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 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.
The choreography for Celine Dion’s "A New Day", by Mia, under the direction of Franco Dragone at Caesars’ Palace in Las Vegas has received stunning reviews. Mia's 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.
For the first time in nine seasons, contestants were allowed to choose their own groups for the group choreography round, in contrast to previous seasons where the groups were assigned.
With cuts made following each round of choreography, thirty-five dancers remained at the close of the week, prior to the selection of the Top 20.
She also adds that if Tiffany makes it through, she'll be very worried if she makes it through or not.
She confesses that her direct competition is fellow jazz dancer Tiffany Maher.Additionally, guest judges Michael Nunn and Billy Trevitt, the Ballet Boyz, brought a completely new perspective to the show.Having never seen the series before, the former Royal Ballet dancers have the freedom to give unbiased and constructive criticism on the contestants’ technique and performance quality—something the show sometimes lacks.These dances have been created on other dancers and possibly already have been performed dozens of times.Therefore, part of being a professional dancer is learning how to bring a piece of oneself to a restaged piece—maintaining the essence of the choreography, but breathing new creative energy and vigor into it.