Oct 17, 2016
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Celebrity dancer and choreographer Ladia Yates, who attended Kennedy High, is returning to her hometown to hold dance workshops in Richmond, one on Saturday and the other Monday.

Yates — credited with choreographing the Janelle Monae music video “Tightrope,” for wowing judges on So You Think You Can Dance and for sharing a national stage with Usher, among other feats — will be teaching dance in her home city for the first time.

“Proud to be from Richmond,” she told us.

The first workshop is set to take place Saturday at noon, and the second on Monday at 6:30 p.m.  Both will occur at Hilltop YMCA at 4300 Lakeside Drive.

Space is limited — only 20 aspiring dancers will be admitted per class — so those interested should fetch their tickets right away, said Yates’ manager Yvette Paschal. Tickets for ages 12 and under are $15 and those for 13 and over are $20.

Yates, whose mother taught at Kennedy High for 20 years and who has a musical family, says she’s excited to hold her first dance workshops in her hometown. In 2006, she moved to Memphis at age 16 due to her family’s job relocation. There, she was introduced to “Memphis Jookin,” a dance style that helped elevate her career. She competed in and won dance battles throughout Tennessee, leading to national exposure and the opportunity to work with stars like Usher, Missy Elliott and Janelle Monae.

She “shocks fans” with a unique dance style incorporating old school poppin’, ballet, vogue, jazz, jookin’, traditional belly dance and Bay Area “turfin,” Paschal says.

Yates also founded a dance academy in Memphis TN ,”Ladia Yates Entertainment Academy,” also known as “L.Y.E Academy.”

To view the Facebook event page link, go here.

For the link to purchase dance workshop tickets, go here.



About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.