15 year-old Vancouver dancer, Travis Lim, is the only Canadian to earn double golds at this year’s International Dance Organization (IDO) Street Dance World Championships.
Held in Graz, Austria this past October, Lim beat out dozens of competitors from around the world to take the top trophy for solo junior Hip Hop, and successfully defended his title in the junior Electric Boogie (Popping) category.
“I was glad that I got to prove myself in hip hop while defending my title in popping,” says Lim. “I will never forget the experiences of the trip and everything that I learned. In the end, winning is just the icing on the cake because the journey is what I will truly value in the future.”
With each category taking a full twelve hours to complete, Lim says that with the elation from winning also comes a sense of relief.
“The best part about competing is when you are on the dance floor and you kill the beat,” he says. “Sometimes you will surprise yourself and it is one of my favorite parts about freestyling.”
Born and raised in Vancouver, Lim showed an interest in music before he could walk, and began setting the dance world on fire at age of six. An eight-time gold medalist at Dance World Cup Canada, Lim has parlayed his dance prowess into his own show on Shaw television, and recently wrapped filming of the feature film, Hot Street.
At age 13, Lim was invited as a Canadian Goodwill Ambassador to teach hip hop workshops at the International Dance Congress World Dance Congress in Japan making him the youngest presenter ever.
Lim, along with his crew Freshh 2.0, were awarded a silver medal in 2010 and a gold medal in 2014 at the annual Hip Hop International in Las Vegas.