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 perfectionist.

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.  

tog aesthetics

Aelin: relentless persistence, gut impulses, knee-high boots, sideways smirks, gilded mirrors, revenge plots, ancient voices, heavy pendants

Rowan: crossed arms, the calm chill of winter, jagged rocks, morning mist, pale colours, soundless walking, faded lines, patterns drawn in frost

Aedion: blazing heat, silver armour, wolves in the wild, mountain peaks, acting before thinking, slamming doors, hair brushing your shoulders

Lysandra: cat eyes, smudged soot, clandestine meetings, wearing layers, self-discovery, brassy instruments, false trails, beautiful scars, filigree

Chaol: towers of stone, set jaws, lined paper, swearing fealty, sparring, hourglasses, traditions, making lists, buckles and pins, horseback

Dorian: cracking open a book, salt water, deep breathing, quiet anger, dripping candles, new years resolutions, deep blues, boat rides

Nesryn: the smell of pastries, long cloaks, the feel of leather on skin, playing darts, minimalism, high collars, flags in the wind, trust falls

Nehemia: elaborate headdresses, contrasting colours, wisdom, arched ceilings, sacrifices, henna tattoos, intricate braids, gauzy curtains

Manon: flakes of gold, poison, black tipped feathers, adrenaline, wind like daggers, sharpened teeth, sisterhood, repressed memories

Elide: high towers, midnight hair, linens, resignation, tally marks, diagrams in ink, family trees, weeping willows, concentric circles, orchestral music