“It takes an athlete to dance, but an artist to be a dancer.” – Shanna Lafleur

These words could not ring more true…and pertain beautifully to this month’s personal reoccurring theme: the ‘sport’ of ballet.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger (google.com)

On Tuesday I had the pleasure of giving Boston local news a little sneak peak into a day in the life of one Boston Ballerina :)

(See a clip on the WCVB’s website here! )

Audrey Hepburn, keeping it classy in Polka Dots (google.com)

Audrey Hepburn, keeping it classy in Polka Dots (google.com)

Having a little window of spotlight got me thinking a bit about all of the trending “barre classes,” and the many times I’ve been asked about my workout regimen as a performing athlete.

Jacqueline Roque teaching Pablo Picasso (google.com)

Jacqueline Roque teaching Pablo Picasso (google.com)

Beyond the physical demands of our rehearsal/performing schedule, I find that a dancer’s strength compliments the goals of agility, flexibility and efficiency in movement pursued by sports/arts of all kinds. Take the many celebrity examples I came across skimming Pinterest boards for inspiration…

Mikhail Baryshnikov, Artist/Athlete extraordinaire...

Mikhail Baryshnikov, Artist/Athlete extraordinaire…(google.com)

The grace of classical technique sets athletes apart on the ice/field, just as it highlights the presence of artists on the camera, the set, the stage…Balancing lean, controlled strength with artistic expression is not lost on the stars… and it’s certainly not lost on us.

James Dean at the Barre. NYC, 1955. (google.com)

James Dean at the Barre. NYC, 1955. (google.com)

A few weeks ago, the Northeastern Hockey team visited the studios for a ballet class taught by yours truly…Naturally, I indulged in the opportunity to share the truly athletic aspects of dance with a group of hard-working, parallel skating bros ;)  (#GoHuskies)NEU Hockey meets Ballet

I’m always humbled by the chance to shed light on the crossover of athleticism and artistry merged gracefully by the world of dance…I’d love to thank the generous individuals that helped me see this exposure through!

spotlit for sports ~ p.e.