“For a long time, no one ever knew about my humble beginnings. Now it’s something I like to tell people.” – Laurieann Gibson
Laurieann Gibson, daughter of Jamaican immigrants to Canada, was a young dance student who saw in the running of a restaurant a kind of choreographed ballet. Many of the lessons she says she learned as a crew member helped her achieve her phenomenal success. She is an internationally acclaimed choreographer for the biggest stars in the music world—most notably Lady Gaga—and a star herself: an award-winning performer, composer of movement, and director. Like actress Andie MacDowell, Laurieann saved her earnings to buy a bus ticket to New York, where her remarkable career took off.