LaVelle Smith Jr.
"Michael Jackson was a great friend and an incredible talent, and the portrait project is a great way to celebrate his life."
LaVelle Smith Jr. has functioned as dancer, choreographer, and creative consultant for pop music’s biggest names since the moment he entered the professional dance scene.
LaVelle has worked in various capacities for artists such as Beyonce, Usher, Diana Ross, Chris Brown, Destiny’s Child, Janet Jackson, En Vogue, TLC, George Michael, Ricky Martin, Brandy, and the biggest of them all, the King of Pop himself - Michael Jackson. LaVelle’s experience includes not only pop stars and their onstage and on-television presentations, but film as well. The sensual and tantalizing dancing in Coyote Ugly is tallied up to LaVelle’s repertoire as well as the hilarious and outlandish dancing of superstar Jim Carrey in The Cable Guy.
LaVelle’s work has not gone unrecognized; he has been awarded (amongst many) the Music Video Producer’s Association award nomination for choreography in 1992, 1996, and 1997, The SSDC Bob Fosse Award nomination for best choreography in 1996 and 1997, the 1994 Miller Hall of Greats Award for outstanding contribution to the music industry, LaVelle has even been nominated for an Emmy in 1996 for outstanding achievement in Choreography.
LaVelle has won 5 MTV Awards for Best Choreography; his most recent one was in 2004 for Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love”. LaVelle was inducted into the DuPont Manuel Hall of Fame in 2006, the youngest member to receive this honor. LaVelle was the recipient of the 2007 Dance Media Honors Award. From 2006 – 2009 Smith was helping Michael Jackson prepare for his This Is It performances. He is now working with Masuhr International Management and looking forward to the future.
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