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Art & Life with Melody Lacayanga

Today we’d like to introduce you to Melody Lacayanga.

Melody, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I was on the very first season of So You Think You Can Dance and was the runner-up and top female. That opportunity opened many doors, but of course, the struggle of being an artist in LA, especially a dancer, became all too real once the show was over. I’ve learned so much about myself, loyalty, real, true friendships, and I’m continuing to learn each and every day. Something fairly new is that I am an influencer/ambassador for Fabletics activewear.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
As I said, I am a dancer, but I’m also a dance teacher as well as a choreographer. I sometimes create pieces for more of a physical challenge and others I dive deeper into emotions and tell more story like movement. I’m also short (5 ft. tall), so creating big movement with my small body is something I take great pride in. I use the phrase “small person, big moves” a lot, especially when I teach and choreograph, but it also pertains to my own life, and the steps I take to learn, grow and be challenged.

Any advice for aspiring or new artists?
My biggest piece of advice would be to find time to be selfish. Those are the moments where you find yourself, your voice. It’s wonderful to be a good person and to help others, but make sure you are giving that love to you, too. Be loyal, but with the understanding that loyalty goes both ways.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I mostly set work around the US at different dance studios. I teach for a traveling dance convention where my content can sometimes be viewed through Instagram. I’ve also presented pieces at the Choreographers Carnival in Hollywood, held at the Avalon. I’m currently working on my website to make my work accessible to those interested.

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Image Credit:
Art of Movement Dance Convention, Andrew Tran, Mara Tyler, Johnathan Hidalgo, Robert Kelley, Nick Fields, Alex Alba, Preston Mui

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