Meet the Trainer: Jackie Aitken

How did you start dancing?

I am Australian, I started dancing when I was 4 years old in my hometown Brisbane. My mum put me in dancing for fun, then it turned into something serious. I studied ballet, jazz and tap. My parents never thought when they put me in dance class at 4 years old it was going to be a long life passion and career of mine.

What is your favorite Ballet Beautiful workout move?

Any abs and core workout! Core is so important for dancing, it centers and controls all your movement. And it is also so important in everyday life and for your posture.

I also love a good swan arm workout. It engages a lot more muscles in your body than you think.

What is your best healthy living tip?

Drink lots and lots of water and plenty of sleep.

What is your favorite dance memory?

I will never forget the first time I performed at Radio City Music Hall. When the curtains rose up and you heard the applause from 6000+ audience members, it was mesmerizing. It is unbelievable every time I get to perform there.

Favorite ballet?

I'm a classic -- I love Romeo and Juliet.

Favorite go-to healthy food?

I love avocado! You can add it to so many meals or smoothies to give it that extra flavor and texture.

What is your favorite indulgence or treat?

Nutella! I have been addicted to Nutella my whole life. All my family and friends know this.

How do you style your dancewear from the studio to the streets?

I love pairing the beautiful leotards with some high waisted boyfriend jeans and sneakers, or sandals. It gives it a more casual and edgy look though still feminine.

Do you have a favorite app that makes your life easier?

With the busy New Yorker life commuting multiple times in a day from dance classes, rehearsals or teaching at Ballet Beautiful, Spotify definitely makes my life more pleasant by being able to listen to some fun or calming music throughout my day.

When you’re not dancing, we can find you… 

At my favorite Aussie cafes having brunch - Two hands, Banter, Citizens of Chelsea or Bluestone lane. I mentioned above I love avocado, Aussies know how to make a great avo' on toast, my fav!