Mia Michaels: She Will Cut You
Posted May 23, 2007 @ 5:51 PM
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Posted May 24, 2007 @ 10:31 PM
Mia Michaels is probably my favorite thing about this cheesy show. I'm hoping she's a lot more visible in S3 than she was in S2.
Ditto!!! More Mia, please.
Posted May 25, 2007 @ 10:48 AM
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Posted May 27, 2007 @ 12:10 PM
More Mia! I don't love the Earth Mother crap, but as long as she can choreograph like that, I'll forgive any annoying affect in the entire world. More Mia, please!
Edited by Rancide, May 27, 2007 @ 12:11 PM.
Posted May 27, 2007 @ 12:19 PM
I think she's a bitch and a half, but her work is amazing. The final six Hide & Seek routine was the most beautiful and moving thing I've ever seen.
Posted May 27, 2007 @ 4:35 PM
I love Mia. She's the best thing about this show. Contemporary is my favorite style, and Mia is my favorite choreographer. Mia-Heidigate didn't bother me last year.... I don't love the Earth Mother crap, but as long as she can choreograph like that, I'll forgive any annoying affect in the entire world. More Mia, please!
Rancide, I'm with you. Mia's choreography is so great that i'm willing to indulge her Earth Mother shtick.
With respect to Mia-Heidigate, I think dance is so subjective (especially if making comments beyond technique). I think Mia was saying Ivan and Heidi both lack techinuqe, but Ivan "spoke to her" in a way that Heidi didn't. I respect that (I actually agree with her as well, but that's not my point). One of the reasons I actually like this show better than AI is that the judges actually have opinions and share them... (Even offering comments beyond technique.) It might just be gut reaction, but they share them and often they go beyond technique to comments like "xyz person just stood out more in a dance." Sometimes I agree, sometimes I don't, but I like that they are actually putting themselves on the line.
Edited by pointoforder, May 27, 2007 @ 9:30 PM.
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Posted May 28, 2007 @ 4:27 PM
I didn't miss her on the judging panel in season 2, because she often had such a pretentious manner of speaking in the first season, and sometimes she was very contemptuous (like when she laughed about how bad the Allan/Melody lyrical was). Sometimes she has a way of saying exactly what needs to be said, and saying it in a way which is blunt and unvarnished and just right, like when she told Benji she had realized what a limited dancer he was (and thank goodness somebody finally said it), or when she told Melody to stop with the HMV. Unfortunately, the way she spoke to Heidi, and to that blonde girl (Joy?), had the undertone of, "I'll get you my pretty!", and like she was using her power on the show to get at them because she knew they couldn't really say anything back to her. I thought Heidi was one of the few dancers in season 2 who truly was good at just about everything they threw at her, so when Mia told her she wasn't good enough, it was just heartbreaking to see. Heidi had no chance of winning (Benji was the clear winner from day 1), so this was more about crushing Heidi's dream than stopping Heidi's chance of winning.
Edited by RyanCrowell, May 28, 2007 @ 4:29 PM.
Posted May 28, 2007 @ 7:29 PM
Well to be exact she said that it was beautiful awful and odd at the same time and she wasnt laughing at the time! That was a better comment than what everyone else said! Also I seriously doubt she was trying to crush Heidi's dream, she was just speaking her opinion,as a judge thats her job, IMO.
when she laughed about how bad the Allan/Melody lyrical was
I cannot wait to see more of her.
Posted May 28, 2007 @ 8:01 PM
Anyway, the whole Mia/Heidi thing, like Nigel telling Ashle she had no star quality, was a big downer for the end of the season, but at least Heidi took the whole thing with professionalism and eventually Mia did praise her.
Posted May 29, 2007 @ 9:46 AM
She made whoever she danced with look better. She danced all types I believe and with the exception of a few (hip hop and pop) she got rave reviews from people.
Whatever went down between Mia and Heidi was personal. It was too out of the blue. Either that or Mia is on a different channel then the other choreographers. I thought Alex DiSilva was going to cream in his pants after watching Benji and Heidi.
Just My Opinion.
Edited by mocoo, May 29, 2007 @ 10:37 AM.
Posted May 29, 2007 @ 11:06 AM
I think that Craig DeRosa's bitter, bitter dance teacher made up a bunch of hogwash about Mia on the Fox boards regarding her keynote speech and classes at an annual dance teacher's convention last summer sponsored by Capezio or something like that.
Didn't Mia say some comment at some dance event or something, before the finale, again panning Heidi?
I'm not defending - just remarking that she has worked with Cirque du Soleil where atypical types are featured and revered. I completely understand how she may bug, but I think it's just part of her.
Some of her comments turn dancers into circus freaks, in a way, that are to be ogled and marvelled at, and it makes me uncomfortable for the contestants as a viewer.
Edited by Hyper Critical, Aug 12, 2007 @ 11:45 AM.
Posted May 30, 2007 @ 6:26 PM
I think my main problem with Mia as a judge and a choreographer is her fascination with "interesting" concepts. I remember her fighting with Nigel after the audition of a little person, and she was so interested in how the contestant would be able to dance with a partner. She kept reiterating how she thought it would be fascinating. She expressed similar sentiments after Melody and Allan's lyrical. Mia's obsession with "uniqueness, "spirit," and "humanity" when dancing just smacks of pretension and even condescension towards certain dancers. Some of her comments turn dancers into circus freaks, in a way, that are to be ogled and marvelled at, and it makes me uncomfortable for the contestants as a viewer.
I just wish I could watch her choreography and never have to hear her speak about dancing.
Posted May 30, 2007 @ 8:58 PM
When my boyfriend and I are at a loss for the right words to describe something, we usually switch to joke mode and say, "more human." Thanks for that, Mia!
"Could you make XYZ more like...um...you know...(hee hee)...'more human.'"
Posted May 30, 2007 @ 10:21 PM
She does beautiful choreography, but is she ever full of shit.
Edited by MistressSarcasm, May 30, 2007 @ 10:21 PM.
Posted May 30, 2007 @ 11:05 PM
"Could you make XYZ more like...um...you know...(hee hee)...'more human.'"
I've got to try this. The dog might look at me funny, though. :)
For example, Mary will frequently go to bat for ballroom dancers and praise their ability to transition to other styles moreso than other types of dancers.
This may not be the right thread for this and I might not be remembering important examples, but I wanted to defend Mary, at least briefly. My only recollection of Mary saying things like this (very pointedly about ballroom people) has been when she wants to tell the audience that the ballroom dancers were dancing a ballroom style that was not their specialty. Like Artem, dancing American style foxtrot and cha cha (he does international style ballroom, not American style). And Benji, doing Viennese Waltz (as a Latin and swing person).
On the one hand, I've always appreciated her making that distinction for them, because it was true that they were out of their narrowly defined specialties and they adapted well. It was a nice thing to point out that they probably weren't coasting those weeks. On the other hand, the times she's chosen to do that - well, both Artem and Benji looked to me like they had had enough previous ballroom experience to have a leg up from non-ballroom people, so (without really understanding classical dancing) it might have been more like telling a lyrical dancer that they weren't in their specialty when they were doing Afro-pop, or something. I'm not really sure how necessary it was to say something to give the dancers credit at the time. But at least I perceived Mary to have an arguably legitimate reason (wanting to educate the public) for saying something like that. Whereas sometimes I perceive Mia's comments to be plain old mean and biased, with no sort of plausible redeeming explanation.
But that's just my impression. I very well might be wrong about this.
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Posted Jun 1, 2007 @ 12:17 AM
That was so weird! At the time I remember thinking that he had figured out that she wanted people to cry for some reason of her own so he did his best acting job so that she'd like him. No idea if that was the case obviously, but it was the impression I got at the time.
I don't enjoy seeing the same dreary lyricals again and again and again and again, nor did I care about seeing her weep over Blake, not that I hated Blake or anything, but the whole "he feels the spirit of the music and I'll weep like a baby," was boring to me.
Posted Jun 1, 2007 @ 4:22 PM
Posted Jun 1, 2007 @ 5:04 PM
I seem to remember Mary "championing" Jamile in the first season, Allison toward the beginning of last season, and Travis toward the end - and enthusiastically so (wooo!!). In contrast, Mia always has seemed to me to be a little begrudging of her praise : I get the feeling that she'll like you ONLY if you're HER flavor of lyrical <or> she might give you a pass if you're "raw". Because the ballroom people we have had (and probably will have) tend not to be like that, I see it as a pretty difficult bias to surmount and I therefore perceive Mia as more biased against ballroom people than Mary is against lyrical.
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