Miss Prissy

Discovered in greater Los Angeles, Marquisa "Miss Prissy" Gardner is one of the most well-rounded entertainers the south side of Hollywood has ever seen. She is trained in all areas of dance, from ballet to hip-hop, and has vocal abilities that have been compared to the likes of Brandy, Keyshia Cole, Mariah Carey, and eight-time Grammy winner Lauryn Hill. Not only does she have the chops to kick through pop and hip-hop’s doors, she also has the edgy twist that is sure to get any music head out of their seat. Though tours with Snoop Dogg, the Game, and Madonna didn’t come until after her appearance in the 2005 film Rize, which chronicles the lives and competitions of some of South Central Los Angeles’s top krump dancers, Miss Prissy (called “the Queen of Krump” in the film) was already a well-respected dancer and teacher in her own neighborhood before Rize was ever shown. Classically trained, Miss Prissy started lessons at the age of four, learning everything from ballet to jazz to tap. She discovered hip-hop dancing at 13 and enjoyed its expressiveness, but didn’t really begin to take her art seriously until after high school, when she began teaching it to kids. It was at one of these lessons that a student introduced her to krump, the new form of dance in the late ’90s that was becoming popular in L.A., and brought her to a session. Miss Prissy was struck by its wild energy, and soon joined in on the performances and competitions herself, her natural talent and creativity making her one of its stars. In 2006, wanting to focus on her own musical career, Miss Prissy declined Madonna’s offer to continue dancing in her tour and began pursuing music. She is currently running her own production company and released her second mixtape entitled The Diamond in the Ruff in December 2012. In 2012, Miss Prissy also started a street dance company called The Underground, featuring Lil “C”, another star of Rize and founder of krump, and a guest judge on FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance.