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Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance

Miguel Perez started dancing at the University of Arizona where he was fortunate enough to receive a 4-year scholarship for dance. He then went on to dance for both River North Dance Company, and Hubbard Street 2 in Chicago. After making a change from concert to commercial dance, Miguel moved to Las Vegas to dance for Celine Dion's A New Day at Caesars Palace. Once A New Day closed in Vegas, Miguel was fortunate enough to go on Celine Dion’s world tour Taking Chances, where he was appointed Dance Captain. After being on tour, Miguel made L.A. his new home. He has appeared on America's Got Talent, SYTYCD, and danced with Leona Lewis on Dancing with the Stars. Miguel was also a featured dancer in the show Viva Elvis for Cirque Du Soleil. He has performed on the Miss USA Pageant and Miss Universe. He also performed for Paulina Rubio in Mexico City. Miguel has performed in two movies: Behind the Candelabra, where he worked with Marguerite Derricks, and Ted 2, choreographed by Rob Ashford.

Miguel's accomplishments include performing with BODYTRAFFIC Dance Company, Shania Twain’s A New Day at Caesars Palace Casino in Las Vegas, and at The Oscars. Additional accomplishments include performing with Taylor Swift at the American Music Awards and at The Kennedy Honors awards tribute to Rita Moreno. His most recent performing credits include Steve Wynn’s ShowStoppers at the Wynn casino and acting as Dance Captain for The Donny & Marie Osmond Show. He has also been an adjunct teacher at the University of Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University, and a guest instructor at George Mason University, University of Arizona, and Cary Ballet. Miguel is currently teaching at West End Academy of Dance, Premiere Dance Studio, and Valley Dance Theater in addition to being the Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance at JMU and co-directing for Conflux Dance Theater.

Miguel has had the privilege to work with some of the most influential names in concert dance and the commercial world like Jamie King, Vincent Paterson, Mia Michaels, Brian Friedman, Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo, Mandy Moore, Stacey Tookey, Bonnie Story, Tyce Diorio, Hofesh Shechter, Kyle Abraham, Victor Quijada, Richard Siegel, and Sidra Bell.  So many great artists have influenced Miguel’s career. His goal is to share his knowledge and inspire a new generation of dancers.


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