Kaycee Rice's New Nike Video Is Major #MondayMotivation

Former cover star Kaycee Rice can do no wrong. Her pint-size dancing is pure magic. Every single show or video she appears in instantly becomes a must-watch. So it's no surprise that her latest projecta Nike campaign videois 🔥🔥, as well.

The video, part of the company's Young Athletes "The Coolest Tights" campaign, is a minute and a half of Kaycee just doing what Kaycee does best: Dancing solo, and whipping out the coolest tricks and stellar moves, like layouts and lots of pirouettes.

Check it out for yourself below. And get ready to have an awesome Monday with all of that newfound motivation. 💪

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