TGIF!!! We could hardly wait to share this week’s #FEMMEFEATUREFRIDAY with you. Sophia Aguiar is a Miami native and has been dancing since she was four. She made the bold and brave move to Los Angeles when she was just 18 years old and has never looked back. This determined girl has always had her head and heart set on becoming a professional dancer, and her focus and drive have taken her straight to the top! Being well trained and well versed in all styles of dance, Sophia has mastered the ability to bring both masculine and feminine qualities to her movement. What we love most about Sophia is her heart of gold and how she always tries to treat everyone with respect and kindness. And, she’s the kind of girl that'll always have your back! Sophia is loyal and fearlessly shares her love with the people around her, which is exactly why she's such an inspiring babe.

Sophia has been in the game for years and is undoubtedly one of the most talented female dancers in the industry. Back in 2006, she booked her first job dancing for Beyoncé at the Video Music Awards. Some of her other credits include Britney Spears, Usher, Justin Timberlake, Neyo, Christina Aguilera, Nicki Minaj, Nelly, Alicia Keys, P Diddy, Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez, Ciara, Pitbull and the movie “Breaking Through”. Sophia attributes her success to her undying love for dance. With or without the gigs, she found happiness in the day-to-day commitment to her craft. Dance has been her addiction and has been the root of everything she's experienced in her journey, including the life-long friendships she's made. She believes that good things are destined to happen when you do what you love and work hard for what you want.

Sophia is strong-minded and believes that the simple act of believing in yourself can take you to places you’ve only imagined. Regardless of any hardships she has encountered, Sophia has found a way to achieve her goals with an even bigger heart and a more courageous spirit. Because she's been a part of the industry from a young age, her experiences have taught her to develop thick skin and grow into the strong woman she is today. Sophia is the perfect balance of humility and confidence, and she encourages us to explore all of the possibilities of who we are and who we can become. She is proof that when we allow ourselves to step out of our comfort zones, we open ourselves up to a world of opportunities. Thank you Sophia for reminding us to create magic and to leave a little sparkle wherever we go!

Written by Alessia Rotino

Artwork by Chloe Bruderer (@chloeheartsart)

Artwork by Chloe Bruderer (@chloeheartsart)

We absolutely love the feminine strength, power, and fire you embody as a performer! How has being a professional dancer helped shape your femininity and who you are as a woman? 

I’ve gone through phases where I want to be able to dance like and with the boys, and then there were times when I wanted to be able to throw on a pair of heels and strut around like a kitty lol. BUT keeping up with the boys was always my favorite. It made me feel like I could do anything they could AND I could do it in heels!! I guess that’s how I go through life, too. :)

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

My mom is definitely my biggest inspiration. I know everyone says that and it’s really cute blah blah blah… but my mom is a badass!! I don't mean that in a “my mom is so cool” way, I mean she's a badass because no matter if there are challenges she faces in her personal life, she still cares for others more than herself. Her best and worst quality lol. She taught me how to love unconditionally and to stand up for what I want. And no matter how lost or caught up I get in myself, she keeps me grounded and sane. She's not perfect but she does the best she can and that inspires me more than anything. I LOVE MY MOM blah blah blah :)

Tell us about a time where you felt scared but pushed through any way. What was going on through your head and what did you have to do to lean into that fear?

Well, I moved to LA at 18 years old, and that first year living on my own was pretty tough. I was drunk on the idea of being a professional dancer, but in reality, I was really lonely. I was so scared I wasn't going to make it and I would have to move back home a failure. Thankfully, I had dance! Even if I wasn't working I was taking class and that made me so happy. I realized my passion for dance was so much stronger than the doubtful thoughts I had in my head. And through dance I met some of my best friends and my boyfriend! Moral of the story, as long as you have the passion and drive, all the other things in your life will fall into place.

What was an important lesson you learned about yourself in 2017?

2017 was definitely a transitional year for me. I’ve been a dancer my whole life. It’s what I love and all I know… or so I thought! I guess the most important thing I learned about myself last year is that I AM MORE. People will always try and put you in a box to define what kind of person you are. You might even do this to yourself… but I guarantee, you are always MORE than you think. 2018 is the year of MORE! 

What’s your definition of a YGTGirl?

She's the girl who embraces her fears and doubts and uses them to guide her. The girl who's doesn't stop exploring the endless possibilities that life has to offer. The girl that wants MORE :)