Dance is life, and dance is also an important pillar of The Culture. And there can be no dance without the choreographer. We’ve put together a list to show love to 5 of the best black choreographers (doing both hip-hop and classical) in The Culture right now so check them out and get to movin’!
Savion Glover is considered one of the goats of urban dancer. He’s a tap dancer, actor, and choreographer who grew up in the biz and was mentored by legendary creator for The Culture Gregory Hines. Glover is known for his improvisational style of tap and being one of the fist to infuse it with hip-hop dance. Glover choreographed for numerous films and music videos and won the Tony Award for Best Choreography for Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk in 1996. He is also the founder and runs the HooFeRzClub School for Tap.
Desiree is a Beyonce disciple havingg worked on Bey’s formation video and her 2016 Super Bowl performance. She has also toured with August Alsina and choreographed performances and music videos with artists including Ledisi, Robin Thicke and Pitbull. And most recently she’s appeared on Empire, Black Girls Rock and The BET Awards.
Princess is a powerhouse black choreographer with an impressive resume. A proud Nigerian, Princess incorporates traditional African dance and movements into her work. She has graced the stage and music videos with the likes of Tamar Braxton, August Alsina, Fantasia, Ne-Yo, Cee-Lo, Jason Derulo, T-Pain and has appeared on Empire. She also helping her fellow dances as she runs her own successful consulting firm for aspiring dancers.
Derick K. Grant
Grant is a director, performer, and choreography from Boston who found fame as an original cast member of Savion Glover’s Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk eventually taking over for Glover in the lead role once the show went on tour. He created the show A Night Out: Tap!, about the history of tap dance and has successfully toured it around the world. Today, Grant teaches tap dance at Steps on Broadway and serves as a national spokesperson for So Danca dancewear. Grant has been recognized for his tremendous talent with a Princess Grace Award for Upcoming Young Artist, a Helen Hayes Award, and not one but two Los Angeles Ovation Awards.
Luam is one of the most sought after and in-demand dancers/choreographers in The Culture. She has choreographed for virtually every major artists including Beyonce, Kanye West, Rihanna, Janelle Monae, Alicia Keys, and Kelly Rowland just to name a few. She also did the beautiful BET Awards Prince tribute and several Black Girls Rock shows.
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Written by @TalentedMrFord