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Child Prodigy Dancers

Updated on March 15, 2013
Fred & Adele Astaire. ca. 1906. The photograph is a publicity photograph illustrating Fred Astaire and Adele Astaire in a vaudeville act entitled "A Rainy Saturday".
Fred & Adele Astaire. ca. 1906. The photograph is a publicity photograph illustrating Fred Astaire and Adele Astaire in a vaudeville act entitled "A Rainy Saturday". | Source

Child prodigies of yesteryear

Shirley Temple was one and so was Fred Astaire. For those that don't know or remember who Shirley Temple or Fred Astaire are, they are 2 of the most beloved dancers of all time - in fact, they were both so extremely talented and gifted that they were both considered to be child prodigies. Shirley, at five years old, showed talent as an actress and tap dancer. When she was seven years old, she received a special Academy Award. She was described as a child prodigy by Time (magazine) in 1936.

Fred Astaire (born Frederick Austerlitz on May 10, 1899), landed his first job in show biz at the ripe old age of five. A local paper in New Jersey said this about Fred and his sister Adele, "the Astaire's are the greatest child act in vaudeville."

What made these children so incredibly talented ? Are child prodgies born this way or are their talents nurtured? Or both?


What is a child prodigy?

"A child prodigy is someone who, at an early age, develops one or more skills at a level far beyond the norm for their age. A prodigy has to be a child, or at least younger than 18 years, who is performing at the level of a highly trained adult in a very demanding field of endeavor". (Wikipedia)

Researchers seem to be split on what "makes" a child a prodigy, some saying that their talent comes from within and matures according to how much emotional investment and energy the child puts into that talent, while some research points to the environment playing a dominant roll (such as talented parents who pass down their talent to a child)

I venture to say it's both - an innate talent that is "fed", develops and turns into something extraordinary, with the help of those around them.

Child prodigies have also been referred to as "wonder kids". The term Wunderkind (from German: "wonder child") is sometimes used as a synonym for prodigy.

Wonder seems to be an accurate word to describe these amazingly talented children, their gift being a wonder to behold!

Up and coming child star dancers

  • Luke Spring
  • Miles Brown
  • Rochelle Marks

Today's child prodigies (now adults)

  • Brandon Muraine
  • Ricky Sun

Today's child prodigies

With today's technology and the wealth of information available to us, talented children get to be exposed to a worldwide audience much sooner then ever before.

With the popularity of shows like American Idol, America's Got Talent and The Voice, more children are being exposed to the mainstream media in new and inventive ways. With platforms like YouTube where anyone can post and watch a video, more and more children are being put online to showcase their talents. You see them on TV shows, news clips and in concert more than ever before. Child prodigies seem to be on the rise thanks to global interest in multi-media.

The art of dancing has also come roaring back, and with it, many talented children.

Below are some videos of some of these upcoming children dancers, some that are already being considered as "child prodigies". If you happen to know of a talented child dancer that you feel should be added to this growing list, please feel free to comment below and leave the child's name and a link where more information can be found on them.

The videos below are not an all inclusive list - they are children dancers that I found while researching this hub. Some of them have already been deemed "child prodigies" - and some of them may be considered as child prodigies in the near future.

Two Awesome Dancing Kids from the Ukraine


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