*The Internet is buzzing over little Johanna Colon who may only be 6 years old, but you could say she’s commanding plenty of R-E-S-P-E-C-T these days.
It’s all because of her sassy performance of Aretha Franklin‘s 1967 classic hit song “Respect” during a dance recital in Knightdale, N.C., on Saturday night. It has now been nearly 35 million times on Facebook and it was only posted by her mother on Sunday.
Johanna, who has been taking dance lessons since she was 2 years old, got a standing ovation from a sold-out crowd of more than 400 people after channeling Lady Soul in her performance with her classmates after weeks of practice.
“She practiced very hard,” Elissa Colon told TODAY.com. “She would make me play it on Pandora constantly. All eyes were on her from the beginning. As soon as she walked out, everybody was just floored.”
Elissa gave her some background on Aretha Franklin as she learned the song, which became an instant favorite for Johanna.
“She really didn’t know who Aretha Franklin was, and when I told her about her and played it, she said, ‘Ooh, she’s got a lot of sass, mommy,”’ Elissa said.