You Should Know: Lior Melnikov

Erik Xydis (courtesy RSA Talent)

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)."


Fast Facts!

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."

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