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The411: Lady Gaga's backup dancer! In week's The411 with Sherlene Shanklin

by Sherlene Shanklin

Posted on June 23, 2010 at 9:21 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 11 at 7:05 AM

The411:  Welcome to this week's The411.  It seems there's a Louisville tie to pop star Lady Gaga.  
Meet Louisville's own, Male High School graduate and Lady Gaga backup dancer Graham Breitenstein.  The 24 year old is on tour with the pop sensation.  So, how did he get this job of a lifetime? 
Graham says "Oh, wow the story is kinda crazy but basically I moved to L.A. in August of 05' and I had never taken, I had taken one professional dance class ever but I grew up knowing I loved performing, I love to dance,  I used to sneak into some clubs and just watch them dance and then when the first day I moved to L.A. I took a dance class from Kennis Marquis and he's one of MC Hammer's old dancers.  As soon as I took that class I was devastating in the class but knew his choreography I really wanted to hone.  So, I ended up kinda pursuing him to teach me one on one in privates for six months and it was after that I started assisting him and a friend of his is an assistant choreographer and casted a small time job he was doing and he casted me on the job and a year and half later he called me for Lady Gaga."     
Graham has performed with Lady Gaga on shows like:  (Graham )"The first show I did with her was December 08', The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and then January 09 Love Game video, May 09' Dancing with the Stars and this past January I did the Grammys."  
Graham is spending a few days in Louisville then he meets back up with Lady Gaga to continue the tour.  So, what's next for Graham?  (Graham) "Hmmm, I don't know a lot more, but what that is I don't know as long as Gaga goes Graham is going." 
The Monster Ball Tour is getting rave reviews. Right now, the tour is scheduled to end in mid-September.  The closest concert to Louisville is July 15th in Indianapolis.     
If you have an event send it  I'm Sherlene Shanklin with WHAS11 News.   
The411 is downloaded on Thursday's at the conclusion of the 5:30pm newscast.   You can also see the story on Saturday morning on Good Morning Kentuckiana during the 6:00 a.m. show.