Dianna Williams is a Dancer and Choreographer who rose to prominence after the Lifetime network dance reality TV show ‘Bring It!’ went on to become a huge hit. Known to her students and fans as Miss D, Dianna is the owner of the ‘Dollhouse Dancing Factory’ in Jackson, Mississippi. She founded ‘Miss D’s Dancing Dolls’ in 2001 and the reality show is based on the performances of her protégés against various challengers.
A lifetime native of Jackson, Mississippi, Dianna dedicated her life into perusing dance after college. Having perfected her dance moves through training in varied genres, she decided to compete in various dance competitions before establishing her own hip-hop dance troupe. She is known to push her ‘dolls’ to extreme limits just to bring out the best in them. Yet the viewers seem to love this side of her personality which is evident from her huge online following in Twitter and Instagram.
Miss D started dancing at the age of 4. Her parents subsequently had her enrolled into the Angie Luke School of Dance where she spent years trying to perfect a wide range of dance forms including Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Ballet Point, Tap (Beginner and Advanced) and Belly Dance. As years went by, Miss D went on to participate in various dance competitions and got associated with reputable dance groups around Jackson. She was a member of ‘Eye of the Tiger Drill Team’ and Captain of the California State Dominguez Hills University Cheerleading Squad during 1989-1998.
After finishing high school, Miss D enrolled into Jackson State University to earn a degree in Criminal Justice. After graduating she went on to work for the city as a Recreation Aide and the Dance Instructor for its various programs in the north side.
During college, Miss D did a brief stint in adult film industry, but with much effort she left the past behind to start afresh.
In 2001, she established the Dancing Dolls Dance Studio within a small premise at the Pied Piper Playhouse in Jackson. From there began her long and arduous journey to fame and excellence.
After Dancing Dolls, Miss D launched the Grove Park Dancerettes in 2002, acted as the choreographer for the Callaway High School Chargettes in 2006, founded the Prancing Diamonds in 2007, and was elected the Vice President and Choreographer of the Jackson Association for Majorettes in 2009.
On August 23, 2010, she established the ‘Dollhouse Dance Factory’ and began the semester with 23 students. The Dollhouse Dance Factory became the house of Miss D’s Dancing Dolls, a dance troupe that has seen major success in competitive dancing and won major trophies in various age groups. Their slogan is “Dancing Dolls For Life” which is shortened as DD4L and features as sort of a logo for the team.
The success of the Dancing Dolls prompted television network Lifetime to conceive and execute a reality show based on them. The Show was titled ‘Bring It!’ and aired for the first time on March 5, 2014. The show depicts the Dancing Dolls compete against various other dance troupes like Divas of Olive Branch, the Prancing Tigerettes and the Purple Diamonds, and strive to prove their supremacy over other troupes. The program became an overnight success and Miss D became a household name. The reality show’s success lies in the fact that it has been consecutively renewed into 4 seasons.
Miss D’s fame has also translated into financial success as her earnings from the studio, the television networks, various endorsements and product features, take her net worth well up to 1.5 million US dollars.
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What Makes Dianna Williams So Special
The dance program in Grove Park and the Dancing Dolls, both were Miss D’s legacy to the city of Jackson. The program grew to produce exemplary dancers, right through the ages 5-18 years. Not only that, the program had a huge positive impact on the community itself involving children from different background and uniting them through dance.
Miss D also allows the creative juices to flow freely among her students. She is responsible for developing brand new dancing styles and even revamping existing genres by infusing her own styles.
Her students have not only achieved success in the dance arena but have also proved themselves able leaders and administrators. She is known to be very strict with her student, often yelling at them to push them further, but she is also fiercely protective as well, shielding them from all the negativity that the competitive environment might trigger.
Miss D is married to Robert Williams and is a proud mother of a son, Cobe. The family is based out of Jackson, Mississippi.
She has been openly candid to her students and the producers of the show about her past in the adult film entertainment industry. Her candidness set a new example in the dance industry and she has been applauded by media and fans alike.