Galen Hooks is an LA native who has been in the entertainment industry since she was 7 years old. She is a chameleon who defies genre and can seamlessly shift between roles both in front of and behind the camera.
Galen’s reach is felt worldwide- her iconic choreography has come to embody strength, power, sensuality and class for women, and is synonymous with risk-taking and authenticity as an artist. Around the world, dancers and non-dancers alike are impacted by Galen.
Galen is both an industry darling (a veteran icon of the dance industry with over 20 years experience) and a viral sensation (over 100 million views across social media); her popularity comes with clout.
Whether she is choreographing, performing, directing, songwriting or producing (or wearing multiple hats at once as in the critically acclaimed “WAIT FOR ME”), she has an eye for detail and storytelling that she breathes into every project.
At 7 years old, her dance group was the Junior Dance Champion on Star Search. As a child, she worked on shows such as Full House, modeled for Mervyn’s, and performed in an opera with Placido Domingo. As a teen, she assisted choreographer Marguerite Derricks for movies such as Donnie Darko and shows such as That 70’s Show.
Galen has worked with over 60 artists, including Janet Jackson, Justin Bieber, Camila Cabello, Britney Spears, Usher, Chris Brown, Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, Banks, Grimes, and John Legend. She modeled extensively for Nike, including countless catalogs, billboards, and a two-page ad in Vogue magazine.
She was part of the creative team in tributes for Janet Jackson and Missy Elliott and performed at the historic MTV VMA Michael Jackson Tribute.
Producing credits include America’s Got Talent (Associate Consulting Producer), The Voice (Associate Performance Producer), Disney Channel Presents: Radio Disney’s Family VIP Birthday (Executive Producer and Creative Director), and YouTube’s “Masterclass” (Consulting Producer and Host).
Theater works include Associate Co-choreographer for the revival of the hit Broadway show Dreamgirls and Choreographer for Higher Education, a new musical from the Tony Award-winning producers of Hair and Memphis.
Galen is recognized as a dancer, choreographer, and actress in THE LXD: Legion of Extraordinary Dancers, which has a 3-season show on Hulu and has had groundbreaking performances on So You Think You Can Dance, TED Talks, the 82nd Annual Oscars, as the opening act for two Glee Tours, at the Guggenheim New York, Invisible Children’s Fourth Estate (with an original score by Hans Zimmer), and Google Zeitgeist in London.
Galen is also well known for being a leading lady for R&B heartthrobs Miguel (“Arch N Point”) and Usher (“Good Kisser”) and most recognizably as a dancer, choreographer, and actress for Ne-Yo‘s concept album Libra Scale, in which she played the lead character, Diamond Eye, and her alter ego, Pretti Sinclair, in the album’s music videos, album leaflet, and live performances.
MTV VMA Nominee “Best Choreography”: Camila Cabello “Havana”
World Dance Awards: Best Television Episodic – THE LXD
World Dance Awards: Best Television Episodic – YouTube’s ReMixed
World Dance Awards: Best Television Episodic – “CAMPFIRE VAUDEVILLE” (a song and dance experience, featuring original music written by Galen)
World Dance Awards: Best Television Live – THE LXD at the 82nd OSCARS
Webby Awards: YouTube’s “Masterclass” (Consulting Producer and Host)
Streamy Awards: YouTube’s “Masterclass” (Consulting Producer and Host)
ACTIVISM / EDUCATION
In her free time, Galen is a leading activist in the dance community, having served 10 years as the chair of Dancers Alliance and as a board member of SAG-AFTRA. She currently consults DA and is helping to spearhead Choreographers Alliance.
Galen is also sharing invaluable knowledge through her new revolutionary intensives, THE GALEN HOOKS METHOD, focusing on limited class sizes and direct feedback.
Galen taught thousands of students in over 15 countries including Italy, England, China, Korea, Japan, Germany, Poland, Costa Rica, Colombia, Mexico, Greece, Switzerland, Norway, France, The Netherlands, Panama, Canada, Singapore, and more.
Galen is a graduate of Penn State University with a BA in Law.