TEENAGE dancer Lewis Smith could hardly “Belieb” it after bagging the chance to share a stage with pop megastar Justin Bieber.
The 13-year-old, from Rawmarsh, showed off his moves at London’s Hyde Park on Sunday after clinching a spot to be a backing dancer for the US teen idol.
Lewis, who trains at Team Katalyst in Parkgate, has been street dancing for six years and submitted an online audition video for Justin’s management to check out.
He was stunned to hear back that he had landed a place at the chart-topper’s concert and made his big-time debut alongside five other children in front of 70,000 fans at the Canadian singer’s Purpose gig.
“I was really nervous on the day but when I got up on stage the nerves just went away,” he said.
“I just thought: ‘I’ve come here to dance and do what I do best.’
“I really love dancing. It just makes me feel really happy and like nothing can stop me.”
Lewis said it had meant a lot that megastar Justin took time to ask all the young dancers their names and give them each a hug \_ even taking a moment to tell Lewis he liked his baseball cap.
“I would’ve been really happy anyway but that just made it even better,” said the starstruck teenager.
Lewis, a student at St Pius X School in Wath, was back in dancing action on Tuesday evening as he resumed training at Team Katalyst.
He said he wouldn’t let rubbing shoulders with pop royalty affect him, though, insisting: “I’m not going to act like a star or anything.”
Lewis, of Burkinshaw Avenue, travelled down to London at 1am on Sunday with dad Ian and mum Lisa ahead of his first rehearsal at 8.45am and didn’t take to the stage until 9pm.
Ian missed out on seeing his son’s star moment in the flesh as only Lisa was allocated a ticket but has been proudly watching and sharing YouTube clips of the performance.
“Lewis absolutely nailed it,” said the dad of two, who also has a 20-year-old daughter, Laura.
“He has really lived his dream and definitely got an appetite for more.
“It’s amazing he was picked, considering he was up against thousands of other people, but he works really hard and he’s always dancing.
“He does 15 or 16 hours a week and now he’s getting the rewards.
“We couldn’t be any prouder of him.”