EARLIER THIS YEAR, HEATHER FLEW OUT TO LA FOR A WEEKEND TO SHOOT WITH OUR ASTRA TEAM. SHE NOT ONLY IMPRESSED US WITH HER TALENTS BUT ALSO INSPIRED US WITH HER STRENGTH AND CONVICTION. READ HER INTERVIEW WITH US BELOW (and check out her phenomenal pictures).
TELL US SOMETHING SPECIAL ABOUT YOUR STUDIO-
I was raised at FSAD without any conversation about my weight. I have always been the person who has been able to move what I was born with. We've always had plus size girls in our studio, too. We don't focus on creating dance stars. We focus on nurturing creative, confident and strong dancers.
WHAT DOES THIS CAMPAIGN MEAN TO YOU?
I never grew up with dancers that looked like me. To see someone who is plus size, and able to move would have moved mountains for me. I'm one of the fortunate ones that had mentors and teachers that didn't let me use my weight as an excuse for saying the words "I can't."
There's no "can't" inside our studio. CAN'T doesn't help a small town girl who is plus size grab her pointe shoes to run off to LA to be a model for a few days.
WHO ARE YOU HOPING TO REACH WITH THIS CAMPAIGN?
I just want to reach any girl who is frustrated because their costume doesn't fit like the other girls. I want the dancers whose flexibility is different because they have a belly or larger thighs to know that you still can! You'll find a niche, and when you do...run like hell and don't listen to anyone's negativity.
WHAT WORDS DO YOU LIVE BY?
A wise woman, Susan Bunting, coined the phrase in our studio: "If you can say it, you can do it." While I think she initially meant it to be difficult tap steps, it turned into my life motto after she passed. Negative thoughts stop creative solutions to challenges. It really is as simple as repeating that goal over and over to stay focused. And if you can't say it...we can always learn another language.
Follow Heather's journey. Get the latest info on what she is doing and listen to the latest mixes and live recordings at www.scarlettsessions.com and www.mixcloud.com/scarlettsessions