Dancing With the Stars: Mya Raises the Bar

Posted by Audiegrl
myaI’ve never watched ABC’s Dancing with the Stars before. (except of course, the youtube video of Tom Delay shaking his butt) But my ears perked up when I heard that Mya was one of the celebrity dancers. Most people usually consider her a talented R&B singer, but I remember the days when she was considered a great dancer.

Mya is a dancer turned smooth urban R&B vocalist who released her eponymous debut in the spring of 1998, when she was just 18 years old.

Mya was born in Washington, D.C., where she took dance classes as a child. After briefly losing interest in the art, she returned to dancing in her pre-teens, eventually joining the dance troupe T.W.A. (Tappers With Attitude). She left the group after a short while, heading to New York to study at the Dance Theater of Harlem with Savion Glover, best known as the choreographer/mastermind behind the Broadway spectacular Bring in da Noise, Bring in da Funk. Her passion for improvisation made her a favorite of Glover, who had her perform solo at the Kennedy Center.

Although Mya was best known as a dancer, she was also musically inclined, learning how to sing and play the violin as a child. When her father — a professional musician — learned that his daughter could sing and was serious about a musical career, he shopped around the demo tapes, eventually earning the attention of Haqq Islam, president of University Music. Impressed with Mya’s audition, Islam signed her to Interscope Records.~Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide (2003)

This 2003 video, choreographed by Travis Payne, is one of my favorites. Mya pays homage to both Cyd Charisse and her tap mentor/genius Savion Glover. It features some rapid/instant/tricky costume changes that mostly occur without the changing of a scene. This video earned Mýa two nominations at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards for Best Dance Video and Best Choreography.

This is Mya dancing on the first week of Dancing with the Stars

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8 responses to “Dancing With the Stars: Mya Raises the Bar

  1. ogenec

    OMG. AG, bless you over and over again!!! I love Mya. Shame she never really blew up like she should’ve.

    • audiegrl

      She is incredibly talented.

      Mya’s a triple threat:

      -dances
      -sings
      -acts

      She’s got all three. :-) I’ll try to keep posting her performances from the show.

  2. betsmeier

    She is my favorite to win. Next is Donny. God forbid Tom.

  3. Mya’s doing sooo great – and all of us at TWA are very proud of her! (Yes, the tap company where she started off still exists … a terrific and proud group of young people, ages 10-17, representing more than a dozen local schoolsin MD/DC/VA. Our home base is Knock On Wood Tap Studio, located just outside of DC in Silver Spring, MD. Check it out: http://www.tapperswithattitude.org!)

    • audiegrl

      Hey Viki

      Its really nice to hear from you! :-)

      I’m rooting for Mya too, she is incredibly talented, and I hope this opens many doors for her.

      We would love to do a post on TWA (Tappers With Attitude). My first dance recital at age five was a tap routine called Calico Cats. I was so excited because my mom got to draw cat whiskers on my face. LOL

      • Hi there! Everyone here at Tappers With Attitude are totally excited for Mya … she’s looking terrific, and going strong. We think she’s got everything it takes to win this thing — not to mention that she’s also completely adorable ;–)

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