Kendra Oyesanya explains why there is more to life than dance

Kendra “K.O” Oyesanya is a dancer extraordinaire who has worked in the entertainment industry for more than a decade. She has performed with entertainment greats, including Beyoncé, P. Diddy, Chris Brown, J Balvin, Paul McCartney and Ne-Yo, among others.

You may recognize her from the viral video featuring a family dancing to the music soundtrack of Jordan Peele’s movie Us. The video received more than 2 million views on YouTube alone.

Oyesanya sat down with rolling out‘s Romeo International recently to talk about what it takes to maintain the moves.

As a Black woman, what do you consider your superpower to be?

My superpower is my ambition. I have a strong determination to succeed regardless of the color of my skin. I am very driven and don’t take no for an answer.

What key qualities make you unique as an African American female leader? 

It’s important to be creative and innovate as a leader so you can stand out. I also value honesty and integrity and think those qualities are … key to being a strong leader. I also believe a great leader should inspire others. If you want people to follow, you have to set a good example. In this industry, you go through many ups and downs, so it’s important to show your followers how you react in tough situations. I love this quote by John Quincy [Adams]: “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

What are three success habits you implement into your daily routine to maintain your success, sanity and peace of mind?

1.  Prayer [and] gratitude. I make sure prayer is the first thing I do in the morning. It really helps me get through the day. I pray and express my gratitude daily to leave room for more blessings to come in.

2. Meditation. I do it before I start my day to give me peace of mind and to help me relax as I conquer the day. I have a very busy schedule, so making sure I meditate before my day starts keeps me level-headed, balanced and present.

3. Reading daily. I try to read at least 10 pages a day to stay inspired and motivated.

Who is your biggest inspiration?  Why? 

My biggest inspiration is my father. I lost my father a year ago, but his spirit and words inspire me daily. My father always said to make him proud, and that’s what I’m going to do.

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