Mia Frye

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Mia Frye
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Mia Frye (2009)
Nina Elisabeth Arvesen

(1965-02-12) 12 February 1965 (age 55)
New York City, United States
OccupationFilm, television actor, Model, Dancer and choreographer

Mia Frye (born 12 February 1965) is an American actress, singer, professional dancer and dance choreographer who lives and works in France.[1]

Frye is best known for choreographing the dance routine in the music video for the hit songs "Alane" by Wes and "Macarena" by Los del Río.[2]

Early career[edit]

Frye was born in New York City, and she departed for France with her model mother Radiah Frye at the age of 12 after her mother divorced and met photographer Jean-Paul Goude. She enrolled in a dance school in the Marais district of Paris, and became an instructor three years later. She started appearing in television entertainment shows produced by Gésip Légitimus in the late 1970s and in Les Enfants du rock. At 17, after being introduced to Luc Besson, the latter proposed she appear in choreography for a clip by Serge Gainsbourg called "Mon légionnaire".[1]

Frye came to prominence after she choreographed and appeared in the music video for Los del Río's hit song "Macarena".[2] Frye said that her primary goal when she created the dance "was to remove anything that was too fast ... I wanted to be sure that even a child with no sense of rhythm could dance The Macarena."[2][3] She appears in and choreographed the dance routine for the Wes Madiko music video for his song "Alane". She was the main choreographer for a comeback show by French pop singer Sheila in 1998, at the Olympia, Paris.

Reality shows[edit]

Frye has taken part in French reality shows, starting with French version of Popstars in 2001, the inaugural season for the show. She coached the girl band L5.[2]

In 2004, she took part in La Ferme Célébrités, another reality television show with the task of collecting funds for a charitable association.[1] She returned to French Popstars in 2007, the program's 4th season, as official choreographer mentor for the show.[4]

In 2012, she was a part of the jury in Encore une chance (subtitle: Les plus belles voix de la télé réalité) broadcast on NRJ 12. Other jury members included Richard Cross, Stéphane Joffre-Roméas and Morgan Serrano.[5]


  • 1984: "I'm The One – All The Girls and Boys", single WEA/Alpha


Year Title Role Director Notes
1990 La Femme Nikita The woman pressed Luc Besson
1997 The Fifth Element Miss Gemini Crocket Luc Besson Uncredited
2000 The Dancer India Rey Frédéric Garson
2002 Les filles du calendrier Lolita Philippe Venault, Jean-Pierre Vergne TV Movie
2004 Podium a Bernadette Yann Moix
Les filles du calendrier sur scène Lolita Jean-Pierre Vergne (2) TV Movie
2006 Sous le soleil Sabrina Sylvie Ayme TV Series (1 Episode)
The Black Dahlia Laverne Bartender Brian De Palma
2008 Miss Green Herself Eric Delmotte TV Series (1 Episode)


  1. ^ a b c "Mya Frye page". PurePeople. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d Crouse, Richard (2012). Who Wrote The Book of Love?. Random House. ISBN 0385674422. Retrieved 17 October 2013.
  3. ^ "J'ai permis à tout le monde de danser "La Macarena"". Le Parisien.
  4. ^ Mia Frye : Happy face !. linternaute.com. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  5. ^ Mia Frye : Happy face !. encore-une-chance.programme-tv.net. Archived from the original on 15 January 2012. Retrieved 9 November 2013.