TOP CHOREOGRAPHER AND OUR GUEST SPEAKER
It's hard to believe that EMMY AWARD NOMINATED creative director / choreographer Tina Landon is still one of Hollywood's best kept secrets. Her sensual and provocative moves have become the landscape for popular music dance choreography for the last 15 years. Some of her signature moves can be seen in artists like Willow Smith, Rihanna, Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin, Christina Aguilera, Tina Turner, Britney Spears, and Shakira. Tina's love and passion for dance began as early as she can remember. Her mother of Mexican-American heritage made sure her children would fare better by mandating dance lessons in their household. Committed to the growing appreciation, she left her home in Lancaster, California, to pursue her dreams in Hollywood. Auditioning for various dance ensembles around town, she landed a gig as a Laker girl. Tina was well on her way, but what could be considered a big break would be just the beginning when she was booked as principal dancer for Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" music video. Tina's hard work and commitment proved to be beneficial when fellow Laker Girl Paula Abdul cast her for Janet Jackson's "What Have You Done for Me Lately" music video. She later went on to tour with Janet during her Rhythm Nation Tour. Tina also choreographed Janet's music video for "If" and her Velvet Rope Tour. Her work with Janet opened the doors to other high-profile artists. All of Tina's talent, hard work, and determination have resulted in many awards and accolades. She is a five-time MTV Choreography Award Nominee, MTV Award recipient for Michael and Janet Jackson's "Scream" and for Ricky Martin's "Livin La Vida Loca". She has become an Emmy nominee for her outstanding work on the Velvet Rope Tour, which was an HBO special.