Azariah Richardson, 13, 8th grade
What is a hero?
Heroes will do whatever is in their power to help others. It doesn’t have to be, like, stopping a rocket from crashing into the earth. It can be simple things, like helping someone out. Say someone needs a little more money, lending a hand, or someone needs help moving, lending a hand. I think a hero is a helping hand.
The theme of your show is “Heroes of Tomorrow.” What does that mean to you?
Well, I think it means that the heroes of tomorrow are also dependent on the current heroes now. And they’re our future, they’re the ones who are going to be pushing us forward, to go further in life.
Do you see yourself as a hero of tomorrow? In what ways?
I do see myself as a hero of tomorrow. I remember seeing someone about a week ago that I had met at a dance competition. It was a little boy and he liked my dancing and he wanted to learn how to dance. I showed him a little bit of something and he took it and ran with it and I ran into him recently and he called me his hero. That felt good to me because I pushed him even though I hardly knew him and never thought I would see him again. He said he really appreciated that little bit of help from me.
What is your favorite dance in the show? Why did you choose that one?
It’s actually Heroes of Tomorrow. It’s supposed to be the main dance of the show, it’s the majority of the younger kids, and I love their way of working together and coming together to send this message about male movement and just being a hero. People get the message because they see them together, they’re being each other’s heroes.