What level of fitness does being a dancer require?
It varies...depending on what industry you’re in.
Musical theatre keeps you on your toes because you have to be able to handle 8 shows a week without getting injured, so pilates and yoga are game changers. The Commercial scene is mainly style based so getting to as many different classes as you can on a weekly basis is key.
But recently I’ve been very inspired by the freestyle scene and that takes a lot of alone time developing your own style.
How do you train?
Yoga and weight training have improved my movement a lot, and both require strong core to move properly.
I find I get enough cardio through my dance practice so I don’t worry about that too much.
Are you strict with your diet?
Not really, if its from a packet (except for rice and pasta) I won’t buy it. But if you put food in-front of me, i’ll eat it.
How do you feel when you dance?
Boundless, creative and myself. Dance to me has become like therapy. It’s incredibly healing on the days I’m not feeling 100 percent and if I’m open enough to allowing to feel whatever I’m feeling that day I can usually get rid of any yucky feelings after I move.
Do you have any movement tips for releasing stress?
Deep and slow breaths.
Get your heart rate up!
Also your probably hunched over reading this so shoulders up and back and opening your chest. This usually helps me to relax
Any dance movements that promote endorphin flow?
Find a song you like and literally dance like no ones watching. Corny but it works.