Despite widespread mockery of the Katy Perry dancer known only as “Left Shark,” the choreographer responsible for Perry’s Super Bowl halftime show (and Left Shark’s adorably awkward moves) says the dancer nailed the routine.
“The sharks were given two main objectives,” Perry’s choreographer RJ Durell tells The Hollywood Reporter. “One, perform Katy’s trademark moves to the ‘Teenage Dream’ chorus, which they both did perfectly; and two, to have loads of fun, and bring to life these characters in a cartoon manner, giving them a Tweedledee/Tweedledum-type persona.”
“Clearly, that was portrayed with the overzealous shark on the right hitting precise dance moves, while the left shark,” Durell says, “was playing up the more goofy, fun-spirited sports fan mascot type, who was just happy to be at the Super Bowl.”
According to Durell, the sharks were played by two of Katy’s longtime dancers who are currently on her Prismatic World Tour.
Durell adds, “We love the laughter and joy this moment has created for the world and think the left shark nailed it! Don’t forget…we all have a little #leftshark in us!”
Durell orchestrated the infamous Super Bowl dance number along with choreographer Nick Florez.
This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.