Casie Goshow: “Dare to be You”

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Mike Quain Photography/Courtesy of Casie Goshow

Mike Quain Photography/Courtesy of Casie Goshow



Throughout her career, Casie “Bgirl Tynee” Goshow has had the opportunity to dance next to big names such as Lil’ Jon, Chris Brown, PSY, and Missy Elliot. She has also had the chance to showcase her talent in TV commercials, including an NBA promo [watch here], featuring professional basketball player Carmelo Anthony, and an Adidas TechFit campaign.

In recent years, however, Casie has been focusing on teaching dance across the country, developing a fitness clothing line, and planning a successful partnership next to her soon-to-be-wife, Elyse Urquidi.

Afterellen sat down with the “So You Think You Can Dance” Las Vegas finalist last week, where she discussed the powerful meaning behind her brand’s hashtags: #DareToBeYou and #GoshowYourself, her point of view on same-sex marriage proposals, and sent a hopeful message to our community amid the shocking Presidential election results.

“We wanted something that represented not just dance but also a positive message for our youth: You can be yourself and go out there, and do whatever it is that you want to do. Just go for it,” the Pennsylvania native said of picking the name and hashtags for her clothing line Goshow yOurself, a project she started with Elyse in 2013.

She continued, “Our hashtag line is ‘Dare to be you’ because I feel like some people are scared to be themselves, I know that I was before I came out.Whether it is about being gay or not, sometimes it’s hard to be who you really are.”

Courtesy of Casie Goshow/Taken with iPhone

Courtesy of Casie Goshow/Taken with iPhone

Casie and her fiancée, Elyse, found love at a Zumba class in New York City, and they have been inseparable ever since.

“As soon as we sat down across from each other at dinner, I just knew that this was not just dinner and drinks. I don’t know how to explain it,” Casie confessed during our interview.

Last October, Elyse surprised Casie during one of her classes and proposed to her in front of everyone present. Casie said yes, of course, but refused to mimic heterosexual relationships and decided to plan a surprise of her own a month later.

“I don’t believe there are rules in a gay or a lesbian relationship,” she said. “I don’t believe in the ‘Who proposes to who?’ We are not mimicking a heterosexual relationship, we are two women who love each other.”

She added, “I feel like it’s kind of disrespectful not to do the same. It’s almost like saying that it doesn’t matter as much, I don’t know. I just don’t look at it any other way than it’s just out of respect and I think Elyse deserved a proposal.”

Before ending our conversation, Casie wanted to reach out and deliver a message of hope to the LGBT community, and encourage us to stay together and fight for our rights in the next four years.

“I’m scared and concerned,” she admitted. “I don’t want to say I’m hopeless, but I’m hopeful that things will not go in the direction that we are thinking…I’m trying to remain as hopeful as possible and stay positive and just hope for the best…I believe in people coming together in large groups, I think that helps a lot, and I hope that people who believe in whatever it is they believe in, that they do stand up when the time comes. Because that’s really what’s going to matter the most at the end of the day, that we are united in some way, in a positive way.”

What’s next for this power couple in the making? Giving back to the community.

“We have a hat that is purple and black and because the colors of anti-bullying are purple, all the profits from that hat and some of our own will be donated to an anti-bullying campaign,” Tynee mentioned. “We haven’t decided which one yet, but that’s really important to us, giving back.”

Casie and Elyse are just starting this partnership together and hope to travel the world in the coming years, starting with Canada in 2017. Eventually, they would love to settle down in an American suburb and set up a safe community center, where kids can grow in dance, sports, and other extracurricular activities.

Lifescape Photography/Courtesy of Casie Goshow

Lifescape Photography/Courtesy of Casie Goshow

You can keep up with Casie Goshow on her social media:

Twitter: @BgirlTynee

YouTube Channel: Casie Goshow

Instagram: @bgirltynee

To check out her fab clothing line go to www.goshowyourself.com

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