May 10th, 2011
01:39 PM ET
After a well documented blow-up on camera with Sean "Diddy" Combs a few years ago, choreographer Laurieann Gibson would be forgiven if she had an aversion to appearing on reality TV.
Instead, Gibson now has two reality shows.
The creative director for Lady Gaga and co-director of Gaga's "Judas" video is the star of "The Dance Scene," which debuted on E! in April, and BET's "Born to Dance" which is slated to premiere on August 2.
After years of working with artists like Alicia Keys and Katy Perry, Gibson has teamed with Ryan Seacrest's production company for "The Dance Scene" which gives a glimpse of the lives of Gibson and her dancers.
"It was only because it was the right reality show," she told CNN. "Ryan [Seacrest] was instrumental in understanding my gift and how instrumental I am in the music industry and said 'The world needs to see this.'"
That show is very different from her BET project, she said, which will feature her working with young women who have a passion to dance. Dance is hot right now because it is such a powerful medium, Gibson said, and she hopes to provide inspiration to those who want to pursue it as a career.
Passion for the art is big with Gibson and she said it is one of the reasons she and Gaga have forged such a strong professional relationship with Gibson choreographing the singer's videos and music tour.
"She's fearless so it allows me to stretch myself and show the world my gift and what I am capable of doing," she said. "I'm happy and grateful for it. I just want to keep moving and that's why I am so happy about 'The Dance Scene' and what opportunity that will present."
Not that Gibson hasn't had a taste of fame via reality TV before. During MTV's "Making The Band 4," Gibson was shown being taken to task by Sean Combs after a dance challenge for contestants.
The experience did give her pause about returning to television, Gibson said.
"I was petrified," she said. "I am sure if you could talk to my amazing network executives they were like 'oh my God.' Some of them didn't understand the struggle or what I pulled myself out of with the Puffy situation. I was very concerned.
"But in my nature, it's not about me," she added. "If I had to risk it all and reach one young person who faces adversity or insecurities as a result of people telling them what they can't do, then it was worth the risk for me."
And for all of the stars she has worked with, Gibson said she still has a few others on her collaboration wishlist.
"Deep down inside I would love to get Britney [Spears] for five minutes," Gibson said. "I just believe in that gift she has."
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