Sensational young superstar – Aiden Kaylor

He’s only in Grade 11, but 16-year-old Aiden Kaylor has already impressed international judges with his effortless dance moves. At a world championship dance competition in Croatia last year, which was attended by 7 000 dancers from 17 countries, the talented hip-hop mover scored top place in the junior urban hip-hop solo category.

But he says his enjoyment of hip-hop is not just about being in the spotlight. ‘I love competitions but the joy of dancing is more important to me,’ he says.

Five years ago Aiden started dancing at the Jodie Jackson Dance Centre in Lotus River to overcome his shyness. ‘With a family involved in dance, my cousins encouraged me to start and I found I really liked it,’ the Bergvliet High School learner says. ‘When I started entering competitions, I took it more seriously.’

Impressing the global dance scene isn’t his only award. In 2016, he finished second in the Battle of the Giants in Sun City. His family is very proud of his achievements, and his mother, Glynis, who went with him to Croatia, says his success is because of his determination and dedication.

Although the Grassy Park teenager doesn’t plan to become a professional dancer, he’ll definitely keep moving and grooving now that he’s earned such attention.

Also read about these inspirational youngsters: Gabriella Mogale and Levy Sekgapane.