In honor of our newest collection, we’re celebrating dancers who inspire us! Meet Amanda LaCount, who was told her body type didn’t fit her instructor’s vision for the competition team. To inspire artists to celebrate their bodies, she launched the #BreakingTheStereotype campaign. Also, she’s danced with Katy Perry.
Where are you from?
AL: I am originally from Fort Collins, Colorado. I moved to Los Angeles in Jan. 2015 to follow my dreams of becoming a professional dancer and actress.
How did you get started in dance?
AL: What other physical activities do you enjoy? I got started in dance at the age of 2 because I had 2 older sisters that also danced. I saw them performing on stage at their recital and I wanted to be up there performing with them. I have played most sports in the past including ice hockey and taekwondo. In addition, I was a competitive figure skater (qualifying for nationals 3 years) and a competitive allstar cheerleader who competed on 4 National Championship teams. Finally. I enjoy horseback riding.
What has been the biggest challenge you’ve overcome on your dance journey?
AL: My biggest challenge has been convincing people that you don’t have to have a certain body type to be a dancer. I have been told by peers, parents, studio owners, choreographers, and even strangers that I am “too fat” to be a dancer. That’s why I created my hashtag #breakingthestereotype to educate people that any “body” can be a dancer. My passion is dance, but my goal is to inspire others to follow their dreams and not worry about what other people may say or think.
What’s your FAVORITE song to dance to right now?
AL: This can change on a daily basis, but right now I really like Meghan Trainor’s new songs, especially “No Excuses”.
What advice would you give to the 13 year old you?
AL: I would tell her that she should keep training hard and she will prove people’s stereotypes of what a dance should look like is wrong. The world is yours and if you work hard all your dreams will come true.
What’s your ultimate favorite dessert?
AL: Mint chocolate chip ice cream.
What are you most looking forward to in your future?
AL: I’ve already had so many amazing opportunities to meet, work with, and teach so many great people and to travel to so many wonderful places . . . I am looking forward to continuing my journey and sharing my dance passion with everyone I meet along the way.
What makes you feel your best?
AL: I feel my best when I am dancing in class or performing for an audience.
What’s your favorite Beyond Yoga piece you wore today?
AL: My favorite piece was the black camisole with the built in sports bra.
What is your secret goal?
AL: I have 2 secret goals. The first is to go on tour dancing with Meghan Trainor and the second is to work with Parris Goebel (choreographer).
What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not dancing?
AL: My favorite thing to do when I’m not dancing is to hang out with my friends.
What inspires you?
AL: What inspires me is my mom. She raised 7 children by herself and has always been there for me. She has done everything she could to help make my dreams come true! I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for her belief in me.