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Laurieann Gibson: Born to Dance And the Winner Is…

by Afiya XSeptember 20, 2011

It’s a rarity to see virtually no drama on a reality tv show. Especially one that airs on BET. The first season of Laurieann Gibson: Born to Dance was as close to drama-free as BET will probably ever come, so if you haven’t watched the season, now may be a good time to experience this historic moment in black television history!

Today’s season finale ended with a last supper with the celebrity choreographer Laurieann Gibson and her three finalists – Kristina (KC), Hennessy, and LaTonya – before they performed to Poker Face at Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball. And then the winner was announced…

Who won Born to Dance?

LaTonya Swann won the first Born to Dance title and the 50,000 dollar prize!

Congratulations to all the participants and to Laurieann for such an inspirational reality show!

If you’re missing Born to Dance already, check out a dance video from Latonya Swann.

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  • squidward
    May 2, 2012 at EDT

    I worked on the show from beginning to end…….Unfortunately there will not be a season 2

  • joyce ann
    January 3, 2012 at EDT

    I just want to know if the show will continue i hope so and latonya, you go girl, i really enjoyed her dancing. Laurianne and the gang you all did a great job with the girls. Latonya rocked it. What is she doing now? I am so ready to see the show again and hope we all can see latonya again very soon.

  • Annette
    October 11, 2011 at EDT

    I think a positive shows such as Born to Dance should be shown at a decent hour in order for younger girls to see the beauty in persuing your dream without degrading yourself and incorporating GOD in their life. Congratulation to Latonya, I knew it was you from the beginning and mad respect to Laurieann and wish you much success on your next project.

  • Strybry
    October 7, 2011 at EDT

    It was a BLAST watching Born to Dance. Congrat’s to LaTonya and much success!!! I can’t wait until next season Laurieann…..you and your Crew are the BOMB!!!

  • missy
    October 5, 2011 at EDT

    Whao! Great show! We in Nigeria followed the show all thru! Congratulations Latonya! Great Job girl, congratulations to hennessy an KC also, u r all winners! Lauriannnnnnnnnnn! U r such a blessing to dis generation! God bless you! Can’t wait till the next season!!! Cheers

  • Vee
    October 4, 2011 at EDT

    I AGREE WITH EVERY ONE ELSE THIS WAS THE SHOW OF THE YEAR!! NO DRAMA AND ALOT OF POSITIVE PEOPLE GIVING THESE YOUNG LADIES A CHANCE OF A LIFETIME. I CHOSE LATONYA FROM THE BEGINNING BUT NOT TAKING FROM THE OTHER GIRLS. IM ALSO GLAD THAT THE LAST THREE GOT TO EXPERIENCE PERFORMING WITH SUCH A GREAT ARTIST AND GIVING THE JOY TO KEEP UP THEIR DREAMS. LAURIE ANN U R THE BEST!!!!
    CONGRATS TO U LATONYA!!

  • Rand0528
    September 30, 2011 at EDT

    FROM DAY ONE, I CHOSE LATONYA…..CONGRATS, ITS WAS THE FIGHT SHE HAD IN HER FROM THE BEGINNING.

  • Mello
    September 29, 2011 at EDT

    I was rootin for Jelly n Quiana n Latanya so I’m glad 1 of my faves won… I really liked KC too she was fierce, but LaTanya was baddd!! That show was the 1st in history not to have so much drama in it… I guess thaz what happens when u incorporate God in ur life ; blessings to all thoz who tried out made it thru n who will continue in their quests for greatness; great job Laurieann

  • Rochelle
    September 25, 2011 at EDT

    Laurieannnnnnnnn!!! Big big big big props to you for hosting the FIRST & ONLY drama free & inspirational COMPETITION show on television in the history of these type of shows!! I have never been so inspired..ALL these girls genuinely loved each other and cheered each other on. THANK GOD you got rid of the ONLY bad apple in the barrel early on!! Richie and P-nut were tough but sweet. p.s. got new love for Gaga too (smile) so real & genuine just like you–twin spirits like Latonya said. I thought I loved you but now I KNOW I do!! Boooooooom Kaaaaaaak

  • Little miss model
    September 22, 2011 at EDT

    Greetings from the UK!!!….’Got to dance’ is amazing and I’m so happy that Latonya won!! I really appreciate the show because there was no drama and it didn’t show the usual stereotypes. Congratualtions LATONYA

  • September 21, 2011 at EDT

    forgot to end by saying our latest Trini slang>>>>>>>strength and power LaTonya…..(SMILIE FACE)

  • September 21, 2011 at EDT

    i live in Trinidad, and we Tinis know a good thing when we see it> so from the get go i knew she was a contender. i loved, believed, and understood where she was at and where she despartely wanted to be…. that drive to Win and the eye of T I G E R as Mrs Boomkak would say: it was in her. Yes meh girl, u did well………..uh done know!!!!!!!!!!!

  • TheChar
    September 21, 2011 at EDT

    You go Latonya!!!! You were my pic form the first show.
    CONGRATS!!!!!!!!

  • sja
    September 21, 2011 at EDT

    It was refreshing to see a positive, God driven reality show. Hopefully BET will make the right decision and give you many more seasons. Our children need to be exposed to the arts and positive role models. Congrats to all!

  • glo linda
    September 21, 2011 at EDT

    well deserved!! Latonya

  • Chicago
    September 21, 2011 at EDT

    I knew she was going to win she have so much swag when she dance!!! Congratulations

  • Rasheda
    September 21, 2011 at EDT

    OMLord!!! I am soooo HAPPY for Latonya!!! She truly deserves this title. She, along with all the other ladies, worked very hard to prove that this is what they were born to do. I, too, am so glad that there was no drama forreal in this show, especially after Khalea left. CONGRATS to all the ladies and I pray that your gift continues to take you far beyond your wildest dreams! ~ Peace & Blessings!!!

  • Ben Daité
    September 21, 2011 at EDT

    Yes, really! I love the editing. For once, a black show without the drama – it’s awesome. And it’s probably because these girls were competing for something that was real, something more tangible and practical as in being ambitious about helping themselves and perhaps understanding that they needed good people around them in order to get better.

    I am glad a show like this can move away from the ‘basketball wives’ and ‘real housewives’ syndrome. For once, BET have shown that tv can be constructive, if they choose to. Kudos to Laurieann though, I believe in this woman!

  • northwoodsgramma
    September 21, 2011 at EDT

    Latonya was hands down the most transformed of all the contestants and deserved to win!! Her dancing greatly improved, but it was fab to begin with. What was really exciting to see every week – was- watching her, little by little – come out of her shell…..speaking louder & with confidence, dancing with greater soul & expression, etc., then seeing all that growth, development & confidence come out in an explosion of joy & sheer goodness and trancendent happiness tonight on the show with Lady Gaga. The last few weeks have been very emotional. This has truly been THE best show of this type EVER!! No added drama has been awesome. Just think of all the things they could have dreamed up editing together with 20 women in 1 house!

    • Ann Mamie
      September 21, 2011 at EDT

      So true! They gave the producers no drama-material to work with… I also enjoyed watching LaTonya’s journey, especially the episode when they were training hard for the Gaga audition. You could tell they all wanted it more than anything.

  • September 21, 2011 at EDT

    i am soooooooooo happy for latonya she tears it up and was so dedicated with a great personality she will be easy to get along with an make it big in the industry.

  • Ashanta
    September 21, 2011 at EDT

    I’m sooooooo happy for Latonya..she put her all into every step from day 1..CONGRATS!

  • Nique
    September 21, 2011 at EDT

    I luv this show! Laurieann is my shero! I’m trying out next season if there is one so watch out for Nique **Chi-town in the house**

  • Jay-dub
    September 21, 2011 at EDT

    Latonya and Ice were my fav so its cool she won… big ups!

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