612: The Confident Dancer With Nicole Laeno

Nicole Laeno is 13 year old dancer, actress and vlogger.  She was awarded Hollywood Vibe’s Dancer of the Year for 2016-2017.  The Confident Dancer With Nicole LaenoShe was cast in the DanceON series Dance-Off Juniors and Boss Cheer.  Nicole has worked with companies such as H&M Clothing, LEGO, DanceOn Network, ABC and Nickelodeon. She has been in numerous Music Videos with names such as Will.i.am, Black Eyed Peas, Us The Duo and Matt Steffanina. She is also working on many clothing collaborations with companies such as Albion Fit, Flexi Lexi, Heely’s and Sugar Reign.  On social media, she earned the verification crown on TikTok to go along with more than 950,000 fans. She also has more than 800,000 followers on Instagram.

Nicole was super shy before she discovered her passion for dancing.  She shares how dancing has helped become confident in being her true self and in her capabilities.  Nicole also shares tips that you can use in her own journey to self confidence.


Nicole Laeno is a dancer, actress and vlogger.

Cultural Background

Nicole is of Vietnamese and Filipina descent.

Favorite Self Confidence Quote

Don’t waste your energy trying to change opinions.  Do your thing, and don’t care if they like it.

Don’t waste your energy trying to change opinions.  Do your thing, and don’t care if they like it.

Definition of Self Confidence

Self confidence is being yourself and not caring what other people think especially if they don’t matter.

Her Life Before the Discovery of Self Confidence

Before Nicole discovered her confidence, she was very shy.  She didn’t take much risk and the thought of putting herself out there made her feel very uncomfortable to the point where it made her cry. It was rough for Nicole to be in social events that had a lot of people. It overwhelmed her to just jump in a circle of kids and be herself.

The “AHA” Moment

Nicole discovered self confidence through dance. When she started at 7 years old, she was super shy and cried almost everyday because she was afraid of what people might think about her or her dancing.  She thought the AHA moment happened in a ballet class where she decided to put a little trust in herself and go for it. It was then that she realized she could do things she never knew she was capable of doing. Since then, every goal she achieved made her reach for the next. Even though she stepping outside her comfort zone made her feel uncomfortable, she knew that every time she did, it got easier.

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Her Life After the Discovery of Self Confidence

Having confidence in herself and her dancing has taught Nicole that anything is possible. If she never took any chances, she never would gained the confidence to perform and have these opportunities. It’s also given her the confidence to get rid of toxic people in her life and know that her life is more positive without them.

The One Self Confidence Tip For the Listener

You never know until you try.  The biggest lessons in life have come from failures and let downs. Have courage to be yourself and surround yourself with people that lift you and not bring you down.  Make sure the negativity in my life stays away.

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