Magazine article Dance Spirit

Mia Michaels in Neverland

Magazine article Dance Spirit

Mia Michaels in Neverland

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The choreographer talks about her first Broadway show, Finding Neverland.

There's nothing Mia Michaels can't conquer. With work for her own dance company (Mia Michaels' RAW), concert productions (for both Madonna and Celine Dion), feature films (Rock of Ages) and TV shows ("So You Think You Can Dance") already under her choreographic belt, you may be thinking "What's left?" But the three-time Emmy Award-winner is far from done: She's bringing her signature contemporary style to Broadway in Finding Neverland.

Based in part on the 2004 film of the same name about Peter Pan author J. M. Barrie, Neverland opens on Broadway in April, directed by Diane Paulus. (You may remember Melanie Moore performing as Peter Pan in a short preview at last year's Tony Awards: the show ran in Cambridge, MA, for two months last summer.) Dance Spirit spoke with Michaels about creating the show's high-flying choreography. -Jenny Dalzell

Dance Spirit: Congratulations on your Broadway debut! How does it feel?

Mia Michaels: I've always wanted to do Broadway, and now that I'm here, I feel like it's exactly where I want to be. It's a whole new beast for me. I've spent most of my career working on my own-being my own director, designing the sets, the costumes, everything. So coming into a project that's collaborative has been a great learning experience. If you're not a good collaborator, you can't do Broadway.

DS: What was your process like?

MM: The movement came out of the script, the music, the story and the characters. It was a familiar process for me. When I set a piece for "SYTYCD," for instance, I create a story in which the piece will live. …

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