Marguerite Derricks

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Marguerite Derricks
Born 1961 (age 55–56)
Nationality American
Other names Marguerite Pomerhn-Derricks
Occupation Choreographer, former ballerina

Marguerite Pomerhn-Derricks (born 1961), professionally known as Marguerite Derricks, is a former ballerina and a multi award-winning choreographer from Buffalo, New York.[1]

Derricks studied ballet at the National Ballet School of Canada; she admired Karen Kain.[1] Derricks was behind the choreography of two films similar in their subject matter, Striptease (1996) and Showgirls (1995).[2] Some of her more noted works include the Austin Powers films, 10 Things I Hate About You (1999), Donnie Darko (2001), Little Miss Sunshine (2006), and Spider-Man 3 (2007). After the first Austin Powers film, she became famous and increased her reputation with an advertisement for The Gap, "Go Go." During one interview, she said that with regard to her newfound popularity, "it all started with Mike [Myers]," (the star of Austin Powers) and added that "Go Go has changed my life."[1]

In 2006, Derricks choreographed Sister Act the Musical, which had its world premiere at the Pasadena Playhouse. At the turn of 2009, she served as the choreographer for director Kevin Tancharoen's 2009 remake of the movie, Fame. She is currently the choreographer for Gregory Boyd and Frank Wildhorn's new musical "Wonderland"; a twist on the "Alice in Wonderland" children's story. Marguerite Derricks is also the choreographer for the film Tropic Thunder in which Tom Cruise delivers a dance performance as Les Grossman, the movie mogul he portrays.


Derricks is the only choreographer to win three consecutive Emmy Awards: she won for her work on the television series 3rd Rock from the Sun (1997), Fame L.A. (1998), and the 1998 Goodwill Games Ceremony (1999). In 2002, she won an American Choreography Award for her work on That '70s Show[3] adding to two others for The Gap "Go Go" and the short lived sitcom Jenny starring Jenny McCarthy. She won an NAACP Award for Best Choreography for Sister Act the Musical. She has also won four MTV Movie Awards for Best Dance (Austin Powers, Charlie's Angels, 10 Things I Hate About You, and American Wedding).


  1. ^ a b c Bob Thompson, "A woman on the Go Go: Catchy Gap ad, Austin Powers' moves make choreographer a hot commodity," Kingston Whig - Standard. Kingston, Ontario: July 5, 1999, pg. 27.
  2. ^ Stanley Kauffmann, "Survivors," New Republic, 7/29/96, Vol. 215 Issue 5, pages 24-25.
  3. ^ Internet Movie Database, "Awards for Marguerite Pomerhn Derricks," URL accessed 18 January 2007.

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