We have another fabulous #FEMMEFEATUREFRIDAY for you all this week: the fiery, fun, and sexy Cat Rendic! We’ve had the pleasure of sharing the stage and traveling with Cat numerous times, and we absolutely love this bright lady. Wherever she is, she's a powerful force of nature. This woman is not only a phenomenal dancer, but she’s a fierce performer, a hard working artist, and a natural leader.
Cat Rendic’s artistic career began at the age of 9, working with Sabado Gigante and Quiero Ser Estrella on the Univision Network as a child star, and by the age of eighteen she was a regular backup dancer for most Univision Programs. She then branched out and became a dancer for the NBA Miami Heat team and was also the co-choreographer to Anibal Marrero. In 2008, Cat felt it was time for her to conquer the American music industry and decided to move to Los Angeles. It’s safe to say she hasn’t stopped since and she is undoubtedly one of the top dancers in the industry. Her credits include Beyoncé, Pitbull, Justin Bieber, Pharrell Williams, Neyo, Chris Brown, and Katy Perry just to name a few. She has also toured the world with Britney Spears on her Femme Fatale World Tour, as well as with Jennifer Lopez, on her Dance Again World Tour.
Cat's respect and love for the craft keeps her training and growing as an artist, which has prepared her with the right tools to direct, choreograph and creatively assist others in the industry. It is extremely inspiring to watch her successfully tackle everything that is coming her way, and she throws herself into new opportunities with tenacity and passion. We applaud Cat for all she represents and we are very excited we got to sit down and talk to her this week! She truly has such wonderful advice to give to our YGTGirls. We love you Cat!
You have been a working dancer since the age of 9! What is one lasting lesson you have learned that you have held onto in the different phases of your career?
When I began working at 9 it was all fun, at the time I had no real grasp of what I was doing. But through those times I learned discipline, and respect of my craft. As an adult I implement that in everything I do, respecting others, time, and myself of course. I've worked for many seasons and changes in my life, and in such different industries (being the American and Hispanic), one thing always wins and thats discipline and respect!
You have worked with so many different artists as a dancer and choreographer. What is the most invaluable advice you have received from another creative?
Trust your journey. I have always been very passionate and ambitious, it's what truly defines me. But in that lies the fine line of when to keep pushing and when to let go. It's my in my nature to push, to keep going, to "know" what's best for me or what I want... but the true beauty lies in knowing when to let go, and trust. In every aspect of my career/life when I began letting go, I felt true happiness and satisfaction... my voice was better heard and understood, and I was at peace with my turns, and detours!
Who has been your favorite female artist to work with and why?
This is a tough one because all my experiences have been so different. For instance, I had been a Britney fan since I was about 15 years old, she was my favorite artist! Not only was I a fan of her,but of her dancers as well. Britney's Circus music video was my first job in LA, and I wasn't even living here yet! Everything about her and that moment was magical for me, and I will forever cherish being a part of that! But also, working for Jennifer Lopez was extremely special for me because I identify with her so much! She's had an incredible career, and stays true to her latin roots! She's the true example of amazing work ethic, and sharing the stage with her was exhilarating every time!
What does female empowerment mean to you?
I feel most empowered through connection with others. It's extremely important to me, how I make others feel. I strive to truly connect with my peers, and friends through all my interactions. Female empowerment is exactly that but in the highest supportive level of it! There's a sense of competition in our industry that can create separation, but believing in others and helping increase their belief in themselves is life changing! Behind every successful/awesome woman, is a squad of equally successful/awesome women!
What’s your definition of a YGTGirl?
A woman who is loving, strong, confident, and gracious but most importantly not afraid to make mistakes and grow!