And being so close to Hollywood meant that my mom could also drive me to auditions, rehearsals, shows and sets. So from the time I was seven until I was sixteen, I worked as a dancer and an actress.That really laid the foundation for what I wanted to do with my career.” While Hooks credits her parents for the support and inspiration that helped put her where she is today, she’s also quick to recognize the opportunity provided by legendary ballerina / choreographer Marguerite Derricks.“In my early teens, I started assisting Marguerite, who is a major film choreographer in LA,” Hooks says, “which is a pretty young age to be an assistant choreographer.
She is also well known for being a leading lady for R B heartthrobs Miguel (Arch N Point), 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.
Galen Hooks is an LA native who has been in the entertainment industry since she was 7 years old.
The ultimate multi-hyphenate (dancer-choreographer-creative director-producer-singer/songwriter-actress-host), she is a chameleon who defies genre and can seamlessly shift between roles both in front of and behind the camera.
Her résumé is dotted with TV and film credits, Broadway assignments, as well as with her work on the groundbreaking web series LXD: The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers, but all of this hard-earned success only begins to tell the story of the Los Angeles native who takes chances and attacks her canvas with the boldest of brushstrokes. “While I was on the tour bus and touring with Snoop I would study,” Hooks said in a recent interview with Dance Track Magazine. That goes to show you how much the real world educates you.
Hooks, refreshingly, is as multilayered and as fascinating as she is talented. They knew everything.” Spend any time at all with Galen Hooks and it’s easy to sense the passion she has for her craft, and to understand how easy it is for that craft to love her back.