An overweight dancer shocked his audience after he revealed his amazing dance skills in a competition (video below).
In the clip, John Linda can be seen participating in a West Coast swing dance number with his partner, Deborah Szekely. The two engage in an incredible tight and impressive routine, blowing the audience away.
Later in the clip, the audience gets up on their feet and gives the couple a huge round of applause as they show off their incredible moves.
Lindo’s website described his storied, successful career in dance.
“After beginning in country-western dance in 1992, John Lindo quickly made his mark on the West Coast Swing circuit by garnering an astonishing number of awards and championships in Jack-and-Jills and Strictly Swings. Some of his First Place awards include the U.S. Open, Grand Nationals, Phoenix Champion of Champions. He is also sought after internationally for his experience and teaching, having travelled to five countries in the past year alone. John currently resides in New Jersey, and is an influential presence in the New York City West Coast Swing scene,” the site read.
Many viewers applauded the dancer for working hard to become an incredible performer and exceeding expectations due to his size.
“Good for him there’s no reason why he can’t do what he loves and that’s awesome seeing that just gives a push to remind people do what you love awesome job,” one viewer commented on The Shred’s Facebook page.
“He’s a great dancer… why say ” seemingly overweight”?… I’m sure he knows it and isn’t playing games with words,” another wrote.
“I consider this the my favorite WCS video…just great both of them. There are lots of more technical, better arena, more complicated performances but every time I see this one it just looks right. This is dance for me when “the connection” is there. John is my favorite only because I am a leader too,” another added on Silkath’s YouTube video of the dance routine.
“Best I have seen in a long time just great,” another viewer commented.
“Big boy has moves! I love watching dance competitions and haven’t seen him but I will watch for him now,” another wrote.
One viewer shared their story of taking a dance lesson from Lindo.
“It’s West Coast Swing, it’s a lot of fun to dance. I took a lesson from John Lindo last weekend in Fresno. Awesome and very funny dancer, he really emphasizes dancing to the music. Let the follower know that you’re dancing to the music and not just the dance. What he’s doing though is pretty hard too, so get comfortable with the dance first. West Coast Swing does take sometime to perfect,” the viewer commented on YouTube.