Saara Aalto has partnered with Mermaids for new single Dance Like Nobody’s Watching.

The emotional and uplifting music video tells the story of a transgender woman, played by professional ballerina Jessica Allen, who looks back at a time in her life where she wasn’t the person she was always meant to be.

Saara says she wrote the song and came up with the story for the music video after getting inspiration from friends who have experienced similar journeys in their lives.

“Dance Like Nobody’s Watching’ is the most precious and important song of my career so far,” she said.

“I want this song and video to empower anybody who maybe doubts themselves or has others doubt them to see that you can truly be who you are meant to be. Your life can be incredible, beautiful and peaceful.

“It takes courage, strength and ultimately a no fear attitude, but you can do it.”

Dance Like Nobody’s Watching is released in collaboration with charity Mermaids, who offer support and empowerment to gender variant and transgender children, young people and their families.

Susie Green, CEO of Mermaids, said: “This video is so important as it provides a positive representation of trans youth, and we know that this works towards increased acceptance and understanding.

“The world can be a hostile place for trans kids, this beautiful and emotive piece created by a mainstream artist, tackling some of the key issues faced, gives a platform that will be widely seen and appreciated.”

Watch the video below.

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