Marquese Scott

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Marquese Scott
Born Marquese Scott
(1981-11-05)November 5, 1981
Englewood, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation dancer
Years active 2003—present
Website
www.youtube.com/user/WHZGUD2/

Marquese Scott (born November 5, 1981) is an American animation dancer who started firstly with popping dance. His work has been seen in music videos that he creates, TV shows such as The Ellen DeGeneres Show, advertisements, and live performances at award shows. He has signed with XCel Talent Agency and is part of the dance crew Dragon House. His YouTube channel is WHZGUD2, which includes many dances. His dance videos include Higher[disambiguation needed], Set Fire To The Rain, Wake Me Up, Fresh[disambiguation needed], Hanging On, and his most popular, Pumped Up Kicks.

Life and career[edit]

Marquese Scott was born November 5, 1981 in Englewood, California.[1] He was first exposed to dancing when he noticed a dance contest at his local roller skating rink. He then began dancing while in high school in Indianapolis, Indiana, joining friends in a school dance club. After high school he joined the military and continued to dance.[2][3] After leaving the Navy in 2003, he moved to Atlanta, Georgia to be with his family. It is there where he met other dancers and learned the technique of animations,[1] and began uploading YouTube videos of himself dancing in public places.[3][4] Before he began his newfound skill of dancing, Scott worked at a local Wal-Mart. While he had appeared on So You Think You Can Dance and America's Got Talent with his dance crew Remote Kontrol,[5] it wasn't until his 53rd YouTube upload, a video of himself dancing to a Butch Clancy remix of Foster the People's Pumped Up Kicks in 2011, that he gained notoriety for his dancing.[3] That video went viral, gaining 1.5 million views in four days,[2] and currently has over 100 million views.

Scott dances to dubstep, a type of music that originated in London, United Kingdom, and his dance incorporates elements of animation, waving, and popping.[3] While it has been said that he "moves in ways that don’t seem real",[2] his videos are not aided by trick photography, but rather reflect his body movements in real time,[2] and are un-choreographed.[3][6] Following Pumped Up Kicks, Scott has appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show[3] and in various television and online commercials.[4][7] Scott is a co-founder of the dance event "Shut Up And Dance", and has performed worldwide including Singapore, Germany, Dubai, Spain, and China. [8]

Filmography[edit]

Audio-Technica: Audio 911 (2012)[9]

Enemy Within (2014)[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "MARQUESE SCOTT | DOCUMENTARY". 19 December 2013. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d Chittley, Jordan (27 September 2011). "Dancer Marquese Scott moves in ways that don't seem real". Buzz Feed. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f McNicholas, Kym (12 February 2012). "Marquese Scott: An Overnight Sensation Forbes". Forbes. 
  4. ^ a b Scofield, Andy (24 April 2012). "Top 5 Marquese Scott Ads". Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  5. ^ Goodman, William (24 October 2011). "Marquese Scott is Back With Another Mind Blowing Dance". CBS News. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  6. ^ Lou Lesko (28 September 2011). "PCN Interviews Marquese Scott the Star of the Epic PUMPED UP KICKS DUBSTEP Video". Photo Cine News. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Marquese Scott - New Dubstep Dance Video". Dubstep.net. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "Marquese "Nonstop" Scott performs on restaurant table for Steve Tyler". The Straits Times. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "Marquese Scott". IMDB. Retrieved 3 January 2014.