The Way You Move

A ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Winner Delivered An Emotional And Deeply Personal ‘World Of Dance’ Performance

"I feel like people are very blessed to have both parents in their life — I wasn’t."

For freestyle street dancer Fik-Shun, trying out for World of Dance was quite the emotional roller coaster. The 22-year-old — who is actually a co-winner of So You Think You Can Dance season 10 — took to the stage for Night 2 of the Qualifiers and left everything on the floor by putting his heart on display in the most personal way.

"I think I'm known for being very entertaining. I make people laugh when I dance. It's less of a choice and more of a natural instinct," the Las Vegas native said before stepping out onto the stage. "But there's more to entertaining than making people laugh and smile — it's also making them feel something."

Fik-Shun was noticeably shaken before the routine, which is understandable considering it was about how he grew up with separated parents. So, after a quick pep talk and a much-needed hug from Jenna Dewan Tatum, Fik-Shun stepped out to perform.

The precise moment the song started, Fik-Shun began delivering both quick and sharp — as well as slow and smooth — movements that were perfectly timed to the track "Unsteady" by X Ambassadors. As soon as it was finished, Jennifer Lopez didn't waste a moment before asking about the inspiration behind the piece.

"I feel like people are very blessed to have both parents in their life — I wasn't. My parents have always been separated and, you know, as a kid to have your mom a thousand miles away and your dad a thousand miles away, apart, it's tough," Fik-Shun explained. "So, no matter how far apart they were, I just always tried to be the one in the middle to bring them together. It's just tough for a kid."

J.Lo immediately got it.

"As a performer and a dancer, you were so connected to every single beat. Each part of your body almost became a part of the song, and it was such a moving thing to watch," the 47-year-old multihyphenate responded. "It's great that you somehow kind of find, through your art, the bright side of it. And, from that pain, comes beautiful moments like this right now."

In the end, the other judges — Derek Hough and Ne-Yo — agreed and awarded Fik-Shun with an average score of 91. Looks like we'll be seeing a lot more of this talented dancer!

Check out the full performance here:

Cover image via Trae Patton / NBC

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