'Music is moving you, rather than you're moving to the music'

BROWNSVILLE, Ore. - Boon Richter started dancing in 6th grade.

"Through a girl," he said. "I was trying to get her attention, because I knew she danced."

Now 15, the Central Linn High School freshman practices a dance style known as "animation."

"Animation consists of a lot of different things such as robotics and popping," Boon said. "Music is moving you, rather than you're moving to the music."

He's taking part in Dance Among Dragons, an online dance contest put on by Marquese Scott. If he gets enough likes, he might win a trip to Atlanta, a hot bed for animation dancers like Cyrus and BluPrint from Dragon House, who competed on FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance."

"I never thought I'd have a son who's a dancer," said Ken Richter, Boon's dad. "And watching him all the time in the front room - if he wants to dance off, I've got the 80s robot down really well."

"His energy just really like feeds me with new ideas," Boon said of his day.

"We're very proud of him," his dad said. "We're very proud of the commitment he's shown in sticking with it."