Zyria Guillory is a 25-year-old Louisiana native, born and raised in Lafayette. She received her dance training at Hamilton Academy of the Arts. She is a business management graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University was also a part of their collegiate national championship winning dance team Lionettes from 2017-2019. Zyria loves advocating the essential of providing arts for the youth in the community. She is always optimistic and passionate about boosting one's self esteem and finding their purpose in dance.
Move N' Groove asked her...
How do you incorporate movement into your everyday life?
I love walking my dog, jump roping, dance jam sessions with my headphones on before bedtime, and teaching dance in the community. Lately, I have been really good about finding new ways to move my body and stay active everyday. I love gardening, walking around on phone calls, and even stretching after showers. It's so important that I enjoy the movement I do!
Who is your favorite mover of all time, and why?
I love watching my young dancers evolve in their movement over years. Honestly, watching my dancers improve in movement quality has been so rewarding. The progress is what makes them my favorite movers of all time.
What legacy do you hope to leave behind for the next generation of movers?
I love advocating the essentials of providing arts for the youth in the community. It's so important that our youth are nurtured in an space that exudes acceptance, love, and patience to excel. I hope to spread more kindness and respect for one another. Ultimately, I want to make positive changes in the lives and journeys I come across because what you leave behind remains longer than everything else in the world.
What are some staple clothing pieces in your closet that assist you on your movement journey?
Definitely my bracelets that my dancers have made me. I love wearable sentimental items because they remind me of the influence I have on youth.
We love Zy's fun nature and serious passion for her dancers. It's movers like Zyria that remind us of why we love to do what we do, and we hope she inspires you, too!