Télévision

At Popstars, they purposely sent people with no skills. There I understood the devilish side of television, sacrificing people to make images.

Television made Mia a national star with Popstars 1, the first french adaption of the famous American Idol. But who remember her apparences in Sex Machine, the mythic tv show of the 80’s created by Philippe Manœuvre and Jean-Pierre Dionnet! That’s where Mia will have a first contact with the camera and the world of television.

As for the stage or film, Mia talents will be searched by the artists to perform on television sets. Since the 80s, Mia has created hundreds of choreographies for artists such as Nina Hagen, Alain Chamfort, Jeanne Mas, Alain Bashung, Yvette Horner, the 2B3, Sheila, Thalia, The Nomads, Lamifa, Marc Cerrone, Julien Clerc, Moos, Becky Bell, CeCe Peniston, Tristan, Wes, Los Del Rio, Assia, L5, to name a few.

In 2002, she realised a lifelong dream by creating for a program on M6 a special ballet for Michael Jackson, her absolute idol. And the following year, it was the other star of his pantheon she has the opportunity to celebrate Madonna, special guest of Daniela Lumbroso on France 2, for which she imagines a special choreography for Vogue.

Mia main contributions on television:

  • Sex Machine, France 2 (1983-1987)
  • Show Henri Salvador (24 dancers)
  • Opening of Arte, 14 dancers (1992)
  • Disco Machine, M6 (1996)
  • L’Odyssée des Enfoirés (Les Restos du Cœur), three choreographies for and with the dancer Patrick Dupond (2001)
  • Popstars 1, docu-drama, member of the jury (2001-2002)
    15 years of M6, creation of a ballet especially for Michael Jackson (medley) (2002)
  • Song n°1 special Madonna, choroegraphie for Vogue (2003)
  • Le Top 50 du rire, ballet especially for Michael Jackson’s Dangerous (2005)
  • Duel de Stars, choreographies created for eight guest (2005)
  • Live to Dance, dancer entertainement USA, broadcasted on AB1, host et animator (2012)
  • Encore une chance, the nicest voice of reality tv, docu-drama, jury, coach, choreograph, artistic director, NRJ12 (2012)
  • Talent Street (saison 1), talent show of urban culture, jury member with Joey Starr and Matthias Dandois (2015), broadcasted on channel France Ô. Choreography performed with her crew composed of 13 dancers, Talent Street (2015).

France

My French side? I like to take my time, complain. Dramatize things that do not deserve. Go on strike. I like this side somewhat hedonistic, do not force.

Often presented as “Franco-American” , Mia has only one passport, that of the United States. But France is her adoptive country, since at the age of 12, she followed her mother Radiah, came to live in Paris with her companion Jean-Paul Goude, the second Dad of Mia. By the circle of friends of her parents Mia continues to build in the shadow of figures such as Jacques Prévert, who will write a book specifically dedicated “To my little friend Mia”, then 5 years old; Artist jack of all Charles Matton; the sculptor César, who was occasionally his babysitter); Nino Ferrer, with whom his mother co-wrote the song Le Sud; Zouk, Jacques Dutronc …And also night birds: Richard Boehringer, Régine, Jean Castel, Fabrice Emaer, Guy Cuevas, Alain Pacadis, Marco Prince, Krootchey, Paquita Paquin.

At the Lycee Janson de Sailly where she continued her studies, the small New Yorker will acquire a French and European culture that will add to its US base. And she quickly will eventually speak French without an accent. Soon she is drawn to the scene, and directs plays and plays with her peers. When she will give dance lessons, it is quite naturally for the American Center of Paris … she begins, before continuing to the Marais Dance Centre, where she dispenses her dance lessons for almost thirty years whatever other arts activities in parallel.

For Mia, education is essential in order to stay connected to spirit of the times.

I will never forget …

Bill Clinton shook hands with Los Del Rio but then he did not stop laughing with me and take pictures. I understood that he had come especially for me.

Mia is worship. She would like to be a little less, but it’s a fact: her participation in Popstars (2001), the first adaptation of the French reality TV show American Idol, has made her a national figure. Production having committed her to play the role of the “bad” one, she has kept that tyrannical teacher image torturing her students, that she is absolutely not in real life. Because the reality tv is also and primarily a lot of comedy, which shows that Mia does not lack talent. But that’s not what remember Mia about Popstars: what pleased her first, is the opportunity to choreograph young talents bring out the best of themselves, and allow them, maybe, to become great artists.

Who says cult also said Macarena. The song has been around the world in 1996, and this success owes much to the choreography designed by Mia, she plays with big smiles in the clip. Nicknamed “The Macarena Girl” Mia has promoted the song and dance for over two years around the globe.

Advertising

With a man like Jean-Paul Goude as a second dad, difficult not to be tempted by the advertisement. Moreover, as to close the loop, John Paul will make Mia the muse of Galeries Lafayette for the campaign “Dance with fashion”, revisited in a pose that he had created for Grace Jones twenty years ago. Lee Cooper jeans in 1985 (conducted by Jean-Paul Goude) giant flashmob (350 participants!) In front of Notre-Dame in 2010 for the Mutuelle Générale, has consistently put his creativity to the advertisement.

Major advertising campaigns choreographed by Mia:

  • Lee Cooper Jeans, television (Jean-Paul Goude, 1985)
  • Renault Clio, television (1992)
  • Automobiles Peugeot, television (JL Mourey, 1995)
  • L’Oreal, with Laetitia Casta, television (Luc Besson, 2000)
  • Mazda V2, American television (Paula Walker, 2007)
  • Galeries Lafayette “Dance with fashion”, television and posters (Jean-Paul Goude, 2008)
  • Mutuelle Générale, flashmob in front of Notre-Dame, YouTube and all platforms of the web (Alban Pénicaut, 2010)

 

Fashion

Fashion could not let Mia indifferent and Mia could not remain indifferent to fashion. The presentations of designers around the world, have become huge shows, in themselves original creations intended to make an impression. Mia’s mother was a model, her “second” father, Jean-Paul Goude, has put his life his creative talents to advertising brands.

Main choreography or stage sets for fashion designers:

  • Xuly Bët, parade at the Palace with fifteen dancers (1996)
  • Who’s Next, parade streetwear, lounge ready-to-wear (1997)
  • Thierry Mugler, spring-summer fashion show at the Palais de Chaillot (1997)
  • Fatima Lopes, parade at the Trocadero (2001)
  • Ted Lapidus, parade Chocolate Fair (2002)
  • Cacharel, parade Chocolate Fair (2003)
  • M.Dia, parade and scenography hip-hop at the Carrousel du Louvre (2005)
  • Christophe Guillarmé, parade and stage design at the Bristol Hotel (2006)
  • Philippe Model, parade Chocolate Fair (2007)
  • Fatima Lopes, spring-summer collection fashion show at the Folies-Bergere (2008)
  • Evening Chanel Joaillerie, Place Vendome (Jean-Paul Goude, 2001)
  • “Danse avec la mode” choreographed shows at Galeries Lafayette (2008)
  • Zuhair Murad, parade at the Grand Hotel Intercontinental (2010)
  • Dubai Fashion Week, staging several shows (2010)
  • “Goudemalion” retrospective exhibition at Jean-Paul Goude Decorative Arts Museum

Scene

The planks, the wooden floor: the natural element of Mia. When the curtain raises, that is not necessarily seen her on stage, yet how many hours, days she has spent with the artists, to train them, motivate them, show them how to express the best of themselves, and produce a perfect show. There are dance and choreography course, but also a deep sense of the staging of bodies, from simple one-man show at the troop of thirty or more dancers. They are dozens, among the greatest artists of France and the world, to have trusted Mia, and no regrets.

Key performances choreographed by Mia:

  • Prince evenings, “Minneapolis” The Palace, 4 months (1988)
  • Yvette Horner, merging modern dance and hip-hop, Casino de Paris (1990) directed by Yves Mourousi.
  • La Macarena, Los Rio and World Tour Music Awards (1996)
  • Marc Cerrone, show “Planet Opera”, 30 dancers, Nice (1996)
  • 50th Cannes Film Festival opening show on the soundtrack of “Fifth
    Element”, 24 dancers (1997)
  • Marc Cerrone, show for the 50th anniversary of Unesco (1997)
  • Lamifa, show at the Printemps de Bourges (1997)
  • Alane, song Wes, world tour, television shows, show at Sony convention in Miami (1997-1998)
  • Sheila, performing choreography to Olympia and tour in France (1998)
  • L5, show at the Elysee-Montmartre, at the Zenith in Paris and toured France (2001-2002)
  • Julien Clerc Tour “Julien Clerc moved” at the Zenith in Paris and France (2002)
  • Asphalt Jungle, Hip Hop troupe, performing at the Cirque d’Hiver (2009)
  • Festival of Thinkers, “Bolero” by Ravel, fusion choreography by Maurice
  • Béjart with the hip-hop dance, Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi (2009)
  • Qatar Football Awards, awards to the best players in the world (2011)
  • Creation of Urban and Contemporary International Competition 2013,
  • Cirque d’Hiver (2013)
  • The Poetic Warriors troupe Hip Hop Show at the Cirque d’Hiver (2013)
  • “The Trophy dance” contest national dance, urban, contemporary, touring France, as a jury (2014).
  • Choreography for the evening Charity Gala LVMH “Houses Committed” for research against sickle cell disease in partnership with the Robert Debré Hospital, urban dance troupe, Palais Brongniart (2014).
  • “The dance Trophy” competition National and international dance, urban and contemporary tour in France and overseas as Europe Jury (2015).

Coaching Celebs’

For Brian `{`De Palma`}`, the actress was perfect for the role, she had the physique to, but it was not very sexy. With me, she was confident, we danced together at home. So, Brian called me back for the Black Dahlia, starring Scarlet Johansson.

Dancer and choreographer Mia is an expert in the mastery of the body, movements, gestures. On movie sets, as on stage, directors and directors turn to it to choreograph, but also to coach celebs and teach them to move. Some movies and shows where Mia has earned her place in the credits by coaching the actors, an invisible but extremely decisive role.

  • Nikita. Anne Parillaud.
  • Héroïnes. Virginie Ledoyen.
  • Le Cinquième Élément. Milla Jovovich, Maïwenn Le Besco, Chris Tucker & Bruce Willis.
  • Podium. Benoît Poelvoorde, Jean-Paul Rouve and all the comedians
  • Bimboland. Judith Godrèche.
  • L’art délicat de la séduction, Cécile de France.
  • 15 Août, Richard Berry
  • Astérix et Obélix: Mission Cléopâtre. Gérard Depardieu, Jamel Debbouze, Isabelle Nanty and all the dancers
  • Femme fatale. Rebecca Romijn.
  • Le Boulet. José Garcia & Rossy De Palma.
    Iznogoud. Michael Youn, Elsa Pataky, Jacques Villeret, Franck Dubosc, Kad & Olivier and the other comedians
  • Le démon de midi, Michèle Bernier
  • The Black Dahlia (Le Dahlia noir). Josh Hartnett, Scarlett Johansson,
  • Hilary Swank and all the dancers of the movie
  • Cloclo. Jérémie Rénier, les Claudettes and all the comedians
  • One-man-show de François Rollin
  • One Man Show de Patrick Timsit (2008).

 

USA

One day I was 4 years old, walking around on Broadway, and you could hear James Brown Hot Pants. I was at the back of the car and I was screaming ‘I wanna dance, I wanna dance

Mia is American. Born in New York, both parents are American, and although she lives in France since she was 12, Mia is still an American. Country of its origin, the United States is also the country which gave birth to his vocation as an artist. Little girl, she is glued to television, where she passionately follows musicals. Besides, it is the prestigious school of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater that Mia will do her first dancer steps for ten years. The school, founded in 1969 by Alvin Ailey, large African-American choreographer who revolutionized modern dance by allowing his black compatriots of making their place, was located in the Broadway (West 55th St. & 9th Av. ), close to the largest theaters in Manhattan.

It’s in California that Mia also worked with black dancer and choreographer Michael Peters, known worldwide for his work in the clips of Michael Jackson, the legendary Thriller and Beat It.
His country has also reviewed her in numerous participations in Hollywood. One example, the shooting of the Black Dahlia, in 2005, which allowed her to meet and work under the direction of the great Brian De Palma. American Mia is also because of her Cherokee and Creek blood flowing through her veins.

Alter-Ego

Twin alter ego, partner, confidant, shadow man, coach Michel Ressiga is all for Mia, and more. Since they met, they have never left them, sharing everything, to the city as to the scene. As dancer and choreographer Mia, Michel could sing with her as Lara Fabian and Mauranne:

Family

My mom was a model and stylist. She created clothing. She comes from southern Alabama. She left at 16 for New York. She met very early Jean-Paul Goude.

Mia lived an American childhood in the heart of New York City, in Greenwich Village. Her father, Philip, is a journalist, activist of the civil rights movement and member of the Black Panthers; her mother, Radiah is top model. But soon, her parents separate, and while Mia 4 years, a new man enters life Radiah: Jean-Paul Goude. The Franco-American multifaceted artist, whose mother is an American dancer, while living in New York, where he is artistic director of Esquire magazine.

This is the time when Mia devours American television, where she passionately all musicals, which allows him one day to discover with amazement Swan Lake.

This is also in a Bentley ride in the streets of New York that John Paul Radiah and discover the emerging role of Mia. A James Brown song on the radio when the little girl asked Jean-Paul to stop the car. She then jumped onto the sidewalk and began to improvise a wild dance in front of the stunned passersby. It was his own interpretation of the film The Wiz. Soon after, John Paul gave him his first tutu Repetto before his first steps at the Alvin Ailey School in Manhattan.

But the family, for Mia, it is also all artists with outsized personalities, exuberant and whimsical surrounding John Paul and Radiah. And not least at home, Mia meets Grace Jones, Mick and Bianca Jagger, Paloma Picasso, Daniel Filipacchi, Jerry Hall, Iman (Bowie), Andy Warhol, Keith Hering, Basquiat and Christo.

Music Video

Then came the fateful sequence. The one where we see Serge `{`Gainsbourg`}` on the bench. He gets up, takes off his hat and began to dance, make a little movement. Even the dancers cried. I cried. It was mystical.

Teenager in the 80s, Mia was made to understand the artist and choreograph their clips. Giving a visual flash 3 minutes, make dance the song to make it memorable. In 1987, Mia appeared on stage at Bercy for The Look Prince’s tour. And the following year, she imposed her style to the clip of Gainsbourg, My Legionnaire. Since then, she has never stopped.

Her main choreography clips:

  • Prince, The Look, shot in Bercy (1987)
  • Serge Gainsbourg, Mon Légionnaire (1988)
  • Arielle Dombasle, Amour symphonique (1990) (realisation: Éric Rohmer)
  • James Brown (medley) (1990)
  • Angélique Kidjo, Batonga (1992)
  • Los Del Rio, Macarena (1995)
  • Les Garçons bouchers, Écoute petit frère (1995)
  • Rico, Rub a Dub Style (1995)
  • La Mifa, Jusqu’au bout de la nuit (1996)
  • Isa Ferrer, 109 en 95 (1996)
  • ADM, Won’t You Play Mister DJ (1997)
  • Felicidad, Dam Dam Deo (1997)
  • Wes, Alane (1997)
  • The Nomads, Yakalélo & Sélibabi (1998)
  • Thalia, Amor a la Mexicana (1998)
  • Sheila, show at the Olympia (1998)
  • Ophélie Winter, Je t’abandonne (1999)
  • Tous les artistes, chanson des Enfoirés (2001)
  • Assia, Ghir Dini (2001)
  • L5, Toutes les femmes de ta vie (2001)
  • Marc Cerrone, Supernature (2001)
  • Julien Clerc, Aussi Vivant (2002)
  • Michael Youn, Alphonse Brown & La Beuze (2003)
  • Ze Pequeño, Ze Phénomène (2006)
  • Kery James, Le Retour du rap français (2009)

Choreography for video games:

  • Dance now With Mia Frye (Realisation by Louis Leterrier, 2002)
  • Dance Central 3 – Harmonix (2013)
  • Just Dance 2015 – Ubisoft (2015)

Movies

I’m lucky: I work with people without pity, but I can put them in my pocket.” “I’m lucky: I work with people without pity, but I can put them in my pocket..

Little girl in New York, a teenager in Paris, Mia was nourished by cinema. The great American musicals were for her a window on the dream which finally became reality. Luc Besson first opened the doors of the Seventh Art. If in Nikita she is entitled to her first replica as actress, Mia remains mostly behind the camera, as a coach for Anne Parillaud, as she will with key players in the Fifth Element.

And it’s always Besson that will make her the great gift to give her the lead role in the film Fred Garson, The Dancer, which tells the history of India, a mute dancer who teaches her art to the deaf children, wins all dance competitions in bars in Brooklyn, and ended up being chosen for a show on Broadway. This film reveals that Mia is not only a great dancer, but also an actress who can carry a movie alone.

Her participation in shootings (choreographer, coach) earned her multiple roles, as in the Black Dahlia (Brian De Palma) or Podium (Yann Moix).

Her main choreographies for cinema:

  • Nikita (1989)
  • Play Back (1996)
  • The Fifth Element (1996)
  • Héroïnes (1997)
  • Bimboland (1998)
  • The Dancer (1999)
  • 15 Août (2000)
  • Astérix et Obélix: Mission Cléopâtre (2001)
  • Femme Fatale (2001)
  • Le Boulet (2001)
  • Wasabi (2001)
  • Podium (2003)
  • Iznogoud (2004)
  • The Black Dahlia (Le Dahlia noir) (2006)
  • Cloclo (2012)