We caught up with dancing social media standouts who know how to self-promote, develop a presence, and share their experiences without letting the platforms take over their lives. Here's what they have to say about being wise social media mavens.
In 2013, Kaycee Rice's life changed forever when Katy Perry tweeted a video of her solo, "Werk." Overnight, the then–10-year-old became a viral sensation. Now, at 16, Kaycee has more than 1.3 million followers on Instagram.
Despite her huge fan base, Kaycee has remained grounded. "I don't feel like I'm a big star," she says. "I'm just a normal person who loves what she does, and loves sharing it with the world." She focuses on using her platform to spread positivity—including through her #Weirdo campaign. "I post things that let people know that it's OK to be weird and awkward and true to yourself."
For Kaycee, part of being true to herself is keeping her feed age-appropriate. "Everyone has their own path, but I want to stay young as long as I can," she says. "I always get uncomfortable when I see kids oversexualizing themselves online, because I know they're just responding to pressure from society."
A version of this story appeared in the December 2018 issue of Dance Spirit with the title "8 Stars Doing Social Media Right."
Expressions Dance Alliance president Liz Ladley addressing the company (Sabrina Thadani, courtesy Liz Ladley)
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