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Meet Camilla Sacre-Dallerup of Zenme in Sherman Oaks

Today we’d like to introduce you to Camilla Sacre-Dallerup.

Camilla, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Wow, it’s been a journey to get here, so much that I even wrote a couple of books “Strictlty Inspirational” and “Reinvent ME” about my transitioning and reinvention from show business to becoming a life and mind coach, author and hypnotherapist. My third self-help book “It’s not you it’s me” is out in December.

From a very early age, I knew I loved to connect with people, I was fascinated by the mind, and I loved dancing. From about two 1/2 years old, when I took my first dance steps in Denmark until I was 35 dancing and performing dancing was my life. I lived a life as an athlete, with a kind of regimented schedule growing up, any time not spent in school was spent training. I was super driven and really just wanted to be the best I could be, becoming a ballroom dance champion was my mission.

When I danced, I felt free, and I loved the way I could just focus on one thing. I laugh about it now because I used to say I spent most of my life in a meditative state as a dancer and now I really do when I teach meditation. The universe works in mysteries ways. My fascinations for the mind and search for any mind hacks, that would help me improve quicker, early in life led me to work with some amazing teachers from sports psychologists to energy coaches, I learned to visualize at 13, and I credit my successes to the mind tools I learned back then.

Although some would say I was a natural at dancing this is not my opinion at all, I was a junior and youth champion and ended up being one of the top eight couples in the world of Ballroom Latin America dancing but I would say that it purely came down to hard work, tenacity and understanding the power of the mind. In my late 20’s we were invited to perform, compete and lecture in 36 countries. Which was cool, I basically got paid to see the world and will be forever grateful for the memories made on those travels.

Then when I turned 30 my partner and I auditioned for this new show on tv in the UK called “Strictly Come Dancing” (know now worldwide as Dancing with the stars) and were picked to be part of the original cast, I did six years on the show and won it in 2008 when I decided to leave the show to focus on retraining and opening my own coaching business. I have tremendous gratitude for everything I learned through my career and travels.

Traveling and working with people from different cultures helped me evolve as a person and be a better coach today because of it. I grew up Denmark which is a relatively small country and always dreamt of living in a country where they spoke English, I made that dream a reality at 21 when I moved to London. I have so far spent 20 years in Denmark, 20 years in the UK and now five years in the US.

Although I run my coaching business full Time in LA, I see clients in person in LA and all over the world via facetime. However last year the universe sent me and added opportunity when I was asked to revisit the DWTS brand and got asked to be the head judge on the show in New Zealand, and it’s actually been fun to step into show business wearing my motivational coach hat instead of my dancing shoes.

I consider myself a coach who walks the walks and when I challenge myself to do things out of my comfort zone, I, in turn, become a better coach to my clients and able to support them having felt on my own body what being in different situations feels like and what tools are needed in those situations.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
No, absolutely not, like anyone else there were hurdles along the way and falls! In my first book “Strictly Come Dancing” I talk about my struggles to make is as a ballroom dancer and my very public heartbreak. When I moved to England at 21 years old, it was a long hard road before I had, what many would describe as, an overnight success. As `I see it, it took me 20 years of hard work to have that overnight success.

When I first moved to England from `Denmark to train with the best dance coaches in the world and pursue my dream, it was tough. My partner and I didn’t have sponsorships like some of our competitors did, and we had to work full-time jobs and train at night, it was an expensive sport too with the dresses and the private lessons.

I used to read a poem every day called `’Don’t quit,” and I used all the motivational and positive mindset tools I knew, to help me believe and trust that one day we would get there. What this time taught me though is a strategy I have used over and over in my life, I learned that where there is passion, a willingness to keep going when most would quit and a feeling in your gut that this is something you must pursue, to simply trust yourself and the power of your mind.

It wasn’t easy, when I walked away from a lucrative career and a great paycheque, to reinvent myself and start from scratch again. However, every fiber in my body said, you are meant to do this, you are meant to share what you have learned, with others, so I threw in my all and went for it. I didn’t know when I started out I would go on and become an author and a public speaker, I just knew I had to find a way to share the tools that had helped me through challenges and to thrive, with others.

I also didn’t know that would include me making another major move in my life and move from the UK to LA but am I glad I took the giant leap into the unknown when people told me I was mad to start over and that I should just carry on with what I did, YES omg yes. Only you know what’s right for you.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Zenme specializes in hypnosis, life coaching, and meditation for individuals and businesses. Some session might include reiki and crystals when required. Zenme’s corporate clients include such as Paramount, Redbull, Goop, YouTube, BandO. Corporate sessions can incl hypnosis and meditation for stress-relief, goal setting, and individual coaching.

I’m most proud of how the tools I share with my client’s support and helps them to heal and thrive in life. To watch someone come in heartbroken, lost or stressed not knowing how they are going to get through it, to teach them the tools and see them reveal and heal their wounds and then start to blossom again, is magical to me. Helping others to connect to their power and confidence within and see them unlock their potential is awesome. I love my job!

Not too sessions are the same at `zenme, I work with what the clients need in each situation from stress-related issues, to addiction and anxiety… The main goal in my coaching is to support my clients so they can get to the root cause of their problem and become aware of when the issue was created, accept, heal and learn from it so they can move on in a positive way.

What were you like growing up?
I loved dancing and performing, all I ever wanted was to connect with an audience and make them laugh, smile and feel good, I was a curious child, still is. Always wanting to learn more.

I was also an extremely sensitive child which wasn’t always a great thing, especially the years I got bullied, but sports and dancing was a great outlet and really helped build my confidence. I have always loved being outdoors and especially by the ocean.

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