From an early age, 10-year-old Dalton has been passionate about one thing—talking! "If I pick him up from school, Dalton will talk all the way home. I say, 'Man, just give Daddy a break,'" says Carlos, Dalton's dad. "He just loves to talk."
Dalton's fourth-grade teacher, Ms. Redmond, sensed his passion, as well. In fact, she entered him in a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. oratorical contest, where he won a $1,000 prize. "I love that [talking] inspires people," Dalton says.
After winning the contest, Dalton was invited to speak at events all over Dallas. He was even asked to address more than 17,000 teachers and administrators of the Dallas Independent School District. "I was very nervous, [but] you couldn't tell," he says. "I was shaking a lot." Dalton didn't let his nerves get the best of him. "He gets up there and he just knocks it down," Carlos says.
Dalton says one day he'd like to become a news reporter—a passion Oprah knows a lot about. "I was a speaker, did you know that?" Oprah asks him. "I was doing this when I was 3, 5 and 7, and I wanted to be a news reporter. Good luck. I think you're on the way."
Michael is a 13-year-old from Palm City, Florida, who says playing the violin is his passion in life. After reading A New Earth, an Oprah's Book Club selection, with his mom, he says he could feel its influence in his performances.
"It affects my violin playing so much because you have to be in the moment. You can't think about the future or the past when you play the violin," he says. "It's amazing."
Michael performs "Zigeunerweisen" by Pablo de Sarasate. "Wow," Oprah says. "The truth is, even if you don't listen to a lot of violin music, you can feel his passion and you know that was good."
Singing sensation Connie Talbot shot to stardom when she finished in second place on the hit television show Britain's Got Talent. Since then, more than 50 million people have viewed her videos on YouTube, and her first album went gold three weeks after its release.
Connie also made the Guinness Book of World Records. "I got it because I was the youngest person to be on the charts," she says.
Seven-year-old Connie performs "Ben" off of her new album, Over the Rainbow, but when she grows up, she says she wants to be either a singer or a doctor. "Or a singing doctor," Oprah says. "Why not?"
Julie, Daria and Natasha are a trio of teen performers in Cirque du Soleil
's traveling show KOOZA
. These young performers not only contort their bodies into seemingly impossible shapes, they can also hold them there for several minutes at a time! Sixteen-year-old Daria says anyone can do contortion. "With a lot of practice time, of course," she says.
Watch this teen trio's incredible routine.
Sixteen-year-old Julie agrees but says their previous training did help. "We started out doing gymnastics, and we worked on contortion, which is a lot of flexibility work and strength mixed with different movements and choreography," she says.
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