Riquel Olander is a superstar in the dance world. She has danced for everyone from JLo to Oprah and was a part of the first and only all-female crew to win America’s Best Dance Crew. She is also a choreographer who has traveled all over the world teaching Master Classes and has judged for both World of Dance and HHI (Hip Hop International). Read WOD Magazine’s exclusive Q&A below to find out more about this talented dancer.
In 50 words or less, give us a short biography of yourself.
I am a small town country girl born and raised from Idaho. I had big dreams and moved to LA to successfully make them all- and more- come true.
When did you start dancing/choreographing?
I started dancing and choreographing when I was little- but in Idaho there was no hip hop. I moved to LA when I was 18 and fell in love with hip hop dancing.
What have been some of the highlights of your career?
Winning and being the only all-female Champion Crew on America’s Best Dance Crew. Dancing on the Ellen Degeneres Show three times and The Oprah Winfrey Show as well as for JLo, Rihanna and more.
What role does fitness play in your life?
I was at my heaviest when I won ABDC. I was told so many times, especially as a dancer, that I had to look a certain way and the more I tried the worse it got. After proving the naysayers wrong, I found my fitness journey on my own and what felt great for me. Now, fitness is almost an everyday activity. It makes me happy, motivates me, and makes me feel good inside and out.
What are some of your go to songs/artists when you workout?
I love R&B and Taylor Swift haha! They both get me hyped to workout which is funny because it is so opposite of what most people want to work out to.
Do you have any upcoming projects in the works?
Yes! I’ll be continuing to judge for WOD and I am thrilled to play a role with WOD UJAM. My video should also be released soon and I hope to do more!
Other than that I just moved back to Idaho and am getting married next month!!! SO excited for that.
Do you have any hidden talents?
I am a Pomsky puppy breeder and I go all in. I am there every step of the way, making sure they have the healthiest, happiest, safest life from birth. I find the most loving caring homes and even made a private facebook page so all of the owners can keep in touch.
Anything else you think our readers would like to know?
Dream- Believe- Achieve! You can have an unlimited amount of dreams. Do not be afraid to dream big as long as you are ready to put in the work and positivity to go get them! Follow my IG- @RiqiOlander
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