(NEW YORK) -- At 17 years old, a Greyhound Bus dropped Laurieann Gibson off at the Port Authority Bus Terminal on 42nd Street in New York City. The 12-hour journey from Toronto, her hometown, made Gibson feel like a character in the movie Fame.
Today, she works side by side with her friend Lady Gaga. Just last week, Gibson choreographed Lady Gaga's music video "Judas," the second single from her album "Born This Way," to be released in May. She also directed the singer's upcoming HBO Monster Ball Tour special to air on May 7.
On April 10, The Dance Scene, a reality show about her life and work, as well as the search to find out if any of her proteges have what it takes to be the next big choreographer, will premiere on E!
At first, Gibson was apprehensive. She didn't want to be on TV just for the sake of being on TV, she said. She told Ryan Seacrest if she was going to star in a show, she wanted something that could reach the masses and give those who dreamed like her the hope to keep going.
With all the reality shows on TV today that aim to find the next star, Gibson said her show will be different.
"This is real life. This is for the dancer who was born and got on the Greyhound bus and got off at 42nd street," says Gibson. "We take away the gloss and we show you the real survival and the everyday disappointment."
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