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Meet Auti Kamal

Today we’d like to introduce you to Auti Kamal.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Auti. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I began dancing at the age of three and quickly fell in love with it all- the discipline, the movement, the adrenaline of performing in front of an audience, and much more. I truly cannot recall a time in my life when dance wasn’t present or at the forefront of who I am. It became an integral part of my character from the start. After years of training under the most wonderful instructors, I transitioned into teaching at my “home studio”, Capitol Dance Company. It was so fulfilling to share what I’ve learned in the space that I developed as an artist myself.

I owe the start of my professional career to my high school dance coach, Sara Fugate, who gave me the opportunity to create a piece for the program right after graduation. Before I knew it, I was dancing in college, under the direction of a prestigious panel of faculty. It was there I learned my love of creating, as well as my love for dance on film. Fast forward a few years later and I’ve combined my passions for teaching, choreography, and film as a dance Youtuber. It’s been a blessed and beautiful journey, which honestly has just begun.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The biggest battles I’ve faced have been internal; self-doubt, comparison, or a lack of motivation. My support system has always been strong and resources plenty- something I hope to never take for granted. However, the bumps I have had to smooth over have all come from within.

As a naturally competitive person, I have always strived to be the best at what I do. I have always equated praise and external validation with success and that led me down some difficult paths at times. I would find myself focusing on what would impress others, rather than what would bring me the most joy and calm. Though I am still a busy bee and love reaching for big dreams, I have learned that my happiness, authenticity, and mental health are most important. It took some dark moments for me to realize that I am enough just as I am, whether or not I have the accolades and acceptance of others.

Please tell us more about your work. What do you do? What do you specialize in? What sets you apart from competition?
I am the head honcho of “Miss Auti”- a digital dance platform that provides dance tutorials, how-to’s, advice, and fully produced choreography videos. I publish weekly content, filmed by my Director of Photography, Brayden Curtis. My mission is to break down the barrier between dancers in training and the dance industry. The intent behind each upload is to show that enjoyment, self-love, and dedication will get you very far in the pursuit of your goals.

I am most proud of how inclusive we have made the dance world- an oftentimes intimidating place. “Miss Auti” allows anyone and everyone to dance, without judgment. We bring light and laughter to a serious technical skill, all the while giving elite dance education. I do believe there is a balance of great training and silliness- you’ll find plenty of terrible jokes and fun learning tools mixed in with technical, anatomical, and artistic vocabulary.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success to me is synonymous with excitement. I feel at my best when I have a new project that has sparked a fire in my belly, or I see a curriculum I’ve created really help a dancer improve, or even when a small step towards an end goal is made; also, continuous movement forward, momentum that brings about change and opportunity. The opposite of this idea is stagnancy- a mindset, that in my opinion, kills creativity and enthusiasm. I know I’m successful when I’m looking forward to things ahead, whether little or big. Life is yours for the taking- so why not aspire to live in an expansive and zestful way.

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Image Credit:
Reagan Doherty, Sterling Reed, Tracy Tassill, Brayden Curtis

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