We had the good fortune of connecting with Yaminah Legohn and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Yaminah, what role has risk played in your life or career?
When you have a passion for something you have to take risk. However, before you take certain risks, it’s always good to have a plan.
In my life and career i’ve always taken risk.
There were people in my life that tried to instill fear in me, but because of my passion, I didn’t let that get to me.
The risks I took lead me to some interested roads and lessons, but overall it all worked in my favor.
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.
As a director, choreographer and professional performer, my art represents black culture and creativity. I’ve been producing work and performing for 20 years and what sets me a part is that I’ve taken the time to study my craft.
Some of my accomplishments that I’m most proud of are being featured in New York Times, Voyage LA Magazine, Dance Mogul Magazine , and Dance Spirit Magazines. I’ve worked with artists such as Shakira, Lil Wayne, Black Coffee, Tony Toni Toné and appeared on Disney, MTV, BET and the American Music Awards. I am also proud that I’ve built my own company,
Art Of Legohn® and produce a successful show called Red Light Special: A Night of Urban Burlesque®.
Before I became a professional in this business, I grew up around artists who inspired me to take my craft seriously.
The styles I perform, choreograph and teach are West African dance, Hip Hop, Dancehall, Jazz and modern dance.
I received my BA from San Francisco State University,
During the course of my career, I’ve had to face challenges with my body, race and culture.
As a black woman, I’ve experienced colorism and body shaming in the entertainment industry.
These challenges motivated me to create my own platform where I could promote my own artistry and do business for myself. I started building my business in Los Angeles, then took it to New York and brought it back to Los Angeles.
The lessons I learned a long the way was always stay working on your craft, believe in yourself, do your best not to procrastinate and have fun!
I want the world to know that I’m here to spread my love and passions for the arts.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend was visiting Los Angeles, the first place I would take them is my family’s house. The places we would eat are Simply Wholesome in the Crenshaw District, Roscoes Chicken and Waffles, Island Burgers in Culver City, Shake Shack in Hollywood, Sea Fresh and Johnnies in Ventura county.
I would take them to Venice beach then drive up the coast to Malibu to hang out.
The next day we would ride to Point Magu Rock and chill at the beach.
We would end the trip with cocktails and lunch in Santa Barbara. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would love to give a shout to my my mother, father, all of my siblings and my whole family for supporting me.
Shout out to Art Of Legohn company family, House of Yes, EXPG, Cumbe, Go2Talent and CESD.
Shout out to HueDeanie for filming my latest videos and producing music for me.
Shout out to Apollo Sa’Deek, Yancy Greene , and Aneesha for always listening to my creative ideas and adding to it.
Ms. Nae Styles for keeping my hair looking fly.
Shout out to my father, Fundi Legohn for keeping the music alive in the family and teaching us to appreciate culture.
Photos by Mike Quian @quainphoto HueDeanie @huedeanie Kenny Rodriguez @kennyrodz Loreto @still1 Venues @houseofyesnyc @expg_studio_nyc Hair @ms_naestyles Styled @yancygreene