If you think you can dance, then meet four-year-old Liang Liang.
The fast-footed Chinese boy is billed as the ‘King of Rhythm’ after soaring to global fame with his dazzling moves and a great sense of music.
The tiny celebrity has gained throngs of fans, including US talk show presenter Ellen DeGeneres, since his performance caused a sensation on the street of his hometown.
Adorable 3-year-old dancer Liang Liang conquered the hearts of everyone in the room when he showed off his dance floor moves on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The tyke, who is known as China’s ‘King of Rhythm’, was remarkably fleet on his feet and showed off his ability to shuffle with the best of ‘em to an upbeat EDM track.
Videos of little Liang Liang went viral and one of his dance clips has been viewed more than 60 million times on Facebook. On Ellen’s show he first showed off a magic trick then displayed his English skills, which were really quite impressive. Liang Liang clearly loves talking to the crowd and wasn’t shy at all – some people are just born to be entertainers. Check out his appearance on the show below. If you want to skip the interview and watch him dancing, scroll down to the next video.
Liang Liang was a huge hit and the audience really gave it up for him, and seeing his joy in performing really brings a smile to your face. He’s already gained quite a bit of practice as his talent for dancing was noticed by his parents when he was just one year old. His 33-year-old mother Wu Shanshan told the MailOnline that “when he held onto the sofa and stood up, he would twist his body according to the rhythm of the music. He started learning to dance by following videos when he was two.”
Liang Liang’s real name is Zhou Yifan and he was born in Linyi, a city in Shandong Province in eastern China. His talent as an entertainer was noticed when his parents took him to a square to watch locals dancing. His mother said that “when he saw the others dance, he began to mimic their movements. And when people saw him dancing so seriously and well, they told him to stand at the front of the group.” You can watch Liang Liang’s street dancing in China in the video below.
Mrs Wu said Liang Liang’s street dancing soon became a local sensation, noting that “There were normally a lot of people. Sometimes the crowd was so big it would clog up the dance floor; other times [we] needed to help maintain the order of the street.” His star began rising after his street dance moves were posted online and quickly went viral. This is where DeGeneres caught wind of the young dancer and invited him to appear on her show, which Mrs Wu described as “one in a lifetime experience.”
Mrs Wu has continued to update fans on the Chinese video platform Kuaishou with Liang Liang’s dance moves, saying “Because so many people like Liang Liang and care about him, I feel that Liang Liang not only belongs to my husband and me, many people are also witnessing his growth.” However, his mother currently has no plans to send the dance prodigy on a trajectory to be an entertainer, saying that she hopes that he will become a child “who loves studying.”
Four-year-old Liang Liang rose to global fame after showing off his moves on the street of his hometown Linyi in eastern China. The child has since performed on the Ellen DeGeneres Show
Liang Liang, officially named Zhou Yifan, was born in the city of Linyi in eastern China’s Shandong Province.
His father, Zhou Xihong, works in the automobile industry and his mother, Wu Shanshan, is an early education specialist. They discovered the boy’s exceptional talent in dancing when he was about one year old.
‘When he held onto the sofa and stood up, he would twist his body according to the rhythm of the music,’ his 33-year-old mother told MailOnline. ‘He started learning to dance by following videos when he was two.’
Liang Liang became a local sensation last year after his parents had taken him to a public square to observe other people dancing.
‘When he saw the others dance, he began to mimic their movements. And when people saw him dancing so seriously and well, they told him to stand at the front of the group,’ Ms Wu said.
Liang Liang’s parents initially encouraged him to take part in public dancing in the hope of boosting his immunity. But his skills improved so quickly he started to attract a mob of fans
Dancing in public is a popular form of exercise in China. Every day, millions of Chinese people, especially pensioners, gather with their neighbours or friends to boogie away in parks and on public squares.
In the beginning, Liang Liang’s parents encouraged him to take part in public dancing in the hope of boosting his immunity. His mother said Liang Liang was prone to catching the flu and coughing when he was a baby.
But the boy’s dancing skills improved so quickly he soon attracted a mob of spectators whenever he appeared on the square.
‘There were normally a lot of people, sometimes the crowd was so big it would clog up the dance floor; other times [we] needed to help maintain the order of the street,’ his mother added.
Liang Liang’s popularity spiked after videos of his street performance were uploaded to the internet and went viral.
‘One day, a teacher on the square told us that we were invited to attend the Ellen Show in America,’ a proud Ms Wu noted.
It turns out that one of Liang Liang’s dancing clips had been shared onto Facebook and amassed some 60 million clicks.
Liang Liang and his parents flew to the US to film the variety comedy talk show late last year in what they described as ‘one in a lifetime experience’.
In the programme, Liang Liang entertained host Ellen DeGeneres and American audience with his favourite ‘candy trick’ before wowing them with his trademark disco hit.
But the most memorable moment for Ms Wu on the day was when Liang Liang cried right before his performance was about to start.
‘He was supposed to wait behind two doors on the stage before the dance. But when the doors closed, he couldn’t see me, so he suddenly began to cry. The members of the audience were already standing up, waiting for him to come out.’ Ms Wu recalled.
‘I rushed over to tell him that he could see him after he finished dancing. Then he wiped off his tears and went out to dance,’ the parent added.
Liang Liang’s parents discovered the boy’s exceptional talent in dancing when he was about one year old (left). The boy is pictured with his parents and grandparents (right) in Beijing
Liang Liang’s mother now keeps an account on Chinese short-video platform Kuaishou to share clips of the boy’s latest dance routines.
‘Because so many people like Liang Liang and care about him, I feel that Liang Liang not only belongs to my husband and me, many people are also witnessing his growth.’
Speaking of Liang Liang’s future, Ms Wu said she hoped her son could become a child ‘who loves studying’.
She said she and her husband would try their best to ‘create a good educational environment and help him become a child who has his own goal’.