February 2, 2015


7 Ridiculous Things Learned About Katy Perry's Super Bowl Shark Dancers

Kevin Mazur/WireImage
Kevin Mazur/WireImage

If you're one of the 112 million people who tuned into the Super Bowl and Katy Perry's halftime spectacular last night, you're more than familiar with Perry's amazingly bizarre dancing sharks. The adorable predators showed up to play hilarious stage props flailing their arms as Katy belted through "Teenage Dream." For the internet, it was love at first sight. (At first bite? Anyone?)

In the hours after the sharks' debut, they've garnered an impressive amount of attention from Reddit users demanding to know more, plus tabloids researching the sharks' dramatic pasts. Check out the seven wild things we've learned since last night. 

1. The sharks are professional dancers.
Scott Myrick and Bryan Gaw have danced with Katy for years now, so yes, they do have skills past awkwardly waving their arms. They've been confirming their shark identities on social media and we're 99.9 percent sure we believe 'em, since Katy Perry (a.k.a. the most followed human on Twitter) follows them back.

2. It's not the first time Katy's had these dancers in ridiculous costumes.
According to a Reddit AMA with Myrick, he also dressed as a huge gingerbread man in Katy's 2011 California Dreams tour, as well as a "big purple cat, Kitty Purry." (We're guessing he's somewhere in here.)

3. People are using the sharks to land Tinder dates.
Who would have thought the line "I am the shark" would ever be used (effectively) as a pickup line? A "Garrett" on Tinder teased that he would be dancing as an "onstage prop" in the Super Bowl days before the game. While it's unclear if Garrett was actually a Katy Perry dancer, the dude definitely had some insider knowledge prior to the ultra-secret show, meaning he's a real catch, even if he's not a wiggling land shark.

4. There was a hilarious shark fail the cameras missed.
Myrick added that the visibility was so terrible in the costumes that he ran into one of the dancing palm trees during the set, but "the camera missed it." Sigh...all the wonderful Vines that could've come from that!

5. The dancing sharks weren't just dancing sharks.
Apparently Katy Perry keeps her dance crew pretty lean, as the sharks were also the ones operating the humongous lion she rode on top of at the beginning of her show. Myrick added that he had less than two minutes to then change into his shark outfit.

6. Snoop Dogg wants to be a Katy Perry shark.
The rapper tried to take credit from the dancers, tweeting during the show, "If you were wondering that was me in tha Shark costume!!" Nice try, Snoop.

7. They might play a role in the Katy Perry/Taylor Swift feud.
Without explicitly naming one another, Perry and Swift have been in a low-key battle after the latter's 1989 tune "Bad Blood" appeared to be referencing the "Roar" singer. According to Us Weekly, Myrick was one of the dancers hired for Taylor's Red tour; later he and a slew of other dancers were asked if they'd leave the trek to join Katy's Prismatic tour. Tay referenced the incident when describing the subject of "Bad Blood" to Rolling Stone: "[Katy] did something so horrible. I was like, 'Oh, we're just straight-up enemies.' She basically tried to sabotage an entire arena tour. She tried to hire a bunch of people out from under me."