Hip Hop Dancer, Actress, Choreographer, & Influencer
Amanda LaCount is a well known hip hop dancer, actress, choreographer, and influencer. She has been dancing since she was 2 years old. In 2015 she moved from CO to LA to follow her dream of becoming a professional dancer and actress. Some of her most notable performances include dancing with Meghan Trainor on RDMA, dancing on The Ellen Show, dancing with Disney’s “Descendants 2” Cast on DWTS, dancing on 2 Episodes of The Voice, dancing in Katy Perry’s “Swish Swish” music video feat. Nicki Minaj, and her own National Dance Tour “Amanda LaCount Live”. Amanda has her own movement #breakingthestereotype which promotes body positivity and the belief that any “body” can be a dancer. Amanda’s passion is dance, but her goal is to inspire others to follow their dreams.
Why and when did you start dancing?
I started dancing at the age of 2 because my mom would take me to the dance studio when she drove my older sisters there for class. I would stand outside the studio window and jump around while they were in class, so she decided to sign me up as well. I also tried to go up on stage when my sisters had their dance recitals. I wanted to be up there performing with them so bad.
Have you always been so self-confident?
I have always had a lot of self confidence, but like most people there have been times when I doubted myself.
What was a defining moment in your life?
When I was 11 years old, there was a dance studio director that had watched me compete in Colorado competitions for years. So, when he decided to open his own studio he came to me and asked if I would audition for his competition dance team. I did and I was placed on the team. In fact, he put me in all the group numbers and featured me in 2 of them with solo sections. That year I won 3 dance titles and over $5,000 in dance scholarships. At the end of the season he asked for a meeting with my mom and I. We thought it was to discuss the next season and things I should work on. Instead, he said “my body type did not fit his vision for the team” and I was no longer welcome. My mom asked if I could at least continue to take dance classes there and he said “no”. His parting words was that I was not good at hip hop or tap which are my 2 best styles of dance.
When did you decide to pursue a professional dance career?
In 2015, I told my mom I wanted to move to LA to be able to train in professional dance studios and begin my career as a professional dancer. Two weeks later we were in LA. Shortly after arriving, I auditioned for Bloc Talent Agency and signed with them.
Can you tell me more about #breakingthestereotype hashtag?
Three years ago I got in the car to leave dance class. I noticed that most of the big dancers I knew had their own hashtag and I decided I wanted one too that represented me. That is when I thought of #breakingthestereotype and started using it. My entire life I had been told that I was too big to be a dancer. What is your message to people who deal with low self esteem caused by their look? The biggest reason people deal with self esteem issues is because they compare themselves to other people. You should never compare yourself to others. You are unique and you should be confident to be yourself. Don’t worry about what other people may say or think. That is their problem, not yours. Usually they are dealing with insecurities of their own and by putting you down they make themselves feel better. I try to remember this when I am being bullied. I don’t know what is going on in their life and they may have bad things happening or are being bullied themselves. What is your biggest dream? My biggest dream is to go on a dance tour with someone like Meghan Trainor, Beyonce, Janet Jackson, or Rhianna.
What are some of your favorite dance jobs?
My favorite dance jobs would be dancing in Katy Perry’s “Swish Swish” music video after winning her Instagram Dance Contest. I also enjoyed dancing with Keala Settle from “The Greatest Showman” on The Ellen Show and dancing with Meghan Trainor at the Radio Disney Music Awards. I have also danced with the “Descendent’s 2” cast on DWTS and on 2 episodes of The Voice. In addition, I had the opportunity to fly to Paris and shoot the music video “Comme Une Renne” (Like A Queen) with Madame Monsieur. Finally, I had my own National Dance Tour “Amanda LaCount Live” in the United States and now I’m preparing for my own dance tour in Australia.
What are your future goals?
I want to continue to dance and hope to go on tour with a major artist such as Meghan Trainor. But, above all I want to inspire other people. “Dance is my passion, but my goal is to inspire others to follow their dream.”