CHARM LADONNA

Today is Friday and this means we get to introduce a new kickass #FEMMEFEATUREFRIDAY. Meet the incomparable Charm La’Donna! Charm is an extremely talented dancer, choreographer, artist, and actress. On top of successfully wearing all these different hats, she is an incredible mentor to so many dancers in Los Angeles. Charm is dedicated, hardworking, passionate, and completely invested in everything that she does. She has created a distinct path for herself that most would describe as “impossible”, and she is a true a role model for our YGTGirls!

Charm’s resume is undoubtedly impressive. She has been in the entertainment industry for years and has worked with a wide variety of artists. She conquered the dance world and quickly started working hand in hand with artistic director and legend Fatima Robinson. This versatile lady has worked with Britney Spears, Kendrick Lamar, Selena Gomez, The Weeknd, Fergie, and Pharrell Williams, and she has toured the world with both Madonna and Black Eyed Peas. She is also the one responsible for all of Meghan Trainor’s catchy and fun moves. Charm had exactly what it took to make her way to the top, and she now flies on her own, leaving her mark wherever she goes! You can find some of Charm’s work on The Wiz Live, as well as national commercials like Nike, Skechers, and Fiat.

Charm has had to face her fair share of battles both personally and professionally growing up, and all her ups and downs have helped shape her into the beautiful warrior she is today. She truly believes in providing her students with life tools that inspire them to be kind, driven, and empowered humans, and she is such an inspiration for our generation and future generations to come. Thank you for all the amazing work that you do Charm!

Artwork by Chloe Bruderer (@chloeheartsart)

Artwork by Chloe Bruderer (@chloeheartsart)

When did you know that you wanted to make dance your profession?

I knew at a very young age that I wanted to be a performer. My mom says that when I was three years old, I told her I wanted to dance, and that's where it all began.

You have been insanely successful as a dancer and choreographer. You are easily one of the most sought after choreographers of our time! Was it a smooth and easy journey to get to where you are now or was there a lot of adversity that you had to face?

I'll start this off by saying that I'm grateful to even be considered one of the "most sought after choreographers". But, nothing has ever been easy. I grew up with far-off goals and dreams just like anybody else and I worked extremely hard to attain them.

Can you tell us about those struggles and what you did to overcome them?

I can go on and on about how I overcame struggles and tribulations throughout my life and career and how I continue to go through them today. From - being a full-time student at UCLA while also being a full-time assistant to my mentor Fatima Robinson (wasn't easy) that many times I considered dropping out of school. To - growing up in a poverty-stricken community looking for a way out. To even simply being a woman with fears of my own future. We all ask ourselves, "what's next?"... I wake up grateful and remind myself that my journey is my journey and I can't allow anyone or anything get in my way, even if that someone is myself. With that, I can overcome anything. And if all else fails, I just call my best friend - she gets me through anything.

What does female empowerment mean to you?

Female empowerment is to inspire, encourage, conquer and love unapologetically.

What's your definition of a YGTGirl?

Nothing is impossible for a woman.
Can't nobody stop yo' shine!
Keep dreamin', keep succeedin'.
You're the real MVP.