Do the Robot!

x_flowbot2Eleven-year-old Merrick Hanna became fascinated with robots at age two. When he saw the Jabbawockeez on America’s Best Dance Crew, known for their unique, robot-esque freestyle/hip-hop dance moves, Merrick was inspired to try to dance like a robot himself. In fact, he impersonated robot movements at any chance he got.

At nine years old, he took his first dance class at the YMCA in Encinitas and was hooked. His favorite styles of dance include popping, animation, and “flowbotting,” which is a combination of robot-like movements with waving. Merrick has since appeared on a number of TV shows for his talent, including So You Think You Can Dance, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Nickelodeon’s Lip Sync Battle Shorties, truTV’s Top Funniest, and KUSI’s San Diego Tonight. “I’ve really enjoyed everything so far but my very favorite was Ellen!” Merrick admitted. “The show picked me and my family up from my house and drove us to Los Angeles. And they let us pick anything we wanted for lunch.”

Aside from dance, Merrick enjoys living in Encinitas. “I love having easy access to the beach and the lagoon,” he said. “I like being able to walk to breakfast on Sundays and I love the Encinitas YMCA!” Merrick stays connected with his fans through social media, mostly posting on Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. Unsure of where dancing may take him, Merrick sees himself potentially pursuing a future career in the robotics/engineering field.