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MIA MICHAELS

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From stage to screen, Mia Michaels has turned dance into unique works of passion & beauty. This year will mark the highly anticipated release of Mia’s first book, a venture that will propel this multi-Emmy winner to even further heights. Not only is Mia one of the most sought after innovators in the world of dance, but she is also a figure of inspiration to women around the world. One of Mia’s strongest talents is finding the beauty within herself and in others.

In 2015, Mia joined forces with a dream team for the hugely successful Broadway musical Finding Neverland.Mia choreographed the 68th Tony Awards featuring Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson. In 2016, Mia directed and choreographed the celebrated Summer Spectacular featuring the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall. She also served as a guest artist & mentor for Broadway at the White House, hosted by Michelle Obama. Included in Mia’s diverse experience is the critically acclaimed New York based dance company, RAW; for which she was the founder, artistic director, & choreographer.

On television, Mia has served as an ever-popular judge & contributing choreographer for Fox’s award winning TV show “So You Think You Can Dance” (SYTYCD). Not only has Mia won three Emmy awards for Outstanding Choreography for the television series SYTYCD, but she was also made huge contributions towards the show receiving the “Best Reality TV Show” award at the 2008 Reality TV Show Awards. Additionally, Mia’s fan-base in Canada has led her to share her talents on SYTCD Canada as a judge & guest choreographer.

Other TV credits include Mia’s direction and choreography for a musical dream sequence with Hugh Laurie from the hit television show, House MD. Uniting with SYTYCD judge, Adam Shankman, Mia & Adam collaborated for the big screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical, Rock of Ages. The choreography was showcased by a star-studded cast with Tom Cruise, Julianne Hough, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Mary J. Blige. Following Rock of Ages, Mia had a co-starring role in the feature film Step Up 4. Other work in film includes: Cool Women for AMC/DreamWorks Television, and multiple award winning commercials.

The five year sold-out run of Celine Dion’s show, A New Day, at Caesars’ Palace in Las Vegas, received rave reviews by The New York Times. Mia’s work also includes Celine Dion’s world Tour, Taking Chances, & Cirque du Soleil’s first touring show, Delirium, as well as numerous recording artists including Madonna, Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan, Anna Vissi, & Prince.

Mia has had the privilege to hold faculty positions at prestigious institutions of dance around the world including Alvin Ailey & the Joffrey Ballet. Mia continues to teach inspirational master classes worldwide known as Mia Michaels Live (MML) where dancers are taught to move from the inside out. This new motivational movement event was debuted world-wide in 2017 and is inspiring dancers and artists alike to access their inner unicorn. This philosophy is how Mia now lives each day.

Mia has not only broken down boundaries throughout the dance world, she is now breaking down the barriers to the fashion world, having been recently celebrated as the oldest and only plus sized model to walk the runway of New York Fashion Week. Mia has historically been the only plus size woman to reach worldwide success, and continues to be a living legend and icon in the dance world.

Mia has a way of touching each human she encounters with passion, emotional expression, confidence, and self-love. Mia continues to use her influence, platform and her voice to be a champion of change in the areas of body image, self expression & acceptance, gun violence prevention and safety, women’s empowerment & equality that promise to have an impact and leave a legacy for future generations to come.

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Television
So You Think You Can Dance
Judge/Choreographer
FOX/Multiple Seasons
So You Think You Can Dance Canada
Judge/Choreographer
Multiple Seasons
Dancing with The Stars "Rock of Ages" Medley 2012
Director/Choreographer
House M.D. "Dream Sequence" 2011
Director/Choreographer
Celine Dion "A New Day" Opening Night w/ Oprah Winfrey/2003
Choreographer
CBS
Cool Women
Choreographer
AMC/Dir. Debbie Allen/2000
Theatre
NY Spectacular/Radio City Music Hall starring The Rockettes
Choreographer
Finding Neverland
Choreographer
Lunt-Fontaine Theater/2015
Hello Dolly! w/ Tovah Feldshuh
Choreographer
Papermill Playhouse/2005
West Side Story
Choreographer
Arkansas Repertory Theater/1996
If These Shoes Could Talk
Choreographer
Arkansas Repertory Theater/1997
Angelina's Eyes
Choreographer
Coconut Grove Playhouse/1994
Concerts/Tours/Events
The Geffen Playhouse Honors: Henry Belafonte
Choreographer
Celine Dion "A New Day" 2002-2007
Choreographer
Casears Palace/Las Vegas
Celine Dion "Taking Chances" World Tour 2005
Choreographer
Cirque Du Soleil "Delirium"
Choreographer
So You Think You Can Dance Tour
Contributing Choreographer
Madonna "Drowned" World Tour 2001
Contributing Choreographer
Anna Vissi Greek Superstar Live Shows 2004-2008
Director/Choreographer
Athens, Greece
Prince Promotional Tour 2001
Choreographer
Eurovision Angelica 2005
Director/Choreographer
Mia Michaels "Raw"
Founder/Director/Choreographer
New York, NY
Les Ballet Jazz De Montreal
Commissioned Original Work
Girodano Jazz Dance Chicago
Commissioned Original Work
Oslo Dance International
Commissioned Original Work
Joffrey Ballet 2 New York City
Guest Choreographer
International Dance Festival Amsterdam
Guest Choreographer
Kirov Academy
Guest Choreographer
Washington, DC
Jazz Theater of Amsterdam
Commissioned Original Work
Miami Movement Dance Company
Founder/Director/Choreographer
Harvard
Keynote Speaker
Harvard in Arts Reflection Program (HARP)
Film
Tiny Dancers
Choreographer
Spongebob Squarepants "It's a Wonderful Sponge"
Choreographer
Dir. Tim Hill
Rumble
Choreographer
Paramount Animation
Rock of Ages
Choreographer
Dir. Adam Shankman/New Link Cinema
Step Up: Revolution
Actress
Summit Entertainment
Commercials
Visa CheckCard
Choreographer
Coldwell Banker
Choreographer
Dir. Bob Giraldi
Bacardi Rum
Choreographer
Philadelphia Cream Cheese
Choreographer
Star! TV
Choreographer
WNBA Entertainment
Choreographer
Lady Luck Casino
Choreographer
Las Vegas
Music Videos
Blake McGrath "Relax"
Director/Choreographer
Ricky Martin "Loaded"
Choreographer
Sony Music
John Secada "Too Late Too Soon"
Choreographer
Sony Music
Corporate
Gallo Industrial Event
Choreographer
Las Vegas / 2007
Awards
So You Think You Can Dance
5 Emmy Nominations and 3 Wins
Celine Dion "A New Day"
Emmy Nomination
Coldwell Banker
ACA Nominee
Blake McGrath "Relax" Music Video
Nominated for Video of the Year- Much Music Awards/Canada

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