Things We Like: Karen X. Cheng Learns to Dance

There are many reasons why a video goes viral on the Interwebs. Sometimes it’s a catchy song (“Call Me Maybe,” anyone?), sometimes it’s a ridiculous craze (we’re lookin’ at you, “Harlem Shake”), and sometimes it’s just because the story behind the video itself really strikes a chord.

This is where Karen X. Cheng‘s recent video, “Girl Learns to Dance in a Year,” comes in. The video isn’t even two minutes long, but after being posted earlier this week, it’s already climbing quickly toward the million views mark. In it, Karen shows — via time lapse — how she went from wanting to dance to learning to dance to, well, dancing.

“People who watch me dance today sometimes assume I’ve been dancing for many years. I made this video so you could see the awkward body that started just one year ago,” she writes in the description.

“Here’s my secret: I practiced everywhere. At bus stops. In line at the grocery store. At work — Using the mouse with my right hand and practicing drills with my left hand. You don’t have to train hardcore for years to become a dancer. But you must be willing to practice and you better be hungry.”

If there’s one thing we at Kollaboration New York know well, it’s the fact that every talent begins with a passion. The rest is a mixture of hard work, persistence and a little bit of luck (because a little bit of luck never hurts, right?).

So tell us, who inspires you? Share your own stories below in the comments, and make sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and tumble with us on Tumblr. AND, to see (or share!) some amazing New York talents, come out to our Midsummer Open Mic Night next Friday, July 19 at JeBon Sushi.

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