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12-year-old Memphian dances on tour with Janet Jackson

Published: Sep. 28, 2015 at 7:37 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 29, 2015 at 12:01 PM CDT
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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A 'Tennessee Treasure' is taking the stage with Janet Jackson Tuesday.

But before she dances with the pop icon, she shined on stage at John P. Freeman Optional School to inspire students.

At 12-years-old, Kyndall Harris danced her way into the spotlight with Janet Jackson, one of the most successful female dance and recording artists in music history.

"I was very star struck, but she's very loving and caring so she took me in and was very nice," Harris said.

Harris, a Memphis native, stopped in the Bluff City the day before the show at the FedExForum. Though she's currently traveling the world for Jackson's 'Unbreakable' tour, she took the time to visit her 7-year-old sister at John P. Freeman Optional School.

During her visit, students gave her a welcome rally, and Representative G.A. Hardaway and city Councilwoman Wanda Halbert gave presentations.

"You are an example of how good things turn into great things," Halbert said.

Harris said she was initially turned away from Jackson's dance team, but later the team called her back to re-audition.

While on tour, Harris said she balances choreography practice and school work.

"We do it right before every show and every rehearsal," Harris explained. "We have to do it every day, no exceptions."

Harris said she hopes to keep motivating others. She had one final message for people with big dreams.

"Keep their morals and values, pursue it aggressively, and just keep going no matter what."

Click here to see Harris dancing to Janet Jackson's "Feedback."

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