Phil Wright is a world renowned teacher, choreographer and founder of The Parent Jam®. He travels the world and brings families and students together to provide encouragement and positivity in each dance studio he instructs in. Phil prides himself on his ability to motivate and inspire others through dance and public speaking.
In the industry, Phil has worked with some of today’s top artist including Cardi B, Nicki Minaj, Will Smith, Chayanne, MC HAMMER and G Eazy. Currently Phil is a faculty member for the NUVO dance convention. WOD Magazine was thrilled to sit down with Phil recently and ask him all about The Parent Jam and what inspires him. Read more in our exclusive Q&A below.
When did you become interested in dancing?
I fell in love with dance at the age of 9 years old
How has dancing affected your life?
Dancing has played a major role in my life- eluding me away from street gang violence and hardship.
What is The Parent Jam and how long has it been around?
The Parent Jam is a uniquely designed Masterclass that involves kids and adults under one roof. The objective is not to find the best group of dancers, but rather to find the love in the classroom. Each family learns a sequence of basic steps- instructed by me- and is asked to perform them at the end of class. The entire family, not just parents, are welcome to join.
What inspired you to start Parent Jam?
I once taught a “Hot Mommas” class back in Miami (no kids allowed) and that class did really well. Once I moved to Los Angeles, I wanted to bring it back- but with a twist this time- and “The Parent Jam” is what I created.
What kind of response have you had from the parents and children who attend Parent Jam?
The responses I receive are remarkable. Specifically on how this class has reshaped the chemistry between families, bringing them closer together and unifying everyone that walks through the door.
What have been some of the highlights of your career?
The biggest highlight of my career has to be creating The Parent Jam. I have plenty of credits (Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, Will Smith, Mc Hammer, TLC) but truth be told, none of it amounts to the joy that I feel doing The Parent Jam classes.
What’s next for you and Parent Jam? What are your future goals?
The next step is to make The Parent Jam a global phenomenon. The world could use a dab of positivity.
Anything else you think our readers would like to know?
Back in 2012, I was diagnosed with a rare disease called achalasia. It’s an auto immune deficiency where your esophagus malfunctions. I battle with chronic pain, choking, massive heart burn and nausea. The one thing that keeps me going is the joy that I put on other peoples faces. Even though I’m battling each day of my life, the happiness that I feel around me fuels my desire to keep pushing.