DANA WILSON

This week, we are honored to feature Dana Wilson as our #FEMMEFEATUREFRIDAY. If you haven't met Dana, she is absolutely one-of-a-kind. Her infectious energy is something so bright and unique that it's nearly impossible to forget a girl like Dana. Her creative voice truly stands out in everything she does whether she's dancing, teaching, acting, or creating films, and she consistently radiates a pure passion for life!

Dana has danced for some of the biggest names in the industry including Justin Timberlake, Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, The Backstreet Boys, Florence and the Machine, and Hozier. She's also performed on TV shows such as Ellen, Two and a Half Men, Dancing with the Stars, and American Idol, and she was a guest choreographer on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE (Season 7). Dana is a leading voice in the dance community as a Dancers' Alliance board member and SAG/AFTRA ambassador, too. In addition to her work in front of the camera, Dana has a huge talent for creating original, quirky, and creative films. Check out some of her amazing work at www.thedanawilson.com.

We cannot say enough wonderful things about this woman. We love that she represents the kind of badass chick that does whatever she wants and does it exactly the way she wants. Dana's funny, bold, intelligent, giving, and passionate spirit is inspiring, and we hope that all the women in the world can live as fearlessly as Dana. This girl's GOT THIS and there's no stopping Miss Dana Wilson.

Artwork by Chloe Bruderer (@chloeheartsart)

Artwork by Chloe Bruderer (@chloeheartsart)

How have you embraced your own authentic voice? 

On a daily basis, I try my best not to compare myself to others, and to constantly celebrate my strange quirks and skills... but that is easier said than done.  One of my favorite exercises in embracing my artistic and (very) emotional self that also really strengthens my shield against "the dark side" is daily stream of consciousness journaling.  First thing in the morning. No editing, no pre-writing or conceptualizing, or cute little prompts, just spewing every single thought that comes up right onto the page.

Where do you draw your inspiration from for your dancing and choreography to your amazing videos? 

Sounds like a cliche, but EVERYWHERE!  I could get interested in just about anything (object, image, or living thing) I look at.  People are my favorite though...  I am hugely inspired by humans, and the strange ways they move and behave.  I love people watching.  Airports are the best, and fortunately I spend a lot of time there.  I also love history.  Nostalgia.  From clothing to products and even technology.  I think one of the best ways to move into the future is by embracing the past.

What is the advice you'd give to your 10-year old self? 

I would say: "Hey little Dana! Cool outfit by the way!  As hard as it is, celebrate your losses as much as you celebrate your wins, and don't be afraid of power tools or technology, they exist to help you.  If software is hard to use, it is not because you are stupid, its because it was poorly designed.  Saving money is good, but investing money that makes money is better. In other words, .06%interest savings accounts are bad. Also, go incorporate yourself as soon as possible.  Study up on the legal side of running a business, because that is what you are, and someday when you want to buy a big fancy warehouse to live and work out of, a commercial real estate lender will want heavily documented proof ;-)  I think that's it! Ok, keep doing what your doing and wear sunblock while you're doing it!" ---- Maybe a bit technical for a 10 year old, but I was always mature for my age... except for the whole fart joke thing.  When it comes to farts, I am still very much a 5 year old.  

What does a YGTGirl represent to you?  

To me, YGTGirl is a safe place to get inspiration and support when you can't seem to muster it up yourself... and trust me, we will ALL have those times.