MICHAEL KESSLER & MELINDA JACKSON
Directors - M&M American Dance Theatre
Husband and wife team and native New Yorkers, Michael Kessler & Melinda Jackson have produced, directed, written, choreographed and performed internationally from Ballet to Broadway to Las Vegas to theatres and Opera Houses worldwide. They were the starring Song & Dance Team in THE GREAT RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL SPECTACULAR directed by Joe Layton, touring in over 80 US cities and playing an extended run at the Flamingo Hilton in Las Vegas. They played the roles of The Blind Countess and the Gigolo in Tommy Tune’s Broadway Show GRAND HOTEL. They played the roles of Ninotchka and Canfield in Cole Porter’s SILK STOCKINGS.
Michael & Melinda produced, directed, choreographed, wrote original music and starred with their company M&M American Dance Theatre, Off Broadway in MANHATTAN MOVES at the American Place Theatre. Their first production, LOST LUGGAGE, premiered in New York City, received a rave review in the New York Times and within ten months was playing to sold out houses and standing ovations throughout theatres and Opera Houses in the US and Europe. Nine international tours followed. MANHATTAN MOVES premiered in Milano, Italy and toured over 40 European cities. They were the Artistic Directors of Ballet Jazz de Paris.
They directed and choreographed the 30th anniversary European tour of the hit Rock Musical HAIR, and co-produced, directed, choreographed and starred in a National Tour of THAT’S COLE!, a Cole Porter Dance Musical Revue. M&M wrote, produced, directed, choreographed and performed 2 LIFE, at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. They created ROCK CARMEN, which had its world premiere with Miami City Ballet. M&M were MC’s and writers of LAS VEGAS LEGENDS at The Orleans. They have been performing their shows, LET’S DANCE!, DANCIN’ FEET, DANCE WITH ME, LOVE 2 DANCE & GOTTA DANCE! on tour, and regularly in Las Vegas. They have appeared with New York City Ballet, Monte Carlo Ballet, Geneva Ballet, Frankfurt Ballet, Harkness Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theatre, and have guested internationally with principal dancers from Alvin Ailey, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Joffrey Ballet, and The Bolshoi Ballet among others. They have done choreography for The WINTER OLYMPICS, the US PRO GYMNASTICS CLASSIC at Madison Square Garden, special material for THE GREAT RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL SPECTACULAR, as well as for artists ranging from comedienne Marilyn Michaels to principal dancer and director of American Ballet Theatre Kevin McKenzie. They have had the pleasure of working with such great artists as Sammy Davis Jr., Gwen Verdon and Maya Plissetskaya.
Michael & Melinda are excited to announce the formation of M&M AMERICAN DANCE THEATRE WORKS, a new non profit company dedicated to promoting educational and cultural enrichment through exposure and involvement in musical dance theatre. For more info please go to www.adtw.org. M&M have been featured in cutting edge health and fitness DVD’s and publications, including Mademoiselle, Fitness, Men’s Bazaar and Photo District News. M&M have trademarked their health & fitness company JOYOM® & have released 11 DVD’s in the JOYOM® Total Body Workout. Melinda is the model for Zena Rommett’s best selling Floor Barre DVD and Honorary Mentor in her Floore Barre® technique.
Melinda is proud to be the great granddaughter of US President Teddy Roosevelt. Bully! Michael is proud to be the great grandson of Russian Cantor Yacov Sanzofsky. Shalom!