Dance Mogul: What inspired you to start dancing?
Miesha Moore: Dance was just a part of my family.! My family would find any reason to dance. Parties, barbecues and anywhere there was music. My mom was a dancer then she managed and taught dance at an internationally touring black dance company after I was born. I was surrounded by dance and the cultural arts since I can remember. I started taking African class with my mom at a very young age every weekend. I later learned Horton and Dunham and hip hop. I still remember watching her dance and how happy and full of life she was. That happiness always spilled over onto everyone she loved. It is what inspired me to do what makes me full and happy.
Dance Mogul: How did you develop a work ethic to train?
Miesha Moore: Since I grew up in a dance studio I was always in class or surrounded by people who dedicated their time and energy to the art and culture. Training and working hard was intuitive.
Dance Mogul: When was your big break?
Miesha Moore: My first real dance job in LA was while I was still in college. I got the opportunity to dance for Rihanna at the VMA’s with Tina Landon and Jason Myhre. Honestly, I feel really blessed for all the opportunities I have had on this journey. And to work with so many other talented people. But I do not feel I haven’t had my big break, yet.
Dance Mogul: What have been some of your memorable moments on stage?
Miesha Moore: I’ve had so many great moments but one of the most memorable moments was actually the first time I fell when I was a teenager. I was doing a piece on point for a high school recital and everything was going so well. I had done a tour jete my foot slipped underneath me. I quickly got up and finished the piece. Afterward, I was so embarrassed, but everyone complimented me on how well I had played it off. I learned a valuable lesson that day, how important it is that you keep going as best you can no matter how badly you fall or mess up. Learn the lesson and move on.
Dance Mogul: Based on your experience now what would you tell your younger self?
Miesha Moore: I would probably tell my younger self care less about what other people say. Because most of the time they don’t know who you truly are or where you came from. Therefore their judgments have no depth. Focus on being your personal best and focus on the things that make you happiest.
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Dance Mogul: What is it like dancing for a major artist on a regular basis?
Miesha Moore: The thing I love most about dancing for a major artist is, the live shows. Their fans are so intense. Real love. The ecstatic energy gives you an extra boost when you’re performing, a natural high. It’s truly the best feeling and the part that I always look forward to.
Dance Mogul: Where do you see your brand in the dance community in the next 10 years?
Miesha Moore: I hope to be a great example for future young black creatives. I want to show that no matter who you are, stay true to yourself and good to others your dreams can be reached. I hope that what I’m able to accomplish will then inspire others to feel like they are just as capable of doing the same. Only, if they’re willing to work hard and keep going even when it feels like their dreams are far away. You are closer than you think.
Dance Mogul: What advice do you have for the younger generation of dancers?
Miesha Moore: Keep working on yourself. Strive to be your best self in every situation. Really put in the work, time and energy. Also, do your research if you truly want to be a dancer in the commercial world. It’s more than just the steps. Lastly, always believing in yourself no matter what.
Dance Mogul: Is there anyone you would like to thank?
Miesha Moore: I’d like to thank my family. It is pretty small, but the love is real. I don’t know where I would be without them.