This week’s #FEMMEFEATUREFRIDAY is the amazing Sienna Lyons! Sienna is an influential woman with a heart of gold, and she is full of charisma, talent, and passion. Her fiery spirit has taken her far in the entertainment industry, and she continues to reach new heights as a dancer, artist, teacher, and performer. You can’t stop watching Sienna when she's on stage, and her beautiful energy is undoubtedly contagious. She is a powerful woman on a mission to inspire others, and she continually pushes the boundaries with her artistry.
Sienna is originally from Seattle, and she's had a passion for dance since she was 2 years old. She’s trained hard in many different styles such as ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, and tap, which makes her well-rounded and knowledgable in her craft. Since moving to Los Angeles, she has shared the stage with some of the top artists such as JLo, Pharrell, Nick Jonas, Demi Lovato, Britney Spears, Jennifer Hudson, Fifth Harmony, and Toni Braxton. Not only is she an accomplished professional in the industry, but she also spends a lot of her time teaching and nurturing other dancers. She teaches at numerous studios in LA, across the country, and around the world, and she is truly passionate about sharing her knowledge with others. Sienna knows how to authentically give a piece of her heart each time she teaches her students, and she always guides them with honesty, discipline, and care.
We love Sienna’s hunger for growth as she never stops striving for more. She works hard to sustain her passion for dance, and she’s determined to constantly evolve as an artist. She’s the perfect example of what it means to be truly passionate about something, and whether it’s in her class, or in conversation, or watching her perform, you 100% feel Sienna’s immense love for dance. We’re so thankful she was able to take time out of her busy schedule to answer our questions and motivate our YGTGirls. Thank you Sienna for being YOU.
What do you think is the most challenging thing about being a woman in the dance industry?
One of the most challenging things about living in Los Angeles and being a woman in the entertainment business is staying true to your own morals and individuality. At times, I think we all go through questioning what our purpose is out here and if it’s even going to happen for us, especially when there are so many others around us who have “made it” and have their own ways of how it happened for them. Although easier said than done, the more you keep your vision tunneled on the reason you came here in the first place and try your absolute hardest to not compare yourself to others, the more sane you will feel and the more love and understanding you will carry for yourself! We all have such a different purpose here and our life’s timing is for no one else! Be patient and do what makes you feel the most alive and helps you sleep well at night.
Who is your biggest inspiration and why?
I have many people who I am inspired by for many different reasons. I am inspired by anyone, ESPECIALLY FEMALES, who push boundaries and change the standard. Although it’s changing rapidly in my personal opinion, we live in a male-dominated industry let alone world and I love seeing females surpass men and change the game. We are just as capable to do whatever any man can and it truly inspires me to keep pushing through this life journey seeing strong women!
Why do you think female empowerment is important?
Female empowerment is important to me because WE CAN DO ANYTHING!! We first have to believe in ourselves more than anyone! Even over our biggest supporters (whoa that’s crazy of me to even say as my family keeps me going). In this day and age, we are conditioned to believe that as females we MUST live our lives in a specific way, and that we must do certain things. I truly feel that these standards are changing every day and I am so proud to witness this change with my own two eyes! Keep pushing and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!
If you could go back in time and give advice to your 10-year-old self, what would you say?
If I could give my 10-year-old self advice, I would say something along the lines of, “Don’t you dare even think about letting any of these peers of yours make you feel inferior or believe anything they tell you that’s doubtful. This is a small portion of your life and you won’t speak to any of these people after this school thing. Ever. I know you already know what you want to be, and I’ll tell you this much; it happens. So, work harder on your craft and know you will have a hard ass journey ahead of you. A real hard one. Times get real tough. But girl it will feel amazing when it happens! KEEP WORKING HARD and live without fear as much as you can!!!”
What's your definition of a YGTGirl?
A YGTGirl to me is a female who isn’t afraid to be themselves when everyone else is telling you to be something else. A woman who is understanding and sensitive, but has thick skin and knows when to speak her mind and stand up for herself and other woman. Who spreads love, wisdom, and knowledge at all times. A lady who is classy with a little bad assy!!!