Missy is transforming the dance world with her choreography’s unique vision, style and musicality. Her New York City credits include: the Broadway and National companies of CATS as Victoria (the white cat), Jesus Christ Superstar (Anniversary Tour), SNL “I’m 50” with Molly Shannon, Mariah Carey “All I Want for Christmas” (dancer/choreographer), MTV|VH1 appearances, and Broadway Cares and Equity Fights Aids /The Easter Bonnet Choreography Award (co-Recipient) along side Broadway choreographer Chris Gatelli (Newies). Films: Little Man Tate with Jodie Foster (Jodie’s Double).
Other choreography credits include: Peter Frampton with Cincinnati Ballet, husband and wife duo, Over The Rhine, rapper Rakim, Tarkan (Turkish pop star), legendary Bootsy Collins, Paramount Productions, Cincinnati Ballet, Exhale Dance Tribe “25 to Watch” Dance Magazine, Kings Productions, Orion Pictures, and Tommy Boy Records.
Missy has also been featured in numerous publications including the New York Times, Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit, Dance Teacher Magazine, Pointe Magazine and Cincinnati’s City Beat, Enquirer, Post, and CIN Weekly.
In Cincinnati, she won the Cincinnati Entertainment Award for Critical Achievement in Choreography, for her work in the original musical, ‘Christmas Yet To Come’ (Know Theater). Missy also has choreographed, ‘A Midsummer Nights Dream’ with Cincinnati Shakespeare Theater.
Missy has been on faculty With her husband (3 years) at the acclaimed Broadway Dance Center in New York City and has taught at numerous colleges and universities as adjunct faculty at Dean College (MA), Cincinnati Ballet, University of Cincinnati (CCM), Cincinnati Performing Arts High School (SCPA), Lexington Kentucky High School for the Arts (SCAPA), University of Kentucky, Wright State University, Northern Kentucky University and national Dance Festivals. She and her husband, Andrew Hubbard taught in 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand at UNITEC University. Their non profit dance company Exhale Dance Tribe is slotted to perform in New Zealand in 2020 at The New Zealand Dance Festival.
Hubbard and Zimmer were finalists for the Capezio ACE Choreography Awards in 2011/2013 (NYC).
Missy and Andrew have co founded nationally recognized contemporary jazz company, Exhale Dance Tribe, Dance Magazine’s ‘25 to Watch’. Exhale Dance Tribe is a resident company at Broadway Series theater, Aronoff Center for the Arts in Cincinnati.
Exhale premiered works at Merce Cunningham Performance Studio in 2008. In addition the couple choreographed for Cincinnati Ballet’s New Works Program (2009-2011) with world premieres of Retrospect, Barre et Trois and Burning Moon (2012) Infamous Love Songs with International music talent, Over The Rhine. Their choreography can also be seen in Cincinnati Ballet’s new Nutcracker (Arabian) for the next 10 seasons. Missy and husband, Andrew have been honored with a Princess Grace nomination from Cincinnati Ballet for 2010-2011 for Excellence in Choreography. The couple created work for FRAMPTON project where legendary rock icon Peter Frampton played LIVE to their piece entitled Anthology in 2014.
Lay-Zimmer has judged and taught for convention/competitions; JUMP, Access Broadway, Dance Directives, SHOCK, Starsystems and Talent On Parade to name a few for over 17 years.
Missy understands her creativity is the ultimate form of expression while here on this earth and continues to inspire others to honor their unique artistic expression/path.