Confidence & Creativity | Get to Know Dancer Tanisha Scott

Author: Zenna Wilberg / Photos: Valine Brana
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From choreographing and appearing in iconic music videos like Drake’s “Hotline Bling,” to performing regularly at major events like the iHeartRadio awards, and with multiple MTV Video Music Award nominations under her belt, Tanisha Scott is easily one of the music industry’s most successful dancers and creative directors. She has a talent for exuding confidence while remaining humble, a feat not easily accomplished by most people.

Despite working with some of the industry’s biggest names, like Drake, Rihanna, Cardi B, and Beyoncé, Tanisha doesn’t let that get to her—for her, creating a piece of choreography is simply about reflecting the artist’s personality and bringing their vision to life.

We got the chance to chat with Tanisha about her work, how she stays inspired, and more. Get to know this bad BISH below!

Did you always know you wanted to be a dancer/choreographer?

I didn’t always know… Even in high school and university, I didn’t think it was an option. But I was always an athlete and I grew up dancing with my shadow. Music was always in the house — my dad was a DJ.

Do you ever struggle to find inspiration? How do you overcome this?

I only struggle if there’s no vision… I follow the storyline [of a song], follow the lyrics. I’m not a dance studio teacher. I’m a choreographer for artists, so I create choreography for a specific person and make sure the artist is primary.

What’s it like working with major celebrities like Drake and Rihanna? Do you find it intimidating at all?

Specifically for those two, I don’t get intimidated because they’re coming to me for exactly what I do. They have such a clear vision, they know exactly what they want. And because I’ve worked with them before I’m constantly thinking, "how do I make this better this time?"

Besides dancing, what kind of workout/exercise routines do you do to stay fit?

I work out with a trainer five times a week, first thing in the morning. I have a trainer because you never work as hard by yourself [as you do with someone pushing you.] I train specifically to improve in certain areas.

What’s one of the most important pieces of advice you’ve been given in your career? Or that you try to live by?

My integrity, saying please and thank you. To stay humble and help other people. I’m so lucky that I get to do this so it’s important to be the door for other people.

What does MISSBISHmean to you? Who is your MISSBISH?

MISSBISH is power, it’s when you look in the mirror and love yourself… it’s about not apologizing for being yourself. Debbie Allan, she’s the alpha woman! So powerful.

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