One hundred and fifty people are lined up on a
Thursday night, waiting to get into the hottest
party in Los Angeles. It’s likely to become an
instant social media sensation, provoking both
“likes” and jealousy from those who can’t get in.
But there’s no alcohol, sneakers are favored over
stilettos and all the dancing is choreographed.
This is a Tricia Miranda master class at Millen-
nium Dance Complex. “Just pretend we’re in a
basement and I’m your homegirl, teaching you
some steps,” Miranda says to her students.
The packed class includes all the usual
elements—a warm-up, new choreography, a
chance to perform in groups—topped with Miranda’s signature mid-class lecture, in which she
educates her students on things like industry behaviors. “My class is intense,” says Miranda. “I
go from hard-hitting, full-out choreography to
sexy and classy, masculine, jazz funk or contemporary hip hop. It’s new-school choreo with an
old-school feel.” At the end, the dancers form a
semicircle as small groups perform the combination for Miranda’s videographer. The video will
get uploaded to her You Tube channel, which has
more than 1 million subscribers.
Now her popularity is extending beyond the
dance world: This spring, Miranda, 37, is star-
ring in and executive producing MTV’s “Going
Off,” a show based on her classes at Millen-
nium. But why is everyone so obsessed with
this baggy-pants-wearing, giant-hoop-earrings-
Why everyone from
Missy Elliott and MTV
to your 12-year-old
cousin is obsessed with
BY ALISON FELLER