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Life & Work with Tango Leadaz

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tango Leadaz.

Hi Tango, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I am a Dancehall instructor/choreographer currently based in Los Angeles. Prior to moving to LA, I danced for years in the underground Dancehall scene in South Florida. I relocated to California to start a career and to spread authentic Dancehall culture into the industry. Some of my accomplishments have been choreographing Omarion’s “Distance” and “W4W” and featuring in performance/music videos for Beyoncé, Janet Jackson, Black Eyed Peas, and Gwen Stefani to name a few. What’s interesting about my story is that my professional career as a dancer started at the age of 33. Now, if you went around telling people that you wanted to start dancing professionally at 33, they would think you were crazy. And most people did. I was always going to clubs and dancing throughout my life but it was more of just a fun type of thing. I never thought of it as a career at first. At that time, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do but I did know that I loved to dance and to create. Many people told me that I was too old to make dancing a career. That I should find something else to do because you have to be young to be a professional in dance. In 2015 I made the decision to move to LA to dance. It was a tough decision but it was the best decision I ever made. I’ve learned through this experience that it’s important that you bet on yourself. It’s all about believing in yourself because if I would have listened to those people, I would not have all these wonderful experiences and be traveling the world getting paid to do what I love.

I feel like I represent for those people who were told that they can’t do something. Those that were told that they are too fat or too short or too dark or too old to follow their dreams. Whatever reason they were told they shouldn’t do it, I say it is a good reason why they should do it. Prove to those people that you are in control of your destiny.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Some of the struggles include navigating being in a different city from the one I grew up in. There were some struggles at first with becoming familiar with how the industry works. The good thing is that those struggles really just have to do with getting accustomed to something new. After a while, I got familiar and more comfortable with how things worked and it no longer was a struggle. Everything new will feel weird at first. But you get through it.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I specialize in Dancehall dance and that’s what I’m currently known for most. I travel all over the world teaching Dancehall culture and dance to people that want to know more about the style. Definitely proud that I have been able to travel and touch so many people. Before moving to LA and taking dance seriously, I never really had the opportunity to travel. Dance has taken me around the world and continues to do so. What sets me apart from others is the simple fact that I am me. I feel that everyone is an individual and therefore has something special and unique to offer. We should all take advantage of it.

Let’s talk about our city – what do you love? What do you not love?
What I like best about LA is that a lot of people come here to pursue their dreams. So that gives one the opportunity to meet people from all over and from different walks of life. What I like least is of course the thing that everyone hates about LA, the traffic and parking!! Too many cars on the road make it take forever just to go a short distance. And then, when you do finally make it to your destination, you will spend time finding parking and then more time reading the signs to make sure you can even park at that spot. It’s definitely a lot of time you must factor into your commute.

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