Randi Kemper is this week's #FEMMEFEATUREFRIDAY and she is a force to be reckoned with! She is one of the most talented and dedicated dancers in this industry, and she is a stunning lady from the inside out. We admire Randi’s passion for dance, and how much heart she gives to her students each time she teaches. Even before we moved to Los Angeles, we can remember watching countless dance videos of Randi in action and being so in awe of her. To this day we are still in awe of all this woman does as she continues to evolve and grow as an artist. She is inspiring so many generations of women in the dance industry, and no one can deny Randi’s incredible presence.
Throughout the years, you may have seen this badass lady share the stage with some of the biggest names in the business including Usher, Beyoncé, Chris Brown, Janet Jackson, and Ne-Yo just to name a few. Most recently, Randi has been teaming up with Hefa Tuita, and they are taking the teaching and choreography world by a storm! They have worked on incredible jobs such as the Michael Jackson projects off the Xscape album including his hologram performance at the Billboard Awards, the "Love Never Felt So Good” music video, and the iHeart Radio Music Award performance featuring Usher.
We are continuously inspired by Randi Kemper’s heart, talent, and spirit. She has the type of strength and motivation that all women should look up to, and she’s consistently remained the same humble human since day one. Randi is a YGTGirl because she is talented, strong, creative, kind, and generous, and we love that she has made it her mission to spread all those wonderful qualities to others around the world. You got this, Randi!
How did you discover your passion for dance and teaching?
My mom put me in dance at 3 years old. I continued to dance full time at a dance studio 'till I was 18 and graduated high school, so dance was something I was very involved with as a kid. As far as really finding a passion for it and wanting to pursue dance as a career, I give all thanks to Brian Friedman. He hired me as a back-up dancer for a tour when I was just 15 years old, and the rest is history!
As far as teaching, that took a bit longer. Up until the last few years, I didn't feel qualified to teach. Even though I had a number of artists and tours under my belt, I still felt like a student. Then a few years ago something clicked. Maybe it was just that I was older, more mature, felt I had more knowledge to give, felt more confident in knowing I had something to give, but now I love to teach. I love to share. I love to hope to inspire someone. It's something I'm very grateful for.
What do you think has been your most important asset that has helped you to thrive?
Tenacity! I've had ups and downs in my dance career and in my life outside of dance, but I always, without question, allowed my shortcomings to happen, then pass. I will always give more credit for where I am in my life to my defeats, not my accomplishments.
What's a piece of advice that you received along your journey that you felt made a difference?
You know what, this is a tough one for me because I used to not be one to take advice. I blame this on being a Sagittarius. Especially in my younger years, I had to figure everything out on my own time, in my own way. Most of the time this meant falling on my face (figuratively, and probably literally at some point) to learn my lesson the hard way. If I had any words of wisdom to give, it'd be TAKE ADVICE from people you love and trust!
What does female empowerment mean to you?
Female empowerment is KNOWING that girls are capable of ANYTHING! There are no boundaries. There are no limits. Female empowerment is looking past the social stereotypes that are put on girls. Also equally as important, female empowerment is supporting and positively encouraging other women. It's loving yourself, loving other females, never feeling small or weak or limited, and in turn, being a total bad-ass!
What's your definition of a YGTGirl?
A girl full of strength, tenacity, determination, and guts... but also kindness, consciousness, and the kind of love you can only find in a woman.