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Meet Devotera Hill

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Today we’d like to introduce you to Devotera Hill.

Hi Devotera, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
My son inspired me to start the journey of 2 Left Feet and other entrepreneurship avenues.

One day my son, Terence McGary Jr., looked at me and said mama I want to be an astronaut. I looked at his handsome eyes and told him I would be there for him 100%. What he stated helped me realize I never followed my dreams, I set out and started the process to follow my dreams. It was difficult because I did not know how to start. Growing up, I had no formal dance training, and I did not know dance classes were available for me. I learned how to dance from watching tv and from my family as a child. I joined neighborhood competitions without training and won. I took pom in Jr. High, became a flag girl and cheerleader in High School. I created a dance crew and we traveled to competitions and events, which included my sister Nita Hill, Godsister Cairon Crews, high school friends Marissa Crosby, Erin Crosby, and myself. I also created the first Step Dancing Crew that has ever existed at Sunnyslope High School with my sister Nita Hill, Godsister Cairon Crews, bestfriend Dorothy Sexton and three other members, Sarah Jordan, Marissa Crosby and Erin Crosby. We also created the first Black History Club. I took my first dance class as a Senior in Highschool and I was awarded The Best Dancer. After graduating, I was hired to teach dance classes at my High School, community centers, YMCAs, and studios. I have entered in 20 different dance competitions and have won all of them except two; one I was in second place and the other I came in third.

At the age of 27 years old, I found out that I could get a dance degree, I signed up for the dance degree at Scottsdale Community College, received an award for “Outstanding Creativity as Most Improved Female Dancer”. Later, I auditioned to join the very first and original Hip-Hop dance crew in Arizona, called Footklan. I was accepted in the crew and since then, I have continued to dance professionally. I opened for celebrities, which include Janet Jackson, Cee Lo Green, Skee-Lo, De La Soul, and more. I danced on beautiful stages, arenas and featured in videos. I also created choreography for artists and celebrities. As of December 2020, I have officially graduated with a marketing degree, two dance degrees, and a dance certificate. I have been published in Rio Salado news article, received 3rd place in the Big Pitch Competition, and won a scholarship for National Small Business Week. I also received a full certification scholarship at Rio Salado, offered a scholarship at Grand Canyon University, and I’ve been accepted at ASU.

I also created an LLC called 2 Left Feet and a non-profit 501c3 called 2 Left Feet Foundation, please stay tuned for more exciting information in the near future.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
A major obstacle and challenge I have faced was my mama, Aldona Hill, had some health complications and eventually transitioned Jan. 20, 2021. Her passing took a toll on me mentally, emotionally, and physically to the point where I could not function and 2 Left Feet suffered.

I’ve experienced challenges of being an entrepreneur, full-time mother, working full-time, full-time student, and recently I became a plus-size model.

I remember times in my past and present when I would be in dance class and it quickly turned into a competition. I remember this instructor yelling at a dancer and comparing her to someone else, stating you need to look like this person. I felt bad for that dancer and it discouraged me from wanting to take classes with that instructor.

I have experienced instructors, friends, and others, stating they do not like my ideas for whatever reason, then those same individuals turn around and use my ideas.

I have also experienced collaborating with other artists and instead of a collaboration, they run off with our plan and make it their own.

Despite these obstacles and circumstances, I still persevered and pushed through all the while managing and pursuing my goals of becoming a full-time entrepreneur and owner of a non-profit organization and 2 Left Feet (LLC). My LLC is in full operation, where I have a based clientele of three personal lessons per week, I also teach group classes, and I am still growing day by day.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I am a coach, mentor, teacher, instructor, friend, performer, dancer, artist, entertainer, and encourager. I help my clients move past their fears and learn how to dance. Some of my clients have tried to dance, was made fun of and were told they should stop trying to dance. Some have danced professionally and want a safe place to let loose without judgment. Some want to dance for their special occasion and need help with creating choreography. Some dance for exercise and some just want to have a great time dancing with like-minded people. Most of my clients have experienced some sort of trauma that have stopped them from learning how to dance. I help my students move past whatever has stopped them from learning how to dance and I am grateful to be the foundation they need to get past their hurdle and move forward to the next stages of learning. With that in mind, 2 Left Feet have a 100% success rate of every client gaining rhythm. My job is to help my clients reach their goals. Afterwards, if they decide they want to continue more lessons, I welcome them with an open dance floor!

I had the pleasure to teach a variety of sizes, shapes, and ages ranging from 2 years old to 70, a three-generational group of clients that consist of a daughter, son, granddaughter, and a grandmother. My clients have ranged from having zero dance experience to professional training. 2 Left Feet was able to provide performance opportunities to my clients, some of our clients performed for a sold-out audience at Tempe Center of the Arts. They have also performed for LaToya Jackson’s hair show event, LaToya is the cousin of Michael and Janet Jackson and some clients have performed in other showcases as well. 2 Left Feet is one of the first and only dance companies to offer over ten different dance styles and the lessons can be taught in the comforts of my client’s home, rented studio spaces, or any location within radius.

Do you have any advice for those just starting out?
I would advise anyone that age, size, shape, gender, nor color should stop you from dancing. Please follow your dreams.

Pricing:

  • “Twerkout”, 2 hour class for $15 every 1st Saturday of the month starting October 2021, 2pm to 4pm. Consisting of belly-dancing, twerking, hiphop, hiprolling and more. This class will definitely get you in shape, feeling great, while learning how to dance, gain body control, increase balance and use these moves while you are out by yourself or with friends. Details on website!
  • Teamed up with the City of Phoenix and will be hosting 6 week Dance & Fitness Classes in September 2021, at Eastlake Park Community Center:
    Ballet, Heels, Hiphop, Fitness, and Stretch classes. $50 for a 6 week session, age 5 and up. Please check my website to access the classes or Eastlake Park’s for more details.
  • South Mountain Community Center starting in October 2021, Hiphop,
    Ballet, Contemporary, Dance & Fitness, Stretch & Movement, ages 3 and up, $45 for 6 week session. Please check my website to access the classes or Southmountain’s for more details.
  • Coming soon 2022, partnering with the City of Tempe & Scottsdale for Dance & Fitness classes, stay tuned!

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