Baby Hears Favorite Song Play, Starts To Dance Jive But His Ending Cracks Audience Up
Oct 12, 2021 by apost team
We have all likely seen footage of some amazing children from around the world on the internet. Are you ready to see one more clip that will knock your socks off? Featured below is arguably one of the most talented young dancers to hit the internet.
William Stokkebroe, who hails from Denmark, was only 2 years old at the time of this video from March 2012, but he was already wowing audiences all over the world. His dance moves are so good that this performance has spread far and wide across the web.
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William was able to show off his beautiful footwork at a gala opening. You might be shocked at how skilled he is for his age. His parents, Peter and Kristina Stokkebroe, taught the little boy how to dance. They are also dancers who have been dancing at their own studio, Studie43, for many years.
The video shows William doing the jive, a hard dance for someone his age to do! But you will see how well William nails the moves when he gets down and busy on the floor. Can you imagine just how amazing he will be with more practice when he grows up?
Luckily, the Studie43 YouTube channel uploaded another of the wunderkind’s performance in 2018, six years after William’s jive dance went viral.
William Discovers Breakdancing
Not only has William grown up, but he also seems to have changed his dance style. Rather than dancing the jive, which came out of the African American community back in the 1930s, the 8-year-old student opts for a breakdance routine, teaming up with Specific Kidz for a dynamic and loud group performance set to DJ Fleg’s track “Victory Ron.”
All of William’s fellow dancers, who seem to be in high school, tower over him as they start their routine by running in a circle and hyping up the crowd. As the group completes their introductory circle, one out of the five dancers jumps into the middle and starts showing off his footwork skills, jumping back and forth to the heavy bass. The crowd, which looks to be made up of fellow students, claps along in unison, letting out the occasional cheer as the first dancer drops to the ground and starts spinning on his back. Eventually, the first dancer backs out and gives one of his group members a shot at a solo in front of the audience.
Around half way into the routine, William gets his shot to show off his solo skills. Shortly before he takes the spotlight, we can see one of his dancing mates giving him what looks like a pep talk. Seconds later, he steps out in front of his crew, gives it a shot and the crowd goes wild. The 8-year-old dancer holds his own among his older compatriots, showcasing classic breakdance moves like the worm and showing an impressive deal of coordination for such a young child.
But Williams' biggest moment comes later during the routine. As the group wraps up the performance, William jumps in front for his last solo, and if we listen to the cheers, we can tell that his moves are a big hit with the spectators. After showing off his footwork skills once more, William abruptly flips backward, doing a backflip that moves into a handstand. And as if one time wasn’t enough, the 8-year-old dancer does the backflip a second time, eliciting a second burst of cheers from the audience. The commenters, many of whom came upon the breakdancing video after watching his viral jive routine, were similarly enthusiastic about 8-year-old William’s new dance skills.
“Was looking for the 2-year-old who danced so wonderfully,” one viewer commented. “(T)hank you William for making me smile during these hard times. Never stop dancing.”
“William (is) still dancing...from jive to break. Congratulations young man keep it up!🙏” another user wrote.
Before the internet was widely available, it might have been astounding to find a young Dane into breakdancing, given that it is a distinctly American dance style. According to Britannica, breakdancing, which combines a wide variety of influences like gymnastics and martial arts, was born in New York City back in the 1960s and ‘70s. At that time, African Americans and Latinos were breakdance pioneers, leading to the energetic and improvisational dance form’s rise in popularity in the U.S. Today, breakdancing even has a spot at the forthcoming 2024 Olympics in Paris, Britannica reports.
One of breakdancing’s biggest breakthroughs came in the 1980s thanks to Michael Jackson. Jackson not only incorporated breakdancing into his music videos, but he also popularized the moonwalk, a dance move that became extremely popular with teenagers at the time, according to Britannica. William, who seems to be a clear fan of breakdancing, also gave a nod to the pop star legend’s moonwalk back in 2017.
The young dancer, then around 7 years old, dressed up as Jackson and gave an impromptu performance in his living room in preparation for the Danish Carnival celebration that year. Luckily, the entire performance is on video, one of three of William’s performances on his parents’ Studie43 YouTube channel.
While William is no doubt talented, his parents likely played a large role in his success given that they are both professional dance instructors.
According to Peter and Kristina’s website, for example, the husband-wife duo’s dance career spans more than 21 years, with both starting dance before the age of 5 at Dorit & Erik Hybel's Dance Institute in Odense. Since then, the couple has won five world championships and established their own dance studio in Risskov, Denmark, in 2011.
If William’s dance performances are any indication, it seems like he’s on a similar path. At age 2, he became an internet sensation for doing the jive in the video below. At age 7, he was moonwalking across his living room in full Michael Jackson attire. And at age 8, he impressed viewers around the world with his breakdancing skills. Only time will tell what William will accomplish as he grows up, but the future looks bright.
What do you think about William’s dancing skills at 2 years old? What do you think he will accomplish in five years? How about ten? Let us know — and be sure to pass this article on to friends, family members and fans of dance.