A dance-off between a young fan and an NBA usher caught on an arena “dance cam” grabbed the attention of 20,000 basketball fans at a recent Detroit Pistons game against the New York Knicks — and, later, more than 2 million Web viewers.
Antwain Alexander, an 11-year-old Detroit fan, was at the Pistons game Tuesday night with his family when the dance cam landed on him.
“He had been trying to get that dance cam to be on him throughout the whole entire game,” said his father, Pastor Alexander.
Not one to give up the spotlight, the boy started showing off some impressive dance moves.
“He was like, ‘Mom, you will never believe. This was the time of my life,'” said Antwain’s mother, Tamisha Alexander.
But the dance cam was not done yet. The video cut to Shannon Sailes, 46, an NBA usher famous for showing off his dance moves during Pistons games.
As the camera cut between Antwain and Sailes, the dance-off was officially on.
“He was, like, doing his moves and everything, and then they went back to me and I stood up and I said, ‘Come on!'” said Antwain.
Sailes said the dance-off with Antwain was the first time he’s challenged a fan to step up.
“He was talking my crowd,” said Sailes. “So it was time for me to step up. This is my house, you know.”
Video of the epic dance-off has been gone viral with more than 2 million views on YouTube.
While no one gets a trophy, Antwain felt pretty good about his performance.
“I don’t want to brag, but I’m good,” said Antwain. “I have the sprinkler, then I like the ooh-kill-’em, then I got the Michael Jackson shoulders move, where he moves side to side, then I have the spin … then I do the wave.
“I brought my A game,” he said. “I think I won.”
In a rematch between Sailes and Antwain, with a little back-up from the Detroit Pistons dancers, Antwain admitted the NBA usher could maybe show him a move or two.
“He’s so good at dancing,” said Antwain.
However, Sailes said in the long run it’s Antwain who might come out ahead.
“Overall, he’s a young man, talented, got so much going for himself,” Sailes said. “He’s the winner.”