Think You Can Dance?
So you think you can dance?
Mia Michaels will be the judge of that. The good news is that first, she’ll teach you how to dance.
Michaels, who is best known as a judge on Fox TV’s “So You Think You Can Dance,” will lead a master class for wannabe dancers at The Paramount in Huntington, Nov. 4. The dance lesson event will offer separate sessions for ages 13-adult and preteens.
While America knows Michaels for the dance competition show, the industry knows her as an award-winning choreographer. She’s choreographed for Madonna, Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan, Prince, PYT and Jimmy Ray. She choreographed Celine Dion’s Las Vegas show, “A New Day,” which features a cast of 50 dancers, and for Cirque du Soleil’s “Delirium” world tour.
In short, she knows her stuff, and she’ll share it in two sessions at The Paramount, Monday, Nov. 4 starting with a class for 7- to 12-year-olds from 5:30-6:30 p.m.; a second, for ages 13-adult, begins at 7 p.m. Participants need not be dancers, just willing to open up and learn to express themselves through movement.
“You don’t have to be a master dancer to take the class but you can experience what it’s like to dance with a master,” explained Erin Lopez of Variations Dance Studio in Huntington and organizer of the event.
Lopez said she has long been inspired by Michaels, and wanted to introduce a local audience to her work as well as her motivational style.
A dance session recorded at Spinfest in 2012, Michaels is seen talking not about technique, but about the experience of dance.
“When you’re a kid and you close the door and put music on and you just go… do you remember that freedom, that lack of judgment?” she asks her dancers. “You just go. And you go hard. If you can uncage your spirit and allow it to just go, and dance, and be free… that place of freedom is the most amazing place you can dance from,” Michaels said.
Lopez is excited to bring the choreographer to Huntington.
“I have always been inspired by her work. She taught a master class at Variations before the television show made her famous. Now the world knows she’s great,” Lopez said. “She’s revolutionary – she breaks boundaries of how you move to music and also on how you see yourself as a dancer.”
Lopez is excited, too, to bring the event to The Paramount, which is stepping outside its own boundaries a bit in hosting the class.
“The Paramount has never done anything like this before,” said Lopez. “It’s one of the best venues there is for concerts, of course. The fact that the owners are trying something new shows how committed they are. They’re bringing a huge talent in the dance world.”
Admission to the master classes is open to all. Tickets are $75 to participate; $25 to watch. Go to paramountny.com.