Posted by: D.A.S. Chicago | May 5, 2011

The Dance Scene!

“You go full out until your knuckles bleed!” says Laurie-Ann Gibson, professional choreographer, creative director, and reality T.V. star of the new E! series, The Dance Scene. Yes, another dance show. But this dance show isn’t like all of the other popular ones like Dancing With the Stars or So You Think You Can Dance where all you see are breath-taking performances, on-stage action, and critiques. The Dance Scene gives its audience a perspective of what goes on behind the scenes of the Hollywood dance industry, specifically Laurie-Ann’s dance world. It demonstrates the lifestyle of professional dancers and what they do to compete for opportunities to perform with high-profile music artists. Ryan Seacrest, the executive producer of the show, states, “Dance is at the center of pop culture — today more than ever — and Laurieann is an amazing force accelerating this huge wave of creativity. This series gives audiences an insider’s view of how competitive the dance world is, the talent and ambition that a dancer needs to be successful in the Hollywood scene, and the drama that ensues along the way.” But wait, this show isn’t just for dancers! There’s even some real-life situations that have nothing to do with dance, especially for non-dancers to relate to. For instance, Laurie-Ann has been dating her boyfriend for four years privately, but now she wants to be public with him. What ever will they do? Not only that, but if interested in picking up a few new tricks or warm-up techniques, The Dance Scene is where to find them. Consider it reality, education, and entertainment all mixed into one show. What better way to relax and prepare for the new week every Sunday night with a new episode of The Dance Scene?

Many know Laurie-Ann best as the choreographer of the Queen Monster, Lady Gaga. Who wouldn’t want to see where those high-energy dance moves come from? Along with Laurie-Ann on the show are other dancers and her assistant choreographers. Richy Jackson is Laurie-Ann’s lead choreographer, as well as a prospective solo music artist. He thrives in his own spotlight, so don’t get in his way! Kherington Payne, most known for starring in Fame, is sweet and motivated, but perhaps one of the weaker characters seen so far in the show. Laurie-Ann can make her cry, but Kherington will do anything to get to the top. Sarah Mitchell, another assistant choreographer, is everywhere in the dance world at only twenty-six years old and with more than twenty-five roles in other movies and T.V. shows . She was recently in Burlesque with Christina Aguilera and Cher. Paula Van Oppen, long time dance competitor, is evidently Laurie-Ann’s favorite. “Beautiful, Paula” or “Nice job, Paula” is nothing new to her ears. Lacee Franks is Laurie-Ann’s assistant and roommate. Yes, roommate. Laurie-Ann’s “boom kat” music counting in the studio are just not enough; Lacee gets to hear it at home too!

Trust me, the competitive dance world is not always so pleasant. Lisa Berger, executive vice president of programming at E!, says, “The competitive world of the professional dancer is grueling creative work. Watching Laurie-ann mentor these young artists, who will do anything to make it in the business, gives us a glimpse into a world where the pursuit of success and excellence outweighs all else.” With so many performances, rehearsals, sucking up to Laurie-Ann, and, of course, drama, life at the Boom Kack Dance studio is full of sweat and tears. But everyone knows that they can only benefit from being a part of Laurie-Ann’s team, and this is why they all have the drive to keep going. For the characters and other people featured in the show, it’s an honor and a dream-come-true to be working for the extraordinary Laurie-Ann Gibson.

Check out The Dance Scene every Sunday night at 10:30/9:30central!


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