Dave Scott (choreographer)

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Dave Scott (born 1973) is an American hip-hop dance teacher, choreographer, and talent developer. He gained widespread success from his choreography in movies primarily the 2004 dance film You Got Served. He has since expanded to choreographing for television and teaching at dance conventions. In 2004, Scott won an American Choreography Award for You Got Served. He also won a Fred & Adele Astaire Award in 2008 for Step Up 2: The Streets. He describes his style as aggressive, melodic, and energetic. He is currently represented by McDonald Selznick Associates.

Early life

Scott was born and raised in Compton, California. He is 6'4 and has never taken any dance classes or had any formal dance training. He learned how to dance from watching musicals, b-boy movies, and music videos, namely those of Michael Jackson who he cites as one of his influences. He cites hip-hop dance pioneers Stefan "Mr. Wiggles" Clemente and Timothy "Popin' Pete" Solomon as influences as well. As a teenager he further developed his skills by forming his own b-boy crew and battling other crews in his neighborhood. After graduating high school, Scott attended Weber State University on a basketball scholarship where he earned an associate's degree in business administration. He got his first professional dance job while in Utah on accident when he was asked to replace a dancer on a concert tour after being spotted dancing in a club. He later returned to California and started his career by dancing in tours and music videos.


From being in tours and music videos, he built relationships in the dance community and moved into teaching classes and doing choreography in film and television. He has worked with singers such as Ginuwine, B2K, Tyrese, Brian McKnight, Jon B, IMX, rapper Bow Wow, and Olympic gold medalist Tara Lipinski. Dave Scott is the choreographer for teen R&B group, Mindless Behavior. In 2012 he co-choreographed the Ubisoft video game The Hip Hop Dance Experience with Laurieann Gibson and b-boy David "Kid David" Shreibman.


In 2001 Scott formed the teen R&B group B2K and served as their choreographer and stylist. With the group he went on to choreograph the movie You Got Served which featured all four singers in primary roles. Following the success of the movie, he released an instructional dance DVD, You Got Served:Take it to the Streets which teaches viewers how to do the dance routines featured in the film. In addition to You Got Served, he co-choreographed Step Up 2: The Streets with Jamal Sims and Nadine "Hi Hat" Ruffin.

Scott has also choreographed the movies Fresh, Stomp the Yard, Dance Flick, House Party 4, and Coach Carter. In 2010 Scott appeared in the independent documentary MOVE "? a film about people in the dance industry and how they were able to go from dancing as a hobby to dancing as a career.


In 2003, he was a guest choreographer on The Wade Robson Project. He was also a guest choreographer on Step It Up and Dance and on season 7 of Dancing with the Stars. He has been a recurring hip-hop choreographer on the show So You Think You Can Dance since season three.

So You Think You Can Dance

Season Week Dancers Style Music
Season 3 Week 2 Lauren Gottlieb
Neil Haskell
Hip-Hop "The Way I Are""?Timbaland feat. Kerri Hilson and D.O.E
Shauna Noland
Jimmy Arguello
"U Sexy Girl""?Fat Man Scoop feat. Elephant Man and Jabba
Week 8 Lacey Schwimmer
Pasha Kovalev
"In the Morning""?Junior Boys
Season 4 Week 3 Courtney Galiano
Joshua Allen
Comfort Fedoke
Stephen "Twitch" Boss
"Forever""?Chris Brown
Season 5 Week 3 Karla Garcia
Jonathan Platero
"By My Side""?Jadakiss feat. Ne-Yo
Janette Manrara
Brandon Bryant
"What a World""?Common
Season 6 Week 1 Kathryn McCormick
Jonathan "Legacy" Perez
"On & On""?Missy Elliott
Week 3 Top 16 "Warrior Pt. 2""?Lloyd Banks
Season 7 Week 3 Lauren Gottlieb
Adéchiké Torbert
"Hot-N-Fun""?N.E.R.D. feat. Nelly Furtado
Week 4 Kent Boyd
Comfort Fedoke
"You're Not My Girl""?Ryan Leslie


In conjunction with the Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Scott serves as the director of the Los Angeles Hip Hop Intensive. He is a faculty member with Monsters of Hip Hop, Xtreme Dance Force, and PULSE dance conventions. He also gives personal and small group dance training through Private Hip Hop Dance.

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