Fast Facts

  • Grew up in a family of dancers; both her father and sister were dance teachers.
  • Has never danced professionally.
  • Started dancing when she was 3 and choreographing at 15.
  • Studied dance at New World School of the Arts in Miami.
  • Has choreographed dancers for Celine Dion's Las Vegas show A New Day, and for the Cirque du Soleil production Delirium.
  • Founded the New York-based dance company R.A.W. (Reality at Work).
  • Was rumored to have cancer after shaving her head, though those rumors were dispelled. She said, of her hair, that she "just felt the need to get rid of it."


  • 2007, Emmy — Outstanding Choreography: Winner
  • 2009, Emmy — Outstanding Choreography: Nominee
  • 2003, Emmy — Outstanding Choreography: Nominee
  • 2010, Emmy — Outstanding Choreography: Winner
  • 2011, Emmy — Outstanding Choreography: Winner


  • Joe Michaels — Father
  • Ruth Melchiona — Mother
  • Dana O’Keefe — Sister


  • Birth Name: Mia Melchiona
  • Birth Place: Coconut Grove, FL
  • Profession: Choreographer, Dancer

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