him, ‘You have the skills. Now you need to share the joy you feel when
you dance.’ ”
Fik-Shun’s mentoring also included rehearsal tactics. “Kida’s a music
learner,” Fik-Shun says. “He gets the counts, and then he goes home and
listens to the music—and when he comes back, you can tell. We share
that learning style. But I worked with him on making sure choreography
was in his body before moving on. If he said ‘I got it,’ I’d make him do it
three times full-out. I noticed that later, he started doing that on his own.”
Kida’s All-Star couldn’t have been happier with the final results.
When host Cat Deeley said Kida’s name, “I picked him up and spun him
around,” Fik-Shun says. “I’d told him every week, it doesn’t matter if you
win. As long as you take something from this process, you’ve won. For
him to actually win was the icing on the cake.”
THE NEXT STEPS
So where does Kida—a.k.a. Kida the Great, a nickname given to him by
his sister Tajanique Cheatham—go from here? “I want to travel the
world,” he says. “My dancing got so much bigger, just from this show.
How much more can I expand?” He definitely sees choreography in his
future. “I’d also love to open a studio one day,” he says.
But for now, he’s enjoying the satisfaction of a job well done. “What
I got from this journey is that I can do any style you throw at me—just
give me a couple days,” he says. “I can’t doubt myself. If I work hard, I
can accomplish whatever I put my mind to.”
Kathryn Holmes is a writer and dancer based in Brooklyn, NY.
THE JUDGES ON KIDA
NIGEL LYTHGOE: “I’m thrilled Kida won. He’s
mastered hip hop, so now I want to see him take
classes in everything. The world’s his oyster!”
PAULA ABDUL: “Kida showed incredible tenacity.
He had a hunger to prove himself. He also has the
intuition to know how to make choreography look
good on him. There aren’t a lot of dancers who can
stand beside Fik-Shun, but once Kida’s showmanship
improved, you couldn’t imagine either of them with
MADDIE ZIEGLER: “Seeing Kida grow has been
incredible. He’s now such a strong, mature dancer. It’s
like he morphed into a mini version of Fik-Shun! And
he’s humble and professional—he’s going to go far.”
Kida and Fik-Shun in a hip-hop
routine by Pharside and Phoenix