occurred to him to take ballet when he was in high school. And even if he’d wanted to, he said he wouldn’t have had “the guts.”. His physical activity back then was highly restricted anyway, after he was accidentally shot in the right eye with a pellet gun at age 14 by a fellow Los Gatos High student. The only sport he was allowed to play while undergoing three surgeries was archery, he said. But once his eye healed and he shot up from 5-foot-3-inches to more than 6 feet tall, he began skiing competitively and skateboarding. In 1980, Hingle, who is part Cajun, took a job in Louisiana on an offshore oil rig ermes dance shoes.
Working his way up from galley hand to safety engineer, he became so muscular that he posed once in an underwear ad for a local department store, he said. Eventually, he put himself through college by working offshore every other week, and then attended law school at Tulane University. It wasn’t until he returned to San Jose in 1989 to practice law that Hingle began attending performances of Ballet San Jose, accompanied by the young daughter of his then-girlfriend. But after the couple split and he no longer had contact with the child, he stopped going because it made him too sad, he said ermes dance shoes.