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TINA LANDON January 1, 1966 Little Tina Tina’s love and passion for dance began as early as she can remember. Her Mother of Mexican-American heritage made sure that her children would fare better by mandating dance lessons in their household. “My parents had me going to dance lessons at the age of 3 and I simply loved it”. Tina’s dedication to dance would not end in her adolescence. Paula & the Jacksons She began her dance career as a Laker Girl in the 1980s when Paula Abdul was the choreographer. She was well on her way, but what could be considered a big break would be just the beginning when Tina was booked as a principal dancer for Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” music video. Tina’s hard work and commitment would prove to be beneficial when fellow Laker Girl, Paul Abdul would cast her for Janet Jackson’s “What Have You Done For Me Lately” music video. Sexy Tina’s big opportunity with Janet occurred when her talent was recognized and she was asked to join her Rhythm Nation Tour that was dominated by mainly male dancers. During the tour, Janet asked Tina to help her with some moves for the cleavage-heavy “Love Will Never Do” video. Up until then, Janet avoided the sexual image. When she wanted to make that change she asked Tina for a little coaching… Janet She choreographed the janet. World Tour in 1993 and The Velvet Rope World Tour in 1998 for which she received an Emmy Nomination for Best Choreography. Janet embraced her new found sex-symbol image and again turned to Landon to choreograph “If”. It helped propel Janet’s new image to the forefront of the music world. Landon admits that working with Janet, who graciously spotlights her dancers, has been key to bringing attention to herself. “With Janet,” Landon explains, “She doesn’t just keep her dancers in the background. “ Taking over Her work with Janet also opened doors to other high-profile artists. She has worked with Prince, Mýa, Pink, Jay-Z, Marc Anthony, Aerosmith, Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, Ricky Martin, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Shakira, Pussycat Dolls, Tina Turner, Britney Spears, Rihanna, and Ciara. Recognition At the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards upon winning the Best Dance Video award, Ricky Martin called Landon onstage and passed on the award to her. At the 2000 ALMA Awards, one of her former dancers Jennifer Lopez presented Landon with an Achievement in Choreography award. In September 2009, Landon and several other choreographers danced with Janet at the MTV Video Music Awards to perform the duet "Scream", which Landon originally choreographed, as a tribute to Michael Jackson. Teaching She has released three fitness DVDs. Landon teaches master classes at the Millennium Dance Complex in North Hollywood and at Triple Threat Dance convention in Canada.
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