Another Friday means another amazing woman to introduce to you! This week’s #FEMMEFEATUREFRIDAY is the lovely NATSUKI MIYA. Natuski first moved to New York from Japan shortly after graduating high school. Ever since she was a little girl she has allowed her curious mind and big heart to be her guides. Her desire for more kept her inspired and determined to persevere through the many challenges she faced when she moved to a foreign country. Adapting to a new language and culture was not always easy, however the support of her family back at home motivated her to go after her dreams without hesitation. Natsuki has a beautifully warm presence and she is a passionate artist who loves dance and music with every inch of her soul. She is the true definition of a free spirit whose radiant energy is felt by all those around her.
Natsuki is a go-getter who has always worked hard to achieve her goals. She has danced for major artists such as Beyoncé, Usher, Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Tinashe, Pharrell Williams, and Nicole Scherzinger. Some of Natsuki’s other incredible accomplishments include dancing for Justin Timberlake at the Oscars in 2017 and going on a world tour with TLC. She has also choreographed music videos and commercials for Steve Aoki, Grimes, POPSUGAR, MetroLA, and a UK artists named !!!chkchkcki. Most recently, Natsuki choreographed for Steve Aoki’s music video “All Night” featuring Lauren Jauregui from Fifth Harmony. Fun fact, Natsuki and our YGTG Director, Mel Mah danced together in Dana Foglia Dance for a few years!
Natsuki has always done things her own way. This positive girl has learned to embrace who she is and has never been afraid to be different. She shares her infectious personality and undeniable love for life wherever she goes. Natsuki has also always been a huge supporter of YGTG and was one of the very special women who attended YGTG’s first Women’s Circle last month in LA. This girl’s warm presence and contagious laugh always has us grinning from ear to ear. You seriously can’t help but feel joyful around her! Natsuki is the kind of female who reminds us to never let our circumstances limit the magnitude of our dreams. We hope this unbelievable girl encourages all of you to be fearless in the pursuit of whatever fires up your imagination! Thank you Natsuki for showing us that not even the sky is the limit!
It is SO unbelievably brave that you moved all the way from Japan to pursue dancing in the US. What did it feel like to live in a different country across the world from home, and what sort of emotions did you experience? How did you overcome that and push through any difficulties?
Ever since I was little, I was always so active. A tomboy and a very curious girl who wanted to learn and do anything that set off my curiosity. Loving music and dance naturally came to me when I was growing up but I was never serious about it until I entered high school and joined the high school dance team. I fell in love with dancing so hard and it took over my life. But, I had no clue what dance could do for my life. So, I started thinking about my future. I was always the one who followed her own gut feelings, and I felt like I knew what I had to do. Instead of going to university, I wanted to see the world. I wanted to talk with people from all over the world and I wanted to know things I never experienced in Japan. I somehow knew it would be better for my life and the world was way bigger than I could imagine. Without hesitation or knowing anything about the US, I moved to NYC right after I graduated high school, filled with curiosity in my heart. Every day was so exciting, inspiring and new to me. The languages spoken, the fashion, and cultures that are there. The buildings in the city, the trees, the flowers, literally everything. I experienced this excitement that was boiling in my heart, and that fire spilling from my guts constantly pushed me through a life filled with obstacles and difficulties of living in a foreign country by myself. Also, I never forgot about who was supporting me from home and paying for my rent, school and everything. That really pushed me to go get anything without fear and make it happen as soon as possible.
Why do you think it’s important for women to stand up and use their voices? What does “using your voice” mean to you?
Using your voice = “Action”. I believe “actions speak louder than words”. The woman who works hard (using her voice) towards her dreams and goals and stands up to show the world that it’s possible. It’s important to inspire women to dream bigger and go for it, because I think we still have this mentality of limitation due to marriage and pregnancy that keeps women from daring to even try.
How do you stay calm and grounded on a daily basis?
Have a bigger vision. Think on a bigger scale. When any problems or obstacles come my way, I try to think about how small those things are. I think about people who have different lives. I think about the world, the nature or the universe. It truly inspires me that the world I live in is truly so little and it makes me believe that I can do so much more. It calms me and keeps me grounded to keep going.
What do you think is your greatest strength and why?
My heart. I try to keep my heart as pure as possible. So, I get curious, inspired, motivated, happy, sad…I feel more. My heart tells me to move. My greatest strength is my heart because that’s where it all starts from.
What's your definition of a YGTGirl?
A girl whose motivation inspires others. A girl who follows her guts, goes for it, and makes her vision a reality in her own way.