It seems unlikely that a football player would ultimately carve out a career as a choreographer known internationally for his staging of such beauty pageants as MISS USA®, MISS UNIVERSE®, and MISS TEEN USA®. But former offensive tackle Scott Grossman, the now famed choreographer who played himself in the film MISS CONGENIALITY, has been staging those events for the past ten years, the last six of which have been under the auspices of Donald J. Trump. He is currently the choreographer for NBC’s smash-hit THE SINGING BEE.
“I’m a confidence coach,” he explains. “I create a comfortable, secure atmosphere in the rehearsal space so the delegates feel they are individually special, and they get a chance to move and express themselves. The secret to the success of beauty pageants lies in making each young woman feel confident and content with her movements, style, and patterns. We help the modern woman to present herself in her own, best possible way.”
Grossman has also choreographed major motion pictures. He recently completed choreography for NEXT, a film staring Nicolas Cage. Other films include JUST MY LUCK with Lindsay Lohan and KEEPING UP WITH THE STEINS. In addition to appearing in MISS CONGENIALITY, which starred Sandra Bullock, he was consultant and choreographer for the film. Director Garry Marshall tapped him to choreograph three movies: RAISING HELEN, starring Kate Hudson, THE PRINCESS DIARIES, starring Julie Andrews, and THE PRINCESS DIARIES II. He was also the choreographer of Marshall’s musical HAPPY DAYS.
He directed several American Choreography Awards presentations, which aimed to “raise the visibility of the art of choreography for the screen,” and was himself a nominee in the year 2000. In addition, he is widely recognized for staging television specials and music video segments, and has stayed involved in sports by choreographing NFL Super Bowl halftime entertainment and large scale productions at professional football and basketball games.
This “international pageant choreographer extraordinaire,” as Grossman has been called, says his academic experience at Concordia College, a Lutheran liberal arts university, was the catalyst for tapping into the spirit of dance and choreography. While playing football, he notes, “The cheerleaders had routines that fascinated me,” he remembers, “and we had the playbook to study. You know, block to the left…to the right. It was all choreography. It all felt so natural.”
When he won the lead role in the campus production of “L’il Abner” Grossman knew that dance and expression through movement was his calling, not football. He began studying ballet in a class full of sixth grade girls. “Here I was, a 19 year old farm boy from Minnesota, 6’2”… 210 pounds, taking dance class with all these little girls and loving it. I loved expressing myself through movement, and I knew I had to continue doing this.” His college relationship to football came full circle in his senior year when the coach called on him to get the players in shape by teaching them jazz and ballet warm-up exercises.
Following his graduation from college, a scholarship to the Dupree Dance Academy brought Grossman to Los Angeles where he began dancing professionally, teaching dance and choreographing musical theater, industrials, theme park shows and professional sports cheerleading and drill team performances.
Grossman says he will never lose his passion for choreography, but he is also a trained actor with a Bachelors degree in theater arts who studied at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis and learned the Meisner technique in Los Angeles. Among his screen credits are the films BASE-KETBALL, BUGSIE, GUN SHY, NEWSIES, and WILD WILD WEST.
His stage work includes roles in summer stock and regional theatre productions of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, OF MICE AND MEN, A FLEA IN HER EAR, and GUYS AND DOLLS.
He appeared on the television programs DAYS OF OUR LIVES, FRIENDS, JACK AND JILL, L.A. DOCTORS, THESE OLD BROADS, and COMEDY HALL OF FAME in which he played a ballerina in drag who lifted Jason Alexander. That show garnered an Emmy for another choreographer. He is a member of SAG, AFTRA, Equity, and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.
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