Richard Jackson (choreographer)

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Richard Jackson
Born March 15, 1979
San Francisco Bay Area, United States
Medium Dancer, Choreographer, Television Personality
Nationality American
Years active 1999–present
Genres Dance/Choreography, Reality television

Richard "Richy" Jackson (born March 15, 1979 in the San Francisco Bay Area) is a dancer, creative director, and choreographer best known for his work with Lady Gaga. Jackson had a lifelong interest in dance, and after seeing a school friend dancing for Aaliyah on television,[1] Jackson left studies at Tuskegee University in 1999 and moved to Los Angeles to pursue dance as a career.[2]

Jackson has danced for several artists including Missy Elliott[3] and Usher,[4] and was an assistant choreographer to award-winning choreographer Michael Rooney.[1] Jackson later worked as an assistant choreographer to Laurieann Gibson, choreographing and dancing for Lady Gaga as well as for artists including Keri Hilson, Brandy, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, and Sean "Puffy" Combs.[2] In November 2011, Lady Gaga ended her professional relationship with Gibson and appointed Jackson as her choreographer and visual director.[5]

In 2012 Jackson served as visual director and choreographer for Lady Gaga's Born This Way Ball tour and featured as a judge on Lifetime television's Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition.[1][6] Jackson also has dance credits in several films and television commercials.[2][7]

Jackson is known to his fans as "Richy Squirrel" and is a very active Twitter contributor.[8]

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  1. ^ a b c Zar, Rachel (January 2013). "Just Dance". Dance Spirit Magazine. 
  2. ^ a b c "Biography". Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Gossip Folks". Atlantic Videos. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Raymond, Usher. "U-Turn". Arista Records. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Halperin, Shirley. "Lady Gaga Breaks From Creative Director Laurieann Gibson". Billboard. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Richard "Richy" Jackson - Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition Judges". Lifetime. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Richard Jackson". IMDB. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  8. ^ Jackson, Richard. "Verified Twitter account". Retrieved 5 January 2013. 

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