Adam Michael Shankman, Adam Shankman representing himself as a film producer, director, author, dancer, actor and choreographer belongs to American nationality. Born on November 27, 1964, Shankman has appeared as a judge on So You Think You Can Dance, a television dance competition, in season 3. At the beginning of his career, he appeared as a dancer in music videos of Paula Abdul and Jannet Jackson. Shankman has experience of working as a choreographer in dozens of films and has also worked as a director of many feature-length box office hits such as Brining Down the House, The 2007 remake of Hairspray and A Walk to Remember. He has also worked as a Director, Producer, and choreographer for the short movie Prop 8- The Musical(2008).


Shankman was born and grew up in Los Angeles in a traditional Jewish family. He joined The Juilliard School but he didn’t continue his study and started to learn dance in musical theater. Shankman started his professional choreography career in 1989 from the music video of rapper MC shan, which was directed by Julien Temple. He debuted in a short movie Cosmo’s Tale as gig director.

He has choreographed for various artists such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Antonio Banderas, Boogie Nights and Marlon Brando. Affiliating with ABC, he worked on a Harmony, a Tv pilot about a music town. Shankman was selected as a director for the Cadillac Ranch , a TV series about the female mayor of a small town.

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Through his company Offspring Entertainment where he worked with his sister, producer Jennifer Gibgot has signed a deal with Warner Bros television and Warner Horizon. Offspring currently works for various TV shows and Television networks. Shankman is currently working on Young Adult novels which will be published soon.

    “When the opportunity to choreograph came up, it was nothing more in my head but an opportunity. Then it suddenly became a career very quickly.”

Shankman has been handling reality show So You Think You Can Dance since the third season as a judge. During this reality show, he used term “Lyrical Hip-Hop” to describe the dance style of choreographer Tabitha and Napoleon D’umo and the later term was used widely and he was credit for the term. Besides this, he is running a charitable foundation The Dizzy Feet Foundation along with Nigel Lythgoe, show’s executive producer and is helping the underprivileged kids to learn dance and arts education.


While coming to his personal life and sexual orientation, Shankman is openly gay. There have no any reports about his marital status, relationship, and past affairs or he might have remained silent about his personal matters. Though he is gay, he has handled to the wedding of actors Freedie Prinze, Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar with the home he worked during choreographing Buffy the Vampire. Through his career, he has earned net worth of $3.5 million. He is active in all social media and has numerous fans following him. We can get a recent update about his personal and professional life in various social media.