|Mia Michaels Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 9.5 in|
|Date of Birth||February 23, 1966|
|Eye Color||Sky Blue|
Mia Michaels is an American choreographer, dancer, television personality, and author, best known for being a choreographer and judge on So You Think You Can Dance TV show between 2005 and 2013. For her skills, prowess, and expertise, Mia was awarded 3 Primetime Emmy Awards for “Outstanding Choreography” in 2007, 2010, and 2011, and was nominated for the same award in 2003 and 2009. She worked with Celine Dion on choreography for her A New Day concert in 2003 and choreographed the Delirium World Tour by Cirque du Soleil, a well-known Canadian theatrical company.
In 2012, she was a choreographer for the Rock of Ages film, starring Julianne Hough, Tom Cruise, Russell Brand, Diego Boneta, Bryan Cranston, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, and did choreography and starred in Step Up Revolution dance film as Olivia alongside Kathryn McCormick and Ryan Guzman the same year. In 2015, Mia created the choreography for Finding Neverland, a well known Broadway musical, and on May 1, 2018, released her first book in both audio and hardcover format, titled A Unicorn in a World of Donkeys.
Coconut Grove, Florida, United States
New York City, New York, United States
Mia attended summer sessions at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, private arts education institution in Interlochen, Michigan, United States.
She also attended Miami Conservatory and Miami Performing Arts Center, alongside the New World School of the Art, all in Miami, Florida.
Mia spent a lot of time at summer camps in Jacob’s Pillow, a dance school in Becket, Massachusetts, United States.
Choreographer, Actor, Dancer, Author
- Father – Joe Michaels (Dance Teacher)
- Siblings – Dana Michaels (Sister) (Dancer)
Mia Michaels is represented by –
- Buchwald (Talent Agent), Los Angeles, California, United States
- Synergy Management (Manager), Studio City, California, United States
- Sendroff & Baruch (Legal Representative), Los Angeles, California, United States
5 ft 9.5 in or 176.5 cm
65 kg or 143.5 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
She is of American descent.
She often dyes her hair roots ‘Light Brown’ or ‘Ombre’.
- Shoulder-length blonde haircut
- Stunning sky blue eyes
- Curvaceous, hourglass figure
- Prominent cheekbones
Best Known For
- Being a judge and choreographer for the FOX TV show So You Think You Can Dance from 2005 to 2013
- Winning 3 Primetime Emmy Awards in the “Outstanding Choreography” category in 2007, 2010, and 2011
- Being a choreographer for Rock of Ages (2012) movie
- Choreographing a well known Broadway play Finding Neverland in 2015
- Being an author and motivational speaker, best known for her A Unicorn in a World of Donkeys book, released in May 2018
She made her theatrical film debut in a dance musical drama Step Up Revolution in 2012, as a character named Olivia.
First TV Show
Mia made her TV show debut as Janny on The Bill in 1999.
It is apparent that Mia works out very hard in order to stay in shape for both personal dance routines, as well as to be a dancing coach. She hasn’t specified a workout that she uses, but it is obvious that a lot of cardio and endurance training is performed during her rehearsals.
As for diet, it is certain that carbs are present in larger than usual amounts to fuel her body with energy, due to the intensity and length of dancing routines. She balances it out with a high-protein intake to prevent muscle mass loss.
Mia Michaels Favorite Things
- Animal – Dog
- Dance Style – Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, Ballet
- Spokesperson/Writer – Rumi Kaur, Martin Luther King Jr., Ernest Hemingway
- Celebrities Growing Up – Fred Astaire, Twyla Tharp, Gene Kelly, Jerome Robbins, Bob Fosse, The Nicholas Bros
Mia Michaels Facts
- She has a bulldog named Lily.
- A lot of her family members are dancers. Her dad, who was a dance teacher and Broadway actor, taught her jazz, ballet, and tap, while her sister Dana taught her contemporary dance.
- She started choreographing when she was 11, and her first experience was working with her father at the Joe Michaels Miami Dance Center.
- Mia struggled with her body image growing up and was trying to accommodate to other people’s idea of how dancers should look like. She was rejected many times starting out, as she was bigger and thicker than others, which pushed her to create her own dancing routines and become a choreographer.
- Mia has worked as a teacher at the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida, United States, and International Dance Festival of Italy, but also took the position of the guest jazz teacher at Broadway Dance Center in New York City.
- She worked with Madonna on her Drowned World Tour, but also with Prince, Gloria Estefan, Jimmy Ray, Ricky Martin, as well as Debbie Allen for cable TV series Cool Women on AMC channel.
- Mia founded and was a lead artistic director and choreographer for RAW (Reality at Work) dance company in 2001. They performed in Seoul, Korea, as well as Amsterdam, Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, Massachusetts, Jazz World Congress and went on a 6-week tour through Europe in 2001. The company, unfortunately, fell through after around 2 years of activity, but Mia said it was of great significance to her career.
- She became a columnist for the Movmnt magazine in June 2006.
- She was supposed to pay tribute to Michael Jackson‘s untimely death in 2009 at the MTV Video Music Awards during Janet Jackson‘s performance of the song Scream. However, while rehearsing, Mia got injured and ultimately wasn’t able to perform the routine.
- Mia created commission choreography performances for the Hello Dolly! production, Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal, Oslo Dance Ensemble, Jazz Dance Chicago, but also in off-Broadway plays such as Fort Chaffee and If These Shoes Could Talk.
- Mia occasionally attends the dance convention named JUMP as a staff member, and also worked with Joffrey Ballet School in 2017 for their summer dance program.
- One of the most notable students she taught in dancing were David Guillen and Ishah Laurah Wright, both during the 1980s.
- She appeared in the So You Think You Can Dance TV show in 2005 as both a judge and a competitor, but on October 15, 2009, the show’s executive producer, Nigel Lythgoe, confirmed that Mia would depart from the show. It was later revealed that she went on to participate as a choreographer for the UK, Australian, and Canadian versions of SYTYCD (So You Think You Can Dance) from 2008 to 2010, and worked on personal projects such as writing a book and creating a clothing line.
- On January 25, 2010, it was announced that she would return for the 7th season of SYTYCD, after which she won the Primetime Emmy Award in “Outstanding Choreography” category for the Gravity, Addiction, and Koop Island Blues & One dancing routines.
- She choreographed a lot of television commercials for brands such as Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Bacardi, Ziploc, WNBA (Women’s National Basketball Association), Lady Luck Casino, Star TV, Coldwell Banker, VISA, and MTV’s Hot Properties show.
- She described herself as a Unicorn – colorful, fearless, unapologetic, and someone that celebrates themselves and their lives, no matter what happens. She gave a detailed explanation of the personality in her A Unicorn in a World of Donkeys (2018) book.
- Mia was a “Featured Curve Model” for Chromat, at the 2017-2018 New York Fashion Week, hoping to inspire other plus-size women or those who have reached an older age that they should be confident their entire lives.
- She started a worldwide masterclass movement titled Mia Michaels Live (MML) in 2017, where dancers are taught more than skill and are encouraged to embrace motivation, spirituality, and inner happiness and drive, based on the concept of the Unicorn personality she described in her book.
- She promoted the Avenue Plus National Body Confidence Campaign in 2018 and was a choreographer and director for the short firm focusing on anti-gun violence the same year.
- She was inspired by the work ethic and artistic craft Tom Cruise possessed after they worked on the Rock of Ages (2012) movie that she choreographed.
- Visit her official website @ www.miamichaels.com.
- Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.
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