Who Are Lizzo’s Longtime Dancers, Friends, and Experts Featured on ‘Watch Out for the Big Grrrls’?

Plenty of reality TV has come and gone so it’s rare for something to stand out in the crowded genre. Leave it to Lizzo, who is known for changing the game everywhere she goes, to mix it up. 

On the surface, Watch Out for the Big Grrrls is just another competition show. However, it doesn’t take long for viewers to see that Lizzo’s approach to handling contestants aligns with her messages of self-love and body positivity that define her entire career. 

The singer’s foray into reality TV via Amazon Prime Video is largely being heralded as a success. It took a skillful team to make it happen. This has inspired many viewers to want to learn more about the talented women involved.

Lizzo’s ‘Watch Out for the Big Grrrls’ is a different kind of reality TV 

Singer Lizzo's Big Grrrls perform onstage during Prime Video SXSW 2022
Lizzo’s Big Grrrls perform onstage during Prime Video SXSW 2022 | Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Amazon Studios

Lizzo has built her professional success on a combination of her incredible talent, unique skillset, and consistent dedication to body positivity. She brings all of these elements forward in her reality series Watch Out for the Big Grrrls.

The Amazon Prime series promises to show viewers a fierce competition with the hard-working winners becoming new members of Lizzo’s dance crew. Sure, the show has the kind of drama and suspense any reality show possesses, but it does more than that.

As The New York Times reports, “One of the unique elements of Lizzo’s show is how seriously it takes both the talents and struggles of its aspiring ‘Big Grrrls.’ Every episode features athletic feats performed by larger-than-average bodies.” The show is also breaking the reality TV mold by refusing to fall into the simple narratives of “elimination” seen on other series.

Early on, Lizzo tells the dancers she won’t be doing weekly eliminations and that it’s possible all of the contestants could win by the end. However, it won’t be easy. “Lizzo’s warmer and more supportive moments are tempered by her choreographer Tanisha Scott, who brings tough love and an exacting rigor to her rehearsals,” as the New York Times explains.

Lizzo’s longtime friends help out on ‘Watch Out for the Big Grrrls’

Choreographer Tanisha Scott shared her experience with the show on Instagram. She’s just one of the experts joining Lizzo to make it both a true celebration of plus-size bodies and a rigorous competition focused on dance. Lizzo makes sure to praise her team in an Instagram post celebrating their contributions. These women include Lizzo’s longtime friends, like Sophia Eris, who has collaborated with the singer since 2011.

Helping make tough decisions and giving meaningful feedback are also Lizzo’s established longtime dancers. They know better than anyone just what it takes to keep up with the dynamic singer on stage. This includes dancer Shirlene Quigley has more than two decades of dancing experience as Amazon points out on Instagram. Her previous credits include dancing with Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Missy Elliott.

These longtime friends provide the contestants with the reality checks and praise they need to reach their full potential. 

‘Watch Out for Big Grrrls’ is filled with expert contributions from Lizzo’s supporters

Part of what makes the reality TV series so successful is how seriously it takes the work its represents. This is clear from the team of experts who are involved. 

Rashida KhanBey Miller’s Instagram profile introduces her as a “Body Movement Expert & Sensuality Coach.” DejaJoelle uses her Instagram to point out her many talents including choreography and being a healing artist. Nneka Onuorah has earned praise for award-winning documentary direction and posted on Instagram about working on Big Grrrls.

Ajahzi Gardner’s Instagram profile showcases her work as a nutritionist and trainer. Chawnta’ Marie Van is another choreographer with nothing but praise on Instagram about her experience filming the show. 

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