Largo's 10-Year-Old Dance Star Busts a Move on 'Today' Show

After quickly rising to fame for his "Gangnam Style" performance with the cheerleaders at Tampa Bay Buccaneers games, Christian Bottger danced during Tuesday's live broadcast of NBC's "Today" show.

First, he wowed the crowds at Tampa's Raymond James Stadium with his dancing skills.

Now, Largo 10-year-old Christian Bottger can add "performed live on national television" to his resumé.

Bottger appeared Tuesday morning on NBC's "Today" show, displaying his dance moves and rubbing elbows with Matt Lauer and Al Roker.

The Fuguitt Elementary School student has quickly risen to fame thanks to his performances of "Teach Me How to Dougie" and "Thriller" at Tampa Bay Buccaneers games alongside the team's cheerleading squad. But it was his "Gangnam Style" interpretation that caught the attention of TV cameras this past weekend, and a clip was shown Monday morning on "Today."

One day later, Bottger was invited to fly up to New York City — his first plane ride — and bust a move during the show's broadcast at Rockefeller Plaza along with the cheerleading squad and Bucs mascot Captain Fear.

Bottger, nicknamed "Little Fear," is the son of Bucs video production manager Ed Bottger.

When Lauer asked if he liked all the attention he's been getting, Bottger gave the host a smirk and said, "Hmm, let me think ..."

The budding star has been competitively dancing for five years now and trains along with his two older sisters from the Starstruck Dance Studio in Largo, Buccaneers.com reports.

During Tuesday's taping in New York, he also got to have his picture taken with singer Bruno Mars.

"We are still extremely overwhelmed and so proud. Christian has had an amazing experience this past day and a half and says he loved dancing on the plaza and meeting the Today Show Hosts," according to an email from Christian's mom, Christine Bottger.

Christine Bottger wrote her son is now hoping to have an opportunity to meet Ellen DeGeneres.

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