Caylan Spendlove impresses judges at the 10th annual Sharp Short Dance festival

PURE BLISS: "Dancing makes me happy! I've never seen a person who dances without a smile on their face," the eight-year-old said. Picture: Geoff Jones

PURE BLISS: "Dancing makes me happy! I've never seen a person who dances without a smile on their face," the eight-year-old said. Picture: Geoff Jones

“When I was two-years-old my grandma was obsessed with Zumba and she would take me with her to the [Zumba] classes,” Caylan Spendlove told the News.

“I learnt how to wiggle my hips and do the figure eight so well that when mum put up a video on Facebook, everyone commented on how I should start dancing.”

By the age of three Caylan started his first dance class.

The Baulkham Hills resident is one talented eight-year-old with a long list of creative capabilities; training in genres including ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, tap and tumbling.

The young choreographer and performer is one of 13 winners in this year’s 10th annual Sharp Short Dance festival, held at Parramatta’s Riverside Theatres.

A competitive dance festival presented by FORM Dance Projects, Sharp Short Dance invited young dancers and choreographers aged 21-years-old and under, to compete for awards and a share in prizes and highly-sought after industry secondments with major professional dance companies.

Caylan was crowned ‘Outstanding Solo Performance’ for his mixed contemporary and tumbling work – Worth It.

For the boys out there who love to dance, just do it!

Caylan Spendlove

“I decided to improvise the solo performance because I have not danced on my own before and just did what the music makes me do,” he said. “I added some of my tumbling tricks to the routine.”

The Caper School of Performing Arts dance student said even though he gets incredibly nervous before stepping out on stage, he gives it his best shot and dances with all his heart.

“Once I’m on stage I really just want to do my best and have fun,” he said.

“I didn’t expect to win. I just entered to have fun, learn and enjoy the experience. Winning was a bonus!

TOUCH YOUR TOES: "To master a new skill after hours and hours of training is the best feeling in the world," Caylan Spendlove said. Picture: Supplied

TOUCH YOUR TOES: "To master a new skill after hours and hours of training is the best feeling in the world," Caylan Spendlove said. Picture: Supplied

“There were so many well trained and fabulous dancers and it was an honour to dance along side these great artists. That’s why I didn’t think I would win. I was absolutely blown away. My first ever solo performance has been an incredible experience.”

Caylan said dancing has helped him make new friends, build incredible fitness, and has increased his confidence.

“For the boys out there who love to dance, just do it!”