Meet Amanda LaCount: America’s Got Talent’s Dancer Out To Break Stereotypes
You may not know Amanda LaCount now, but you will when she auditions for AGT this week. The 19-year-old dancer has an amazing talent and a message of body positivity to share with the world.
Amanda has over 200,000 followers on Instagram. She’s also appeared in music videos for famous pop stars and even on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Read on to find out more about this inspiring young dancer.
5 Facts About AGT’s Amanda LaCount
Amanda Was Kicked Out Of A Dance Team
Amanda used to live in Fort Collins, Colorado but moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in dance. She was kicked off a dance team in Colorado because of her body type.
“He [the studio director] kicked me off the team — not because I’m a bad dancer and not because I don’t work hard or do well, but simply because of what I looked like,” Amanda told local news.
Amanda’s “This Is Me” Video Went Viral
In 2018, a video went viral of Amanda dancing to “This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman. She wrote on Instagram what the song means to her. “I have been told hundreds of times how I don’t have the right body to be a dancer and that I am not pretty enough,” she said, “but I have been doing pretty well as far as my career goes.”
Amanda Danced On The Ellen DeGeneres
She later got to dance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show while Keala Settle performed the song. Amanda has been dancing since she was 2 years old, and is trained in various styles, including ballet, contemporary, and hip-hop.
Amanda Has Appeared In Several Music Videos
In 2017, Amanda won a contest to appear in Katy Perry’s “Swish Swish” music video.
She also performed at Rihanna’s “Savage X Fenty” show, danced with Lizzo at Coachella, and appeared in Lady Gaga’s “Stupid Love” music video.
‘AGT’ Is Not Amanda’s First Talent Show
And AGT isn’t Amanda’s first time on a talent show. She has also danced on two episodes of The Voice. We can’t wait to see what she has up her sleeve for this week’s episode, and what the judges have to say about her.
“I want to prove people wrong and make them realize that you don’t have to be a size two to be a professional dancer and be successful,” Amanda told the Coloradoan about her goals. “… Don’t care what other people say about you. Love yourself.”