Modern/contemporary Choreography

Mia Michaels

Modern Dance

Is a style of western concert dance which began loosely in the late 19th century and early 20th-century. Modern dance, which has birthplaces in the United States as well as Germany, was a direct response to ballet as the primary form of concert dance. Modern dance refused aspects of classical ballet and broke away from codified movements and balletic narrative structures. Because of early pioneers like Martha Graham, modern dance now encompasses a wide range of styles, many of which are associated with renowned schools and masters. Eventually, postmodern dance would reject the formalism of modern dance and include elements such as performance art,contact improvisation, floor work, release-technique, and improvisation.


Mia Michaels

(Born February 22, 1966) is an American choreographer best known for her judging and 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, andPrince.[1] In 2005 she choreographed Cirque du Soleil's world tour, "Delirium" as well as Celine Dion's Las Vegas show "A New Day..."[2] 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.[3] 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".[4]


Mia Michaels

List of pieces choreographed

  • A new day
  • So you think you can dance


Mia Michaels and Ryan
MOVE TV - Mia Michaels