Artistic Director, C.E.O, Miami City Ballet
I have had the privilege of knowing M&M for several years and have been aware of their work. We were fortunate to have the opportunity of their working with our company and our school. For the company they choreographed Rock Carmen, an interesting, challenging and controversial piece for one of our presentations.
They also taught for our schools Summer Intensive and gave a presentation with more than 150 of the students.
M&M were inspiring to and well liked by our dancers and students. Their joyful and encouraging style was also well liked by the audience at both presentations I had the pleasure of witnessing.
Performer, Choreographer, Professor, Producer, Father, Husband.
How do you describe an innovative dance couple that created a system for preparing the human body for the rigors of international touring? A fusion of Ballet, Jazz, Gymnastic, Pilates, Gyrotonic, Floor barre technique with the spiritual groundedness of meditation and connection to the higher power. How is this possible? Well this journey I embraced with Michael Kessler and Melinda Jackson. We first met in the mid 1980’s and became very close friends, They became my mentors and on many levels became my saving grace. Besides being accomplished performers and having danced on stage besides some of the worlds best ballet and Broadway Legends, they created works with meaning and I had the honor of traveling all over Europe and U.S. with M and M American Dance Theater. Without listing all of the cities and countries we traveled to it was the training ground that allowed my to take my dance career to the next level. Working with M&M for 3 solid years prepared me for an audition that took me to the Broadway stage to work with Jerome Robbins and to commercials on the Silver Screen. Prior to dancing with M&M, I was injury prone and inconsistent with my training.
With their help and mentoring I learned not only the physical aspects of dance, but also acting, mime and more. They are Master Instructors and innovators. Knowledge and Wisdom drawn from good ol’ blood, sweat and tears. They have a passion for always improving their ability to entertain their audiences. I am so grateful for my time with them as I have gone on to become a professor of Dance at UC San Diego. I directed my own Dance company for 13 years and produced shows and events for 25 years with Event Entertainment. I produced over 1400 corporate and special events including fundraisers for some of the top local and national charities, Obama Campaign and Mayors of San Diego and Chicago. I even choreographed Warren Buffet as the Phantom of the Opera as he appeared as a keynote in one of our productions at the Field Museum. These Moments in my career would not have been possible if it were not for M&M American Dance Theatre adm Michael Kessler & Melinda Jackson. I cannot say enough about what M&M have done for my career as a Performer, Choreographer, Professor, Producer, Father, Husband.
Melinda Jackson is an experienced, well-trained professional. Her knowledge, qualities, and openness make collaboration seamlessly successful. Her direction results in performers/dancers feeling more empowered to deliver prideful performances. She is a force to be reckoned with in all areas. She is a pleasure and an inspiration to work with, and adds salient elements to anything and anyone she encounters.
Radio City Rockette and Broadway performer in “The Will Rogers Follies”, as well as many regional and international musical theatre productions.
I have had both the honor and privilege of working with Melinda Jackson for the past several years, as mentors and instructors for the Zena Rommett Floor-Barre international certification.
Melinda’s knowledge and experience in both classical dance and musical theatre is amazing and has inspired many of us who have had the opportunity to work with her.
I truly support any and all of Melinda ‘s endeavors in dance and theatre as she is a truly gifted teacher and performer. I have learned a great deal from Melinda through the years. She is one of a kind!
My name is Bill May and I am an open water swimmer, a synchronized swimmer, and a performer. I was the first male to win a National and International title in synchronized swimming and in 2015 became the first male to become the World Champion at the inaugural Mixed Duet event in the World Aquatic Championships. I am also the current Masters Champion for the 10 Kilometers Open water swim. I continue to compete and am in preparation for the 2019 World Aquatic Championships in Korea for the Mixed Duet in synchronized swimming. I also perform as a main character with Cirque Du Soleil’s O, and have collaborated with the Nevada Ballet, One Night for One Drop and various performance companies throughout the world. I also continue to coach younger athletes all the way up to Olympic Teams.
I first met Michael and Melinda when they came to do an acting workshop at “O,” over 10 years ago. From then on my relationship with Michael and Melinda has continued to grow, as I have continued to do multiple fundraisers, theatrical shows, as well as personal fitness training with them.
I have always been very impressed with their work ethic as well as their ability and desire to help others. The first show I performed with them was a heavy dancing show, and I am not a trained dancer, but they patiently worked with me until I learned the steps and choreography.
They are incredible teachers and are very generous with their time, always offering assistance to each individual’s well being, often putting other’s needs in front of their own.
I look up to Michael and Melinda and admire their ability to continue to strive for greatness, which in turn, inspires others to reach beyond their own boundaries.
They have taught me that settling is not an option and, through example, greatness and success is earned rather than granted.
I am very grateful for the opportunity to work and learn from such a caring, loving, and talented duo. They have helped me grow as an athlete, performer, and person. I am honored to call Michael and Melinda mentors and friends.