What does it take to be a child Prodigy? ABC will be premiering the intimate and candid 6-part series Making Child Prodigies this May, following five exceptionally talented children from around Australia and asking – what does it take to be a child prodigy?

Prodigies are a rare phenomenon – awe-inspiring, yet barely understood. In Australia, there are less than 4,000 exceptionally gifted children under the age of 12, and of those, it’s estimated that less than a hundred could be considered real prodigies.

Lifting the lid on the elite worlds of dance, music, academia and fine art, Making Child Prodigies provides an intimate and candid look at the day-to-day lives of a special group of children and their families at a pivotal time in their careers.

You might remember Aelita, who at 22 months first exhibited at a major art gallery in Melbourne making headlines around the world.  Now 10, Aelita has around 25 international exhibitions under her belt, with works selling for as much as $50,000.

Anwen first showed interest in the piano when she was about 5 months old, copying her mum by placing her fingers on the keys one at a time and listening to the sound. She started piano lessons in her hometown of Perth when she was three and at the age of six, Anwen was one of the youngest students ever accepted into the pre-college program of the world’s most prestigious music school, The Juilliard School in New York.

Beginning with learning piano by ear aged three-and-a-half, Callum took up electric guitar at seven and continues to be a multi-instrumentalist. Now known as “Callum the Heavy Metal Kid”, he exploded onto the public arena as a Grand Finalist of Australia’s Got Talent in 2016. Noted for his technical mastery of complex heavy metal guitar playing, Callum’s performance videos have generated over 60 million views online.

With an IQ in the top 1% of students across Australia and the Asia Pacific, and a member of Mensa, Finn is an intellectually gifted boy with a passion for science and maths. This year, Finn has been accelerated four years into Year 8 science, where he is enjoying learning about energy, atoms and reactions. With a love for all things rocketry, he is currently working on designs for a high-efficiency, high-torque motor and a ‘fissioplasmotic’ rocket motor (his own definition to describe a class of rocket motor that uses a fission reaction as part of the design).

Kenzie first started dancing when she was three-years-old, and by the age of five she was competing in all genres including Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary and Lyrical. Kenzie has won first prize over 300 times, placing her among the top ten dancers in Australia for girls of her age. Highlights include winning the ‘Petite Championship’ of the Get The Beat competition in 2016 where she was up against 1600 other dancers her age, and winning the esteemed City of Sydney classical section in 2016 and 2017. She auditioned in the world’s largest and most prestigious ballet competition – the Youth America Grand Prix – and was selected to dance at the finals in New York, leading to scholarship offers from the Joffrey Ballet Academy and The Bolshoi Ballet Academy.

Lifting the lid on the elite worlds of dance, music, academia and fine art, Making Child Prodigies provides an intimate and candid look at the day-to-day lives of a special group of children and their families at a pivotal time in their careers.

Making Child Prodigies starts on Tuesday 29th May at 8pm on the ABC.