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FilAm Kids Wow ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Judges

by Joseph Pimentel/Asianjournal.com

LOS ANGELES – The latest FilAm wunderkinds put on their dancing shoes on last Tuesday’s episode of Dancing with the Stars.

FilAm kids, 10-year-old Jaryd Farcon and eight-year-old Cara Abaya Campos performed the popular ballroom dance step the chacha to the music of Bruce Channel’s Hey! Baby in front of millions of viewers on ABC’s hit dance show.

In their one-minute dance set, these pint-sized ballroom dancers strutted their stuff with rapid hip movement, splits, and exaggerated facial impressions, a must in every ballroom dancer’s arsenal. Afterwards, all three judges were impressed by the performance and asked the young couple to come back.

“Jaryd, your hip action,” said Judge Bruno Tonioli. “You could teach some of our professionals.”

“Cara, you’re only eight years old and you’re dancing like a 40-year old hot mama,” added Judge Carrie Ann Inaba.

“Sharp, crisp leg action, fabulous hips, beautiful Cuban break, the whole package. It was fantastic,” said head judge Len Goodman after the performance.

These kids are not your ordinary elementary school students. During the past year, Jaryd and Cara have performed on NBC’s Today Show and won talk show hosts Maury Povich’s “Most Talented Kids” competition.

Jaryd and Cara both from the East Coast have been dancing together for more than a year. They have been competing in national and international competitions, according to Cara’s mom Irene Campos, who recently spoke with the Asian Journal about their accomplishments.

Irene said that since the two young kids have been performing together they’ve won first or second place in a number of competitions in their divisions. This year alone, Cara and Jaryd have won two second place trophies in the USA Dance Championships Nationals, 1st Place in the Teddy bear – JIVE division at the Le Classique in Montreal, Canada; and a first and second place award in the Manhattan Dancesport Regional in New York.

“I’m so proud of these kids,” said Irene. “They really work hard and compete to be the best.”

The Dancing with the Stars Junior 10-and-under age group competition began this year. During last Tuesday’s competition, Jaryd and Cara bested their opponent 10-year-old Dmitriy Slobodskiy and Michelle Kaplansky for a chance to come back again.

ABC Dancing with the Stars producers have asked the young FilAm couple to perform again on the show sometime in May, according to Irene.


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