We had the good fortune of connecting with Amanda LaCount and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amanda, what is the most important factor behind your success?
The most important factor behind my success and the success of my brand is loving myself and being confident in who I am. As a plus size professional dancer, many people have tried to knock me down by saying I’m too fat to be a dancer. However, I love my body and I am confident in who I am. That is why I started my own hashtag #breakingthestereotypeTM I believe that every body is a dancer’s body.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a well known professional hip hop dancer, choreographer, actress, singer, model, and influencer. I have been dancing since I was 2 years old. I have 6 older brothers and sisters. While in Colorado I was a competitive figure skater and qualified for Nationals. I was also a competitive all-star cheerleader on 4 National Champion Teams. I danced competitively and attended Denver School of the Arts as a Dance Major from 6th to 9th grade. While in Colorado, I performed in a number of professional musical productions including Annie, Sound of Music, The Wiz, Cheaper By The Dozen, Scrooge, Carousel, Fiddler On The Roof, Aladdin, Brigadoon, Alice In Wonderland, Jungle Book, Bye Bye Birdie, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Polar Express at regional dinner theatres and community theatres in Colorado and Wyoming, and the National Tour for the Wizard Of Oz. One of my dreams is to perform on Broadway. I also enjoyed riding horses and playing hockey
In 2015 I moved from Colorado to Los Angeles to follow my dream of becoming a professional dancer and actress. I graduated with Honors from The Dance Academy at Champs Charter High School of Performing Arts. Many people are surprised to learn that I always attended a traditional school and was never home schooled. During the COVID-19 quarantine I stayed active by graduating Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Performing Arts with a focus in Dance Performance from St. Mary’s College of California.
Some of my most notable performances include performing twice in Rihanna’s “Savage X Fenty” Show (once at NYFW) which is now streaming on Amazon Prime, dancing with Zoe Wees at the American Music Awards, dancing with Ozuna at the Latin American Music Awards, dancing at Coachella with Lizzo, dancing with Meghan Trainor at the Radio Disney Music Awards, dancing with Kelsea Ballerini at the E! People’s Choice Awards, dancing on The Ellen Show with Keala Settle from “The Greatest Showman” movie, dancing with Disney’s “Descendants 2” Cast on DWTS, dancing on 2 Episodes of The Voice, dancing in Lady Gaga’s “Stupid Love” music video, dancing in Katy Perry’s “Swish Swish” music video feat. Nicki Minaj, and my own National Dance Tour “Amanda LaCount Live”. I also traveled to Paris, France to be featured in the music video “Comme Une Reine” (Like A Queen) for Madame Monsieur. In addition I appeared on America’s Got Talent Season 15.=
I was honored to be the November 2018 Dance Spirit Magazine Cover, in the January 21, 2020 Dance Magazine, in People.com July 9, 2020 in the Winter 2019 Edition of Tiger Beat where I was named one of the “6 Dancers We Can’t Stop Watching.”
I have my own movement #breakingthestereotype™ which promotes body positivity and the belief that any “body” can be a dancer. I am breaking the stereotype that all dancers must be tall, thin and blonde or brunette. My philosophy is “If you love it, do it. It’s as simple as that.”
Finally, in 2019 I played the role of Mermaid Alana (one of Ariel’s sisters) in ABC’s “The Little Mermaid Live”. Other roles I have played include Jenny in the film “Ali’s Realm,” 7 Episodes of “School of Rock” as a dancer and student, as a dancer in “ROAR” with Nicole Kidman, and co-starring roles on “Good Girls,” and “Euphoria.”. I also played an inclusive dancer for the Netflix movie “The Prom” starring Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman.
I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me as I continue my mission of promoting confidence and body positivity. One of my goals is “to be the person I never had growing up” (to look up to as a role model).
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I live in Los Angeles, California now. If I could have my career in Colorado I would move back there tomorrow. My favorite place to visit in LA is the beaches. I love watching the sun set over the water.
If I could move back to Colorado where most of my siblings live, I would take you to visit the mountains. We would go hiking, swimming, horseback riding and walk around Estes Park. I love to rent a cabin at YMCA of the Rockies. Growing up this is where we would spend most of our holidays.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would start out my Shoutout with the support of my family. I have 6 older brothers and sisters who have and do support my dreams and ambitions. Next, is my mother who raised me by herself. She always supported me and even picked up and moved from Colorado to Los Angeles when I was 13 years old to pursue by dream of becoming a professional dancer. Third is my father, Joedy, who also always supported my dreams and was taken away from us much too young. I dance every day for him and I know he is watching me.
For dance my first Shoutout is to Desi Queen who was the first dance teacher who saw the potential in me and knew from a young age that I would be a star. She still plays a big role in my life. My other dance Shoutout is to Jenni Leinweber who always supported my dance dreams even when I was no longer dancing at her studio.
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