Dance
7-year-old girl takes stage in pink suit and puts grown men to shame with pop-n-lock dance
It'll be interesting to watch her grow. She blew them out of the water with ease.
Rebecca Reid
08.11.21

Meet ‘Lil Mushroom’…the Pop and Lock prodigy.

In a now-viral video, Ziqi Li, aka, ‘Lil Mushroom,’ of Beijing, China, blows away the judges and audience with her insane dance skills. At just 7-years-old, she struts on the stage wearing a pink ‘Boogaloo Sam‘ suit and hat, ready to take on any competitor who feels worthy of the challenge.

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‘Lil Mushroom’ drops the mic on the competition.

At first, you notice the smiles in the audience along with some amused looks from a few judges who aren’t too sure what to make of this pint-sized popper. The music starts and the reality of what Ziqi Li is capable of hits like one of her sick pop n’ lock moves.

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The reactions are priceless as ‘Lil Mushroom’ effortlessly slays the competition.

The adult dancers she faces are in awe of her talent at such a young age. They are talented in their own right but ‘Lil’ Mushroom is unphased and fires back with one perfect Pop and Lock after another.

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She dances her way around the world.

Since her debut, Ziqi Li’s Pop and Lock dance talent has taken her all over the world showing off her skills. She was featured on The Ellen Show and was interviewed by Kristin Bell about her passion for dance. She also traveled to Australia to perform on stage during Little Big Shots Australia Season 2.

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Since the video went viral, ‘Lil Mushroom’ has gained some serious fans.

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People commenting online are blown away by her dancing.

“OMG!!! I’m in awe of this 7yr old. She has grace, confidence, attitude and gained mass respect by not even her own peers but by her parent’s peers. She will be an absolute goddess of the floor for years to come and wish all her competitors the best of luck because there are going to need it.”

“As an old school “popper” I’ll tell you she’s exceptional for her age! Freestyling is not easy, she’s got a lot of weapon moves! Plus she’s cute with her Boogaloo outfit!”

“Dang… her poppin game is hard! She is insanely talented!”

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It’s obvious that ‘Lil Mushroom’ is a huge fan of Boogaloo Sam.

Her clothing style and her dance moves are proof of that. It’s very possible he would be a big fan of hers as well.

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“Boogaloo Sam actually developed the pop move in Fresno, California in the 1960s. The dance style is all about moving one’s limbs with both rigidity and flow. Locking is a style of funk dance developed in the 1960s by Don Campbell where someone freezes or “locks” their arm or hand in a position before moving again. Both dances were popularized in the 1970s. When combined, they are called the Pop and Lock.” – stayhipp.com

‘Campbellock’s distinctive moves soon landed him a position as a cast member on the popular dance show Soul Train in 1971, and he recorded a song “The Campbellock” to accompany his dance on Stanson Records in 1972.’ – stayhipp.com

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The future for ‘Lil Mushroom’ looks very bright. We can’t wait to see what she is capable of as she grows up and becomes a Pop and Lock legend.

Now watch this amazing video of ‘Lil Mushroom’ slaying her competition.

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By Rebecca Reid
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Rebecca Reid is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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