Fred Tallaksen is an award-winning choreographer whose work and style have been seen on screens and stages worldwide for 23 plus years. He is a four-time Emmy Nominee, an American Choreography Award Winner, a Nominee for a second American Choreography Award, a Winner of two Choreography Media Honor Awards, four World Choreography Award nominations, an Espirit Award Winner, a Fosse Award Nominee, an Ovation Award Nominee, a Robby Award Nominee, a Thea Award Winner and a Winner and Nominee of several Gala Awards.
Lending his talents to film, television, theater, commercials, stage, music videos and the corporate entertainment field, Fred has not only choreographed dancers, singers, actors and musicians, but also skaters, drummers, BMX riders, skateboarders, aerial artists, cheerleaders, gymnasts and all kinds of specialty performers.
Fred has an extensive background in Television, and has choreographed over 60 different television shows including: Goliath (1 Emmy nom & 2 World Choreography Award noms), Shining Vale, Loot, American Housewife, Seven seasons of Malcolm in the Middle (2 Emmy noms & 1 Choreography Media Award Win), The Real O’Neals (1 Emmy & 2 World Choreography Award noms), Legion, Mickey’s 90th Spectacular, The Kids are Alright, Sydney to the Max, A.P. Bio, the EMMY Awards, Santa Clarita Diet, the Mayor, Modern Family, X Factor, Wizards of Waverly Place, Dog with a Blog, Hot In Cleveland, The Price is Right, Fresh Beat Band, Arrested Development, Rules of Engagement, Miss Guided, Jessie, Outsourced, the televised opening of the 120th Rose Parade, Stuck in the Middle, I Didn’t Do it, Lab Rats, Pair of Kings, Big Time Rush, True Jackson VP, Blue Collar TV, Living with Fran Drescher, the televised opening of the Hollywood Christmas Parade, seven years on Days of Our Lives, Mad TV, Boy Meets World and the Ben Stiller Show.
The title sequence for the Jim Henson’s show, Sid the Science Kid, which Fred choreographed, won an Emmy for best title sequence. Fred’s choreography is featured in over 40 episodes of this animated PBS children’s show and gained an expertise for choreography using cutting edge motion capture technology. More recently, Fred choreographed Henson’s newest animated show Word Party for Netflix.
Fred worked one on one with Madonna and created choreography for her Sorry music video. He was then asked to choreograph the finale for her Confessions World Tour. The televised special on NBC earned him a Choreography Media Honors Award. Fred has also choreographed music videos for Weezer (Pork and Beans), James Blunt (1973), Kellis (Good Stuff), Enrique Iglasias (Can You Hear Me), Storm Lee (I Came Here to Dance) and Misty Rosas (Let Go). The music video Fred choreographed for Juanes (Me Enamora) won a Latin Grammy Award for best video of the year.
Fred was the skating consultant for Austin Powers III – Goldmember, and worked personally with Mike Myers. He choreographed other films such as The Little Rascals Save the Day, Valley Girl (skating choreography for Mandy Moore), Atlas Shrugged, No Place Like Home, Circuit, Whiplash and The Sex Monster.
For the 53rd Grammy Awards Fred choreographed Cee Lo Green’s nominated song Forget You, featuring Jim Henson’s Puppets and Gwyneth Paltrow. Other award shows include: Billboard Music Awards w/ Bad Bunny, the EMMY Awards, Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards with Whitney Houston, multiple Gala Award shows, the Laurel Awards and the Music Video Producer Awards.
Commercials include the American Choreography Award nominated Mountain Dew Busby Berkeley Spot, Wells Fargo, Tip Top Bakery, Keystone Light, Washington Mutual, seven spots for Goodyear Tires, Nature Made Vitamins, Mitsubishi, Dirt Devil, two spots for Round Table Pizza, Domino’s Pizza, Chrysler, Toshiba, Adidas Men’s Cologne, Hilton Hotels, Shoebuy.com and McDonald’s.
Fred has also choreographed live shows for: the Jabbawockeez’s Halloween Horror Nights in Los Angeles, JLo’s “All I Have” residency at Planet Hollywood in Vegas, Sea World Summer Shows in San Diego and Orlando, Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights Orlando show “Death Drums” and the Osmond Family X-Mas show in Branson MO.
Fred directed and choreographed many stage productions including: “Fully Charged,” a circus for Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey (Director and Choreographer), the national tour of Phineas and Ferb: the Best Live Tour Ever! (Director and Choreographer), the international tour of Let’s Rock the Mouse! (Director and Choreographer), the amazing spectacle entitled The Legend of Mythica for Tokyo Disney Seas (THEA award for best show), Dance Time at Disneyland Paris and the Pixar Play! Parade, at California Adventure. (Director and Choreographer)
An award-winning Director/Choreographer for his work in the corporate arena, Fred has created entertainment for over 300 events, all over the world, for major corporations including Microsoft, Go Daddy, Red Bull, La Quinta, Heineken, Hallmark, HP, Mitsubishi, Honda, Acura, IBM, FORD, Pizza Hut, McDonald’s, Goodyear, AT&T, Rolls Royce, Chrysler, Honeywell, US Sprint, Harley Davidson, Jaguar, Elizabeth Arden, the Disney Channel, Phillip Morris and countless others. Fred was staff choreographer for many years for the high roller parties on New Years Eve at the Bellagio and Mirage hotels in Las Vegas and the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas. For his work in the Corporate World, Fred has won an Esprit Award and several Gala Awards.
With casts in Orlando and Los Angeles, Fred’s corporate ACTS: Rhythm Extreme, LIGHT FORCE, Extreme Beam, X Pose’ and L.E.D. (Lights, Energy, Drums) tour and perform at corporate events worldwide.
Fred has choreographed and coached celebrities including:
Madonna, Maya Rudolph, Andy Samberg, Mira Sorvino, Greg Kinnear, Courteney Cox, Selena Gomez, Billy Bob Thornton, J.K. Simmons, Obba Babatunde’, Bad Bunny, Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Kym Whitley, Caroline Rhea, Beau Bridges, Drew Carey, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mike Meyers, Jennifer Lopez, Bryan Cranston, Bea Arthur, Betty White, Heather Locklear, David Spade, Yvette Nicole Brown, Sofia Vergara, Keke Palmer, Vanessa Hudgens, Fran Drescher, Valerie Bertinelli, Patton Oswalt, Paula Pell, Fred Armisen, David Cassidy, Cloris Leachman, Whitney Houston, Wendie Malick, Judy Greer, Ben Stiller, Ben Savage, Jane Kazmerick, Diedrich Bader, Katy Mixon, Lucy Lawless, Timothy Olyphant, Garrett Clayton, Cedric the Entertainer, Jesse Tyler Ferguson plus Mickey & Minnie Mouse.