A Fort Saskatchewan teenager showed off his talent for all of Canada to see.
Dayton Paradis is a 16-year-old student at St. André Bessette as well as a member of the Itty Bitty Crew, a hip-hop dance group made up of himself and 14-year-old twins Ayden and Ethan Valdriz.
Paradis has been dancing since he was a young kid. He used to live in Saskatchewan and would have to travel to Edmonton every two weeks to train. Since moving to the area, he and the twins train together every day.
"Their work ethic is just unstoppable. When other kids are at home playing video games, they'll meet together and work on dance pirouettes," said trainer Vince Akinyode.
The trio appeared in Tuesday's (Mar. 29) episode of Canada's Got Talent for day two of auditions.
During their interview before the performance, Paradis talked about the difficulties of being a male dancer and getting bullied.
"Because I was getting bullied, it really took a toll on me and ate at me. Through dance, I'm able to understand that this is what I love, and what I love doesn't need others' opinions. I've been able to surround myself with people who have gone through the same experiences, like Ethan and Ayden," he said.
The group performed a dance about mental health and overcoming anxiety. They got a standing ovation from the audience and a yes from all four judges.
"So proud to see one of our Cardinals showcasing his talents AND sharing a powerful message! Congrats Dayton and crew - we are rooting for you!" said wrote St. André Bessette on Twitter.
Itty Bitty Crew will advance to the Judges Round where 36 acts will be picked to go on to the semi-finals.