‘I love the reaction I get from people, it pushes me to get better and better’ – Royston dancer wins silver medal in national street dance competition
PUBLISHED: 08:29 22 August 2016
A freestyle dancer from Royston has fought off tough competition to win his first-ever medal in a national final – and he’s never had a dance lesson in his life.
Callum Constant took up dancing just four years ago when he was inspired by a YouTube video of American performer Marquese Scott.
“I saw this video and I was just amazed,” he told the Crow.
“I will dance anywhere. I say that I have no dignity because wherever I am I will dance.
“I’m entirely self-taught and I describe my dancing as popping freestyle animation. I practice constantly because, even though everyone says that it’s amazing, I always want to get better.”
Callum, who studied performing arts at university, entered a couple of competitions in his early days including TV’s Got To Dance, but said as he was just starting out he didn’t get very far.
However, all his hard work and determination paid off when he was selected to go to the UK Street Dance Championships – he reached the final in his category and came away with a silver medal.
“It was so nerve wracking when I was waiting for the names to get called out, and then I got silver and I couldn’t believe it,” the 21-year-old said.
“The judges pulled me aside afterwards and said I was really unique.”
Since the competition he has gone into schools to show the children his moves.
Callum said his family are extremely proud and supportive, and that they have been known to get him to perform at home to show how good he’s becoming.
His dad Ray – a Royston crew commander with the Herts Fire & Rescue Service who also spoke to the Crow about their open day, above – said: It was incredible to watch him perform and to get second place in the competition.”
In the future, Callum would like to carry on performing, and hopes to win more medals.
“Dancing helps you deal with anything bad that’s doing on, it’s a transportation device away from real life,” said Callum.
“I love the reaction I get from people and it pushes me to get better and better.”