#51 | Just Keep Dancing: Living Your Dreams in the Face of Adversity with Shala
About This Episode
Dua Lipa’s assistant choreographer for the British Music Award, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s co-star in the Mobile Strike Super Bowl commercial, and primary dancer in Jax Jones music video, “Breathe” (viewed over 50 MILLION times), Shala, is a professional dancer, teacher, and choreographer based out of London. Her aura of peace and focused energy is easy to see, and in this episode, she shares with us the years of ups and downs that lead her to where she is today.
“I gave up dancing so many times in my life, but then I realized that I kept on going back to it. It was like a lover.”
“It is easy to get caught up in the hype and forget who you are.”
Shala was raised both in the UK and in Japan, and in her early twenties, she moved to London with a suitcase, a dream, and barely enough money to live on. Agents immediately told her that to be successful, she would have to have sex with influential people in the dance industry (which wasn’t the case.) In the early days of her career, she fought depression, dealt with the loss of her grandmother, and ignored the sea of voices telling her that her dreams would never become a reality.
“I’m at the bottom. And I can see there’s a hill. But I can also see that I have strong legs to climb that hill.”
Join us for a compelling conversation about creativity, faith, and perseverance, in which Shala will share with us how she continues to reach her goals without getting lost in “the hype.”
“We carry a sense of caring. That is the beauty of women.”
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Mobile Strike Super Bowl 2016 Arnold’s Fight 30 US TV Commercial Feat. Arnold Schwarzenegger
Dua Lipa – New Rules (Live at The BRIT Awards 2018)
Jax Jones – Breathe (Official Video) ft. Ina Wroldsen
Tools & Resources Mentioned
People/Blogs to Follow on Youtube:
- TD Jakes – Bishop TD Jakes is one of most influential voices in America. His sermons, books, music, plays, movies, conferences and festivals have ignited the hearts and minds of millions.
- Joel Osteen – Joel Osteen is a native Texan and the Pastor of Lakewood Church, which according to Church Growth Today is America’s largest and fastest growing church. Each week Joel delivers God’s message of hope and encouragement to more than 38,000 attendees.
- Joyce Meyer – Through the teachings and calling God has given to Joyce, Joyce Meyer Ministries is dedicated to sharing God’s love and the life-changing message of the Bible with the world through TV, radio, various media productions, live conferences and this website.
- Christine Caine – Christine Caine travels the world teaching the Gospel and inspiring her audience to reach their God-given purpose and potential. She is the director of Equip & Empower Ministries and founder of the anti-human-trafficking organization The A21 Campaign and of Propel Women.
- Jeffree Star – Jeffree is a makeup artist, cosmetics creator, singer/songwriter, fashion whore, and dog lover.
- Dua Lipa – She is an English singer, songwriter, and model.Her musical career began at age 14, when she began covering songs by other artists on YouTube. In 2015, she was signed with Warner Music Group and released her first single soon after.
- Galen Hooks – Galen Hooks is an industry veteran who has worked with over 60 artists including Justin Bieber, Usher, Rihanna, Janet Jackson, Britney Spears, Ciara, Ne-Yo, John Legend, Grimes, Banks, and more.