Miami-bred choreographer Mia Michaels soars to new success with Broadway’s ‘Finding Neverland’

April 24, 2015 6:19 PM

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Mia Michaels has been forging her own path between high art and mass entertainment since she started choreographing in her father’s Southwest Miami-Dade dance studio over three decades ago. And her singular vision, as unusual in the dance world as Michaels’ flamboyant physique and style — she’s a big-bodied, 5-foot-11 woman with a bleached blond pixie cut, serious tattoos and a taste for boho-punk outfits on the red carpet — has brought her to a career as striking for its range as for its success.

Perhaps best known for her nine-year stint as a judge and top choreographer on the long-running hit TV show So You Think You Can Dance, Michaels, 49, just choreographed her first Broadway musical, Finding Neverland. Based on the 2004 movie about how author J.M. Barrie created Peter Pan, the show ope...

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