Friday, October 17, 2014

Girl Moonwalks on Largest Stage for Autism Awareness

If you had seen Falynne Lewing, a 13 year-old girl from Reno, Nevada, when she was a child, you probably would not have thought that years later you would be likening her to the Prince of Pop. Falynne (pronounced 'Fallon') has Asperger Syndrome, and in her early years, she had trouble with her speech and her walking. Now, however, she can impersonate Michael Jackson's moves to the T and is getting a lot of attention for it.

Falynne was five years old when her Michael Jackson infatuation began. That was when she saw his "Thriller" video for the first time. It wasn't long before, apparently out of the blue, Falynne showed her parents that she, too, could pop-and-lock, glide, and spin around the floor. 

"Our jaws dropped," says Falynne's mother, Michelle. "We couldn't believe that she could do something like that on her own. Falynne says the dancing was spontaneous; she just decided to try it out. 

Her parents weren't the only ones who were impressed by Falynne's moves. She and her mother recently went to both VidCon and Michael Jackson's final resting place, and when Falynne started dancing, people circled around her. Pretty amazing for someone with no formal dance training.

"They wanted to meet her, they wanted to hug her, they wanted to see her dance," says Michelle. 

So it may be no surprise that on October 23rd, Falynne will be performing on the world's largest indoor stage--the Grand Theatre at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno--to not only show off her moves, but raise autism awareness. The proceeds from the show will go to the Autism Coalition of Nevada and the Nevada Humane Society.

Check out Falynne's Facebook page to see more dancing, MJ-themed and otherwise, singing, and to stay updated on her push for autism awareness.

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