We had the good fortune of connecting with Mya Evans and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mya, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I started high caliber because I saw a lack of resources in many areas that I grew up in or was currently at. I strive to build my business and use it as a to provide young artist with better resources to add longevity to their careers. I also want to give back to my community.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I want to base my work on unifying diverse dancers through performance. I strive to help artists develop their own unique artistic identity. I think my eye to see the beauty in everything as far a dance goes is what will set me apart from others. I feel my eagerness to equally validate & explore many forms and cultures of dance will help with that as well. This has helped me to grow and seek in my own practices as a dancer and teacher simultaneously improving my craft. It is not always easy. This philosophy takes a lot of self reflection, determination, & unlearning which can be taxing and sometimes overwhelming. Being an artist is a choice. Everyday you wake up you have to push yourself to push harder because that’s the kind of drive you need to have if you want any type of longevity in your career. Times get hard but the process is everlasting when you surrender to it. Along the way I learned that you don’t have to be a drill Sargent to create an atmosphere of respect. The best teachers still dance. There’s more than one way to have a successful outcome. And there’s nothing wrong with being exceptional. I want the world to know that me, my brand, and my story are all a testament to the blessing & grace that God has had over my life. I also want people to know that I hope me, my brand, and my story have the power to help and transform artists and communities in the future.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend was visiting the area I would have them stay at the Omni hotel in Downtown Dallas. During the week I would take them to Klyde Warren park over the freeway, the deep elm strip in Downtown, Six Flags over Texas, Rudys Chicken, and the zoo of aquarium. I would also take them to Jenny’s Beauty Supply, Big T bazaar, and the various malls throughout the Dallas Ft-Worth area. If we were going to eat or get drinks I would recommend; Harris House of Heroes, Cafe Brazil in Deep Ellum, Glorias, or Srg Wings in Desoto. These are all places that I enjoy going and are apart of the Dallas culture and experience.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to thank and give credit to God, my family that helped and supported me on my dance journey, and all my dance teachers past and present for preparing me for my journey. The Lancaster arts program played a key role in helping me grow as an artist. I was offered many resources, training, & performing opportunities. Many of the lessons I learned there I carry with me always. I am grateful for my experience there everyday.
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