Dance
Young boy with tall dance partner give judges something to talk about when their legs start to move
It's no surprise they won first place!
Irene Markianou
05.12.22

You know what they say: a healthy mind in a healthy body. And this true for everyone, regardless of their age and lifestyle.

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Unsplash - Gabin Vallet

Especially when we’re talking about kids, it’s crucial that they do some kind of physical activity in order to have a healthy development of the body, as well as it’s a great way to socialize and learn to act as a part of a pair or a group.

One of the best physical activities is dancing. It’s both good for you, while it’s also super fun.

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Unsplash - Ardian Lumi

Children usually pick modern dances, but there is a type of dance that is getting all the more popular among the youth: shag.

What started off as a not-so-classy or traditional dance, is now becoming attractive to young kids and teens who want to try this old-fashioned but at the same time beautiful and exciting kind of dance.

Every year, the Shag Championship takes place in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

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Unsplash - Priscilla Du Preez

The dancers that participate in that contest are the best of the best, and the junior division is no exception.

Sadly, last year the National Shag Dance Championship was cancelled due to Covid, but thankfully, this year the shag aficionados had the chance to dance and watch others dance their favorite dance.

The Junior I Division often attracts all the attention since it has to do with the new dancers that are just now discovering their talent.

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YouTube - Stages Video Productions

This year, the champions of this division were two amazing kids, a 6th and 7th grader, who showed the judges and the audience that they are here to stay!

Graylen Kirby and her partner Easton Brown appeared on stage when their names were announced.

They didn’t look particularly nervous, but they definitely had to be. It’s a big thing to participate in such a contest at such a young age.

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YouTube - Stages Video Productions

The two kids dance to the sounds of Danny’s All-Star Joint by Rickie Lee Jones.

When the song starts, nobody knows what to expect. The young pair looks cool, but they don’t look like they are confident enough to win this thing.

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YouTube - Stages Video Productions

But first impressions can be wrong, and this is exactly what happens here.

The boy, who looks almost like he doesn’t really care about what’s going on around him, has really got the moves.

As for his tall partner, the girl sure knows what she’s doing. Not only are her moves perfectly flawless, but she also has a smile on her face the whole time, which is telling of how much she enjoys the dance.

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YouTube - Stages Video Productions

“Graylen is a worker. She’s going to want to practice/talk about/study/and plan for [the choreography] as much as possible,” reads a Facebook post about her.

The dancing duo stole the show with their amazing synchronization and their fantastic energy. Everyone loved their performace, and this is why they won first place.

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YouTube - Stages Video Productions

Head over to the video below to watch the young dancers’ performance that gave them the title “champions”.

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By Irene Markianou
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Irene Markianou is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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