Michaels doing interviews backstage after the "So You Think You Can Dance" season four finale, August 7, 2008
February 23, 1966|
Coconut Grove, Florida, United States
|Home town||Miami, Florida|
Outstanding Choreography |
2007 So You Think You Can Dance
2010 So You Think You Can Dance
2011 So You Think You Can Dance
Mia Michaels (born February 23, 1966) is an American choreographer best known as a judge and for her contemporary choreography on the TV show So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD). She has worked with musical artists such as Celine Dion, Madonna, Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan, and Prince. In 2005 she choreographed Cirque du Soleil's world tour, "Delirium" as well as Celine Dion's Las Vegas show "A New Day..." for which she was later nominated for Emmy. In 2007 she won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography for her "Calling You" routine on season 2 of So You Think You Can Dance; she won again in 2010 for her work on season 5. She was a main judge of So You Think You Can Dance together with Adam Shankman and Nigel Lythgoe for season 7. She choreographed the dance sequence of "Get Happy" in Season 7 Episode 15 of the "House" episode "Bombshells".
Mia Michaels was born in Coconut Grove, Florida on February 23, 1966, to a family of dancers. Her father, Joe Michaels, taught her jazz, tap, and ballet from the age of three at the Miami Dance Center. Her sister, Dana Michaels, taught her contemporary dance. While growing up, she attended summer sessions at Interlochen Center for the Arts in Interlochen, Michigan and at Jacob's Pillow in Becket, Massachusetts.
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The choreography for Celine Dion's "A New Day" by Michaels, under the direction of Franco Dragone at Caesars' Palace in Las Vegas, has received stunning reviews. The show features a cast of 50 dancers. Michaels' work can be seen in the first touring show by Cirque du Soleil, Delirium, which premiered March 2006. She has created works for numerous recording artists including Madonna, Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan, Anna Vissi, and Prince.
Michaels is a judge and contributing choreographer for the FOX television show, and touring company, "So You Think You Can Dance" (abbreviated SYTYCD). Michaels won an Emmy award for her choreography on a television Series "Calling You" on SYTYCD. Her other works in film and television include "Cool Women" for AMC/DreamWorks Television and award-winning commercials for Mike's Hard Lemonade, Bacardi, Coldwell Banker, and Ziper. Michaels also choreographed and played the character Olivia in the popular dance film, Step up Revolution.
On October 14, 2009 Mia Michaels cryptically announced via her Twitter account that her status on SYTYCD was changing. She tweeted "I AM OFFICIALLY AN ADORING FAN OF SYTYCD….THANK U FOR 5 WONDERFUL YRS," then she followed up with, "THANKS SYTYCD AND LOOK FORWARD TO WHATS AHEAD FOR ME…LOOKOUT WORLD!!!!!" The show's executive producer, Nigel Lythgoe, confirmed on October 15, 2009, Michaels' immediate departure from the show. Lythgoe thanked Michaels for her assistance during the auditions phase of season 6, which was being broadcast during the fall of 2009. He also made it known that Michaels was welcome to return to the show at any time during season 6 or in subsequent seasons. Michaels later revealed she left the show to participate as a choreographer for the Canadian, UK and Australian versions of SYTYCD. In addition, Michaels shared she was moving forward on several other projects, including her own choreography show, participating in a documentary/reality show, working on a clothing line, and working on a book deal. Michaels did choreograph a routine for So You Think You Can Dance Canada's second season finale on October 25; the theme of the piece evoked her choice to depart the franchise. During rehearsal in Toronto, she injured her back and could not be present for the live performance. On January 25, 2010 The New York Post claimed she was returning to SYTYCD for season 7. Michaels confirmed it via Twitter on January 28.
She will soon be seen on the big screen in the new motion picture Move, directed by Kurt E. Soderling and Melinda Songer, due in 2010. She plays herself in the film along with others like Tyce Diorio, Paula Abdul, Wade Robson and Nigel Lythgoe.
Included in her concert and stage work is the critically acclaimed New York based dance company RAW (Reality At Work), for which she is the founder, artistic director and choreographer since the beginning in 1997. She has created works for the Paper Mill Playhouse's production of "Hello Dolly!" starring Tovah Feldshuh, Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal, Jazz Dance Chicago, and Oslo Dance Ensemble. Her choreography has been seen off-Broadway with "If These Shoes Could Talk," and "Fort Chaffee."
Michaels was one of many choreographers set to pay tribute to Michael Jackson at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. Michaels was to join Wade Robson, Tyce Diorio, Laurie Ann Gibson, Brian Friedman, and other dancer-choreographers in performing with Janet Jackson for her rendition of the song Scream, but suffered an injury during rehearsals and was thus unable to perform on the show.
Michaels has been on the faculty of schools including the Harid Conservatory, the Ailey School of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Broadway Dance Center, in New York City, and her alma mater, the New World School of the Arts. Her choreography has been enlisted for the Miami City Ballet, Joffrey II, the Kirov Academy and the Jazz Theater of Amsterdam. In addition to being on the faculty of arts schools, she occasionally joins the staff of the popular dance convention, JUMP. Recently in 2017, she worked with the Joffery Ballet School for a summer intensive program.
When So You Think You Can Dance returned for its ninth season, Michaels returned to the show and choreographed the Top 20 group performance.
In 2012, Michaels choreographed for the film, Rock of Ages. In 2015, Michaels provided the choreography for the Broadway musical Finding Neverland which is currently playing at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on Broadway. In 2016, Michaels choreographed the New York Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes. Recently, she has been working on an upcoming book A Unicorn in a World of Donkeys and it will be available later in 2017.
So You Think You Can Dance
|Lyrical Jazz||"A Song for You"—Donny Hathaway|
|Contemporary||"King of Pain"—The Police|
|"Message in a Bottle"—The Police|
|"Calling You" —Celine Dion||Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography 2007|
Heidi Groskreutz's favorite routine of the season
|8||Top 6||"Hide and Seek" from Imogen Heap||Result Show|
|"Georgia on My Mind"—Ray Charles|
|3||LVW||All Dancers||"I Miss You"—Vitamin String Quartet|
|"I Thought We Had"—The Family Stand|
|"Let the Drummer Kick"—Citizen Cope|
|6||Top 10||"The Moment I Said It" —Imogen Heap||Result Show|
|"Time"—Billy Porter||Dan Karaty's favorite routine of the season|
|"Then You Look at Me"—Celine Dion|
|"Are You the One?"—The Presets|
|4||LVW||All Dancers||Mic Check—Imogen Heap|
|3||Top 16||"The Dance"—Charlotte Martin||Result Show|
Stephen "tWitch" Boss
|"Dreaming with a Broken Heart"—John Mayer|
|6||Top 5 female dancers||"Ave Maria"—Celine Dion||Result Show|
Stephen "tWitch" Boss
|"Mercy"—Duffy||Nominated for the 2009 Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography|
Mary Murphy's favorite routine of the season
|9||Top 4||"Hallelujah"—The Vitamin String Quartet|
|5||LVW||All Dancers||"Belief (Stripped Version)"—Gavin DeGraw|
|2||Top 18||"Higher Ground"—Stevie Wonder||Result Show|
|"Koop Island Blues"—Koop featuring Ane Brun||Won the 2010 Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography|
One of Adam Shankman's favorite routines of the season
|"Gravity"—Sara Bareilles||Won the 2010 Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography|
One of Nigel Lythgoe's favorite routines of the season
|7||Top 8||"One" from A Chorus Line||Won the 2010 Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography |
|Contemporary||"The Four Sections: IV (Full Orchestra)"—Steve Reich|
|"This Bitter Earth/On the Nature of Daylight"—Max Richter and Dinah Washington|
|4||Top 8||"When We Dance"—Sting|
|"Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic"—Sting|
|9||1||Top 20||"Eyes" (Coachella Live 2012 version)—Kaskade|
|4||Top 14||"Hanging On"—Active Child||All couples perform routines choreographed by Mia Michaels form previous seasons.|
Cyrus "Glitch" Spencer
|Mercy—Duffy||From Season 4|
George Lawrence, Jr.
|"Koop Island Blues"—Koop feat. Ane Brun||From Season 5|
|Dreaming with a Broken Heart—John Mayer||From Season 4|
|"Time"—Billy Porter||From Season 3|
|Calling You—Celine Dion||From Season 2|
|"Gravity"—Sara Bareilles||From season 5|
|"Adagio for Strings"—Brno Philharmonic Orchestra|
|"Stay—Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko|
|8||Top 8||"Move to the Ocean" (Baauer remix)—Brick & Mortar|
- LVW=Las Vegas Week
- MT20=Meet Top 20
So You Think You Can Dance Canada
|2||8||Top 3 Girls||Contemporary||"Concerto for 2 Violins in D Minor, BMV 1043: II. Largo ma non Tanto J. S. Bach"—The Scottish Ensemble/Jonathan Rees|
|9||Top 10||Contemporary||"This Moment"—Nic Chagall ft. Jonathan Mendelsohn|
|3||3||Top 18||Jazz||"Let Go" —Mitzi Gaynor|
|6||Top 12||Contemporary||"Will I?" from Rent|
|4||9||Top 3 Girls||Contemporary||"What About Us"—ATB|
Awards and nominations
|1992||Jazz Dance World Congress||Silver Leo Award||Won|
|Dance Educators of America||President Cup||Won|
|2002||American Choreography Awards||Outstanding Achievement in Commercials||Coldwell Banker "Buying"||Nominated|
|2003||Outstanding Achievement in Television - Variety Series||Celine in Las Vegas: Opening Night Live||Nominated|
|Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Choreography||Nominated|
|2007||So You Think You Can Dance ( For episode Calling You)||Won|
|2009||So You Think You Can Dance (For "Mercy")||Nominated|
|2010||So You Think You Can Dance (For the routines "Koop Island Blues," "Gravity," and "One")||Won|
|2011||So You Think You Can Dance (For the routines "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic," "When We Dance," "This Bitter Earth/On the Nature of Daylight" (tied with Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo)||Won|
|2015||Astaire Awards||Best Choreographer||Finding Neverland||Nominated|
- 2002 Nominees Outstanding Achievement in Commercials- Coldwell Banker "Buying" - Mia Michaels iPressroom American Choreography Awards.
- Bill Keveney (07/20/2005), "It takes 50 to tango, etc., on Fox's 'Dance'". USA Today. (07347456)
- Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
- Internet Movie Database Mia Michaels News
- McDonagh, Don; Caras, Steven (August 1998), "Blonde ambition". Dance Magazine. 72' (8):58
- "A Towering Force", Gold Rush Magazine March 2007
- 2002 Nominees Outstanding Achievement in Commercials- Coldwell Banker “Buying” - Mia Michaels Archived 2008-10-29 at the Wayback Machine. iPressroom American Choreography Awards.
- Coldwell Banker “Buying” - Mia Michaels / The American Choreography Awards Archived 2007-03-13 at the Wayback Machine.
- Past Faculty - Jazz Broadway Dance Center, New York City.
- Bill Keveney (07/20/2005), "It takes 50 to tango, etc., on Fox's 'Dance'". USA Today. (07347456)
- "Step Up Revolution". Wikipedia. 2017-11-10.
- https://twitter.com/MMRAW, Mia Michaels Twitter page, retrieved October 15, 2009
- Adam Markovitz, "Mia Micheals tweets that she is leaving 'So You Think You Can Dance" Entertainment Weekly, October 15, 1950, http://news-briefs.ew.com/2009/10/15/mia-michaels-leaving-so-you-think-you-can-dance/ retrieved October 15. 2009
- Dreben, Jed; People .com, "Mia Michaels: Why I Left So You Think You Can Dance", October 28.2009 http://tvwatch.people.com/2009/10/28/mia-michaels-why-i-left-so-you-think-you-can-dance/ Archived 2009-10-30 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved October 28, 2009
- Wieselman, Jarett. "PopWrap Exclusive: Mia Michaels returning to 'Dance'!". New York Post. Retrieved 2010-02-11.[permanent dead link]
- "Twitter". Retrieved 2010-02-11.
- Mia Michaels columns movmnt magazine
- Hibberd, James (October 13, 2010). "Bravo greenlights four new shows". The Hollywood Reporter.
- Past Faculty - Jazz Broadway Dance Center, New York City
- Past Faculty - Jazz Broadway Dance Center , New York City.
- "JUMP Dance Convention". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2017-11-15.
- "Workshops ‹ Mia Michaels". miamichaels.com. Retrieved 2017-11-16.
- "News ‹ Mia Michaels". miamichaels.com. Retrieved 2017-11-16.
- "About ‹ Mia Michaels". miamichaels.com. Retrieved 2017-11-16.