41C- Emily Leibert_

Emily L.

Marketing & Development at BODYTRAFFIC Dance Co.

Hometown: Moorpark, CA

Tenure: 3rd Year

College: University of Southern California

Biography

What is your favorite pastime? I am OBSESSED with the film and television industry and spend lots of time consuming as many shows as humanly possible. I follow weekend box office updates religiously, and am always up to date on the latest trailers and indie films. I get most of my info from the ridiculously witty Rebecca Keegan who writes for Vanity Fair, and Karina Longworth's podcast about old Hollywood glamour called You Must Remember This.

In my free time, I also love singing loudly in my car, attending concerts, taking HIIT classes, practicing yoga, and am currently on the hunt for the world's best gnocchi. Most importantly, my guilty pleasure of the moment is Summer House on Bravo.

What is the most beautiful place you have ever been to? The most beautiful place I’ve ever been to is Bali, Indonesia. The surrounding jungle is lush, the most brilliant green, and filled with my favorite animal - monkeys. But beware, they are not afraid to dig inside your purse for food!

If you could have lunch with one celebrity, who would it be? If I could have lunch with one celebrity, it would be Hillary Kerr, co-founder of Clique Media Group and host of my favorite podcast “Second Life” (all female CEOs are celebrities in my book). Hillary is my personal hero not only because of her business prowess and ability to break glass ceilings, but also because of her sheer humility and honesty in regards to her successes and failures. She is, in my opinion, one of the most influential voices in today’s digital media landscape.

As a child, what did you wish to become when you grew up? As a child, I was determined to become a prima ballerina. I loved the grace and ease with which they waltzed across the grandest stages in the world, and the way they could command an audience without a word. Growing up, I struggled with anxiety as so many young girls do, but channeling my inner ballerina allowed me to find my confidence and completely changed my life. Dance became my voice, and the more I danced, the louder it got. I took this new-found strength with me as I navigated college, internships, relationships and jobs. So while my career ultimately took me in another direction, I know I’ll always be a ballerina at heart.

*Do you have any specific charitable interests? *I believe strongly in supporting the local arts scene here in Los Angeles - especially concert dance. Government funding for the arts is incredibly limited in America, so I do my best to serve as an ambassador and contributor to the arts whenever possible. I also believe that all elementary and middle schools should have access to significant arts programming as a means to spark creativity, regardless of socioeconomic background.

What is one interesting fact about you? Not many people know that writing was my first love. When I was little, my mom put me in a workshop where I wrote and animated my own children's book over the course of several weeks. My book was a scintillating thriller about a sarcastic, female daredevil who knew no bounds...and her name was Patty the Pancake (yes, of course, I made food my protagonist). Currently, I love jotting down little poems on napkins while traveling or eating meals by myself. One day, I hope to publish a collection of my poems and short stories, and write a novel.

What accomplishment are you most proud of? I am most proud of making this team back in 2017. I faced my fears, showed up to an audition alone after taking 2 years off of dancing, and decided to go for it. I never thought I would be on a pro team after graduating, but I was determined to continue dancing and sharing my passion. I now have a family of 32 men and women who push me and inspire me every single day - as teammates and as human beings. To say I’m grateful for this opportunity is an understatement. This team made me who I am today, and I am so proud to be a part of this organization. 

What made you want to become a Rams Cheerleader? I wanted to become a Rams Cheerleader because I wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself - a program that empowers future leaders and inspires the men and women of tomorrow. Plus, there is no greater honor than bringing joy to football fans from all over the world and uniting them around a love of the game.

What are you looking forward to most this year as a Rams Cheerleader? I am most looking forward to stepping back out on the Coliseum field with my teammates, looking up at the fans in the stands, and acknowledging with pride and gratitude that we are exactly where we’re supposed to be. There is no greater feeling in the world than representing this organization, cheering on our team and celebrating together as a city.

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