Rockettes’ Pick for Dancer of the Week: 12-Year-Old Dubstepper

Who: 12-year-old Adilyn Malcolm

Her dance:

Why we chose her: There are so many benefits to dance classes, but one thing you can’t do in class? Pause your teacher mid-step, rewind them and watch them do it again, over and over until you’ve mastered the move perfectly. But, thanks to the Internet—specifically YouTube—doing exactly that was how 12-year-old Adilyn Malcolm became an expert dubstepper.

Adilyn, who has no formal training in dance, discovered dubstep while researching Michael Jackson for a school project. Around nine months later of watching tutorial videos, the budding dancer can now pop, lock and link with the best of them.

“If you’re on the Internet, you can really learn and teach yourself—it benefits you because you can watch everything over and over again, but in a classroom you can’t do that,” Adilyn says in the video.

Adilyn shows us that anyone who wants to dance can dance if they take the time to practice—whether it’s in a studio or in the comfort of your own home. If you have a passion for dance but have always been a little too nervous to sign up for your first class, don’t let that stop you from dancing. Be like Adilyn and learn in a way that works for you!

Fun fact: When Adilyn isn’t watching YouTube to master new dance moves, she’s fulfilling a different passion. “I am actually a motocross racer, but when I’m not on my bike, this is the next best thing!” she wrote on her YouTube page.

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