You Should Know: Brady Farrar

The similarities between 10-year-old contemporary dancer Brady Farrar and his idol, “So You Think You Can Dance” Season 11 winner Ricky Ubeda, are kind of uncanny. Brady’s got the legs that won’t quit, the infectious personality—even the piercing blue eyes. Just like Ubeda, Brady trains at Stars Dance Studio in Miami, FL, under the mentorship of owners Victor Smalley and Angel Armas. Oh, and he wins titles like it’s his job: In 2014 alone, Brady earned Mini Male Best Dancer at The Dance Awards and Young Male Dancer of the Year at American Dance Awards.

"Ricky Ubeda has been inspiring me since day one. When I watch him dance, I feel like, ‘Man, I’m going to be that one day.'"

(Photo by Chris Reilly Photography, courtesy the Farrars)

Fast Facts

Birthday: January 19, 2005

If he were an animal, he’d be… a whale shark. “They’re a threatened species, so I also want to help protect them.”

Favorite dancers: Victor Smalley and Misty Copeland

Favorite food: plain M&M’s

Hidden talent: “I can wiggle my ears!”

Pre-performance ritual: “I shake it out, beginning with eight counts for each hand and foot, then four counts, then two, then one.”

Signature move: Russian straddle jump

Superhero alter ego: Bendy Man. “I’d be able to wrap my leg around my head three times!”

Dream job: joining a company and traveling around the world with them

 

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