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Conversations with the Inspiring Brittney Ayers

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brittney Ayers.

Brittney, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I have been dancing since I was two, competing since I was seven. I grew up in Stillwater, Minnesota, and have always wanted to dance professionally.

I competed at Woodbury Dance Center and Larkin Dance studio, along with doing dance team at my high school, Hill-Murray and at college at the College of Saint Benedict. I attend school at the College of Saint Benedict and will be graduating next spring with a global business degree, in hopes of owning my own studio someday. I worked and choreographed for a dance studio in MN, and hope to get more opportunities to have dropped in classes.

I applied for the Certificate Program at Millennium Dance Complex in the summer of 2018 and was chosen to come out to L.A. and take classes by professionals who have worked with major celebrities.

From there, I have gotten amazing opportunities to teach, dance, perform, and learn more about the dancing industry.

Has it been a smooth road?
It has not been a smooth road. Being a dancer, you constantly judge yourself every time you look in the mirror. If anything, I have been too hard on myself if I don’t get the jobs or if I don’t like what I see. Body image has been one thing I have struggled with, as my older sister developed an eating disorder at a young age. Mentally, you degrade yourself if you don’t like the moves or the way you look. You constantly get judged, not just by yourself but by others, by the way you look or what you wear. This tends to happen when you go into an audition or a class in L.A.

For me, I tend to find happiness in myself that keeps me going. I work out, do yoga, hike, bike, read, journal, hang with friends, all things that may benefit me mentally. For women, my advice is to shut out all the evil thoughts that may come your way. People will try and get in your head and make you feel small, but you have to be able to look in yourself and have that confidence that YOU ARE GOOD ENOUGH. Even when you first start your journey, don’t let others walk over or take control, YOU need to take control of your wants and desires, then progressively find people around you who only push you up, not pull you down.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into Dancers story. Tell us more about the business.
I am a dancer and choreographer. I teach, learn, and try to promote my dancing ability. I specialize in many forms of dance, such as Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Tap, Pointe, Ballet, Hip-hop, Jazz Funk, Heels, even ballroom dancing.

I am very well known for being a positive and upbeat person. I am pretty flexible when it comes to body movement and strength in my core. I am very confident when I perform and always work 150%. I am known for being a strong contemporary dancer and talented jazz funk dancer.

For my service of teaching, I am so proud of how I can change people’s lives. I am able to help others fight and live their dreams or improve their dancing ability. I get the chance to inspire and motivate others.

One unique aspect I have that sets me apart from a lot of people is my dancing experience. I was able to dance at the Super Bowl half time in MN, along with traveling, studying, and dancing abroad in Rome and Greece. I also have danced for the Timberwolves NBA half time and am a regional dance champion for my college through UDA.

Do you have any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general? What has worked well for you?
Networking is highly important. Being able to work well with others is an important factor to have. Networking on social media has helped me the most with promoting myself. I would also have to say talking face to face with others or going to big events to meet people, like job fairs or even the big dance event, Carnival.

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Jeff Dunn, Me

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