DanceS­tar Ai­den brings the ti­tle home

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - TYLER ROODT

SLOW clap for the peo­ple of Grassy Park. Ai­den Kay­lor, 15, has done you proud.

The young­ster has danced his way to a world cham­pi­onship ti­tle. Out of 7 000 dancers from 17 coun­tries, Ai­den came out tops at the global com­pe­ti­tion in Croa­tia.

Ai­den is a Grade 10 pupil at Bergvliet High School, and he has an in­ter­est­ing back story. He be­gan danc­ing about five years ago at the Jodie Jack­son Dance Cen­tre in Lo­tus River. He’s been a reg­u­lar fea­ture at lo­cal con­tests.

Ev­ery year he has par­tic­i­pated in the Bat­tle of the Gi­ants in Sun City. He fin­ished in sec­ond place at the event last year.

This year he set his sights even higher. Ai­den wanted to per­form on the world stage.

He en­tered the DanceS­tar com­pe­ti­tion held in Croa­tia. The rest, as they say, is his­tory. Ai­den se­cured a star­ring role in the DanceS­tar music video dur­ing com­pe­ti­tion week.

He then qual­i­fied for Ur­ban Dance (hip hop) League A and cruised into the fi­nal of the tour­na­ment.

Ai­den’s mother, Gly­nis Kay­lor, also made the trip to Croa­tia. She is im­mensely proud of his achieve­ment.

“These past few months have been a lot of hard work; train­ing, re­hears­ing and all that.

“When they an­nounced him as the win­ner, he didn’t even hear his name be­ing called. When he saw the peo­ple in third and sec­ond place, he didn’t think he’d made it.

“We had to push him out onto the stage when they an­nounced him as the win­ner.

“I’m very proud of my­self be­cause a lot of work went into it, but I don’t think the fact that I came in first has kicked in yet,” he said.

On the ques­tion of whether pro­fes­sional danc­ing as a ca­reer fea­tured in his fu­ture plans, Ai­den said: “While I am pas­sion­ate about danc­ing, I am not plan­ning to make a full­time ca­reer out of it.

“I still want a job in an­other field but I would still want to do danc­ing,” he said.

PIC­TURE: HORST BERNHARD

Ai­den Kay­lor, sec­ond from left, takes part in the DanceS­tar video.

World champ Ai­den Kay­lor.

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