Choreographer Andre Fuentes dies suddenly

Choreographer Andre FuentesLast week, various Hollywood news sites reported that dancer and choreographer Andre Fuentes was found dead on May 31 in his apartment. Known for working with Britney Spears and other singers for years, Fuentes shocked the world with his death, as he was only 40 years old and seemingly healthy.

 

Many professional dancers and choreographers mourned his death, posting memories and their regards on social media.

 

One of Fuentes’ closest friends and dance partners Melissa Miles posted on Instagram on June 1: “My dear sweet Andre Fuentes. I’m in complete shock. You went from being one of my first dance teachers in L.A., to a mentor, then to my friend. You saw something in me most didn’t, and believed in me more than I may have even believed in myself. I will never forget our talks and some of the things you said that meant everything to me. I will miss you more than words can say. Thank you for your artistry and everything you contributed to the dance world. You changed my life and so many others. Until we meet again…”

 

Famous teacher and choreographer Debbie Reynolds (of Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio in L.A.) told Radar that Fuentes, who taught at her studio for two decades, “was a remarkable dancer and a true talent.” She said, “We are saddened by the loss of Andre Fuentes, whose light shined in our studio for over 20 years… he will be loved and missed forever.”

 

Andre performing with Britney via Getty ImagesJim Keith of The Movement Talent Agency, where Fuentes was represented, told PopCrush, “He was a dear friend and longtime client and will be missed terribly.”

 

Fuentes worked with Britney Spears for many years, both in live performances and on music videos for hits like “I’m a Slave 4 U,” “Sometimes,” “Born to Make You Happy” and “(You Drive Me) Crazy.” Their professional relationship started after Fuentes performed as her back-up dancer, and then evolved into him eventually choreographing routines for her, like the music videos for “Womanizer” and “Circus.”

 

Fuentes also worked with artists like Beyoncé, No Doubt and Brandy. He even choreographed Prince‘s video for “The Greatest Romance That’s Ever Been Sold.”

 

Andre Fuentes dies in May 2016Speaking of Fuentes in her 2008 documentary “For The Record,” Britney Spears said, “He’s just amazing. He gets it. He gets me. And he knows how to make a woman look good.”

 

Although it’s still unclear what caused Fuentes’ sudden death, the tragedy left the commercial dance scene reeling. Many dancers and choreographers are hosting classes and events in his honor.

 

Club Jeté, a premier dance showcase that happens in L.A. the third Wednesday of every month, announced that June’s event would be dedicated to Fuentes. On Instagram, Club Jeté wrote, “It was almost exactly a year ago that the iconic Andre Fuentes premiered his work on the Club Jeté stage. We were honored to host such a legendary act, and his work ethic, attitude and spirit were an absolute joy to be around. So humble and positive. This month’s June 15th Jeté will be dedicated to Andre’s legacy. Please come out to show your support, and to honor and celebrate the incredible, bright life he led!”

 

Today Cameron Alexander Lee is leading a class in Fuentes’ honor at Millennium Dance Complex in L.A. Lee posted on Instagram, “Dancing today in memory of this man who inspired so many! I know you being the amazing person you were, you’re currently in the best place looking over us all. We gained another angel and today I’m dancing my heart out filled with the passion you always had.”

 

Likewise, instructor Poca Xie dedicated her Monday street jazz class at Converge Studios to Fuentes. She posted, “I don’t know what else I can do for him than to dedicate my Monday class to him. A beautiful soul who impacted my life in and out of dance, he always pushed me to more than what I thought I could do. I knew what he had wanted for me was to stay true to myself and continue to inspire…”

 

Dancer Andre Fuentes dies May 2016Dancer Danielle Towne wrote two days ago on her Instagram, “It’s been an emotional couple days with the passing of my friend. You were one of my first friends in L.A., a crazy and fun roommate, an inspirational teacher, a choreographer with so much artistry and soul… You were and are loved and I will miss you with all my heart. Rest in peace.”

 

BellaMoxi Dance Convention, where Fuentes taught, posted, “We are at such a loss of words right now. [Fuentes] lit up every room he walked into and always made people believe in themselves. His passion and encouragement through dance and life has impacted so many, and we are blessed to have the time we did with him. Our hearts are breaking now. We love and miss this beautiful soul.”

 

Renowned choreographer and creative director Brian Friedman, who called Fuentes his “best friend”, posted on Instagram as well. “Dear Andre Fuentes, Thank you for 25 years of friendship… and shared fashion, hair colors, hair styles, hair products, hotels, motels, clubs, cities, countries, relationships, apartments, houses, friends, frenemies, dance classes, choreography, gigs, makeup, makeup lessons, nail polish, fast food, frozen food, Thanksgiving dinners, holiday presents, cocktails, vegan food, 5th of July parties, amusement parks, malls, shopping sprees, car rides, plane rides, emails, texts, phone calls, advice, postcards (yes, we’re that old), tears and most of all LAUGHTER! I love you endlessly and only wish I could have had one more day to call you a ‘cheerleader’ (the first thing I called you when we met)! Till we meet again, keep toe touching from beyond…”

 

Read more about Andre Fuentes’ career via his agency at movement-agency.com.