The spirit of the King of Pop appears to live on in a 4-year-old Chinese boy, who is fast becoming an international dance sensation.
Wang Yiming, aka Xiao Bao or “little treasure,” has already been making waves across the world with his dance moves, appearing on U.S. television show “Ellen” and performing at the World Expo 2010.
A favorite of Chinese media, Xiao Bao draws curious crowds whenever he breaks into a dance routine, which his mother Bian Aiqing says happens almost every time he hears music.
“When he was young, we just started playing music to him and he started moving around like this. But we didn’t think that he had such a strong feeling for music,” Bian said.
“When he was just a couple of months old we would let him listen to music and he would immediately stop crying and calm down,” she told Reuters Television.
Xiao Bao was born prematurely and very frail. “The doctor told me they couldn’t guarantee anything,” his mother Aiqing says. “It would be a miracle if Xiao Bao survived.”
The doctors told his parents that the best way to help his frail body recover physically and catch up with his peers would be to move his limbs to music. His parents were surprised by how quickly and passionately he took to the rhythm.
Dancing since he was two years old, he has now mastered the moonwalk and other signature Jackson moves, performing them to hits such as “Beat It,” “Billie Jean” and “Dangerous.”
Before long, his passion turned into an obsession – his parents spend up to 20,000 yuan ($3,000) a month on dance trainers, choreographers, and tailored suits, shirts, and hats.
Xiao Bao is serious about his dancing career and says he would not mind becoming famous one day. But his parents say that no matter how talented their son is, his schooling will be their priority.
While checking out the sights on Hollywood Boulevard, he saw someone dancing on the street and just had to join in — and impressed the crowds!
On a recent CNN interview, when asked who was his favorite singer, Yiming said in his limited English, “My-co Jay-ke-sun!”. Then he collapsed into a fit of giggles. He is just like any other four-year old, incredibly cute, giggly and overwhelmingly energetic.