Lady Gaga's creative director steps up
May 10th, 2011
01:39 PM ET

Lady Gaga's creative director steps up

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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  1. Eleni777

    "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."

    LMBO...on her show she uses the insecurities of her dancers to tear them down like they are raw sewage and when they break down she ridicules them for it... the only dream she's supportive of is her OWN...everyone else can go to h3ll.

    May 12, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  2. kcv

    I like her, but she's a crazy (and vain) woman....scarey crazy, lol!!! She's definitely her biggest fan!

    May 11, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Fuzzy Naval

    Thats a man baby

    May 11, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  4. Tina

    If you watch the show, you can see she thinks a lot of herself. Makes Diddy look tame nowadays!

    May 11, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jeff

    If Lady Gaga doesn't hide behind garish makeup or five pounds of skirt steak(or hide in an egg), she can show the world her true beauty.

    May 11, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  6. Sean

    He has a certain sixual appeal. Currently, single and seeking gay male companionship. 602-621-3688

    May 10, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. tripod

    My a$$ bleeding finall stopped. I heard Seacrest taked the chubby pickle

    May 10, 2011 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. What Is Up?

    Is Gaga a man or woman? Well whatever she is..LaurieAnn must not be giving it her all b/c Gagas dancing sucks @ss/b*lls!

    May 10, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. no monsters allowed

    Proof. Lady Gaga is a fake, has to have someone else come up with ideas. And this biotch thinks she rules the music business, very full of herself.

    May 10, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. @N

    his fans are lesbians & gays.he locks his fans in the closet & does em all night.gawd he has a big weiner and big balls!!!

    May 10, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. @N

    lady kaka sux azz!!i dont lik her at all!!

    May 10, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. sglade

    I thought Laurianne was the choreographer. Creative Director? She directed the HBO special but that is not the same thing.

    May 10, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jeepers

    "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.'"

    Someone thinks an awful lot of herself.

    May 10, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Pupular kid in class

    BET is racist toward White America

    May 10, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • SparklingParis

      Please list specific reasons as to why you think it's racist before making such a comment. Thanks...

      May 11, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Rock

      Its called Black Entertainment Television....how's that?

      May 11, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • KaraFlower

      BET allows African Americans to be presented first, and not as an after-thought, which is the case for all the 100's of other television stations where Whites are presented first. Turn on the tv and watch all the commericials. You'll see that Whites are the focus of 99% of tv shows, movies and commericials. A Black person is added to the background or as as "supporting actor" only for "diversity". If you are able to see yourself represented on the televsion, then Blacks should be able to as well, and that is what BET does for Blacks. Although most Blacks are unhappy with the entertaining, but negative stereotypes that BET shows, ever since it was bought out by VIACOM.

      May 11, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Joerock

      Pupular. Did you know that BET is owned by white people?

      May 11, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Irish Rican

      Actually, BET hates black people. The programming on BET is designed to keep the black youth caught up in thug culture, and keep them blaming others for their struggles. The awful thing is that it is run by black people who are getting rich off of keeping their 'brothers and sisters' poor and dependent on government assistance.

      May 11, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Chucklehead

    Good, now we know who's to blame!

    May 10, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Come on

    Does anyone actually watch BET???
    also did anyone even watch Making the band 4??

    May 10, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • SparklingParis

      I watched both actually.....

      May 11, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • KelsaT

      I watched every season of Making the Band, it was great to watch those artists develop into stars.

      May 11, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Rock

      Artificially inflated stardom – wouldnt have been a blip on the radar if they had to do it the old fashioned way otherwise.

      May 11, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • iteach11

      Why don't you google the ratings for "The Game" which came back on BET this season after CW cancelled it. Then, ask yourself,"Who watches BET?"

      May 11, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Glee is Cool

      Mmmm...kissing her hot chocolate spewer while givin her goober a yankin.

      May 12, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  17. HollywoodSurF

    She's HOT and lady Gaga is not! MMMMMMm..me like!!

    May 11, 2011 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |

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