Behind the mask: Cast & creatives
A long-time innovator and respected artist, LaVelle Smith Jr. is on the cutting edge of today’s entertainment industry with his award-winning dance routines for stage, television, video and film.
As a choreographer, he has created the steps that grabbed our attention for artists such as Michael and Janet Jackson, The Rolling Stones, TLC, En Vogue, Teena Marie, Diana Ross, Rod Stewart, Destiny Child and Beyonce. Whether he’s working on a music video, film, television show, commercial, or even a live tour he makes movement a part of everything we see. It’s no wonder he’s at the top of his game.
He has been the five time winner of the MTV Video Music Award for Best Choreography – 1992 for My Lovin’, 1993 for Free your Mind, 1994 for Whata Man, 1995 for Scream, and 2003 for Beyonce’s Crazy In Love, as well as the recipient of the Music Video Producers Award twice for Outstanding Choreography.
He is one of the youngest inductees into the Millers Gallery of Greats, and has also received numerous other award nominations, including the Emmy and the winner of the SSDC Bob Fosse Award for Best Choreography.
It is an honour for THRILLER LIVE to have had such a celebrated choreographer working on the show. Of course, having choreographed many of Jackson’s most stunning performances, it makes a perfect partnership, but for every dancer involved in the production it was a dream come true to learn directly from LaVelle – a legend in his field.