The Man Behind the Dancing ‘Left Shark’

The Super Bowl halftime show is arguably as big a spectacle as the actual game. And back in 2015, it launched an unwitting star. Katy Perry was the halftime artist, but one of her dancers stole the spotlight. During her performance of the song “Teenage Dream,” she was flanked onstage by two dancers dressed in enormous blue shark costumes. The one on the right seemed to dance in sync; the one on the other side was flailing all over the place. “Left Shark” became an instant sensation. Everyone wanted to know: Could he not hear the music? What happened? At the time, the man inside Left Shark refused to talk to anyone. That’s since changed. Left Shark’s real name is Bryan Gaw. He’d been a dancer with Katy Perry’s touring ensemble for the last five years. He left about a year ago, and today he’s a hair stylist at Mare Salon in West Hollywood. Gaw explained that the role of Left Shark involved some freedom of expression. “There’s also what’s called free-style choreography, but his free style became maximum goofy. In the immediate aftermath, the media had a field day with what was perceived as a botched performance, but it wasn’t at all, he even lists Left Shark on his resume…. Ed

Source: NPR / Photo: Danny Hajek/NPR/ Kevin Mazur/AP


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