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TRAVIS PAYNE

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Travis Payne is an Emmy-nominated choreographer, director, and producer who uses hip hop, ballet, modern, street dance and the latest emerging styles to keep one of the world’s greatest pop dance legacies alive. 

Part of Payne’s dedication to the craft is his unique street dance, ballet, and Michael Jackson- influenced choreography. As Micheal Jackson’s choreographer and associate director of his final documentary This Is It, Payne solidified what pop culture critic Ronda Racha Penrice called “a masterpiece.” He crafted and shared a special dance language with the King of Pop and considered him an artistic mentor. One of Payne’s proudest achievements was his original choreography in Micheal Jackson’s short film Ghosts, a visual extension to the megahit Thriller.

Jackson discovered Payne when he was a dancer on his sister Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation World Tour. Michael Jackson hired Payne as a dancer first. But eventually, his kinesthetic collaborations with the King of Pop came full circle. 

Payne won an MTV Video Music Award for Best Choreography for his choreography in the Scream music video, which featured Micheal Jackson’s duet with sister Janet Jackson in an unforgettable dance routine that combined ballet, street, hip hop, flexing, and modern dance styles. 

Payne’s work as one of Michael Jackson’s  closest collaborators is only one facet of his contributions to pop dance. He was also Lady Gaga’s director/choreographer on the Monster Ball Tour, as well as creating   choreography for Mariah Carey, TLC, Madonna, Beyoncé, Usher, Jennifer Lopez, En Vogue, and Cirque du Soleil among others.  

Payne’s talents are paired with philanthropy. In 2010, he traveled to the Philippines and where he taught 1,500 prison inmates to dance The Drill,” for a video that went viral on YouTube, with more than 42 million views and counting.   

Extending his talents toward the East, Payne has since done direction and choreography for Han Geng and Andy Lau. In 2012, he formed a group with Johnny’s Entertainment called Travis Japan that competed at the World Of Dance, the largest International Urban Dance Competition with focus on the art of street dancing. Payne also received an arts and humanitarian award for Danza de la Unidad, a flash mob style music video filmed in the Dominican Republic.

Originally from Atlanta, Payne began dancing when he was four years old. His formal dance training began with Norma B. Mitchell and Djana Bell when he was nine, focusing on modern dance styles. This didn’t keep him from incorporating urban dance, a fusion that eventually led him to where he is today.

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MUSIC VIDEOS
GITAA - SWEET LIKE SUMMER
Choreographer
Rushka Bergman
Madonna - The Power Of Good-Bye
Choreographer
Matthew Rolston
Michael Jackson- Scream
Choreographer
Mark Romanek
Mya- My Love Is Like Wo
Choreographer
Paul Hunter
En Vogue- Free Your Mind
Choreographer
Mark Romanek
Nicole Scherzinger -Whatever You Like
Choreographer
Paul Hunter
Mariah Carey - H.A.T.E.U.
Choreographer
Brett Ratner
Madonna - Power of Goodbye
Choreographer
Matthew Rolston
Brandy - Best Friend
Choreographer
Matthew Rolston
Brian Setzer Orchestra - If You Can’t Rock Me
Choreographer
Joseph Khan
Brian Setzer Orchestra - Jump Jive n’ Wail
Choreographer
Eric Heimbold
Lenny Kravitz - American Woman
Choreographer
Paul Hunter
Lenny Kravitz - Thinking of You
Choreographer
Matthew Rolston
Foo Fighters - Walking After You
Choreographer
Matthew Rolston
Grace Gustad - GAGA - PILLBX
Choreographer
Van Alpert
Garbage - Paranoid
Choreographer
Matthew Rolston
Hole - Celebrity Skin
Choreographer
Nancy Bardawil
Davey LA - King
Choreographer
Peter Dobson
Tamia - Officially Missing You
Choreographer
Paul Hunter
Quincy Jones & Tamia - You Put A Move on My Heart
Choreographer
Matthew Rolston
EnVogue - My Lovin’ You’re Never Gonna Get It
Choreographer
Matthew Rolston
Slow Jams- Quincy Jones, Tamia, Babyface, & Barry White
Choreographer
Matthew Rolston
AWARD SHOWS
American Music Awards: Michael Jackson "Dangerous"
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ABC
American Music Awards: Lady Gaga "Bad Romance/Speechless"
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ABC
BET Awards: TLC "Kick Your Game"
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BET
BET Awards: Michael Jackson "Dangerous"
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BET
Brit Awards: Michael Jackson "Earthsong"
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ITV
Grammy Awards: Queen Latifah "Medley"
Choreographer
CBS
Grammy Awards: TLC "Waterfalls"
Choreographer
CBS
Grammy Awards: EnVogue "Medley"
Choreographer
CBS
Grammy Awards: Mick Jagger "Everybody"
Choreographer
CBS
MTV Music Awards: Michael Jackson-Opening Medley
Choreographer
MTV
MTV Music Awards: Janet Jackson’s Michael Jackson Tribute
Contributing Choreographer
MTV
MTV Music Awards: EnVogue "Free Your Mind"
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MTV
Soul Train Awards: Michael Jackson "Dangerous"
Choreographer
BET
Soul Train Awards: Michael Jackson-Remember The Time
Contributing Choreographer
BET
Soul Train Awards: Eric Benet & Tamia "Spend My Life with You"
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BET
Soul Train Awards: Dru Hill & Mystikal-Medley
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BET
World Music Awards: Michael Jackson "Earth Song"
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ABC
Kid's Choice Awards: P. Diddy "Opening Medley"
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Nickelodeon
TELEVISION
Dance Moms
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Lifetime
Star Trek
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CBS
Dancing With The Stars
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ABC
Live to Dance
Choreographer
Ellen (Lady Gaga)
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NBC
Ellen "This Is It"
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NBC
Janet Jackson MJ Tribute
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MTV
SYTYCD
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FOX
Britney Spears Pregame
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NFL
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody
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Disney
The Real
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Syndication
Popstars
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ITV
David Copperfield Special
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CBS
FILM
Michael Jackson's "This Is It"
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SONY
The Cable Guy
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SONY
Date Movie
Choreographer
20th Century Fox
A Man Apart
Choreographer
New Line
Coyote Ugly
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Touchstone
Double Platinum
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Columbia TriStar
Michael Jackson's "Ghosts"
Choreographer
Heliopolis
COMMERCIALS
Kardashians
Choreographer
NuCreative Inc.
Kardashians Season 2
Movement Director
NuCreative Inc.
OLD NAVY
Choreographer
Matthew Rolston
GAP
Choreographer
Matthew Rolston
NEUTROGENA
Choreographer
Matthew Rolston
L’ORÉAL
Choreographer
Matthew Rolston
REVLON
Choreographer
Matthew Rolston
FANTA
Choreographer
Matthew Rolston
PEPSI
Choreographer
Wayne Isham
DORITOS
Choreographer
Nigel Dick
CHIPS AHOY
Choreographer
Matthew Rolston
GUESS
Choreographer
Matthew Rolston
HUGO BOSS
Choreographer
Chris Applebaum
HANES
Choreographer
Matthew Rolston
TARGET
Choreographer
Matthew Rolston

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