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Life & Work with Scott Lewis

Today we’d like to introduce you to Scott Lewis.

Hi Scott, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
Legendary Mirage Ninja raised in a strict Trinidadian household, my life was somehow prearranged for me, but I already knew my calling; I loved to dance. My artistic aspirations did not fit the image of masculinity and therefore, my dreams were never fully supported due to religious beliefs. In the concrete jungles of New York (by way of the Bronx), I lacked confidence because of judgment and the stigma of not acting like a “typical” boy. I found myself relocating to Florida to find MY greener grass. It was here that I joined my first ballroom house.

I had been previously approached by a member from The House of Ninja who saw my potential during a dance class. I met so many individuals who were like me, nurtured me, and filled that void of support and acceptance I longed for; I had found my family. I learned about the founding father Willi Ninja, also a dancer and choreographer, whose dream was to take the culture of vogue and share it with the world. The legacy he left behind helped cultivate the person I am today. His achievements inspired me to become a leader for this family and community. It is my obligation to give back to the young LGBTQ+ community who face the many adversities that we have. As an entrepreneur and choreographer, I now help run an international house and organization of beautiful artists who each have their own story to tell.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Any leader, I believe, in some ways faces challenges. I work with and have the daunting task of molding artists. I am not in short supply of personalities, believe me. Not everyone understands your vision. The goal is to establish a working relationship and level of trust for those people to respect your decisions. The biggest lesson I can impart on my kids (the youth) is to be leaders of themselves but also to stay disciplined, humble, and teachable. It’s my responsibility to make cuts and remove people and that’s not easy. You don’t want the perception of being callous or cruel, but I have to maintain a standard.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I have been honing my craft as a dancer for over 15 years. In the earlier stages of my career in NYC, I trained at Blade Academy of the Arts and Broadway Dance Center, taking advantage of their dance studios and classes. When I moved to Florida in 2005, I furthered my learning at several prestigious dance studios such as Spotlight Dance Center, DGBEK and Raskin Dance Studio. I learned vogue in 2006; the style seemed so applicable to my skillset, naturally I flourished and became well-versed in it.

One memorable moment that I found fulfilling was winning the Preludes Carolinas dance competition in North Carolina in 2012 with my team Dweebs Dance Crew. My consistency in the ballroom scene eventually garnered me recognition as a ballroom legend in 2017. This crowning moment of being deemed “legendary” has been my biggest accomplishment. My credentials grant me the platform to take more initiative and be a choreographer now. What makes me stand out from others is my community involvement. I have contributed to a myriad of outreach performances from benefit shows to fundraiser events both in New York City and Orlando, Florida. With my determination, any goal that I put my mind towards is not only attainable but is not confined to the constraints of uncertainties.

We’d love to hear about how you think about risk taking?
I am a firm believer of taking risks. Now, I’m not condoning throwing caution to the wind. Like everything else in life, there should be a balance, take calculated risks that are supported by informed decisions. Each experience offers a lesson or teaching moment that can direct your life accordingly. In the dance world, you never know who is watching and you always want to perform your best. I have been presented with many opportunities just by taking risks.

Contact Info:

  • Email: slewis424@gmail.com
  • Instagram: Thee_Miraj
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