Amanda LaCount is a 17 year old professional dancer, who currently lives in LA. She began dancing at the age of 2, following in the steps of her two older sisters who also were dancers. Once Amanda started dancing, she just couldn’t stop. Amanda has worked dancing in Katy Perry’s Swish Swish video, on 2 episodes of the Voice, Dancing With The Stars with the cast of Descendants, and also has been on her own national dance tour “Amanda Lacount Live”
Amanda has grown a large social following, and she is using her platform to Break the Stereotype. She dances as a way to express herself, and wants everyone else to be able to do the same. Her goal is to break the stereotypical image of a dancer. As a young dancer, she has been told she did not meet this image, by her friends, family, peers, choreographers, instructors, even strangers. Her purpose to share her passion for dance and inspire others to follow their dreams without worrying about what other people may say or think. She says, “every ‘body’ can dance”. In many of her videos, she is sporting a ‘No Wrong Way’ shirt, because there is no wrong way to dance, and to express yourself.
Amanda deals with a lot of cyberbullying due to the message she is trying to spread, but she knows that creating change will generate a reaction; sometimes good and bad. She rises above the hate she receives and continues dancing and spreading her passion despite it all. Here is what she says to anyone who sees her message, “If you dance from the heart and work hard people will begin to recognize and appreciate your talent and drive. Support all dancers and enjoy the message they are giving when they dance. Don't judge a dancer by how they look. Dance is an emotional art form and tells a story much like a play.”
Amanda, no doubt has a long and successful career ahead of her, and is inspiring many young dancers to overcome the challenges that face them in their dancing as well. She is breaking the stereotype, one dance at a time!