We are so excited to introduce you to the lovely Shanie Blais as this week’s #FEMMEFEATUREFRIDAY! Shanie is a beacon of light to all those around her and we love the encouragement she strives to provide others on the daily. Shanie is continually reminded of her own strength by looking to other women who have been a huge source of inspiration for her. Her self-confidence has developed through the highs and lows in her journey as a dancer, and she has learned to trust in herself and have faith in her talent by simply pushing forward. Her advice is to never let a “no” – no matter how many times you hear it – stop you from going after your dreams. If you believe you deserve it, continue to work hard and that dream will find its way to you.

It’s no surprise that this girl’s undeniable talent would take her straight to the entertainment capital of the world! Currently residing in Los Angeles, California, Shanie has always known that her true calling in life was to be a dancer and she has always kept her focus on the goals closest to her heart. Since her move out West, she’s had the incredible opportunity to dance for artists such as Marie Mai and Revolution, as well as dance in well-known shows such as Cirque du Soleil! Stay tuned to see where Shanie’s career will take her next… we know that this girl is absolutely destined to do great things!

Shanie is the very essence of what it means to be a YGTGirl! Shanie represents bravery, perseverance, positivity and most importantly, authenticity. During the toughest of times, Shanie was forced to reflect on who she is and what was most important to her. Today, Shanie has been able to create the life she has always dreamt of because she chose to listen to her own voice and stick to the path she knew was meant for her. We love that Shanie reminds us that we are all beautiful and we all have something to offer the world. Thank you Shanie for showing us that we have the ability to be the architect of our own lives!

Written by Alessia Rotino

Artwork by Chloe Bruderer (@chloeheartsart)

Artwork by Chloe Bruderer (@chloeheartsart)

What does it mean to you to be a strong and empowered woman? How do you build mental strength on a daily basis?

We, as women, should be proud of our body, our curves, our mental strength and our beautiful souls, and for the ability to always fight for our rights. We have to support each other and that is how empowerment starts. Everyday I wake up thinking about my goals I want to achieve, and I tell myself that no one can stop me. I am strong enough to live the life I’ve always wished for. I also let myself get inspired by other successful women; it is a great motivation for me. Being a woman is a gift and we should embrace it every day.

Tell us about a time where you felt down and stuck. What did you do to pull yourself out of that and push forward? Why do you think it’s actually important for all of us to experience down moments from time to time?

There is actually a lot, because in the dance industry it is sometimes really hard to make your own path. You can get millions of no’s at auditions and finally you get one yes. It is really hard mentally, but you have to keep going and trust your talent. The most recent time I felt lost was last year. I did a TV show and I lost myself after that. I didn’t know if I still wanted to move to LA (my number 1 goal), I didn’t know if I wanted to be a dancer anymore, and I kept asking myself: What am I going to do if I am not a dancer? After a couple months, I finally fell in love even more with dance by doing a dance TV show and that is how I found myself again. Life will always bring you back on the right path. Listen to your heart, it is ok to maybe switch paths and come back or simply switch paths and find another one that is right for you. We need those downs to appreciateand be grateful for the good things that happen. Those down moments are what make you so much stronger. Just remember, if you have a big down… wait a little and be patient because there is a BIG up that is coming for you.

Why do you think it’s important for women to stand together and use their voices in today’s society?

If women stand together, our voices will be so much stronger. We have to keep speaking about equality. We have done a lot of work, a lot of movement, and if we compare it the years before, we have come a long way. The world is starting to open their eyes and their minds and I believe it can get better if we continue to support each other. The world needs to understand WE are all HUMANS.

If you could travel back in time and give advice to your 10-year-old self, what would you say to her?

Do not let the media or the people tell you how you have to be, what is the ‘’normal’’ type of body or ‘’normal’’ type of woman. We are all different and all beautiful.

What's your definition of a YGTGirl?

She has goals and she is going for it and not looking back. No one can stop her because she knows her worth and she believes in herself. She aspires to inspire.