A Soldier Taught Him A Dance Move In Iraq. That Move Led Him On An Amazing Journey.

Hussein Smko's life was changed forever because of a chance interaction.

Meet Hussain Smko — a New York City dancer with a backstory that's almost as incredible as his backflip. His story is also the first featured in A Plus' new series The New Americans, which highlights extraordinary  individuals who have immigrated to the U.S. and made America their home.

Smko's chance interaction with a U.S. soldier when he was a child led to him leaving his war-torn homeland many years later. Smko, who was 9 years old when the Iraq War began, had a simple but profound encounter with a soldier who taught him a  dance move.

"That soldier kind of sparked something," Smko told A Plus. "He started something in there, and I am forever thankful to him for that."

Jonathan Hollander, the artistic director of Battery Dance, spotted one of Smko's dance videos online and decided to invite him to the United States to be Battery Dance's first fellow. 

Watch the clip above for the full story and subscribe to our YouTube channel for more awe-inspiring portraits of some of the "newest" Americans.

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