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Meet Lily Frias

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lily Frias.

Lily, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Female trailblazer from Mexico now living in the US working as a professional dancer. I moved to LA after appearing on MTV’s “Americas Best Dance Crew” season 7 with the first Mexican dance crew to be featured on the show. After that opportunity, I made the move to LA and went on to pursuing my dreams, like becoming the first and ever Mexican to have ever participated on “So You Think You Can Dance”. Some of credits include Cirque Du Soleil MonteCarlo in Monaco, American Music Awards with Tracee Ellis Ross, Coachella 2019, ToveLo, Maluma, Bebe Rexha, Zedd, Maren Morris, Meghan Trainor, Mya. I’ve been dancing practically all my life. I was always a super energetic, creative kid and loved Hiphop music. I would always dance and freestyle, recreate music videos and movies in my room as a kid back in Mexico. I started my dance training in jazz, ballet, contemporary, hiphop and competed all over the US and Mexico with the selected competition company from the studio in my hometown in Mexico.

But it wasn’t until I was a teenager and learned more in depth about styles such as Popping, Whacking, Hiphop, Locking, House and the whole freestyle Hiphop culture and scene is where I truly found myself. I love that connection that dance create in performances, classes, battle and the club. And now as professional dancer I get to travel all over the world performing, as a battle head, teaching and judging. I’m excited and working hard to achieve new goals and personal dreams.

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?
I believe that in anything you put your heart into or any profession you dedicate your life and time too there is gonna be sacrifices along the way, you’ll need focus, discipline and lots of passion. I definitely use all my personal experiences in life good or bad as a fuel in my art and dance. Every struggle or bump on the road only motivates me and at the end of the day makes me realize even more how much I am grateful for dance and to have that outlet of expression. I also want to make my family proud, they are my number one supporters, their love and support no matter the distances motivated me and reminds me to work harder and to always give my all to achieve my dreams and goals.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I can humbly say I am of the few in the country and in Mexico to do what do. I have broken barriers such as being the first and only Mexican to have ever been Top 20 and featured on “So You Think You Can Dance”, Americas Best Dance Crew, Coachella, Clozee, American Music Awards and more. I specialize in choreography and in freestyle, the styles of popping and Whacking. I travel performing and battling these in events all around the US, Latin American, Europe, Canada and Asia and represent myself as a strong dancer in the scene.

I’ve had the change to tour all over the US with the critically acclaimed show “The HipHop Nutcracker” with the legendary MC Kurtis Blow. I am apart of the international dance trio Femme Fatale with whom I’ve had the opportunity to dance and choreograph on stages all over the US and at RedBull Bc One in Zurich, Cirque Du Soleil in Monaco, Singapore Grand Prix, Puerto Rock Steady in Puerto Rico, Breakin Convention in London and with our latest performance reaching up to 8 million views on the internet. I am so excited and motivated to continue achieving new goals with my dance and hopefully inspire others to do the same.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I’m currently preparing for the national finals for RedBull “Dance Your Style” in DC where I was invited to battle dancers from all over the US with the opportunity of going to the world finals in South Africa. For future plans, I have so many more goals to achieve like creating a one hour theater piece with my crew Femme Fatale and building the training session that we’ve created to empower and elevate women in Los Angeles.Building my class with he exclusive online teaching platform Steezy. I wanna work with many more artists and be featured with my freestyle as well as being apart of the creative team.

I have many upcoming events judging and teaching in the San Francisco, Portland, the East Coast, Los Angeles, Mexico and more. I’m preparing as well for several international battles I’d love to compete in this year in the US and Europe. I’m preparing to go on tour all over the US once again with the show the “Hiphop Nutcracker” ft the Hiphop Legend Kurtis Blow. I want to keep on building the dance community by organizing events in LA and teaching. I wanna inspire all female dancers to represent, be yourself and be strong leaders in the art and entertainment business.

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John Nyboer, Little Shao and RedBullA

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