If you’ve seen ABC’s “black-ish,” you’ll recognize Miles Brown as Jack Johnson, one of the sitcom’s youngest stars. But though he’s just 10 years old, Brown (aka “Baby Boogaloo”) isn’t new to the spotlight. At 5 he danced on “America’s Got Talent” as well as on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” In 2012, Brown performed in Christopher Scott’s “S2dio City: The Courts,” and the following year he got a big break when he appeared in the Virgin America Safety Video directed by Jon M. Chu. Though Brown has shared the stage (and screen) with the likes of Chadd Smith, Cyrus Spencer and Stephen “tWitch” Boss, he’s still a regular kid at heart, competing with the Southern California–based teen dance crew Emanon. Want to know more about Baby Boogaloo? Read on for The Dirt. —JD
(Photo by ABC/Bob D'Amico)
Where did you learn to dance?
I learned to dance at home with my dad and watching Michael Jackson. I train at my home dance studio my grandpa and dad made for me.
What’s your favorite style?
Who is the dancer you’d drop everything to go see?
What’s your all-time favorite movie?
I have five:
1. The Wiz
2. Space Jam
4. Real Steel
5. The Avengers
What’s your favorite food?
Chocolate chip pancakes.
If you weren’t a dancer or an actor, what would you be?
An NBA basketball player
Who is your dance crush?
Do you have any bad habits?
I can't stop dancing, even in church.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
An actor and playing in the NBA, and hitting the game winning buzzer.
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