An 8-year-old boy has won over the hearts of the Internet with his impressive dance routine to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”

AUTISTIC BOY WINS DANCING COMPETITION

A cottage leasing agency in Britain hosted a dance challenge by setting up a webcam outside their office in St. Ives and inviting people to dance outside in order to win a prize. The camera was set up for five days and the agency, Aspects Holidays, saw dozens of entries.

But the clear winner was William Ryan, an 8-year-old with autism. He re-created the iconic “Thriller” dance, and some people even gathered round to watch him perform.

“We noticed him doing it when we got into the office and we’re amazed by how good he was,” said Doug Howard, marketing manager at Aspects Holidays. “The response has been incredible! It’s amazing to think something that started out as a bit of fun has been shared so far and wide.” The Facebook video released by the leasing agency has already garnered over 165,000 views.

William’s mother Gemma Ryan was also pleased and shared his story with CBS News: “Three years ago, when William was five he was diagnosed with autism. He struggled to communicate, struggled academically in school and continues to struggle to socialize and make friends, but about eighteen months ago his Dad introduced him (via YouTube) to the wonders of Michael Jackson and he watched his videos for hours on end and learned all his routines by heart.”

After the challenge, Aspects Holidays sent William a basket of goodies as his prize. But his mother says the greatest prize is William’s growing confidence. “He loves to dance and as I’ve been reading your comments to him it has blown his mind that so many people like him.”

William took it upon himself to record an adorable thank you message to his fans, which can be seen below.