How did you start dancing?
I started dancing when I was five, my mother put me in ballet classes at our local community center. My life was centered around playing dress up and I was always dancing around the house, so my mother thought ballet classes would be the perfect outlet!
What is your favorite Ballet Beautiful workout move?
My favorite Ballet Beautiful workout is bridge! It’s such a targeted exercise with endless variations! You can feel it working immediately!
What is your top fitness tip?
My top fitness tip is to pull in your abs all of the time! Having strong abs protect your back and automatically give you better posture. If you keep your abs tightened all of the time, just simply walking down the street can turn into an awesome exercise for your core!
What is your best healthy living tip?
Drinking enough of water is the easiest and most effective tip to live a healthy life! Also, getting 8 hours of sleep at night, but it never feels like there are enough hours in the day to accomplish that goal!
What is your favorite dance memory?
I have so many incredible dance memories. My first performance with a new company, dancing in a world premiere, performing with food poisoning, hearing the orchestra play the 4th act of Swan Lake, ripping all of the ligaments in my left ankle onstage, or my first dance with my husband (who is also a dancer) at our wedding. After dancing professionally for 14 years, I cannot choose a favorite!
My favorite ballet would have to be Concerto Barocco, choreographed by George Balanchine. The twenty minute ballet is comprised of three movements and the eight corps de ballet girls never leave the stage. It is one of the most physically challenging, yet absolutely satisfying ballets to dance and when it’s over you feel such a sense of pride and accomplishment for making it through!
Favorite go-to healthy food?
I live on Kind bars! Right now my favorite is the Maple Glazed Pecan and Sea Salt. It is slightly sweet, but the salt makes it so tasty!
What is your favorite indulgence or treat?
Dark chocolate covered almonds!
How do you style your dance wear from the studio to the streets?
Now that winter is fast approaching, I love wearing leg warmers underneath my knee high boots. I also enjoy wearing a leotard underneath some skinny jeans because it gives a seamless and flattering line to the body. Also, the Ballet Beautiful tights are the most comfortable and flattering tights I have ever worn, and coming from a ballet dancer, that is a lot of pairs!
Do you have a favorite app that makes your life easier?
Notes! It is not fancy but I keep running lists in the Notes section of my phone. Grocery lists, what to read, what to watch, and even a list of restaurants that I want to check out!
Something interesting about yourself we wouldn’t expect?
I have Type 1 Diabetes! I was diagnosed in 2012 and it completely changed my life!
When you’re not dancing, we can find you…
Most likely not in New York! My husband and I travel endlessly for work or to see family and friends. Since I danced for ballet companies all over the US, I have a slew of friends in different cities. I have such a great time revisiting my old stomping grounds and exploring new places!