Rhi Lee Photography, courtesy Ayden Nguyen

Why You Should Know Rising Hip-Hop Star Ayden Nguyen

When a dancer's resumé includes winning "World of Dance," appearing on both "Ellen" and "The Kids' Choice Awards," and dancing with Justin Bieber, N.E.R.D., and Lil Wayne, that dancer isn't usually 10 years old. But hip-hopper Ayden Nguyen, affectionately known as the "mini Sean Lew," has already managed to captivate audiences all over the world with his explosive yet nuanced style. Catch Ayden appearing in music videos and events throughout the year in his latest gig as a featured Kidz Bop Kid.


Ayden poses on top of a sculpture in the middle of the park. He stands on one leg, with the other foot kicking up towards his back, with one hand on his forehead, and the other extended behind him. He wears black Vans sneakers, black socks, checkered pants, and a long-sleeved, black graphic tee.

Rhi Lee Photography, courtesy Ayden

Fast Facts

Full name: Ayden Thanh Nguyen

Age: 10

Birthday: August 28, 2009

Hometown: Dallas, TX

Trains at: The Dance Xperience convention (touring in multiple cities,) and Centre for Dance in Dallas, TX

How he started dancing: "When I was little, I would always watch videos of Michael Jackson and the Jabbawockeez and try to copy them. I finally took my first class when I was 5."

Favorite performance: "Competing on 'World of Dance,' with The Lab, because we won the whole show, and it was so cool to meet Jennifer Lopez and Ne-Yo."

Three words to describe his dancing: Textured, sharp, strong

Ayden poses up on his toes, like Michael Jackson's signature move. He stands in a train station, next to a bright yellow train. He wears black and red Nike sneakers, black sweatpants, a white t-shirt under a denim button down, and a brown beanie. His face is in profile, and he is smiling down at his feet.

Rhi Lee Photography, courtesy Ayden

Favorite thing about dance: "Going to class. You get to meet new people, see your friends, and just dance.

Nondance hobbies: Soccer, basketball, and football

Place he'd love to visit: "Japan, to see the cherry blossoms there"

Dance idols: Michael Jackson, and the Jabbawockeez and Kinjaz dance crews

Dream dance job: Backup dancer or choreographer for Justin Timberlake, Shawn Mendes, or Chris Brown

Dream superpower: Telekinesis

Something no one knows about him: "I'm double-jointed in my right and left thumb."

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