Laurieann Gibson

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Laurieann Gibson
Laurieann Gibson Dance Showdown.jpg
Gibson on Season 3 of Dance Showdown
Born (1969-07-14) July 14, 1969 (age 53)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Occupation(s)Choreographer, television personality, director, singer, actress, dancer
Years active1987–present
Musical career
GenresHip hop, urban

Laurieann Gibson (born July 14, 1969) is a Canadian choreographer, director, television personality, singer, actress, and dancer. She has choreographed dance numbers for musical artists such as Michael Jackson, Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, and Beyoncé. Her music video directing credits include "Judas", "You and I", and "Love to My Cobain".

In 2005, Gibson rose to prominence on the MTV reality series, Making the Band, and later worked as a judge on Little Talent Show, Skating with the Stars, and So You Think You Can Dance. Gibson also had a brief musical career, in which she released two albums.

Life and career[edit]

Gibson was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on July 14, 1969.[1] She rose to public prominence as the star of MTV's Making the Band and P. Diddy and Mark Burnett's Starmaker series.[2][3] Gibson was also a "Fly Girl" on the popular TV series In Living Color.[4]

Following her training at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Gibson went from theatre dance to hip hop, becoming director of choreography for Motown Records and Bad Boy Records.[5] She has worked with Michael Jackson, Alicia Keys, and Beyoncé.[1] She has also done choreography for the movies Alfie and Honey, in which she also appeared as Jessica Alba's dance rival.[6]

In November 2011, Lady Gaga ended her professional relationship with Gibson due to "creative differences".[7]

In 2012, Gibson directed BIGBANG's World Tour.[8]

Gibson was the choreographer for Gugu Mbatha-Raw in Beyond the Lights, training her for 6 months in order to perfect her pop-star persona.[9]

In 2017, Gibson was featured on Lifetime's Dance Moms as a choreographer for Abby Lee Miller's Elite Competition Team.

In 2019, Gibson became a judge on the sixteenth season of So You Think You Can Dance alongside, Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, and fellow newcomer Dominic "D-Trix" Sandoval.

In 2020, Gibson was awarded the inaugural Willie Dunn Award by the Prism Prize committee, to honour her work as a choreographer and director of music videos.[10]






Awards & Nominations[edit]

Gibson has been nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy, 3 MTV Video Music Awards (winning 1), and 1 Teen Choice Award

Award Year Category Result Ref.
Primetime Emmy Awards 2011 Outstanding Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special

Lady Gaga Presents: The Monster Ball Tour at Madison Square Garden (2011)

Nominated [12]
MTV Video Music Awards (VMA) 2010 Best Choreography

Lady Gaga: Bad Romance (2009)

Won [13]
Best Choreography

Lady Gaga Feat. Beyoncé: Telephone (2010)

2011 Best Choreography

Lady Gaga: Judas (2011)

Teen Choice Awards 2011 Choice TV: Female Reality/Variety Star

The Dance Scene (2011)



  • 2006: Addictive
  • 2012: Last Chance


  1. ^ a b Searle, Deborah (April 6, 2010). "LaurieAnn Gibson – A Passion and a Calling". Dance Informa. Archived from the original on August 30, 2018. Retrieved October 17, 2017.
  2. ^ "Hip-Hop Choreographer Laurie Ann Gibson Does Ballet, Battles Diddy". Vulture. November 21, 2007. Archived from the original on July 23, 2018. Retrieved October 17, 2017.
  3. ^ Kaufman, Gil (November 14, 2011). "Lady Gaga Cuts Ties With Laurieann Gibson". MTV News. Retrieved October 17, 2017.
  4. ^ "Laurieann Gibson: 'Nobody Who Has a Hit Record Should Be Twerking'". BET. June 10, 2015. Retrieved October 17, 2017.
  5. ^ Zar, Rachel (May 23, 2011). "Technique: Laurieann Gibson". Dance Teacher. Retrieved March 2, 2020.
  6. ^ Moss, Corey (September 22, 2003). "Lil' Romeo Finds Big Sis In Co-Star Jessica Alba". MTV News. Retrieved October 17, 2017.
  7. ^ Kennedy, Gerrick (November 14, 2011). "Lady Gaga dismisses longtime creative director Laurieann Gibson". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 15, 2011.
  8. ^ Chrissy Mahlmeister (March 14, 2012). "Big Bang Pairs Up With Laurieann Gibson". MTV.
  9. ^ Gaffney, Adrienne (November 17, 2014). "'Beyond the Lights' Star Gugu Mbatha-Raw on Rihanna, Lauryn Hill and Judy Garland Inspiring Her Big-Screen Role". Billboard. Retrieved March 10, 2018.
  10. ^ "2020 Prism Prize Special Award Winners Announced". FYI Music News, July 22, 2020.
  11. ^ "Laurieann Gibson: Beyond the Spotlight Full Episodes, Video & More". Lifetime.
  12. ^ "Laurie-Ann Gibson". Television Academy. Retrieved January 10, 2022.
  13. ^ "Laurieann Gibson". IMDb. Retrieved January 10, 2022.

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