Introduce yourself! Who are you? Hi, my name is Lexi Jenkins! I am a dancer, choreographer, blogger, dance teacher and the Founder and CEO of From The Top Dance Blog Incorporated. I’m also the Founder and CEO of a dancewear line and online shop of the same name.
Did you always know what you wanted to do as a career? I knew from a very young age that I wanted to make dance my career. Dancing has always been my passion and even when I tried my hand at pursuing other professions, my heart just wouldn’t let dancing go. I always knew that it was far more than just a hobby for me.
Were you scared to start the process? When it came to pursuing the professional dancer and dance teacher aspect of my career, surprisingly, no! I think I have to credit that to the fact that I have been dancing since I could walk, literally! However, starting From The Top was another story. I was definitely a bit nervous to see how everything would turn out.
What is one thing no one really knows about you? You would never guess it from reading my blog posts, but in all actuality, I am a very shy and low-key individual.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? The best advice I have ever received is to never be afraid to be yourself and that your destiny in life is in line with who are, not what you think you should change yourself to be.
What would you say to 16 year old you? I would say to 16 year old Lexi to just stay focused, determined and encouraged. Hard work pays off and if you keep following the path that you are on, you will get exactly where you want to be. Oh, and stop being so hard on yourself.
Have you ever had anyone doubt you? How did that make you feel? Yes, I think we all have experienced the doubt of others towards what we may be doing in our life and as I’m sure it does so many others, it definitely made me feel disappointed. However, it’s usually in those times that you develop deeper self confidence and find a sense of unmovable grit. Though disappointing at the onset, it instills valuable character traits in the end.
What message do you think every woman should hear? We should never shrink ourselves for the sake of anyone or anything. We are capable of so much and it is our responsibility to share our gifts and leave our incredible mark on this world.
Have you always had confidence in yourself? Growing up, I was always the girl with a lot of guts, to say the very least. Of course, my confidence has been put to the test throughout life. However, if you have a strong sense of self, it never lasts too long. You may lose yourself at times, but trust me, you’ll find yourself again.
What do you love most about yourself? I’ve always loved the fact that I have a strong sense of drive and determination towards my goals.
Do you remember a specific time you overcame adversity? I can’t really say that I remember a “specific” time. Being a dancer, you kind of face adversity and unsure situations on a regular basis, especially in situations such as auditions. You kind of develop a thick skin to it after a while though.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned along the way? One of the biggest lessons I have learned along the way is that the highest act you can truly perform as an artist, is to inspire others.
What motivates you most? Knowing that what I do helps others in the dance industry. That is truly all I ever wanted when I founded From The Top and when I receive messages from dancers that something on our platform provided the inspiration that they may have needed, it really fuels my drive to keep going.
How do you manage your work-life balance? I manage my work-life balance by exercising the theory of leaving my work, at work. I can be a bit of a workaholic at times and my mind is always racing with ideas concerning the next step for the company. When that happens, I remind myself to turn my “work brain” off and enjoy life in the present moment.
What do you do on a daily basis to grow and move forward? I really enjoy journaling. I try to my best to remember to journal my thoughts at the end of every day. I find that it really aids in mental and emotional growth. 100% would recommend!
Do you have a mentor? If so, what did they teach you? I would have to say that my greatest mentor has been my Mother. The list of things she has taught me are endless, but one of the most valuable things she has taught me is how to be a dynamite business woman! She is the strongest, most caring and compassionate woman I have ever met in my life. I hope to be at least half the woman she is.
Where do you find inspiration? I find my greatest inspirations in life experiences and music. Experience is one of the best teachers and as a dancer, music just does something to me. It always lights my fire to create!
What are your biggest passions? I don’t mean to get sappy here, but I’m truly living my biggest passions. I’ve always had a love for writing and dancing has always owned my heart. The fact that I have been able to bring the two together for a greater good is something that I am forever grateful for.
Lexi is a dancer, choreographer, blogger, dance teacher, and the Founder and CEO of From The Top Dance Blog Incorporated. She is using her life-long passion for dance to inspire others and live a life true to herself.