We are very excited to introduce another outstanding role model as our #FEMMEFEATUREFRIDAY this week. TERESA ESPINOSA is an ICON in the dance industry. Not only has she toured the world with the biggest names in the industry such as Janet Jackson and Britney Spears, but Teresa also won “America’s Best Dance Crew” with THE BEAT FREAKS, she choreographed for Miley Cyrus, and she can be spotted in movies like MAGIC MIKE and THE HOT CHICK. Talk about a career! Her success is the result of hard work, determination, and passion, and we applaud her for being such a positive influencer in the dance community.

Teresa is known for being a versatile dancer and choreographer, and everyone enjoys working with her because her passionate energy is contagious. She’s a leading example for the next generation of dancers, and Teresa is a solid mentor for many young females in the industry. We also love that she continuously uses her voice to create positive change as one of the DANCERS ALLIANCE committee members. It takes courage to stand up for what you believe in, and Teresa has always embodied that ferocity and strength needed to speak up for what’s right.

We were so excited to sit down with Teresa, and discover what she has learned on her journey so far. This badass lady keeps growing and evolving because she consistently lives her life in passion and truth. And we know there are only amazing things in this woman’s future. Thank you for being an incredible #FEMMEFEATUREFRIDAY for all of our YGTGirls, Teresa!

Artwork by Chloe Bruderer (@chloeheartsart)

Artwork by Chloe Bruderer (@chloeheartsart)

How have you learned to embrace your own authentic voice in your dancing and teaching?

I've learned to not think. The minute I start thinking about the next move, whether choreographing or just dancing, I get in the way of being my truest self. There's a big difference in thinking what's right and feeling what is right. The feeling of being in the flow, vulnerable, and open is always my approach to connecting to my authentic voice.

What obstacles have you had to overcome to get to where you are now?

Wow, so many!! The truth is, I've burned bridges with people that I never worked with again, I've been fired from gigs, and/or didn't get the gig I really wanted. But what got me through those painful dark times and still be successful, was my ability to keep showing up with tons and tons of passion, tenacity, and love for dance.

What advice did you receive along your journey that made a difference?

My mom has made a huge difference in my dance career. She's a teacher, but growing up I saw that she was also a student at the same time. So I learned from her to constantly stay open to new things, which allows me to give more as a dancer and teacher. Basically, when we stop learning, we stop growing, and when we stop growing, we can't move forward.

What does female empowerment mean to you?

To me, female empowerment means standing in your own truth with wings of Faith, especially when there's no ground to step on.

What's your definition of a YGTGirl?

My definition of a YGTGirl is a girl who learns how to listen to her own unique voice, is daring enough to express it, and having fun living her life to the fullest!