LADIA YATES, a California Bay Area native, was discovered to possess a natural talent for dance and love for music at an early age. In 2006, LADIA moved to Memphis, TN when she was 16 years old due to her family's job relocation. She then stumbled across something that revolutionized her personal style of dance which was a local form of dance called " Memphis Jookin”. Jookin was the spring board she needed to elevate her talent to another level. With much hard work, discipline and dedication, she continued to increase her credibility within the world of dance.
While in Memphis, she took advantage of every opportunity by participating in talent shows and major dance battles throughout the state of Tennessee and won every single challenge. Ladia's efforts have gained her nationwide exposure and recognition from the worlds biggest super stars and dance icons such as Missy Elliot ,Usher,Janelle Monae, Lil Baby and more. Ladia continues to shock fans with her unique dance style which is a combination of Old School Poppin', Ballet, Jazz, Memphis Jookin, traditional Belly dance and more as evidenced by over 100 million total views on Youtube and other social media platforms.
Ladia's life mission is to share her distinctive gift with the world and inspire others, whether new or experienced, to believe in the power of dance therefore on January, 1st 2018 and April 19th, 2021 she has opened 2 dance academy's in Memphis TN ,"Ladia Yates Entertainment Academy" also know as “L.Y.E Academy”. As she actively carves out a niche in the dance world, she hopes to inspire others to find their unique place in dance and soar, too!