Though he says his favorite style is hip hop—and he can definitely hit hard when he needs to—Lior Melnikov's onstage charisma brings to mind old-school entertainers like Fred Astaire. Thanks to that singular performance quality, 12-year-old Melnikov has been popping up more and more frequently in the commercial world: He made it to the Top 20 on “So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation," and was named a 2016/2017 PULSE Elite Protégé. His Nickelodeon credits include “Nicky, Ricky, Dicky and Dawn" and “LSB (Lip Sync Battle)."
Birthday: December 29, 2003
Hometown: Houston, TX
Studio: Dancezone in Houston, TX
Song he's listening to right now: “Wicked," by Future
Favorite food: “My mom's home cooking."
Hidden talent: “I speak three languages!"
Performer he's dying to work with: Jason Derulo
Three words that describe his dancing: “Passionate, entertaining and dedicated"
Nondance hobbies: Playing basketball and video games
Advice for Dance Spirit readers: “Never give up on your dreams and always stay humble."