We had the good fortune of connecting with Nadia White and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nadia, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Since beginning my dance journey as a child in Alberta, Canada, I have been deeply passionate and extremely hard working. This joy and dedication led me to receive many accolades, including the Dream Team dance festival scholarship for EDGE Performing Arts Centre in Hollywood (given to the dancer with the most potential to become a pro). This award allowed me to train professionally in Los Angeles at 14 years old for two weeks, fully paid for.
Two years of dedicated practice later, I severely injured my hips and underwent two major surgeries to reattach the cartilage in both sides, spending my graduating year in a wheelchair, watching my peers perform, and questioning my purpose.
Then at 19, after much healing, I moved to Vancouver, BC to pursue my dreams. I quickly signed with da Costa Talent agency, and have since booked roles dancing on shows such as CW’s Riverdale, ABC’s “Charmed”, NBC’s “Zoeys Extraordinary Playlist”, SYFY’s “Deadly Class” and more. The same fiery love that started me in dance, carried me through 20 years of ups and downs with my body, my mind, and the industry. When you feel that unconditional inspiration, meaning, and joy from what you are doing – when it feels as necessary as breathing – that’s when you know you are on the right track; that’s when success is inevitable
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
A highlight of my career has been working on multiple episodes of CW’s, “Riverdale” as a recurring dancer and skeleton crew with acclaimed choreographer, Heather Laura Gray. I had the honor of being part of the process from creation to filming for numerous numbers, while playing everything from cheerleader to drama student. I received much recognition for this work due to the show’s viral popularity.
Most recently, I have been working as a dancer for pre-visualization on the brand new Paramount+ series, “Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies”, in addition to two feature movies (Nickelodeon and Netflix) that I cannot yet disclose. I am deeply thankful to have the opportunity to work with world renowned choreographers such as Megan Lawson, Jamal Sims, Mandy Moore, and Louise Hradsky.
For live shows, one of my most prestigious contracts was touring internationally with Royal Caribbean Cruise lines in “Spectra’s Cabaret” as a dancer and aerialist. It was a dream to showcase my work as both an artist and an athlete in this long-term show.
In my debut to the indy film circuit, I won ‘Best Experimental Film & Best Dance Choreography’ from the Oniron Film Awards, for my leading role and work as choreographer in the short film ‘Eclosion’. I also recently starred in an independent short entitled “Perjury”, displaying my interdisciplinary training.
I continue to share my passion and knowledge as a resident instructor and choreographer at one of Canada’s most esteemed movement institutions, Harbour Dance Centre. Within teaching and independent projects, I am known as an experimental and innovative movement engineer. My avant garde creativity activates my curiosity to find new ways to break out of the mold.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well my favorite part of any trip is the food, so I have to start there. Cafe Gratitude is my top choice for every meal of the day, and by the same owner, Gracias Madre is an incredible Mexican restaurant. Both are all vegan and organic, with a chic space and thoughtful, mouthwatering dishes and drinks. The rest of the day, I’d spend exploring trails like the beautiful Harper Monkey Trail and Runyon Canyon Flag.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My biggest inspiration and one of my most impactful mentors is the one and only, Megan Lawson. I met her at a summer dance camp in my hometown, Edmonton, AB, when I was not yet even a teen. Her vibrant presence, unique style and captivating movement magnetized me to her instantly. I knew that the awe I had for her was because she was the manifestation of everything I wanted to be. When I found out that Meg also connected deeply to me, I nearly exploded with excitement. She choreographed my solo for competition (which won me a prestigious scholarship to train in Hollywood), and I began to attend every workshop I possibly could to train with her. This allowed us to form a meaningful and lasting connection. Meg has taught me the importance of authenticity over approval. When moving from my small studio to a more strict and acclaimed school, she reminded me to not lose what makes me, me. There was nobody else in my life at that time encouraging me to embrace my uniqueness and follow my against-the-grain impulses with the same importance Meg did. The way she pulls creative genius out of her students is unparalleled. I have immeasurable gratitude for the creative wisdom I have gained from this remarkable woman.
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