Today we’d like to introduce you to Miracle Wright-Lindo.
Hi Miracle, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I’m 17 years old, from South Central Los Angeles, and I am a dancer. Growing up my mom did not have money for dance lessons but that was my dream. I was always flexible and as a young girl, I could bend and twist easily and didn’t really understand what it was or how to use it to my advantage. My dad is from Jamaica and he would take me to Caribbean birthday parties and cookouts on weekends and that is where I learned dancehall and reggae culture. When I was younger, my dad was a party promoter and gave dances and stage shows. So, I have a been around music and dance most of my life. I feel that is what it has been a great influence in my interest in dance. When I was seven, my dad had a stroke and became paralyzed on one side of his body but through therapy and prayers, he has recovered physically, but that caused him not to able to do what he loved most which is host parties.
With being from LA, I was exposed to one of the best things that could ever happen to me, krump. I grew up watching Tommy the Clown and studying krump and clown dancing religiously. One summer at Magic Johnson Park, I asked my mom to take me to my first dance audition. I was nervous and wasn’t all that good, but I did my best and sooner or later Ladi Bonez was born. After clown dancing for five months, I had my first viral battle and my views and followers went up from there. I wanted to expand my mind on the history of dance so I would listen to different types of music and watch different genres of dance. After two years passed, I received a phone call from Norm Nixon himself saying that he wanted me to come to an interview at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy. Norm Nixon is ex-basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers and husband to dance icon Debbie Allen. I began training there for the next four years. I trained in 13 genres of dance, performed in 3 Hot Chocolate Nut Crackers, and several Summer Intensive training programs.
I always put God first, but my mom is always doing the best to support me in any way she can. If it wasn’t for God, I wouldn’t have this gift called dance. My mom does everything she can to ensure I’m pursuing my career. From giving me a ride to my auditions, making sure I have all my dance shoes, staying with me everywhere. My Mom and God are my backbones constantly supporting me and pushing me to be better. I currently go around to different studios to train with some of the best choreographers from around the world in the city of Los Angeles. I stepped back from the academy to focus on my education and eventually graduated at the age of 16. With that, I now attend Grambling State University pursuing a dual major in Theater and History.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
In 2016, I suffered a bad nondance related injury in my left leg. I tore my meniscus and sprained my ankle and could not dance for four months. I was devastated because I was told in order to dance properly again, I would need surgery. I needed a second opinion and found a physical therapist that told me with time and work, it will heal on its own. I’m glad I didn’t agree to the surgery because I’m not sure what other problems would have come with that in the long run.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I would like to call myself a “Curious performer”. I’m always eager to learn something new about the arts and being well rounded in what I’m studying at the time. For example, in high school, I took Stage Tech 101 and learned more about the backstage aspect of theater and performances. It taught me how Ring mics, hang lights, work a soundboard and I was so interested in it that I took another course for it at a community college. I still specialize in dance. I’m always trying to take new styles and figure out new moves. I would have to say I’m known for being a positive peaceful person. Always looking at the bright side of things.
I’m most proud of myself for making the executive decision to graduate early. Going to college has been one of my goals for the longest time and I’m most proud to say I attend a HBCU as a young black woman in America. It was one of those decisions that took me a long time to make because although I was accepted into schools in California, I wanted the experience of a predominantly black school. I think what sets me apart from others is my story. Where I’m from, you don’t always get to hear success stories. I want people to know that it’s not about where you’re from but where you’re going in life.
What does success mean to you?
I define success as fulfilling my goals. When you’ve been striving for something for so long and you finally reach that goal, you get a little sense of relief. You just feel so accomplished afterwards and are ready to make room for a new goal, a new success. It also works even better when you and someone close with you, whether that means family or a close friend, both succeed at something. I think another big success of mine would be getting to be able to dance. When I had that injury, I was disappointed at hearing that I wasn’t going to be able to do the thing that I loved so much. But with rest and time, I was back, and that experience taught me a lot.
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