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Bit by bit, Merrick Hanna is widening his horizon in the business of entertainment with gigs such as acting (stage and screen), modeling. He has also become overly popular as a freestyle dancer. The latter earned him worldwide recognition and for what it’s worth, nothing short of spectacular is expected when you have an octogenarian grandma who still takes her dance classes serious.
Known for spreading the ‘flo-bot’ style of dancing, Merrick Hanna has big dreams for the future and though a career in the entertainment is part of it, becoming a robotics engineer is one of the things he plans to achieve in life. The youngster is very good with numbers and excels in mathematics. Interestingly, developing an early flair for showbiz didn’t take away his zeal to pursue his academic dreams as he plans to go all the way to college.
Merrick Hanna – Bio
The multi-talented youngster was born on March 22, 2005, in the United States, precisely in San Diego, California. His family is a small one comprising of his parents – Shawn and Aletha Hanna, as well as his younger brother named Sagan.
He is a student of Khan Academy and aspires to end up at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he will probably study something that would set him on the path of becoming a robotics engineer. The young lad is good in maths, talented with numbers and teaches himself to code in Java. While studying in school is among his top priorities, it does not take Marrick’s attention away from dancing, a passion he nurtured from childhood.
Personal Profile Of The America’s Got Talent Dancer
Apparently influenced by his active grandmother (a dance enthusiast as well), Marrick Hanna started dancing at the young age of nine. Moreover, watching ‘Jabbawockeez’ on ABDC triggered the interest further and he soon became an expert in freestyle dancing, popular for his ‘flo-bot’ dance moves. Asides his granndmo0ther’s influence, Marrick afforded himself the opportunity of learning techniques through the help of TV dance shows and online videos which he watched often.
At the age of ten, a viral video of him dancing sold his talent to different audiences, skyrocketing his fame as a talented dancer. This got him the right attention and also widened his reach on social media. At this time, Merrick Hanna knew he was meant to dance, thus, he started trying out at local dance competitions at UC San Diego, strutting his stuff against adult dancers.
Marrick Hanna took part in reality television shows including Lip Sync Battle Shorties aired on Nickelodeon. He equally plied his trade on So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation. Furthermore, he tried to enter acclaimed America’s Got Talent competition during the 10th and 11th seasons to no avail but his next attempt in season 12 yielded a positive result. The judges loved him but that wasn’t enough to propel him to the finals as he took a bow in the second week of the semifinals after dancing to iRobot (The Human Condition).
Unsurprisingly, his final performance was lit – the young dancer even pulled a few tricks that made him seem to be floating in mid-air. Judge gave him a standing ovation afterward but sadly, the audiences didn’t come through with the votes and he was shown the exit door.
As he continues his career as a professional dancer, Merrick Hanna has recorded more than a few dancing videos gone viral across social media platforms including YouTube and Facebook. He took part in YouTube Onstage in mid-2018. The annual entertainment showcase took place in Anaheim, California. The dancer also displays his skills at the Ecke Family YMCA to entertain the children there and equally helps out at the organization’s charity events.
Marrick Hanna’s acting career is not left out. He has performed on stage and screen. He took part in two complete summer Shakespeare runs – Much Ado about Nothing and A Winter’s Tale with the Intrepid Theater Company. He also appeared on one of the episodes of The Show where he performed his dance moves.
Clear Talent Group is the agency representing the prolific dancer and entertainer.