Andrew Dys

Almost! Rock Hill Little Caesars shaker board dancer runner-up for world title

Justin White of Rock Hill will compete May 20 in the Little Caesars Shaker Board Contest in Las Vegas. He is shown here dancing May 18 on North Cherry Road in front of the Rock Hill Little Caesars Pizza restaurant.
Justin White of Rock Hill will compete May 20 in the Little Caesars Shaker Board Contest in Las Vegas. He is shown here dancing May 18 on North Cherry Road in front of the Rock Hill Little Caesars Pizza restaurant. aburriss@heraldonline.com

Little Caesars has a bacon-wrapped pizza – but Rock Hill’s most famous sign-waving, pizza shop dancer came up just short of bringing home the pork belly in Las Vegas.

Justin White was a runner-up in the world at the Little Caesars shaker board contest Wednesday in Las Vegas. But the 20-year-old York Technical College student and award-winning dancer – who works part-time at Rock Hill’s Little Caesars to make money for college – did come home with $1,000.

“It was great! Awesome!” White said.

White – who already had the national title under his belt – vied for the international honor against contestants from Central America and South America in front of Little Caesars franchisee judges from around the country, who were in Vegas for their annual meeting.

“It was just a matter of preference for the sign-spinning,” White said. “I was the only dancer. The others were more just with the sign. They were great with their signs.”

While in Las Vegas, White had a chance to see and dance around some of the world’s greatest performers as he continues to chase his dream of a career in professional dance and choreography.

“I want to thank all the people in Rock Hill who were rooting for me back home,” said White, who teaches younger dancers at a Rock Hill studio and has hopes one day of opening his own studio here to “give back to my community.”

White entered a video of himself dancing outside the Cherry Road store to win the national contest before moving on to the world championship.

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