We had the good fortune of connecting with Lia Bourne and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lia, what do you want your legacy to be?
One of the greatest things about your legacy is that you are creating it daily with your actions. Life never stops teaching you and I’m constantly learning and working to create an amazing life for myself and those around me. I want to leave behind a legacy that inspires others to do what makes them happy and to appreciate this journey of life. I want people to remember my smile. I want people to remember me as a leader who has a big heart and loves helping those around her. I want my students to remember me as a mentor that inspired them to accomplish their goals and motivated them to bring their best work forward daily. I want people to remember me as someone who never stopped learning and spread love through her words and actions.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I took my first dance class when I was just two years old. I can’t recall the dance step or even the teacher, but I can remember the feeling. It is the same feeling I experience as I dance to this day, one of being free. I feel we are truly lucky as human beings on this great earth if we can find at least one thing that we are truly gifted at. For me that has always been dance. It has proven to be the one constant thing in my life that has kept me grounded, challenged and even uplifted at times. I learned very quickly that dancing is much more complicated than one can imagine. Then I learned I will never be done with learning. Once I became enlightened the fun began. I learned discipline, structure and to be dedicated to something I was passionate about early in life. I learned that taking lessons would get a person nowhere unless practice was involved.
I started my dance career at the age of 12. My enthusiasm and versatility in dance caught the eyes of some of the top choreographers and casting directors in the country and gave me many opportunities to be featured in commercials, music videos & movies. Excelling in the dance industry is not easy. Many don’t realize the amount of years of training, rehearsals, performances and auditions it takes to stay relevant and booked in the industry. Not only do you have to have great training but you also have to have tough skin as there are many times you will not book a job based on your look. Although it was not easy, this career has taught me many life lessons and one of the most important lessons I’ve learned was how being vulnerable is a gift. You have to be vulnerable as a dancer as you are constantly sharing so many raw moments with your peers in class, in auditions, and on jobs. I was extremely shy growing up, but dance really pulled me out of my shell as I had to constantly stop caring what others thought of me in order to get to where I wanted to be. As a dance instructor to young dancers, watching them be vulnerable in class is truly a gift and continues to remind me to do the same.
Through dance, I have gained a self-confidence and learned to take pride in being able to handle myself in any and all types of situations and in front of crowds no matter how large or small. Dance has created a strong work ethic in me; it has taught me greatly the meaning of a hard days work. I am most grateful for the path dance has led me on from traveling all over the country and to the many people it has placed in my life. It has taught me to look back on where I come from, where I’m going and most importantly who I am.
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.
First things first, we would start each day with some type of physical activity. My go to places are Orangetheory, Corepower Yoga, a hike with a nice view, or a bike ride on the beach. I love food and I love trying new food spots on yelp or social media so some of my favorites places that I would take my best friend would be Bestia in Downtown LA, Boiling Crab, & Mikomi Sushi. We would definitely have to make it to a spa, right now I’m loving Glen Ivy Hot Springs in Corona. I would definitely take them to a museum and of course shopping.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Being an entrepreneur is not easy and is truly a serious life commitment. It’s stressful, it’s endless, and can be extremely frustrating at times but it’s fulfilling and always gives you opportunities. I’m truly love what I do and I can’t imagine doing anything else in life at this moment. There have been many challenges on this journey, but I’m so thankful for those challenges, as they have strengthen me and helped me become the person I am today. This journey is definitely not something that I did alone and would not be possible without the support of my beautiful family, my love, my friends and my business partner. I want to thank my team. I’m so grateful to work with such a hardworking and caring group of artists who I love so much and have the deepest respect for. I Thank God for all of my blessings and for giving me more than I can ever imagined.