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Rising Stars: Meet Lalo Johnston

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lalo Johnston.

Hi Lalo, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
My dad was a dancer (FX) and since I was five, he used to take me to the dance battles in west port and other parts of the city, he said it was something I picked up right away and I fell in love with dance/dancing. Being able to move to music is just such a fun feeling to me, putting on shows and seeing hard work pay off, entertaining people and being able to teach if they want to learn. So I would just say it’s something that’s always been a part of my life.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It has not been a smooth road!! I stopped dancing for a while because it became more stressful then it was enjoyable. I ended up getting back into dance because I had a friend who danced and I didn’t know he could, he and I began to make videos for YouTube and it became fun again.

Then I started teaching and that got put to the side during Covid. But I still make videos and practice and I have a performance coming up in July so even though it’s been slowed down it hasn’t stopped and I’ll make sure it won’t stop because it’s something I love doing.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’ve been performing since I can remember. Dancing, plays, filming, small parts in local movies. I’m a part of the cure production team that I help lead. I don’t know if I could say I’m most proud of one thing because personally, I’m not really satisfied with anything that I do, LOL, which I feel like helps me keep working towards something I will be proud of.

My morals set me apart, I’m very firm in what I believe and I think that’s how everyone should be if you believe in something, why would you let someone move you. I’m a Christian, and it can be difficult sometimes in dance to be a Christian but I always make sure I find a way to do what I love and not compromise.

In terms of your work and the industry, what are some of the changes you are expecting to see over the next five to ten years?
I want to still be in KC; we have so many talented people here but they always want to move somewhere else. I want to build up the creative culture here and show other cities what we really have here and we are not just BBQ. I would also like to own a building and do a gym/dance studio. Fitness is also very important to me and I actually just got certified as a personal trainer and would like to work that into my career.

Contact Info:

  • Email: Lalo24tttt@gmail.com
  • Instagram: lalo_johnston

Image Credits
Chelsea Barlow

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