Open main menu

Luther Brown is a Canadian choreographer/artistic director. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, and raised in Toronto, Ontario, he is best known as a hip hop dance choreographer for movies, television and commercials. Brown is a regular choreographer for the television dance competition So You Think You Can Dance and So You Think You Can Dance Canada, for which he was a choreographer and a judge.[1] Brown is a co-founder of Do Dat Entertainment.

Luther Brown
Born
Kingston, Jamaica
ResidenceToronto/Los Angeles
NationalityJamaican Canadian
CitizenshipCanadian
OccupationChoreographer/Artistic Director

In addition to his television work, Brown has choreographed over 100 music videos[2] for artists including Janet Jackson, P.Diddy,[1] Jully Black, Shawn Desman, Alicia Keys, Brandy, Christina Aguilera[3], Nicki Minaj and Big Bang.

Early Life and EducationEdit

Brown's father ran a community radio show, The Caribbean Crucible, on Toronto's 105.5 FM, then the York University radio station. Brown later stated that helping his father gave him an ear for music. Throughout high school he was active in dance and step teams, as well as being a songwriter.[4]

Brown continued to develop his choreographic style with the step dance squad he founded while studying at the University of Windsor.[5]

CareerEdit

While still in university, Brown began to choreograph for many important artists in the Toronto hip hop community of the 1990's. This included shows for Jully Black, Michie Mee, Dream Warriors and Maestro Fresh Wes. In 2003, he found his first opportunity to choreograph for American performers when he was invited to work on a music video for the rappers Cam'ron and Mase.[5]

In 2007 Brown was awarded Outstanding Choreography in a Commercial from the Choreography Media Awards for his work with Nike[4].

Beginning in 2008, Brown worked as a judge and choreographer for the Canadian version of the television show So You Think You Can Dance. He was a choreographer for the final season of the American version. He has also made guest appearances on the X-Factor, Making the Band 4 and the Canadian TV show The Next Step.[5]

In 2013, Brown worked with the Korean Boy Band Big Bang.[5]

Brown is a dedicated dance teacher who teaches internationally in venues ranging from community centres and high schools to large-scale dance conventions.[5]

Choreography for So You Think You Can DanceEdit

Season Week Dancers Style Music
Season 1 (Canada) Week 3 Tamina Pollack-Paris
Joey Matt
Hip-Hop "Ditch That..."—The-Dream
Week 4 Arassay Reyes
Nico Archambault
"Don't Touch Me (Throw da Water on 'em)"—Busta Rhymes
Week 5 Allie Bertram
Danny Arbour
"In The Ayer"—Flo Rida feat. will.i.am
Week 7 Lisa Auguste
Nico Archambault
"Whatever You Like"—T.I.
Week 8 Allie Bertram
Izaak Smith
"Tell Me"—Diddy feat. Christina Aguilera
Finale Top 20 "Get Up"—50 Cent
Season 2 (Canada) Week 3 Jayme Rae Dailey
Daniel Dory
Hip-Hop "Pucker Up"—Ciara
Week 4 Melanie Mah
Cody Bonnell
"Turnin Me On"—Keri Hilson feat Lil Wayne
Week 5 Kim Gingras
Emanuel Sandhu
"Respect My Conglomerate"—Busta Rhymes feat Lil Wayne & Jadakiss
Week 5 Top 12
Group Routine
"The Jump Off"—Lil' Kim feat Mr Cheeks
Week 7 Kim Gingras
Cody Bonnell
"Humpin' Around"—Bobby Brown
Week 8 Melanie Mah
Everett Smith
"That's Right"—Ciara

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Parlee, Laura (7 July 2009). "Jackson 'always brought something new' | CTV News". www.ctvnews.ca. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Luther Brown: Are mentors important to success? | Financial Post". 4 December 2011. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  3. ^ Huggins, Julye (8 July 2010). "Luther Brown: A Jane-Finch Success Story". The Dance Current. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Luther Brown". Black In Canada. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d e Smith, Kathleen (January–February 2013). "Controlled Street: Luther Brown Plays the Game". The Dance Current. 16 (1).