If you watched Katy Perry's “Saturday Night Live” performance this past weekend, you were probably mesmerized by the teenage dancing sensation, who has gone from posting his signature moves on Instagram to dancing alongside one of the biggest names in music.
15-year-old Russell Horning introduced the world to his trademark backpack, in which he wore for the entire number and “The Russell,” a dance move consisting of quickly swaying his hands around his waist.
But who is this “backpack kid” that became a hit on Twitter overnight? TooFab talked with Horning to find out how he came up with his signature move, how his "SNL" gig with Perry came about, and his two biggest goals since his on-air debut.
Do you have a background in dance such as taking professional lessons? How did “The Russell” come about?
I only do my dances for comedy. It’s not meant to be good. It just came to mind one day.
Do you think “The Russell” and “Flossing” will become a trend now?
Oh yeah, definitely because it’s so unique and out of the blue and it’s hard to do and everyone’s trying to do it and it’s becoming a chain reaction. I don’t know why people think it’s difficult. A lot of people are struggling to do it.
Do you think “The Russell” will become the new left shark?
I hope so. It’s a possibility. I don’t think it’s that big though.
Did Katy Perry directly reach out to you or was it her team/rep?
Katy Perry's team reached out to me. She told me that she found me on Instagram, but I didn’t know until I met her.
Have you had any other offers from pop stars to perform since the "SNL" performance?
That was my second performance. My first was for a small community thing. No one has reached out yet, but I hope so.
Where do you want to go in your dancing career?
I want to keep dancing and getting bigger, and meeting more celebrities. I want to get verified and go on “The Ellen Show.” Those are my biggest goals.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
An entertainer! I want to do the same thing I’m doing now.view photos Getty