We had the good fortune of connecting with Kat Fedosova and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kat, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Taking the risk is necessary if you want to grow as a person. It’s important to practice taking risks from a young age, so you don’t get comfortable in life and get settle for less.
My first risk was when I came to America at the age of 18. This was a huge risk for a young lady from Russia but I followed my heart. I knew that I would have the freedom to be the creative I was born to be in America and be able to express my creativity through dance and fashion in ways that I could not in Voronezh where I was born.
The first city I called home in America was New York City but I have been living in Los Angeles for 11 years. Both NY and LA have a lot of creative and vibrant energy and I feel grateful to experience living in both East and West coast.
It was a huge risk going after a dance career. It is extremely competitive industry and specially in NYC or Los Angeles but I found the ways to success as a dancer.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As a professional dancer I have been able to perform on Good Morning America, on The Ryan and Kelly Show, on The World of Dance, and on the biggest theater stages like Radio City Music Hall, as well as on Dancing with the Stars with Derek Hough, who was my dance partner for more than three years. I have supported myself through dance. I also create all the costumes I use in my own performances, but I also custom make costumes for others who admired my work and use my costume creations for their big moments.
Moving to a new country by myself was very hard. I did not speak the language and did not have any friends or family. I did not have a safety net or a real plan, only a big dream to be the best dancer I can ever be!
It all helped me to stay focused and become very professional at anything I was doing. When most of the ballroom dancers my age were still deciding who they want to be when they grow up and which college to apply to, I was already working and making money to support myself.
Designing and creating came to me as a natural skill from a very young age. I remember sketching fashion designs and making extravagant dresses for my Barbies by hand at the age of 6 y.o.
Growing up as a dancer, I began sewing my costumes because I wanted to have a unique look on the dance floor. I used my creativity and sewing skills to create my dance costumes since I was 12 years old.
When I moved to the United States I realized that I could not find any dance wear fashion that would provide me the right freedom of movement and beauty, let alone represent my aesthetic and highlight my moves.
It was this revelation that caused me to begin designing and hand sewing the many fashion pieces that I have danced in.
My fashion pieces offer the opportunity for others to wear fashion that will enable them to feel as whimsical as a dance move, and as glamorous as the feeling of walking on stage or down a red carpet. I want the wearer to share their style and soul with their audiences.
My first collection was born out of the belief that the world is a stage, as William Shakespeare said. Couture Fashion of the past was rigid and stiff, but with my approach to design, you can effortlessly move every day in beautiful fashionable clothing that is affordable and just as wearable for everyday activities.
Like many performers in Los Angeles, it is necessary to find side hustles to support ourselves. So I am very proub to have taken the risk to also start my fashion brand at www.katfedosova.com
In entrepreneurship, you have to put yourself out there, take risks, and trust that when you take a leap, that instead of your dance partner catching you, you’ll have a customer to purchase your product or service.
I feel incredibly lucky to be able to do work that I love and express myself creatively. It is the continuation of my passions from an early age and I feel honored that I get to share them with others and help them experience the glamour and power of movement that fashion and dance have provided me all these years.
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.
My friend will be very lucky to have me as a guide. First of all to stay at the Box House rental property on Hollywood Hills. It’s a hidden gem rental property www.theboxhouse.com
Paddleboarding at Broad beach in Malibu, you could rent a board at a local store across the street, Cris is the owner, he is a very friendly guy from New Zealand. He can also give lessons.
Then have a quick bite at Malibu Country Mart right on PCH, definitely sushi at Nobu but reservations will need to be done a week or two before.
Malibu is my happy place and if I get to stay overnight in the area I would have a room at Malibu Beach Inn and have a Branzino for dinner at a restaurant with a breathtaking view during the sunset.
Stopping at Brentwood Mart the next day to get the best hummus for a snack and shopping at the plaza.
My next shopping stop would be at American Rag on La Brea with the best Denim selection. Also I would get a pair or two of Golden Age stilettos down the street. Republique restaurant is a must! Have a glass of red wine from the restaurant’s great collections, paired with a bite of tuna tartare and pan dripping.
The duck dish with mashed potatoes is amazing too.
Definitely will need to visit the Getty Villa and the Getty museum, especially if the Herb Ritts photography exhibition is going on. Afterwords, stop at the Bel Air hotel bar with the live jazz music or piano bar. Probably order the steak with a market salad.
We will also explore West Hollywood and the Sunset strip. Starting a night at Sunset Tower with a dirty martini and oysters at the bar and just walking west see the show at a Comedy Store. Having a late bite at Edition rooftop would make a perfect evening.
Hiking to the Griffith Park observatory is a must, and it is amazing! The view is to die for plus it will be a great workout after many nights eating and drinking out. The next stop would be Figaro Bistrot on Vermont avenue. Mimosas and steak Frites with fries is yum. Seeing a movie next door at Los Feliz cinema and do a sunset picnic at Barnsdall Art Park. Nature is the best in Los Angeles and being able to be by the ocean and the hills always divide my time between east LA and West La.
I would have a Korean body scrub at Beverly Hot Springs Spa and relax and have dinner downtown at Bestia or Bavel restaurant in the Arts District. And during performance season, I would definitely get tickets to watch the LA Philharmonic perform at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
If it’s summertime, I would catch a concert at the Hollywood Bowl and at the Greek Theatre.
Every Sunday there is Melrose Trading Post flea market for vintage clothes, decor, and furniture. That is something I would do after the farmers market in Beverly Hills or Melrose place. I like smaller markets when it comes to the farmer’s market. Then I would rush toward the west side to explore the trendy Abbot Kinney. Have mushroom pizza at Gjelina restaurant or take away. Have a scoop or two of Salt and Straw pistachio flavor ice cream. Before taking my friend to the airport we would stop at Santa Monica Pier and ride on the Ferris wheel to see once again, the beautiful city of Angels.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
To my mom Olga Fedosova. She placed her life on hold and sacrificed a lot to give the best opportunities she could for my sister and me. She would take us to dance classes every day 6 times a week for many years and would work many jobs so we can dance.
My older sister Irina, also a professional dancer and my best friend.
She is now an owner of a dance studio with her husband in Naples, Florida
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