Mitchell A. Finke is originally from Ohio and currently lives in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He travels the country as a freelance choreographer, emcee and entertainment & event producer. This past year he toured the country as Tour Manger of Charlie Brown Christmas Live and the Broadway National Tour of Disney’s Little Mermaid.
His choreography has been seen on the hit reality show Dance Moms, The Ellen Show, America’s Got Talent and The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Holland American Cruise Lines as well as tv commercials for Macys, Sears and Kmart. Mitchell has produced events for National Basketball Association, Lindt Chocolates, Nationwide Insurance, The Limited Inc., Abercrombie & Fitch, Ohio Department of Transportation, Special Olympics, American Cancer Society, DECA and the youtube sensation Elliot Evorin.
He has directed and choreographed over 100 stage shows for regional, collegiate and high school theaters including 4 seasons at Park Playhouse in New York. In addition, his choreography has been seen in theme parks, industrials and show choirs all over the country. Mitchell has been teaching at conventions and intensives focusing on musical theatre, jazz and tap and choreographs for competition studios throughout the United Sates and Canada. Besides teaching and choreographing Mitchell has traveled the country as a national director and emcee for several dance competitions.
Before taking the leap into the world of production and choreography Mitchell performed in regional and touring productions of 42nd Street as Andy Lee, Chicago as Fred Casely, Crazy for You as Bobby, A Chorus Line as Mike, Grease as Doody, and Peter Pan as Peter Pan. In addition to live theater he was the on air host for TV’s Fox Kids Club and was a guest choreographer and emcee on several episodes of Dance Moms.
He grew up studying all disciplines of dance at Pinnell Dance Centre in Ohio at the age of 5 and continues his training throughout the country. Mitchell has a degree in Marketing and Public Relations from Ohio Dominican University.
Mitchell is excited to return to Joffrey South for his fourth straight year teaching jazz, contemporary, theater and tap. He is also very ecstatic about being one of the first instructors at Joffrey Heartland this summer. He would like to thank Colleen for these endless opportunities and is ready to preach his mottos: #fulloutnomarking & #livedanceshine @MitchellAFinke