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Child Prodigy: Movie inspires 10-year-old to create tap dancing board company

Posted at 6:26 PM, Feb 25, 2021

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Jaia Perkins was watching the movie "Tap" with her father when she got what some would say is a million-dollar idea in the making: boards that electrify the sound from tap dancers, mimicking a drum.

They're called Jaiaboards.

"We came to the conclusion that the sound was coming from the boards because he was tapping so hard," said Jaia Perkins of dancers in the film.

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"We realized the technology hasn't changed from tap ever since then," she added.

"It was weird because I saw the movie 'Tap' a dozen times," said her dad, Victor Perkins, who initially thought the sound was coming from the dancers' shoes.

"As a parent, I had to ask myself, 'What if you did listen to your kids? What if you did think outside the box?'"

The conversation led to an invention.

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Jaia teamed up with her dad to create Jaiaboards.

Since then, Jaiaboards have made their way to several dance studios across the country, including right here in Las Vegas.

The boards played a key role in the "Tap Matters" group performance.

If you would like to learn more or invest in the company, there is a GoFundMe page here.