We don't usually turn to ESPN.com for dance coverage, but we have to give them snaps for their fantastic new profile of the untouchable Tricia Miranda. You're obsessed with her, we're obsessed with her, and now a bunch of sports fans who might otherwise never have known her name are obsessed with her. Basically, she's one step closer to world domination. (It's only a matter of time.)
You already know some of the story told in the ESPN profile—Miranda's career as a dancer, her work with industry heavy-hitters, the viral success of her can't-look-away class videos—but the piece also includes many other choice nuggets. Did you know that Miranda decided to transition from dancing to choreographing full-time after an especially trying experience filming Britney Spears' "Circus" video? "My knees were bleeding from doing ground work in the gravel, and I was just starting to feel over it," Miranda told ESPN. "It's not fair to take a spot from a hungry dancer who deserves to be there just to get a check. I'm not that person, that's not for me." We also learn that Missy Elliot actually got on the phone herself to ask Miranda to choreograph that epic Super Bowl performance: "Missy called me personally and was like, 'Listen ... I need four kids in my show and I don't trust nobody else to work with children but you'," Miranda said. NBD.
Most intriguing of all is the info we get about Miranda's upcoming MTV series, "Going Off," which is set to premiere in January. Apparently each episode will feature Miranda leading a class full of dance-world A-listers—and booking one of them for a job at the end of the session. "A bootcamp for industry dancers is kind of what it looks like," she told ESPN. Color us verrrrrry intrigued.
Read the whole profile here—and then take a little #TBT walk down memory lane with these classic Tricia Miranda vids. (Heads-up: Some of them include dirty lyrics. Proceed with school/studio-appropriate caution.)
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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Samantha Figgins (Andrew Eccles)
Samantha Figgins is currently in her fifth season with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (and was a Dance Spirit cover girl back in 2013!). But what many people don't know is that the gorgeous dancer suffers from single-sided deafness. As a baby, Figgins contracted spinal meningitis, which caused her to lose all hearing in her right ear. She never gave up on her dance dreams, though, and fought her way through uncomfortable situations, never missing an opportunity to learn and grow. Now, after getting her first pair of hearing aids, she opens up about her path to success. —(As told to Courtney Celeste Spears)
Sara Esty as Maggie in "A Chorus Line" (courtesy Esty)
Sara Esty's ethereal grace and sophisticated charm have won over ballet and Broadway audiences alike. The bunhead-turned-Broadway-baby began training near her hometown in Gorham, ME, at the Maine State Ballet's School for the Performing Arts (with her equally fabulous twin sister, Leigh-Ann). She enrolled full-time at the Miami City Ballet School in 2004, and joined Miami City Ballet as an apprentice in 2005. In 2006, Esty won the Princess Grace Award, and she was promoted to soloist at MCB in 2011. After leaving MCB in 2014, she made her Broadway debut in An American in Parisas the understudy for Lise, and went on to share the role of Lise with her sister on the show's national tour. Most recently, she was seen in 5th Avenue Theatre's production of Marie, Dancing Stillin Seattle, WA. —Courtney Bowers