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Michaels, Mia Biography




biography of Michaels, Mia

22 February 1966, Coconut Grove, Florida, USA
Mia was born in Coconut Grove, Florida, to a family of dancers. Her father and dance teacher, Joe Michaels, taught her jazz, tap and ballet, while her sister, Dana, taught her contemporary dance. Though she began her training with members of her family, she also trained at Miami Conservatory, the Miami Performing Arts Center and Michigan's Interlochen Arts Academy, as well as, the New World School of the Arts. Her first work experience was with her father at the Miami Dance Center, even though she began choreographing at the age of 11. She still works with her father at Joe Michaels Miami Dance Center. She has also taught dance in several schools, including the International Dance Festival of Italy, Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida, and as a guest jazz teacher at the Broadway Dance Center in NYC. She has choreographed for Madonna's "Drowned World Tour," Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan, Prince, DK 96, Jon Secada, PYT , and Jimmy Ray. She has also worked with Debbie Allen and Dreamworks on an AMC cable series "Cool Women." She has choreographed a series of commercials, some award-winning, for the WNBA, Mike's Hard Lemonade, Bacardi, Coldwell Banker, Ziploc, Lady Luck Casino in Las Vegas, MTV's "Hot Properties," Star TV and VISA. She is the founder, artistic director and choreographer of RAW (Reality At Work), a critically acclaimed New York-based dance company begun in 1997. Mia's contemporary dance company "Mia Michaels R.A.W." has performed in Seoul, Korea, the Jazz World Congress, the International Dance Festival in Amsterdam, the Gypsy Project, Jacobs Pillow, and the New York City '99 concert season. In 2001, the dance company went on a 6-week European tour. In 2003, she was Director of Choreography for Cirque du Soleil's "Delirium." She has created commissioned-work for Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal, Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, Oslo Dance Ensemble, and Rhythmek Lightbody. She's worked for the American Music Awards, Celine Dion's "A New Day" and "Taking Chances World Tour," "West Side Story" and "Hello, Dolly!" on Broadway, and off-Broadway with "If These Shoes Could Talk" and "Fort Chaffee". Her claim to international fame came in 2005 when she became a guest judge and contemporary choreographer for the "So You Think You Can Dance" competition television series. In 2009, she abruptly left the show after the auditions in New York City. In 2010, she returned, becoming the new resident judge for the show, replacing Mary Murphy.
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-   Dance teacher of 'David Guillen' (qv).

-   Daughter of Broadway actor Joe Michaels. Dance teacher of 'Laurah Guillén' (qv) in the 1980s.


-   TV commercial for Pepsi with 'Gloria Estefan' (qv), Ishah Wright aka 'Laurah Guillén' (qv), 'The Miami Sound Machine' (qv), 'Lili Estefan' (qv), and 'David Guillen' (qv).


-   RAW was a dance company I created in New York. It lasted for two years. It was at a time when I really found myself and understood my movement.... RAW is about me not conforming to the commercialism. I stay true to what my vision and instincts are. I am very proud of that.

-   I've always been with men. But I am also a very free spirit and I believe that who we fall for is more about the human spirit and not sexuality. I've been with men because that's who I have connected to at this point in my life. But who's to say? I have no idea what tomorrow will bring or who I'm going to meet. That's just how I look at it.

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  1. Move (2013)
  2. Step Up Revolution (2012)
  3. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {Top 14 Perform (#9.10)}
  4. The Magic Ribbon (2011)
  5. "The Marilyn Denis Show" (2011) {(#2.1)}
  6. "So You Think You Can Dance Canada" (2008) {Top 20 Perform (#3.9)}
  7. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {1 of 10 Voted Off (#7.9)}
  8. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {1 of 11 Voted Off (#7.7)}
  9. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {1 of 4 Voted Off (#7.21)}
  10. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {1 of 7 Voted Off (#7.15)}
  11. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {1 of 8 Voted Off (#7.13)}
  12. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {1 of 9 Voted Off (#7.11)}
  13. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {2 of 6 Voted Off (#7.19)}
  14. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {Auditions #1 and #2 (#7.1)}
  15. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {Auditions #3 and #4 (#7.2)}
  16. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {Auditions #5 and #6/Vegas Callbacks, Part 1 (#7.3)}
  17. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {Finale: Winner Announced (#7.23)}
  18. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {Meet the Top 11 (#7.5)}
  19. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {None of 6 Voted Off (#7.17)}
  20. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {Top 10 Perform (#7.8)}
  21. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {Top 11 Perform (#7.6)}
  22. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {Top Eight Perform (#7.12)}
  23. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {Top Four Perform (#7.20)}
  24. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {Top Nine Perform (#7.10)}
  25. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {Top Seven Perform (#7.14)}
  26. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {Top Six Perform (#7.16)}
  27. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {Top Six Perform (#7.18)}
  28. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {Top Three Perform (#7.22)}
  29. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {Vegas Callbacks, Pt. 2 (#7.4)}
  30. "So You Think You Can Dance Canada" (2008) {Montreal and Edmonton Auditions (#2.3)}
  31. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {Audition Show #2 (#6.2)}
  32. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {Auditions: L.A. and Seattle (#5.3)}
  33. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {Finale: Winner Announced (#5.23)}
  34. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {The Top 14 Perform (#6.15)}
  35. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {Top 12 Perform (#5.14)}
  36. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {Top 14 Perform (#5.12)}
  37. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {Top 16 Perform (#5.10)}
  38. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {Top 20 Chosen (#5.5)}
  39. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {Top Eight Perform (#5.18)}
  40. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {Top Four Perform (#5.22)}
  41. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {Two of Eight Voted Off (#5.19)}
  42. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {Vegas Callbacks (#5.4)}
  43. Fox Reality Really Awards (2008) (TV)
  44. "So You Think You Can Dance Canada" (2008) {Finale (#1.22)}
  45. "So You Think You Can Dance Canada" (2008) {Top 8 (#1.17)}
  46. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {Las Vegas (#4.5)}
  47. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {Los Angeles Auditions (#4.1)}
  48. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {Results Show: Two Dancers Eliminated (#4.9)}
  49. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {Results Show: Winner Announced (#4.23)}
  50. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {The Top 10 Perform (#4.16)}
  51. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {The Top 12 Perform (#4.14)}
  52. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {The Top 18 Perform (#4.8)}
  53. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {The Top Eight Perform (#4.18)}
  54. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {The Top Four Perform (#4.22)}
  55. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {Top 10 (#3.16)}
  56. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {Top 10 Results (#3.17)}
  57. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {Top 16 (#3.10)}
  58. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {Top 18 (#3.8)}
  59. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {Top 18 Results (#3.9)}
  60. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {Dancers Cut to 20 (#2.5)}
  61. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {Finale (#2.23)}
  62. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {Las Vegas Callback (#2.4)}
  63. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {New York and Charleston Auditions (#2.1)}
  64. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {Top 10 Perform (#2.16)}
  65. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {Top 16 (#2.10)}
  66. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {Top 18 (#2.8)}
  67. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {Top 18 Results (#2.9)}
  68. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {Top 4: The Finale (#2.22)}
  69. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {Top 6 Perform (#2.20)}
  70. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {Top 6 Results (#2.21)}
  71. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {And the Winner Is... (#1.12)}
  72. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {Hollywood: 50 Compete (#1.3)}
  73. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {Top 10 (#1.8)}
  74. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {Top 14 (#1.6)}
  75. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {Top 16 (#1.5)}
  76. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {Top 4 (#1.11)}
  77. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) {Top 6 (#1.10)}
  78. "The Bill" (1984) {249 (#20.69)}
  79. "The Bill" (1984) {Ring-a-Ring O'Roses (#15.51)}

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