Columbus Keith Short, Jr. is an NAACP Image Award-winning American choreographer, actor,and singer . He choreographed Britney Spears's Onyx Hotel Tour and worked with Brian Friedman (of So You Think You Can Dance fame). He is most known for the lead role of "D.J." in the motion picture Stomp the Yard.
Personal life Short was born in Kansas City, Missouri to a family he describes as "musical". Short relocated to Los Angeles when he was five years old and immediately began working in a youth theater. He attended Marcos De Niza High School in Tempe, AZ, El Segundo High School, as well as the Orange County High School of the Arts before leaving to join the Broadway tour of Stomp. Short is dating actress Tanee McCall,and has a son from a previous relationship
Career Short's acting debut came as a dancer in You Got Served and he later appeared in Accepted, starring Justin Long. He then took lead roles in the direct-to-DVD movie Save the Last Dance 2 alongside Izabella Miko and Stomp the Yard. He has also appeared twice in the Disney Channel Original Series That's So Raven as Trey, a member of the fictional Boy band "Boyz n' Motion". Other TV appearances include ER and Judging Amy.
In 2006, he appeared in NBC's Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip as novice show writer Darius Hawthorne. He was among the presenters at the 2007 NAACP Image Awards.
In 2007, Columbus appeared in the movie This Christmas also starring Chris Brown and Lauren London.
In 2008, Short appeared in the movie Quarantine also starring Jay Hernandez and Jennifer Carpenter, and played the part of musician, Little Walter in Cadillac Records alongside Jeffrey Wright, Beyonce Knowles, and Oscar winner Adrien Brody.
Short was recently cast as "Pooch" in the film "The Losers" based on the graphic novel. The film co-stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Idris Elba, and Zoe Saldana. The film is to be directed by Sylvain White who directed Stomp The Yard.