What the Critics Say About
M&M American Dance Theatre Shows

It was unusual to find a pair of performers who can carry with equal grace dance, song and acting. …top notch entertainment … genuine romance…. Las Vegas Review Journal

“Kessler & Jackson dance like a dream … Kessler sings persuasively… Generous helpings of Fred & Ginger elegance… Miami Herald

“…lively…acrobatic…elegant…an evening of fun…skillful craftsmanship.” NY Times

"Showstoppers!" Las Vegas Sun

"A truly gifted and charismatic pair..."Los Angeles Daily News

"Dazzling virtuosity..." Le Figaro - Paris

“… imaginative and wildly humorous.” Geneva

"Breathtaking and technically brilliant..." “Entertaining … splendid … expressive and acrobatic …”Berliner Morgenpost

“…witty … brilliantly choreographed … effective dance theatre of class.” Köln

“Ravishing … enchanting … explosive … “ Ludwigsburg

“… dramatic, dynamic and intensely expressive.” Bregenz

“… right on target. Milano

“... The hit of Hamburg ...delighted the audience.” Hamburg

“… acrobatic virtuosity … fantastic … fascinating … stunning … erotic … incredible …” Zurich

“Broadway atmosphere … The audience responded with rapture … solid quality entertainment.” Baden

...rich and varied dance scenes … highly qualified professionals … impressive. Perfect choreography…” Wiesbaden

“Impressive … phenomenal … Broadway-like production … enormous professionalism … flawless and brilliant …” Amsterdam

“Rousing dance scenes … never boring … The pace is good, the music delicious … guarantees entertainment.” Leyden

“…touching and extremely professional …” Mannheim

“ …contemporary classic … stunning … comedic … poignant … beautiful …” Trenton Times

"Erotic, Electrifying, Enchanting... “ Zurich Erlenbach - Zurich

“Superb…If you enjoy great dance and great music this show is for you…” Ft. Lauderdale

" Saucy, sexy, sensational..." Times Herald - New York, N.Y.

"Arrestingly acrobatic, gorgeous...” Washington Times - Washington D.C.

"Fresh, outrageous, and positive...” Kunst Paper – Amsterdam

“A rare invitation to the dance!…dazzling…sublime…powerful”… Palm Beach Post




What The Critics Are Saying About
MICHAEL KESSLER & MELINDA JACKSON


“Melinda Jackson and Michael Kessler stole the show...”

Duane Byrge, “The Hollywood Reporter”

“...stunningly erotic and romantic...Here is a truly gifted and charismatic pair of dancers, whose work emerges as among the evening’s outstanding highlights.”

Deborah Klingman, “Los Angeles Daily News”

“...sensual and effective...Jackson & Kessler, who come pretty damn close to stealing the show perform a slinky “Rhapsody in Blue”...”

Timothy M. Gray, “Variety”

“...lithe and lovely...danced superbly...winning...bringing real emotion to Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue”...

M.D. Carnegie, “The Washington Post”

“...Michael Kessler and Melinda Jackson stop the show twice with romantic duets...tastefully sensual.”

Jack Zink, “Ft. Lauderdale Sun Herald”

“...Kessler and Jackson return for one of the night’s best moments, a dance routine to ‘Cheek to Cheek’ in which they start as an old married couple who can barely move and metamorphose into a sleek dance team.”

Steve Sarger, “Hartford Journal Inquirer”

“...glide effortlessly, limbs intertwined. He tosses her in the air and she falls and slides dramatically...reminiscent of titillating ice dancing.”

Patti Hartigan, “Boston Globe

“...the dance team of Michael Kessler and Melinda Jackson stop the show with their athletic interpretation of George Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue’...”

Bill Hayden, “The New Journal”-Wilmington

“Particularly impressive are the company’s guest stars, Michael Kessler and Melinda Jackson, who perform a gorgeous, balletic pas de deux to Debussy’s ‘Claire de Lune.’ They return for a solo number, ‘Cheek to Cheek’ which demonstrated their talents as fine exhibition dancers...danced with such beauty and freshness...”

“Featured Art Dance Team Michael Kessler and Melinda Jackson’s style is fiercely athletic, conveying an impressive strength...”

Steve Winn, “San Francisco Chronicle”

“Michael Kessler and Melinda Jackson performed two dance numbers, particularly ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ which was a show stopper ... fascination ... beautifully executed ... grace...”

“Brighton-Pittsford Post-Rochester”

“...like butt-ah...Melinda Jackson who stars in two pas de deux with her husband Michael Kessler shines...intriguing acrobatics...sly and sexy...confident...smooth and graceful...”

Jon Beam, “Minneapolis Star Tribune”

The dance team of Michael Kessler & Melinda Jackson won the audiences approval with their acrobatic ballet performances... Jackson’s grace was matched by Kessler’s power as he whirled her into improbable positions that cleverly captured the sense of slow, deliberate underwater movement...breathtaking...”

Jeff Kazmarcyk, “Grand Rapids Press”

“Michael Kessler and Melinda Jackson’s beautifully and strongly danced modern ballet to ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ is a poetic highlight.”

Sandra Dillard-Rosen, “Denver Post”

“Providing fluid counterpoint to all that precision movement were the adagio dancers Michael Kessler and Melinda Jackson. Their choreography is a blend of ballet and show dancing, creating a feeling of elegant romance; the kind every girl dreamed of before rock n’ roll was invented.”

Chuck Graham, “Tucson Citizen”

“...intricate and creative choreography...”

Chris Curcio, “Arizona Republic”

“Michael Kessler & Melinda Jackson perform athletic ballet routines of impressive grace and strength.”

Peter Haugen, “Sacramento Bee”



“Michael Kessler & Melinda Jackson are marvelous in ‘Rhapsody in Blue’...”

Ed Blank, “Pittsburgh Tribune”


“...show-stopping...beautiful...sensitive...breathtaking...”

Eugene Marino, “D&C”-Rochester

“...there are several standout solo numbers by Michael Kessler and Melinda Jackson that will make you wonder about the unbelievable limits of the human form.”

Sally Friedman, “Philadelphia Inquirer”

“...sexy dance by stars Michael Kessler and Melinda Jackson...”

Jackie Campbell, “Rocky Mountain News”

Featured dance duo Michael Kessler and Melinda Jackson made a steamy, sinuous number out of Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue.”

“Indianapolis Star”

“...The delight of the evening were the dance team of Michael Kessler and Melinda Jackson. They were pure poetry in motion...and received the most applause which they well deserved...”

NBC TV News, Dallas

“...Visually stunning...evocative moves...a fine counterpoint to Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue’...created underwater magic in ‘Kingdom Under the Sea’...”

Rick Rogers, “Daily Oklahoman”

“...inspired numbers featuring the dance team of Michael Kessler & Melinda Jackson were definite highpoints of the show...”

Rick Mattingly, “Louisville Courier-Journal”

“And the husband and wife team of Michael Kessler and Melinda Jackson brought down the house.”

Eric Harrison, “Arkansas Democrat & Gazette”

“...beautiful...Featured dancers Kessler & Jackson move in a sensuous, gravity-defying manner that makes it seem as though they are dancing on the ocean floor. They captivate the audience again, dancing to Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue’...”

Anne Marie Martin, “Huntsville Times”



“...visually spectacular...astonishing dancing, a mix of acrobatic and balletic moves and creative lifts, both sensual and athletic.”

Suzanne Connelly, “Post Standard”-Syracuse

“...strong...outstanding...”

William K. Gale, “Providence Journal-Bulletin”

“...stunning in ‘Kingdom Under the Sea’ and even more impressive in Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue’...”

Sharon Johnson, “The Patriot News”-Hershey

“...a production highlight...featured extensively...doing justice to Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue’...”

Mike Giuliano, “Baltimore Sun”

“...acrobatic...spectacular flexibility...she slithers round his body like an undulant snake...”

Jordan Levine, “Miami Herald”

“...featuring the dynamic choreography and dancing of Michael Kessler and Melinda Jackson.”

Susan L. Rife, “Wichita Eagle”

“...My favorite number...nothing could equal this masterpiece...Michael Kessler and Melinda Jackson, acrobatic as Olympic skaters, danced impressive duets.”

Lawrence Toppman, “Charlotte Observer”

“...the exciting dance team of Michael Kessler and Melinda Jackson - the duo earned the evening’s most involved applause for their skillful ballet in ‘Rhapsody in Blue’...”

Michael Paskevich, “Las Vegas Review-Journal”