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The parents of Oprah's next guest say he was born with music in his soul. "When Kyle was about 3 or 4, we saw that there was something different about him," says Dalerie, Kyle's mom. "It was like he was a kid that stood out."

It wasn't long before Kyle began winning dance competitions throughout Detroit, his hometown. In 2005, he entered a contest that changed the course of his young life. The competition was sponsored by renowned director and choreographer Debbie Allen. "Kyle stepped on that stage singing, dancing with his presence, and I was like, 'Wait a minute. Stop.' I just had to go find his mother," she says. "I had to find out, 'Who is this child?' It was like seeing little Sammy Davis Jr."

After seeing his fancy footwork, Debbie offered Kyle a scholarship to her dance academy. He accepted and, along with his family, moved to Hollywood. "Kyle has that energy, that shining light where people just kind of love you," Debbie says. "When you perform, they go, 'wow.' That's what he has."

Watch Kyle show off his tap dance talent.Watch

In addition to dance, Kyle, now 13, says he also enjoys acting and singing. "It's just my way to express myself," he says.
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FROM: Oprah's Search for the World's Smartest and Most Talented Kids
Published on November 17, 2008

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