Today we honor and remember singer, dancer and actress, Aaliyah. On August 25, 2001 she died in an airplane crash leaving behind an impressive legacy at only 22 years of age. She may be gone but she’ll never be forgotten.
Choreographer Aakomon Jones Talks About Working With Aaliyah
Q: How did you first hook up with Aaliyah?
AJ: I first hooked up with Aaliyah around her last album. I was the
assistant choreographer for “We Need A Resolution”, “More Than A Woman”, and
“Rock the Boat”. Fatima was of course the lead choreographer.
Q: Where you excited to work with Aaliyah?
AJ: First and foremost I was a huge fan of Aaliyah’s. Watching the way
Aaliyah and Fatima put their choreography together was always phenomenal. So to
work with Fatima and Aaliyah was a dream.
Q: What was it like working with Aaliyah?
AJ: Aaliyah was a pleasure to work with. Aaliyah was ever the
perfectionist. She always showed up on time ready and willing to learn routines
even if we totally changed the direction of the choreography. For instance,
when we were creating choreography for the “Rock The Boat” video we must have
gone through 5 different instances of Asian, Indian, South American dance
styles. Aaliyah never complained once. She was willing to change and explore
with me and Fatima until we got everything right. Like I said, ever the
Q: Can you give us any off hand
stories about Aaliyah?
AJ: Aaliyah always found time to enjoy herself while working. What I
can tell you about are good times we had going out to lunch after a long day of
routines and rehearsals. Even though we
were at times working 12 to 13 hour days Aaliyah and her crew found time to
laugh. She was a real practical joker.
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