Jaxon Willard made his mark on the world in Season 2 of World of Dance. Jaxon is 16 and is from American Fork, Utah. He started dancing to express his feelings and show who he is in the world.
Jaxon was adopted to an all-white family and grew up in a predominantly white community. He says, “I’ve always been teased and bullied about my skin color, and so I would always suppress all my feelings and keep them inside until I discovered dancing, and so this song to me is kind of saying that it’s OK to be vulnerable and it’s OK to be sad.”
His self-choreographed dance on World of Dance was to the song “Fragile” by Kygo and Labrinth which talks about being vulnerable and being yourself. His dance was so moving and beautifully performed that he received a score of a 94 from the judges Derek Hough, Jennifer Lopez, and Ne-Yo, which helped him advance to the next round.
Jaxon has been dancing for 4 years and really took to the sport. He started dancing when he started ballroom at his school. Since that moment he hasn’t looked back. He quickly branched out to other forms of dance and just fell in love with everything about it.
Dancing has become more than just a coping mechanism for him. Dancing is a way of life and has helped to shape him to who he is today. He said, “Nobody is the same, but when I dance and I’m around dancers, we all have the same passion, and so ultimately, I don’t look at that experience in a negative way. I look at it in a positive way because I wouldn’t be where I am without these experiences.”
The judges were blown away by his performance. There wasn’t a dry eye in the audience. Ne-Yo said, “Dance is not just being able to move your body well; dance is being able to move people. He belongs here.”