M&M have taught artists who have performed on Broadway and in National and International tours such as "Cats", "Fosse", "The Lion King", "The Radio City Christmas Show", "Jerome Robbins Broadway", "Hair" and dance companies including "Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre", "Joffrey Ballet", "Paul Taylor Dance Company", "Ballet Hispanico", "Hubbard Street Dance" and "American Ballet Theatre." They have trained artists from Cirque du Soleil, The Rockettes, Pro Tennis Stars, NBA players, Olympic Gymnasts, models from Wilhelmina, Olympic Chiropractor Steve Horwitz, Olympic track & Field competitors, Argentine Tango teams, Ballroom Dance Sport Competitors, Opera Singers, Pro Cyclists, Concert Musicians, as well as people recovering from cancer, knee, ankle, abdominal and shoulder surgery, asthma and fibromyalgia.
They tour internationally teaching workshops and master classes in Classical Jazz, Ballet, Theatre Dance, Musical Theatre, The Art of Partnering, Pilates, Yoga, Zena Rommett Floor Barre®, Gyrotonic®, Gyrokinesis® and their own unique M&M Body Shoppe Functional Core Training. Michael & Melinda have been featured in cutting edge health and fitness videos and publications including Mademoiselle, Fitness, Men's Bazaar, Photo District News, among others. They are certified teachers in Gyrotonic®, Gyrokinesis® and have taught continuing education courses for Pilates Method Alliance. Melinda is a Zena Rommett is a Certified Honorary Floor Barre Mentor and the model in her best selling DVD and book.
M&M taught a 5 week intensive course with an elite group of 250 dancers selected from all over the USA at Miami City Ballet, training them (some for the first time) in Gyrokinesis®, M&M Functional Core Training, Zena Rommett Floor-Barre®, Classical Jazz and Musical Theatre. M&M have taught intensives for Cirque du Soleil, Tara Foy’s Elite Ballet Intensive in Las Vegas and White Cloud Opera Ballet in Rome. They continue to teach, mentor and coach privately internationally.
Melinda Jackson was first introduced to Pilates as a professional child specialty student at George Balanchine's School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet. She began rigorous private training 3 times a week with Carola Trier and went on to work privately with Romana Kryzanawska and Kathy Grant. She began teaching Pilates for Romana as a teenager, while on summer break from Frankfurt Ballet. Melinda taught for Joffrey Ballet, M&M American Dance Theatre and Zena Rommett. Melinda was the first person to work with Juliu Horvath in the United States on his various original Gyrotonic® equipment and original floor work which later became Gyrokinesis®.
While he was a scholarship student at Harkness Ballet in New York City, Michael Kessler began Pilates study with Romana Kryzsanawska. He was a co creator of Mussawwir Gymnastic Dance Technique, with 6 time US Gymnastic Champion Toby Towson. Michael taught ballet for Dennis Wayne’s Dancers & Company and company class in Theatre Dance Technique for M&M American Dance Theatre.
He had extensive study with Juliu Horvath and Geta Constantinescu in Gyrotonic® and Gyrokinesis® since the mid 1980's.