Have you Hurd about this dy­namic duo?

Lo­cal sis­ters dance their way into the na­tion’s hearts

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By TIF­FANY WAT­SON twat­son@somd­news.com

For those who are keep­ing up with viral in­ter­net dance chal­lenges, the Hurd sis­ters of In­dian Head are no strangers.

One re­cent dance chal­lenge, the TZ An­them Chal­lenge, was cre­ated by in­ter­net celebrity, dancer, rap­per and co­me­dian Zay Hil­figer, 15. The TZ An­them is a catchy track per­formed over the beat to Crime Mob’s “Knuck If You Buck.” Soon af­ter its re­lease, sis­ters Lyric Hurd, 7, and Melody Hurd, 5, cre­ated a video of them­selves do­ing the chal­lenge — and the na­tion has fallen in love with them.

Their mother, Tan­isha Hurd, said her daugh­ters love to dance and sing in their spare time. They are con­stantly watch­ing YouTube for more dance move ideas.

“My mom showed me the dance chal­lenge and then

I cre­ated a dance to it,” Lyric said. “Then I showed my lit­tle sis­ter the dance and my mom recorded us.”

“Lyric does all of the chal­lenges and her other chal­lenges have got- ten a lot of views, too, but not as much as this one,” Tan­isha said. “The TZ An­them was a dance that be­came re­ally pop­u­lar and she did the dance by her­self at first, but then her lit­tle sis­ter picked it up as she was teach­ing her. I thought they just looked so cute so I recorded them do­ing it to­gether.”

Lyric Hurd — also know as Lyric the Diva — is a so­cial me­dia star, fash­ion icon, ac­tress, run­way and print model. When she was 3 years old, her mother got her started in mod­el­ing and act­ing. She en­tered Glynn Jack­son’s Showbiz Kidz of the DMV run­way com­pe­ti­tion and won first place in March 2013. Since then, Lyric has been fea­tured in sev­eral films, com- mer­cials and tele­vi­sion shows in­clud­ing a PBS Sprout pub­lic ser­vice an­nounce­ment for the 2014 Winter Olympics, “Blue Bloods” on CBS, as well as Red Lob­ster, Macy’s and Visa com­mer­cials.

“Lyric does a lot of mod­el­ing and is con­stantly on the big screen,” Tan­isha said. “She takes it se­ri­ously be­cause this is what she loves.”

Lyric is a Bey­once fan who de­scribes her­self as “so­phis­ti­cated, classy, sassy, dramatic” and “a star.” Melody is a Justin Beiber fan, claim­ing to have “Beiber fever,” and plans to be a star just like her big sis­ter.

On Oct. 26, Lyric and Melody ap­peared on “The Ellen De­Generes Show” and per­formed their dance to the “TZ An­them” live. Lyric said she was ex­cited and sur­prised all at once when she heard she would be ap­pear­ing for the first time. Their nat­u­ral hair afros and match­ing out- fits were crowd-pleasers, but it was their big per­son­al­i­ties that left the au­di­ence in awe.

Tan­isha said Lyric has wanted to go on “Ellen” for a long­time.

“Both my daugh­ters love Ellen,” Tan­isha said. “She al­ways brings tal­ented kids on the show.”

Lyric and Melody said they were so ex­cited to see them­selves on tele­vi­sion and had the op­por­tu­nity to live out one of their many dreams in front of the na­tion.

“It was amaz­ing,” Lyric said.

Tan­isha is so proud of her daugh­ters’ suc­cess and said she hopes to see all of their dreams come true.

“I sup­port them all the way,” Tan­isha said. “I gave up my govern­ment job to help Lyric go back and forth to New York for act­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. I be­lieve that they will go far.”

Cur­rently, both girls are home­schooled in or­der for them to con­tinue their ca­reers in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try.

“I want peo­ple to see that lit­tle girls like them can do what­ever they put their mind to,” Tan­isha said. “It’s OK to be your­self and con­fi­dent. It’s im­por­tant to teach all lit­tle girls to be con­fi­dent and re­al­ize that they can do any­thing that they want to do in life. You can start work­ing on your dreams at an early age.”

Lyric will be star­ring in the movie “Se­crets” in 2016 and the movie “Rox- anne, Rox­anne,” also star- ring Nia Long, com­ing out in 2017. Both sis­ters have big dreams and said noth­ing is hold­ing them back.

Lyric’s next big goal? Land­ing a pilot for her own tele­vi­sion show.

STAFF PHOTO BY TIF­FANY WAT­SON

In­dian Head res­i­dents Melody Hurd, 5, and Lyric Hurd, 7, are YouTube sen­sa­tions who re­ceived an op­por­tu­nity to ap­pear on “The Ellen De­Generes Show” last week.

STAFF PHOTO BY TIF­FANY WAT­SON

Tan­isha Hurd of In­dian Head with her daugh­ters, YouTube sen­sa­tions Melody, 5, and Lyric, 7.

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