Believe it or not, talent isn’t often caused by genetics or luck. In most cases, devoted parents are involved in helping their kids practice and achieve their best.
An 18-month-old boy went viral for his talent in dancing.
Hunter lives with his mom who’s a dance instructor. Most of the time, he’s around her and the people she’s teaching. He could hear the same songs and observe their moves. Eventually, the kid figured out his own moves.
Hunter’s mom recalled:
“It was so cute how Hunter, at only 18 months, would stay super still during the slow part of the song and start ‘dancing’ when the music picked up.”
In the video, Hunter could be seen standing still in the middle of the dance floor.
His parents decided to play a song and see what he’d do. And just like magic, he started showing off his skills.
The mom shared:
“At our small studio recital we put him on stage and played the music to see what he would do…and he didn’t disappoint!”
Mom picked out the best song.
It was one of Beyonce’s hits. There was no doubt that it would send the boy dancing his heart out.
The song has reggae and dancehall influences. With its party sound, Beyonce’s vocals made it a true masterpiece. In fact, it was recognized as the 2007’s best R&B and hip-hop song.
At first, Hunter wasn’t moving around that much.
However, when the song got to its upbeat and fun part, the boy started grooving passionately. There was no definite steps and choreography.
Despite that, Hunter’s moves were so thrilling to watch. He looked so adorable stomping his feet around and making random tip-toe dances.
The audience loved every part of Hunter’s performance.
They applauded and cheered him on. And the boy seemed to not care at all. He was just feeling Beyonce’s voice, the rhythm of the song, and his body’s response. It was so natural for him to dance like that!
Hunter is now a grown-up boy.
Despite his age, his parents have no intention of removing his video on the internet and on YouTube. In fact, they were happy that they uploaded it. For them, it’s a way to immortalize Hunter’s talent. It’s a way for them to share what their precious son can do to the world, too.
His mom shared:
“He is now almost ten, so he has grown up quite a bit, so we are glad we shared this memory on Youtube for our friends and family to see.”
As parents, it’s important to support a child’s talent at an early age. Getting an early start is important and it’s reflected in a study involving talented performers. 22 out of 24 of them were introduced to their specific talent domains between ages 2 and 5 by their parents.
It’s also important for parents to remember that their support is important, regardless of they have the same talent. Adora Svitak is one excellent example. Her parents were not writers but they were able to create a nurturing environment for her and her talent in writing. By age 11, she already published two books.
See Hunter’s full performance below.
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