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Brian Friedman – Where Have You Been?

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Everyone around the globe dances to their own beat, but it’s different when it comes to choreographing. That’s where Brian Friedman, a well known and respected choreographer and dancer in the competitive entertainment world steps in. Friedman’s passion for music and dance has grown strong since childhood. His days of being in Newsies are long gone, but he has had the privilege of working with huge stars like Britney Spears, Mya, Hillary Duff, Prince, and *NSYNC.

Friedman had the pleasure of choreographing a number of Britney Spears videos, such as Overprotected, Toxic,I love Rock ‘n Roll, and I’m A Slave 4 U, which he received a nomination for outstanding achievement in music video choreography for in 2002.

More recent, Friedman’s judging days on Simon Cowell’s The X Factor has been transformed into creative directing. According to Friedman, he felt he wasn’t “fulfilling [his] duties as an artistic person but is more than thrilled to take on this role.” What makes Friedman stand out among other choreographers? He dedicates his time to young aspiring dancers around the world, teaching them his technique. Not only do they gain confidence in their dancing, they also develop respect toward their fellow dancers. Being that he is still a young choreographer, he is a role model for aspiring professional dancers and choreographers, showing them that if they strive for what they deserve, then no one can stand in their way. Friedman is no amateur. He’s been nominated for four MTV Video Music awards, two Music Video Production awards, and five American Choreography awards ( His dance contributions to films include Bubbly Boy, Uptown Girls, She’s All That, and more. In She’s All That, Friedman was a dancer in an exciting scene toward the end. And, just to blow everyone off their feet, Friedman celebrated this summer the release of his new BFree apparel and footwear line with Frontline Dance/Capezio. The Elite shoe is finally available to the public. Clearly Friedman believes he has more to offer the dance world and does not lack the confidence to state it (check out his MySpace page for more info on this). He takes risks and reaps the benefits. So if you want to learn how to dance like a professional from a professional, Brian Friedman is the guy to go to.

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