We had the good fortune of connecting with Tahira Aliya and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Tahira, what is the most important factor behind your success?
The most important factor behind the success of training young dancers and maintaining a business is a cohesive relationship of my experience and education. The unique combination of my dance experience; over 30!years of dance training, traveling the world and studying various genres of dance, my education in Sports Medicine and entrepreneurial passion.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a professional international dancer, I have studied many genres in studios around the world, I have over 30 years of dance experience. I have created a dance program called Project 18Forty, in which I have dedicated myself to my current mission of giving dance back to the world. My success is due to the love and support I received as a young dancer from my loving mother Leota and the tenacity she gave me for my dreams. I have dedicated the past 7 years to giving dance back to communities that would not necessarily be exposed to dance and formal training due to social or economic reasons. My mission as a dancer is constantly evolving and growing. I am most proud of the success of the dancers I’ve trained, watching dancers I trained in elementary school, graduate and attend performance arts schools is truly the jewel of Project 18Forty.
I also love watching a young dancer indulge in a new found passion for dance and I look forward to training many more dancers in the future.
The road to my success was not easy, I had many obstacles and setbacks to overcome. Forming my lifelong passion for dance into a business required a lot of sacrifice and commitment. I also had to acquire an abundance of education.
I am often asked where I acquired the name Project 18Forty, it was the address of my childhood home where my mother had made many sacrifices for me to become who I am today and it is also symbolic for love, passion and dedication.
Someone once told me that “your legacy will be the work you do today”, so each day I try to leave a positive footprint.

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.
One thing about being a dancer is the party is where you are!!! Living in LosAngeles is having the perfect backdrop to the story of your life. Exploring taco trucks and street food is always first on my list, laying out on Malibu beach is a fun way to relax after all the amazing street food. Of course one of my favorite places to hang out are dance studios which are usually located in hipster neighborhoods where I can also talk to locals and visit some cool sneaker shops. LosAngeles typically has amazing weather perfect for Santa Monica hiking trails , Marina Del Rey kayaking or paddle boarding or enjoying a day in Little Ethiopia

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My mother Leota Ann was a former ice skater and the foundation of my dance career, her understanding of my passion for dance was the jumpstart to lifelong path. As a working dance instructor and studio operator I spend a lot of time not only perfecting my own craft but fine tuning others. The time I invest in my career and the career of my dancers comes with a great deal of understanding from my only child Seven Cairo and our great bond.

Website: www.project18forty.com

Instagram: 7thDancer

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