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From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is now a major Quebec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. The company has 5,000 employees, including 1,300 performing artists from close to 50 different countries. Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 100 million spectators in more than 300 cities in over forty countries on six continents.

 
 
 

Biography

Marguerite Derricks

Choreographer

Three-time Emmy award-winner Marguerite Pomerhn Derricks is one of the most sought-after choreographers in the entertainment industry. Her work has been featured in countless films, television shows, commercials, music videos and stage productions.

Marguerite began her dance training in Buffalo, New York at the age of five. When she was 16 she was awarded a scholarship from the New York City Ballet and went on to dance with the National Ballet of Canada and the Philadelphia Ballet.

In 1983, she moved to Los Angeles to work as a lead dancer on the TV series Fame and soon afterward became assistant choreographer to Debbie Allen and Otis Sallid.

Television and Marguerite Derricks proved to be a good fit and it's a solid partnership that continues to grow. She received her first Emmy Award in 1997 for her work on 3rd Rock From the Sun and her outstanding choreography has been showcased on such shows as the MTV Movie Awards, the VH1 Vogue Fashion Awards, the 50th Primetime Emmy Awards, the 2003 NAACP Image Awards, Will & Grace and That 70's Show. She also created the choreography for 22 episodes of Cedric the Entertainer Presents.

Music videos gave Marguerite a high-profile outlet in which to spread her creative wings. "I started working as a choreographer in the 1980s when music videos were taking off. I did about 100 videos. It was my training ground," she says of her work with such artists as Quincy Jones, Céline Dion, Taylor Dane, Little Richard, Tone Loc, Donna Summer, Barry White, Sheila E. and Deborah Harry.

Marguerite's choreography for feature films includes all three Austin Powers movies with Mike Myers, Batman & Robin (starring George Clooney, Chris O'Donnell and Uma Thurman), Paul Verhoeven's Showgirls, 10 Things I Hate About You, Striptease, with Demi Moore, Ivan Reitman's Junior, and Never Been Kissed which starred Drew Barrymore.

Her most recent film work is on display in American Wedding, Charlie's Angels II, 13 Going On 30, Starsky & Hutch, Daddy Day Care with Eddie Murphy, Looney Tunes Back in Action with Brendan Fraser and Cat in the Hat with Mike Myers.

Marguerite says her work in film was a good preparation for the cabaret style of the Cirque du Soleil show ZUMANITY. "In film, I work as if I'm creating for the stage," she notes. "Directors tend to shoot my work in that Fred Astaire, head-to-toe style—and they do it all in one take instead of chopping it up."

In addition to her three consecutive Emmy awards, Marguerite has received three MTV Movie awards and three American Choreography awards.

Marguerite Pomerhn Derricks was born in Buffalo, New York.