Aydin Eyikan is here to prove that boys love to dance too. His emotional Qualifiers routine connected with audiences across the country and wowed the judges on NBC World of Dance. Learn more about this young talent in WOD Magazine’s exclusive Q&A below and find out who inspires him as a dancer.

WOD: How did it feel when you found out you’d be on Season 3?

AE: When I found out that I made it onto Season 3 of World of Dance I jumped up and screamed at the top of my lungs! This was a goal of mine that I had set way back when Season 1 aired, and to finally make it was an amazing sensation. I literally couldn’t think about anything else for weeks, and I still remember the exact day I found out- my life has never been the same!

WOD: What style are you performing, and why?

AE: I’m performing contemporary because it is the style that I feel I can express myself the most through. Even though the first styles of dance that I tried were hip hop and breakdancing, I quickly found in my 4th year dancing that Contemporary was my thing and definitely my favorite. I connect to it on a spiritual level and the movement just feels so me!

WOD: How long have you been dancing, or dancing with your group? 

AE: I’ve been dancing for 8 years and will never stop 🙂

WOD: Who inspires you? 

AE: One of my biggest inspirations is Michael Dameski from Season 2. I find his movement quality so alluring, and he commits all of his energy into everything he does. I try to model my movement and work ethic after him because he is so passionate about dance. While filming Season 3, everyone said I reminded them of him which was such an honor! 

WOD: What do you think your fans would want to know about you? 

AE: Something I think my fans would want to know about me is that nothing that I have was handed to me. I’ve had to work hard for every single thing as a dancer and I hope that inspires them to always push for what they want. Especially being a male dancer, there are so many people out there who wanted to see me fail, but my love and passion for dance has always won and kept me going!

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