It Takes You

15: Taking the Lead in Inclusivity with Lily Christensen

June 08, 2020 Tannya Bernadette
It Takes You
15: Taking the Lead in Inclusivity with Lily Christensen
Show Notes

There are only two words that come to mind when I think of Lily Christensen: girl power. Being the only woman dance leader in the Seattle salsa community has made Lily a go-to for dancers looking for a place where they can thrive and feel empowered. As a Latina business woman, Lily stands up to sexism, keeping her professionalism and voice on the forefront to carve out her own place on the dance floor. 

While her business is dance, a lot of her passion lies in the preservation and continuation of Latin Culture, which is why she focuses on Latin dance and Latin music. She uses storytelling, movement, and modern culture to keep her style fresh. Studio Azul is a place where you can build your confidence through dance, fitness, and community.

This conversation is special to me because I spent 10 years competing, performing, and social dancing in the Seattle Salsa scene. It’s a place I always loved, but I definitely felt alone there. When Lily came to the scene, she opened up the inclusive space I wish I had known at the time I started. 

There are so many great topics in this episode, but here are a few of my favorites:

-How Studio Azul builds a space to set people free and is an inclusive environment

-The difference between being sexy and sexualized

-How Instagram has fueled her advertising for free

-The challenges of being a woman leader  in a male-dominated industry

-What to do when a workout isn’t for you

This episode is so empowering. If you want to find out more about Lily...

Check out her Instagram @lilymarie19 or find her on her website. You can also learn more about Studio Azul at their website or on their Instagram.

Find Tannya Bernadette on Instagram at @thecloset.edit or online at

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