Choreographer and Creative Director, LaurieAnn Gibson embodies passion, creativity and the love of dance, and she does it all to be a dream facilitator for others.
Most of us were first officially introduced to LaurieAnn Gibson, as the crazy boom-kacking choreographer Diddy loved to throw on his “Making the Band” minions to whip them in to tip-top shape. Since then, LaurieAnn has played a major role in helping to shape the career of pop icon, Lady Gaga as well as work with superstars like Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige, Nicki Minaj, Usher and Keri Hilson. As word spread that working with Laurie Ann could help solidify a number one spot, opportunities kept surfacing, which allowed her career to move from dancer to choreographer to creative director; and boldly Laurie Ann grips all three labels.
Now, we are able to see those special moments between LaurieAnn and aspiring dancers in her new E! reality show, “The Dance Scene”, created by Ryan Seacrest. In 8 episodes, we’ll be reintroduced to Laurie Ann as a business woman, putting together shows and videos for Keri Hilson and Lady Gaga. “The Dance Scene” dives into Laurie Ann’s creativity, tough love approach to improving her Boomkack Studio dancers and the blood, sweat and tears that serve as a prerequisite for dancing on a “great stage”.
In our exclusive interview, LaurieAnn opens up about how she got her start, what it was like to work with Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj and why her new show, “The Dance Scene” stands out from other dance shows.
Bitchie Life: How would you describe your personal style?
LaurieAnn: I think my idea of fashion was birthed out of dance and the street. Going to the clubs in New York and then when I would go out, I would be queen of the gray shoe, a t-shirt, a jean or leather pant. But when I had to start branding myself and moving up, I began competing on a different level. I would totally get sand plastered on the blogs. I thought it was about “Oh, they would be happy that I don’t care I’m in a 99 cent shirt, there would be no pressure but they were like “Ooo, what is she wearing?” Then I was like ‘alright, let me figure this thing out’. So, it’s still new for me but I guess I’m more about the construction. I love designers that make clothes well. I love the build of a piece, the silhouette. I like pieces that are made really well and I like designers that understand women.
Do you feel like you have a favorite designer that fits that silhouette?
I do, Dolce & Gabbana
You did a segment for Dolce & Gabbana?
I did a choreographed segment for Naomi Campbell, my long time friend and sister. Then I choreographed every fashion week. They did a tribute to her so we danced in New York and we danced in Milan and Japan on the streets of Milan. It was amazing! I had a boom box and played Michael Jackson, the video she was in. She marched in the streets and it was fun.
How did you come across that gig, did they call you specifically?
Naomi did. I use to date Andre Harrell when I first moved to New York. I was a starving ballerina and those dinners were worth everything. So I met Naomi through him in the Hamptons and Puff Daddy and Uptown records, they became my family. We’ve been friends for a long time. We would dance at the Hamptons. Naomi, Tyra [Banks], and Kimora [Lee Simmons] . I would actually turn them into a girl group.
Is Naomi a dancer?
Yes, she’s a trained ballerina. Naomi has amazing lines to me. When I first went to see her on the runway I was blown away because I was like, it was art.
How did you get your start as a choreographer in the business?
**read Laurie Ann’s response and the rest of her interview here**