A Grassy Park dancer’s moves on the dance floor has won him a gold medal at a major international dance festival.
When Aiden Keylor (15), a Grade 10 learner at Bergvliet High School, started dancing to overcome his shyness five years ago, he never knew that the bug to boogie would catch him and lead him to make his mark on the world stage.
Dancing in the team of the Jody Jackson Dance School, he has just returned from the DanceStar international competition in Croatia where he won first place in the junior urban hip-hop solo category.
The humble youngster took on dancers from more than 50 countries.
“I was just enjoying the experience of being at an international festival for the first time,” he says.
“With a family involved in dance I was encouraged to start by some cousins and found that I really liked it. When I started entering competitions I took it more seriously.
“I love competitions but the joy of dancing was more important to me.
“In Croatia I felt no pressure but during the qualifying rounds my friends watched me and told me that I had a good chance to get into the finals.
“When the finals started they raised my hopes by telling me a finish in the top three was on the cards.”
Aiden adds that for his performance in the finals he worked on impressing the judges by including a variety of dance styles.
His family is very proud of his achievement and his mother Glynnis, who accompanied him to Croatia, feels that it is a fitting reward for the last few years of hard work.
“Not winning on the local scene has never got Aiden down,” she says.
“He just kept being motivated and kept on working on his talent.”
Glynnis says this achievement is sure to motivate him to keep working on his talent.