Ever dreamed of being a dancer on tour with Beyonce'? Tajana Bunton-Williams not only dreamed it -- she achieved it. But she's not stopping there.
Tajana is a professional dancer from London currently working in Los Angeles, California. She trained at two of the UK’s most prestigious performing arts schools — The Brit School and Doreen Bird College.
Her University granted her early leave when she was selected to be a dancer in the West End production of 'The Lion King.' From there, she toured with artists such as Iggy Azalea, Kylie Minogue and Lily Allen. Her career took a great turn when she moved to the United States and was fortunate to tour as a dancer for Janelle Monae and Beyonce'.
Tajana has been a Dance Captain, a Body Maintenance Captain and a Movement Director. She is now focusing on giving back to the industry through panel discussions and master classes and developing her career in Movement Direction — working with actors and artists to enable them to perform a character through movement.
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Evolving Through Dance
She encourages others to embrace what makes you unique, and to never doubt your abilities.
"Nobody is like the next person so we must identify what makes us unique and love ourselves for it. It can often be hard to stay motivated and keep going but persistence is the only way we can achieve greatness," Tajana said. "We can not give up. We must keep our dreams at the forefront of our minds and never lose sight of them."
She says to keep an open mind and be open to new possibilities.
"Try not to attach yourself to methods or a strategy that you believe will get you to where you want to be, because nine times out of ten, the success comes in a way that you may not have imagined," she said. "So just do what you know, work hard, stay persistent and also be open to opportunities that come your way."
Tajana also shares that once you are a working dancer, it can change how you feel about dance. She urges dancers to find other hobbies and not over saturate yourself with just dance.
"It's also good to think about ways in which we as individuals can evolve with dance," she said. "There are so many jobs available to us — we just have to get creative and think of ways in which we can utilise our strengths and make a business or living out of them."