Marquese Scott (born November 5, 1981) is an American Popping dancer. 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, Set Fire To The Rain, Wake Me Up, Fresh, Hanging On, and his most popular, Pumped Up Kicks.
Life and career
Marquese Scott was born November 5, 1981 in Inglewood, California. He was first exposed to dancing when he noticed a dance contest happening at a local roller skating rink. Scott began to take dancing seriously while in high school at North Central High school in Indianapolis, Indiana, joining friends in his school dance club. After high school he joined the military and continued to dance whenever he got the opportunity. After contributing in the Navy, Scott moved to Atlanta, Georgia to be with his family. Atlanta is where he met other dancers and learned the technique of animation, and began uploading YouTube videos of himself dancing. Scott worked at a local Wal-Mart, while he appeared on So You Think You Can Dance and America's Got Talent with his dance crew Remote Kontrol. After Scott's rise to popularity he wanted to dedicate himself to traveling the world. Another dancer in the dance family DragonHouse who goes by the name BluPrint, replaced Scott's position in Remote Kontrol. Scott wanted to help Bluprint follow his dreams and that's exactly what he did for him. The three current members of Remote Kontrol are BluPrint (Dorian Hector), Iglide (Julius Chisolm) and Chibi (Bryan Gaynor). Scott has been a huge influence on people of all ages that have started dancing . Scott's 53rd YouTube upload, a video of himself dancing to a Butch Clancy remix of Foster the People's Pumped Up Kicks in 2011 is what propelled Mr.Scott to stardom. The Pumped Up Kicks dubstep remix of Scott dancing went viral, gaining 1.5 million views in four days and over 5 million in one week. The viral video currently has over 124 million views. All his videos on his WHZGUD2 channel currently have a combined viewing total of over 360 million with 1.7 million YouTube subscribers.
Mr. Scott dances to dubstep, a type of music that originated in London, United Kingdom, and his animation incorporates the elements of waving, gliding, tutting and popping. Marquese then takes those elements and creates his own transitions which result in a unique dance video. Marquese has had a major role in fashion as well. Many of his followers turn to Marquese for their fashion style. Scott often wears a wide variety of hats, jeans and often dances in Jordan sneakers. While it has been said that he "moves in ways that don’t seem real", his videos are not aided by trick photography. Scott reflects his body movements in real time, and are un-choreographed. Following the viral success of the Pumped Up Kicks video, Scott appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on two different occasions. Scott continues to do work with television and online advertisements that include companies ranging from Coca Cola to Ferrari. Scott's video locations are uniquely chosen. He is known for capturing quality background elements within his videos such as nature, cities and buildings. Marquese is the co-founder of the dance event in Atlanta, GA called "Shut Up And Dance" a dance gathering of top dancers in Atlanta and around the country. Madd Chadd (from the Step Up Movie Franchise) and other legendary dancers attended this last year's event. Scott has performed worldwide and shot videos in numerous countries such as Singapore, Germany, France, Japan, THE UAE, Spain, and China. Scott also does collaborations with other dancers. He is currently represented by XcelTalent Agency out of Atlanta, Georgia (United States).