Our #FEMMEFEATUREFRIDAY this week is the lovely Renee Ritchie! Renee is a professional dancer and choreographer currently residing in Los Angeles, California. What we love the absolute most about this woman is how her spirit bursts with positive and joyful energy. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of being in the company of Renee, you would know that she has the ability to light up any room she walks into. On top of her optimistic nature, Renee is an undeniable go-getter! It’s so amazing to see how committed she is to growing in her craft as an artist, and how dedicated she is to sharing her passion with her creative community.

Renee began her dance training at Jenina’s Dance Workshop in Tasmania, Australia. At the young age of 17, Renee made the brave move to study dance full-time at Brent Street Dance Studios in Sydney, Australia. Renee continued to train and travel between Sydney and Los Angeles, and her efforts paid off when she made it into the Top 12 for SYTYCD Australia, Season 3. After her time on the show, Renee had the privilege of working with artists such as Kylie Minogue, Reedfo, Kelly Clarkson, Tina Arena, Jessica Mauboy, Ricki-Lee Coulter and Timomatic. She has also worked on TV shows including X-Factor, Dance Academy, Australia’s Next Top Model, Mardi Gras, Footy Show Australia and Young Talent Time. Renee then went on to pursue her O1 Artist Visa, and since her time out West, she has established herself as a sought out dancer in the industry. She has worked with artists including Jennifer Lopez, Paula Abdul, Chloe Flower, Major Lazer, MO, J-Balvin, Farruko, Wisin, Nicky Jam, Omi and Fitz and the Tantrums. Not to mention, she has also danced on The Ellen Show, James Corden, Latin Grammy’s and People’s Choice Awards. That’s not all either! Renee has experienced much success as a choreographer as well, choreographing for various projects including Season 4 of SYTYCD Australia, Fighting for Love music video for Australian pop star Dami Im, Paula Abdul’s Straight Up World Tour and LA Pride performance, Assistant Choreographer for J-Lo’s All I Have World Tour and Britney Spear’s Las Vegas show Domination. Renee is a rock star, and we can’t wait to see what she does next!

Renee’s journey to becoming a professional dancer teaches us about the dignity of hard work. With a constant thirst to expand her knowledge, Renee has applied her drive persistently to see her dreams through to fruition. She has shown us that there is validity in never giving up on your dreams, and she believes that we all have the ability to create the life we want! When we learn to embrace the highs and lows of life, Renee reassures us that each defeat we face will simply serve as a guide in the right direction. There are no losses for Renee, only lessons. Thank you Renee for reminding us that achieving success is a life-long journey!

Written by Alessia Rotino

Artwork by Chloe Bruderer (@chloeheartsart)

Artwork by Chloe Bruderer (@chloeheartsart)

We admire your contagious, joyful energy! It’s truly inspiring. How do you keep your vibes high on a daily basis?

THANK YOU :) I truly believe being in this environment of creatives is such a gift and it brings me so much joy. I love spreading love and energy to everyone I see. Being positive and joyful is so much more inspiring and energizing for me than holding my personality back. I will admit that I still have my days of slower energy but I know that in myself I truly have the power to change that in an instant with a genuine smile and shifting low energy to excited energy. The truth is I LOVE dance and community so much that it brings me a lot of joy.

What do you love most about being an artist? How have your creative talents helped you in discovering more about the woman you are today?

My favorite thing about being an artist is the voice of expression through movement. I think being an artist is a true superpower. To emote your energy just through movement and performance itself is phenomenal. When you’re expressing yourself through your art and you give someone chills up their spine or even bringing them to tears through your passion, your job has been well done as an artist.

My creative talents became a discovery as a woman over the years. The truest discovery was CONFIDENCE. Becoming confident with myself as who I am with my voice, my movement, the power of the performer in me. The more I love myself for all that I am, it transforms me into the woman I am today.

What does optimism mean to you? Tell us what you’ve learned about keeping a positive perspective throughout all of life’s experiences? 

Being optimistic is something I have always stood by. For me, I would much rather look at the positive side versus the negative. Being in this industry as a performer understanding that not every job is meant for me specifically but the right job is always waiting around the next corner. Optimism is another way of understanding the flow of life. Once you can accept what does not serve you and begin to move onto what is coming next for, you will see magic appear in your life. Also, when it comes to this industry anything can happen, literally anything. Sometimes you may get cut from an audition and didn't book the job, to getting called the next day to say someone has dropped out and you're in. These magical moments happen ALL the time. The more you believe in them, the more you see them.

Why do you believe it is important for women to share their stories?

I believe it's important for women to share their stories, as we need to be empowering each other as a community. As women we are powerful and strong, but we are also very sensitive and emotional creatures. We share a lot of the same pains and experiences and when coming together with support & intelligence we can create and have life-changing moments. Sharing our stories is not only inspiring to each other, but it is also a healthy way to release and heal from our challenges. It has a freeing power.

What’s your definition of a YGTGirl?

YGTG is a platform and community for women to be heard and to be seen. I think in our society today, and the way we have been brought up has conditioned us at times to have lack with in and true self-worth. Knowing and owning who we are as women doesn't always come naturally, it’s a process of breaking down old beliefs and ideas that we may have had for ourselves and building new ones of greatness, power, beauty, and strength. This is what I believe in what a YGTGirl does for another women. She is a guide and reminder that loving and owning all of who YOU are as a woman is beautiful and perfect. She provides a community to support and uplift women, reminding us that we are and ALWAYS will be enough.