SACRAMENTO -- A contestant from Sacramento impressed the judges on Monday night's FOX premiere of "So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation."
After receiving high praise from judges Jason Derulo, Paula Abdul and Nigel Lythgoe, 14-year-old Kida Burns is moving on in the nationally televised competition.
Kida practices at Chapkis Studio in Suisun City.
Studio owner and dance instructor Greg Chapkis was a contestant on Season One of "So You Think You Can Dance."
“He's definitely a really hard worker," Chapkis said of Burns. "But he has something in him that not too many do. You know, just a born talent."
In a conversation with FOX40, Kida said he has been watching "So You Think You Can Dance" for years and is excited about the opportunity given to him now that there is a youth version of the show. He beat out thousands of contestants to appear in front of the celebrity judges.
Kida draws inspiration from his late father, Leon, who died from a flu virus in 2014. Leon instilled the love of dance in his seven children.
“Every time I go on that stage, that’s what I think of," Kida said of his father. "I think of him. And I know he’s watching down smiling down on me right now. So he’s gonna be on my mind, and I dedicate every performance to him.”
“When I look at him I see his father," said Kida's supportive mother, Tanisha, who helped put Kida and two of his siblings through dance school by cleaning dance studios.
She points out that even before the TV show, Kida was reaching people all around the world through his YouTube videos and as a touring dancer, choreographer and instructor.
“Just inspire the world; that’s all we want to do," explained Tanisha. "As a family ... going through what we went through, losing a husband and a father. And what the kids are doing inspiring the whole world, I couldn’t ask for anything else.”
“Never give up," Kida advises. "Because you can always do it. You just have to believe in yourself.”
You can follow Kida Burns' exciting journey on "So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation," currently airing Monday nights on FOX40.