Thursday, May 5, 2011

Exclusive Interview: Paul Becker Discusses 'Sucker Punch,' 'Hellcats' Choreography

Read Shockya's exclusive interview with choreographer Paul Becker, who has created routines for movies, television shows, concerts and music videos. His recently created choreographed such films as ‘Sucker Punch’ and ‘Hanna Montana: Best of Both Worlds.’ Becker also serves as the lead choreographer on the CW cheer leading series ‘Hellcats.’ Besides being a choreographer, he also serves as a horror movie movement consultant, and has worked on such films as last year’s ‘My Soul to Take’ and the upcoming ‘Cabin in the Woods.’ Becker discusses with us, among other things, how he creates the choreography, and how his mentor, director and choreographer Kenny Ortega, influences his work.

Written by: Karen Benardello

Shockya (SY): You serve as the lead choreographer on the CW cheer leading comedy-drama series ‘Hellcats.’ Where do you come up with the ideas for the cheers, and do the storylines influence your ideas for the routines??

Paul Becker (PB): The story lines always guide the choreography as there is sometimes dialogue during a dance. However I always take liberty in writing my own concepts when necessary. Each week I have to come up with new concepts, so it is quite a challenge.

SY: Do the show’s main actors, including Aly Michalka and Ashley Tisdale, actually perform the routines? If so, how long does it take to teach them the choreography??

PB: EVERYONE must perform their own dances. The lead actors dance just as much as the professional dancers. Everyone is at a different skill level so the teaching time varies.

SY: You started dancing at an early age in multiple styles, including hip hop, ballet and tap. What is your favorite style of dance, and when did you realize that you wanted to make a career out of dance??

PB: I actually don’t have a favorite style…it all makes me feel the same. As a child I was reassured that this is what I want to do every time I saw live performances of other male dancers. It made me realize that this is possible.

To read the rest of this interview, please click here.

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