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Meet Macy Swaim

Today we’d like to introduce you to Macy Swaim.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I was born in Jacksonville, FL and started gymnastics right when I was age appropriate. I stayed within this sport until I was about ten years old when I decided to take one dance class. After only a couple of weeks, I knew where my passion laid. By the next year, I was dancing during all my free time whether it be dance class or at home making my own dances, thinking I was the star of a music video. I had always had the dream of being a professional dancer, yet it seemed so far away until I was 17 and got the opportunity to move to Las Vegas with my dance teacher. I packed up my things told my parents I was moving and finished my senior year of high school online while training everyday under amazing teachers in Vegas. I always knew my goal was to move to Los Angeles, so after two years of hard training, I felt ready enough to make the move. At 19, I packed up once again and moved to LA. From the first day arriving in LA, I worked extremely hard, knowing I still was nowhere near where I wanted to be as a mover. All day I trained in dance, fitness, and mentality. I realized how hard the industry was and knew I needed to be at a certain level to succeed. Throughout these last three years, I am so blessed to have had the experiences and opportunities that I have lived and I’m beyond excited to where my journey will grow and lead me.

Has it been a smooth road?
Absolutely not. I believe it’s pretty rare to have a smooth road in the entertainment industry. If you do have a smooth road, you’ve won the lottery ticket. As for me, I have dealt with many struggles. As any other dancer can relate, I have received and extreme amount of no’s for jobs, cuts during auditions, getting let go on projects, etc. There’s many reasons why I may not be the right fit for a job, but when your so passionate, it doesn’t make it any easier to deal with. The largest struggle for me that I’ve dealt with is comparison. This is more of a personal and mental struggle, however, it’s a very well known issue in the dance industry. With my talent, my body image and my personality, I have struggled with the question of “am I good enough?”. It is triggered mostly in auditions and it’s a hard voice to turn off. But as someone who will always stay true to who I am, I admit with telling myself “you are you and this is enough”.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am a professional dancer in Los Angeles. I have danced for J-Lo, Rihanna, Kanye West, Camilla Cabello, Maren Morris, and more, whether it be in music videos, awards shows, T.V. specials, live performances, etc. I am extremely grateful for the life I am living and never in my 12-year old dreams would’ve imagined me here today. I am extremely proud of my authenticity I have kept throughout my journey and I think that is what sets me apart from many. I strive to stay genuine through everything I do; a job, choreographing, teaching, assisting, and auditioning. In LA, there is a sense of “playing the game”, but I have learned to stay relevant my own way, making authentic relationships and creating projects/dancing from my heart. Many have expressed they appreciate my ability to share honestly and courageously when dancing and I plan to continue to be known to possess that quality within my career.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I do see many changes that will happen in the industry within the next five years. I believe the dance community is being seen more and more each day and is gaining more appreciation from all over the world. Rather than a hobby, people are seeing dance as an art form and beneficial entertainment. With this higher demand of dance from nondancers, I believe the art form will become more of a necessity in the entertainment industry, like how singers and actors are seen. I also believe with the need of more dancer’s and dances, creative freedom will expand within our jobs. Choreographers will be given more of a voice in projects and jobs with artists. Lastly, in the past few years dance has created a plethora of trends due to social media, and I believe those trends will be ever changing, creating new ways to connect to nondancers.

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LeeGumbs Photography, Wes Klain Photography, Alex Cole Photography

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