Bryan Tanaka Mariah Carey’s Backup Dancer

Bryan Tanaka

Bryan Tanaka is a well known Choreographer and dancer who has been working with Mariah Carey as one of her backup dancers.

In case you haven’t heard Carey has been in the news recently for having ended her relationship with billionaire James Packer.

What does Tanaka has to do with that? Well apparently, he could be right in the middle of Mariah’s break up. Recent reports say Ryan Tanaka had a confrontation with Packer and rumor is, he could be one of the reasons why the relationship ended.

Sources say, Carey and Packer had a major fallout while in Greece. Since then, she and Tanaka became close. Packer allegedly noticed their link and grew jealous. Things didn’t help when Carey gave Tanaka a lap dance on one of her shows.

Packer confronted Tanaka after he showed up at one of Mimi’s concerts despite he couldn’t performed because he had suffered a knee injury. Packer ultimately banned him from her shows.


Tanaka was born Bryan Kekoa Tanaka on April 11, 1983 in Olympia, WA. He earned his black belt in Tae Kwan Do at only twelve years old. By age 18, he took an interest in dancing.

Tanaka is also a DJ, actor and recording artist –who has appeared in countless music videos and has taken part in numerous music world tours.

He is known as a faculty member at the Millennium Dance Complex. He has performed at award shows like the Grammys and the MTV Video Music Awards. He’s graced the stage with artists like Rihanna and Nicki Minaj.

Tanaka has a good reputation as a dancer which has earned him consistent work. He worked with Beyonce for seven years as her dancer.


He has made several television appearances including an acting role in 2006 on the HBO series Entourage.

In 2012 he appeared in the dance competition, Dance Showdown. Tanaka has his own website, and is also active on social media.

You can find him on Instagram here. He currently resides in Los Angeles.

Could Carey and Tanaka be the next Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart?