ELON, N.C. -- This day in Mrs. Grogan's language arts class, Trey Henley seems like a regular, sometimes bashful, very studious seventh grader at Western Middle School in Burlington. But come the weekend, look out! This kid burns up the dance floor. He's the reigning U.S. swing dance champion in his age group.
His dance talents came to be because of a whirlwind decision his mom made.
"My wife decided she and I were going to take dance lessons," laughed Don Henley. "I came home one day and she told me to hurry up and get ready because we were going to take a lesson."
Their then 7-year-old daughter Kayla watched her parents try out their dance steps in the kitchen.
"They were practicing in the kitchen and I decided if they could it, I could do it, too," remembers Kayla, now a student at Elon University. "It just took off from there."
Kayla has gone on to nail several U.S. individual and team championships. One of her YouTube videos has been viewed more than 1.7 million times.
Then one day, little brother Trey, who had been watching Kayla at all of her competitions, decided he wanted to get in on all the action.
"He was like, 'Kayla, let's dance,' and I was like, 'You don't know how,' and he said, 'Yes, I do,'" said Kayla.
Trey won the 2015 championships for the 13 and under division in November in Burbank, Calif.
"It was scary at first, getting up in front of all of those people, but the more I competed, the more confident I felt," said Trey, who also plays drums, guitar and is a boy scout. "It is really fun. We get to do it as a family and you get to meet all kinds of people."
Dad Don Henley says the family has made lifelong friends from all over and that dancing has helped boost his kids' confidence and also their ease in different social situations. "We do just for the enjoyment. Whenever they started competing, it's wherever the chips fall, they fall. We're just tickled to death to see them on the floor dancing, win or lose."