We are thrilled to introduce you to an ever so talented and inspiring woman this week! Today our #FEMMEFEATUREFRIDAY is the beautiful Alisha Lucchese! It goes without saying that this girl is a gifted dancer and performer. What we love most about Alisha is how humble she is. Her experiences have taught her to appreciate all of life’s moments whether good or bad and remember why it is so important not to take anything for granted. With Alisha, the glass is always half full! Her untouchable positive outlook is what keeps this girl always moving forward. We admire that Alisha believes that failure is just a necessary part of growth and perfection in other words… is a myth!

With an endless impressive resume, you can only assume that this girl has worked alongside the best of the best in the dance industry. Most currently, she danced for Lorde on her Melodrama World Tour in 2018, which was choreographed by Andrew Winghart. Alisha was the Assistant Choreographer for Disney Channel Original Movie “Zombies” alongside Christopher Scott and Will Loftis and has worked as an Assistant Choreographer for performances on Dancing With the Stars and Ellen. Alisha has also had the amazing privilege of working closely with many esteemed choreographers including Mandy Moore, Christopher Scott, Misha Gabriel, Kenny Wormald, Marty Kudelka, Andrew Winghart, Emma Portner, and Al Blackstone. Additionally, Alisha has choreographed for the OTF Sick Kids Gala and the Capezio Dance Teachers Summit Fashion Show. If you’re a dancer, you may have caught Alisha assisting on JUMP Convention with Break the Floor Productions, as well!

Alisha is proof that your passions will always find you. It’s so incredible to see how she has inevitably aligned with her biggest goals, even at a time when life wasn’t necessarily playing out as she had imagined. This rock star found true success and real strength when she let go of the idea of how things “should” be and allowed her path to naturally unveil itself. We can’t wait to see what Alisha will do next and our hope is that her story encourages you to look for the blessing in every roadblock or curveball that get’s thrown your way. At the end of the day challenges are only lessons! Thank you Alisha for reminding us to welcome and treasure every moment that is presented to us!

Written by Alessia Rotino

Artwork by Chloe Bruderer (@chloeheartsart)

Artwork by Chloe Bruderer (@chloeheartsart)

You are living your life on tour right now with a badass female in the music industry. Tell us what that’s like and how your experience has been on the road.

Well, the experience really has been like no other! Being on tour is something I have always wanted to do, and I’m so grateful that dream became a reality. Every show and every city is different which really keeps me on my toes. We get to see so many amazing places and meet beautiful people along the way. Dancing in front of thousands of people each night is the craziest feeling. Andrew Winghart is the choreographer on the tour and I couldn’t be more thankful for our relationship and respect for one another as artists. He is always pushing me more than I think I can go and I’m really happy we got to dance and experience tour life together.

Working with someone like Ella, such a badass female, has taught me so much about myself. She knows what she wants and does it! I admire her for knowing exactly who she is. Before each show she looks at all of us and expresses how grateful she is for the opportunity and wants to give the show of her life every time. It has taught me that even if you are having an off day, working hard and giving any job everything you have will pay off, and it will be appreciated. Her work ethic, attention to detail and incredible passion for what she does at such a young age makes me feel like anything is possible, and it really is! I have loved every second of this wild ride!

How has your journey in dance shaped you into the woman you are today? What important life lessons has it taught you?

Dance has shaped me into the woman I am today in many ways, more then I can even explain. Ups and downs in this journey help me learn from mistakes and push me to continue to move forward. From growing up, starting as something I just enjoyed doing, to falling in love with performing on stage, to deciding this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, to living in LA and working with my mentor Mandy Moore, to realizing I needed to move back home, to thinking I wasn’t sure about this lifestyle anymore, to getting hired to tour with Lorde and travelling the world, and now realizing that I want to explore the choreography and creative direction side of dance. Those moments have made me into the most independent and determined version of myself and all I have to say is THANK YOU DANCE for always being there for me.

What is your favorite thing about being a woman?

Everything. We are capable of anything we want. It is empowering to be able to use our voice in this industry, to inspire young women to strive to be the best versions of themselves and to stay true to exactly who we are!

If you could give your 10-year-old self some advice, what would you say to her?

Don’t be afraid to fail. Growing up, I was always scared of it because I needed everything to be perfect. I feel like it has held me back a little, in regards to putting myself out there for people to see. As I get older, every time I feel like I have failed, I treat it as a learning experience and always look at what I could have done differently. In my opinion, that’s when I notice the most growth in myself.

What’s your definition of a YGTGirl?

Someone I want to be. Inspiring, hard working, loving, determined and passionate. I remind myself of these words everyday.