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Frank Gatson, Jr.
American choreographer/director

Frank Gatson, Jr.

Frank Gatson, Jr.
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Intro American choreographer/director
Is Dancer Choreographer
From United States of America
Field Dancing
Gender male
University of Wisconsin–Madison
University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
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Frank Gatson Jr. is an American director and choreographer. His dance routines have earned him the most MTV Video Music Awards for Best Choreography in its history (six).

He is the creative director for En Vogue, Brandy, Jussie Smollett, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez and Beyoncé, a position he has held since her tenure with Destiny's Child. He has also choreographed videos, routines and live performances for other artists including R. Kelly, Michael Jackson, TLC, En Vogue, Kelly Rowland, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, Fifth Harmony, Destiny's Child, Toni Braxton and Usher. Additionally, he served as choreographer for Disney's animated film Hercules, providing choreography for The Muses.

In 2016, he hosted BET's Chasing Destiny alongside Kelly Rowland. The pair formed a R&B girl group June's Diary who he now manages.

Early career

Gatson graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1980 and began dancing for Up With People, an organization that travelled the globe performing at all various kinds of venues even appearing at several Super Bowl halftime performances. Eventually, he worked his way up to official 'dance captain' and began to manage the show itself. He later moved to New York to study at the 'Broadway Dance Center' and 'Alvin Ailey Dance Center'. After finishing his time at Ailey and Broadway Centers he returned to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and received a Masters in Theatre and Dance. He got his first professional break when he danced in Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" video in 1986.

Work with En Vogue

Music videos

1992 "Giving Him Something He Can Feel"
1992 "Free Your Mind"
1993 "Runaway Love"
1994 "Whatta Man" (as choreographer)
1996 "Don't Let Go (Love)"
1997 "Whatever" (as choreographer
1997 "Too Gone, Too Long"
2000 "Riddle"

Work with R. Kelly

Music videos

2008 Skin
2012 Feelin' Single

Tours and live performances

  • Down Low Top Secret Tour (1996)
  • 39th Annual Grammy Awards (1998)
  • Get Up On a Room Tour (1999)
  • Usher Raymond w/ Puffy “No Way Out Tour” (1998) (as director and choreographer)
  • TP-2.COM Tour (2001)
  • 2005 MTV VMA's (2005)
  • 2015 Soul Train Awards (2015)
  • The Buffet Tour (2016)
  • June's Diary Promo Tour (2016-2018)(as creative director and manager)
  • Brandy Promo Tour (2015-2018) (as creative director)
  • Jussie Smollett Sum of My Music Tour (2017-2018) (creative director and director)

Work with Beyoncé

Music videos

2003 Crazy in Love
2003 Baby Boy
2003 Me, Myself and I
2005 Check on It
2006 Ring the Alarm
2006 Green Light
2006 Irreplaceable
2006 Upgrade U
2007 Suga Mama
2007 Freakum Dress
2009 Ego
2009 Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)
2009 If I Were A Boy
2009 Diva
2011 Move Your Body
2011 Run The World (Girls)
2011 Countdown

Tours and live performances

  • The Beyoncé Experience (2007)
  • I Am... World Tour (2009)
  • The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour (2013)


  • True Star (2004)
  • Samsung (2007)
  • Armani Diamonds (2007)
  • American Express (2007)
  • L'Oreal (2007)
  • L'Oreal (2003)


Work with Usher

Music videos

1997 You Make Me Wanna...
1997 My Way
2001 You Remind Me
2008 Love in This Club
2008 Moving Mountains

Tours and live performances

  • Share My World Tour (1997)
  • No Way Out Tour (1997)
  • 8701 Promo Tour (2001)
  • One Night, One Star: Usher Live Showtime Special w/ (2005)
The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 17 Jun 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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