100 Women We Love 2016

Here’s to this year's class of the women who inspire us, give us hope, make us laugh and make us want to get up and dance. 

SASHA MALLORY

 

28-year-old dancer/choreographer Sasha Mallory is an evolving artist who just completed her second world tour with Madonna on the Rebel Heart tour. As the second place finalist on Season 8 of the FOX dance competition TV series, “So You Think You Can Dance,” Mallory is an accomplished dancer who’s returning as a mentor for the show’s upcoming season, “So You Think You Can Dance: Next Generation.” Her formal training began in Bakersfield, Calif. (her hometown) at the age of five, and she went to train at the top academies and distinguished schools of dance around the world. Mallory’s first big break was touring with Adam Lambert in 2010. Since then, she’s performed with a number of artists including Rihanna, Wayne Brady and Uh Huh Her. As her schedule allows, she choreographs productions, teaches, and judges on dance conventions and competitions all over the nation. And Mallory’s talent is not limited to the dance floor. She’s also a painter and has donated her work to the LGBTQ Homeless Center in Los Angeles. “I believe that art is one of the most effective ways to reach other human beings,” she says. “It could be through movement, sound, words on paper, sculpture or architecture—it’s endless. I think the influence an artist can make to others is a universal knowledge that is undeniable.” –SLO