Marguerite Derricks

Marguerite Derricks
Marguerite Derricks
Born 1961 (age 49–50)

You know that dream you have where you're flying? That's what dance is like for me

Marguerite Derricks[citation needed]

Marguerite Pomerhn-Derricks, professionally known as Marguerite Derricks, is a multi award-winning choreographer, ballerina and actress born in Buffalo, New York[1] in 1961.

While a youth, Derricks went to the National Ballet School of Canada and admired Karen Kain.[1] It has been noted that Derricks was behind the choreography of two films similar in their subject matter, Striptease (1996) and Showgirls (1995).[2] Some of her more noted works include the Austin Powers films, 10 Things I Hate About You (1999), Donnie Darko (2001), Little Miss Sunshine (2006), and Spider-Man 3 (2007). After the first Austin Powers film, she became famous and increased her reputation with an advertisement for The Gap, "Go Go." During one interview, she said that with regard to her newfound popularity, "it all started with Mike [Myers]," (the star of Austin Powers) and added that "Go Go has changed my life."[1]

In 2006, Derricks choreographed Sister Act the Musical, which had its world premiere at the Pasadena Playhouse. At the turn of 2009, she served as the choreographer for director Kevin Tancharoen's remake of the hit movie, Fame (2009 film). She is currently the choreographer for Gregory Boyd and Frank Wildhorn's new musical "Wonderland"; a twist on the "Alice in Wonderland" children's story.


The only Choreographer to win 3 Consecutive Emmy Awards, Derricks won for her work on the television series 3rd Rock from the Sun and Fame L.A., and Goodwill Games Opening Celebration. In 2002, she won an American Choreography Award for her work on That '70s Show[3] adding to two others for The Gap A GoGo and the short lived sitcom Jenny starring Jenny McCarthy. Won 4 MTV Movie Awards for Best Dance Austin powers, Charlie's Angels, 10 Things I Hate About You and American Wedding. Nominated for MTV Music Award for Best Choreography Adele Chasing Pavements, Won NAACP Award for Best Choreography on Sister Act the Musical

Marguerite Derricks is also the choreographer for the Ben Stiller and Justin Theroux hit film Tropic Thunder in which Tom Cruise delivers his world famous dance performance as Les Grossman, the slimy/wonderful movie mogul he brilliantly portrays.


  1. ^ a b c Bob Thompson, "A woman on the Go Go: Catchy Gap ad, Austin Powers' moves make choreographer a hot commodity," Kingston Whig - Standard. Kingston, Ontario: July 5, 1999, pg. 27.
  2. ^ Stanley Kauffmann, "Survivors," New Republic, 7/29/96, Vol. 215 Issue 5, pages 24-25.
  3. ^ Internet Movie Database, "Awards for Marguerite Pomerhn Derricks," URL accessed 18 January 2007.

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