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A Health Coach is a supportive mentor and wellness authority who works with clients to help them feel their best through food and lifestyle changes. Instead of prescribing one diet or way of exercising, Health Coaches tailor individualized wellness programs to meet their clients' needs.

Relationships, exercise, career, and spirituality are just as important to your health as the food you eat. Health Coaches understand this and take a holistic approach to supporting the whole person. Find out how health coaching stacks up against other health and wellness jobs.
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Amidst the long hours of rehearsals, pre-show preparation, and recovery from your days, it's hard to feel like you've had any time to take care of YOU.
This can be quite overwhelming, and as you are working to build up your career, you may be finding yourself injured, exhausted, anxious, or just extremely hungry!

Did you know that stress lies in your gut wall and makes it harder for you to digest or to produce the hormones to keep you feeling good? As a dancer, the way you fuel your body is hugely important and what goes on in your daily life around that food is even more important.

Our schedules do not give us...ahem...all that much time to relax, so most of us get in a cycle of mal-nourishment (even with our best intentions) when we are striving to be at our fullest capacity at all times of the day. 

I am here to help you get clear on what supports your body so you can dance as you want!

What can Health Coaching do for me exactly?    
What kind of Program do you offer?
I want to learn more about eating what I need

That's me in the Red :)
in Cygnets from Dutch National Ballet's "Zwanenmeer" (Swan Lake)  
Photo Credit: Michel Schnater

Here's my story as a dancer:

I trained in Indianapolis at the Jordan Academy of Dance (affiliated with Butler University) before going to the (University of) North Carolina School of the Arts at age 16. Professionally I started as a trainee in Cincinnati Ballet for a year and then moved to Dutch National Ballet. During my training I also had the opportunity to go to summer programs at The School of American Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Jacob's Pillow. I have danced in Dutch National Ballet now for 8 years and have done a variety of dancing from classical roles like Cygnets in Swan Lake, Demi ("super") Fairies in the Dream, to Hans van Manen works, Forsythe's Second Detail, to Shen Wei's Rite of Spring. I have also found myself as an Assistant Choreographer/Coach during the creations of works by Peter Leung, Juanjo Arques, Milena Sidorova, Clotilde Tran, and Bastiaan Stoop. My first step into coaching ;) 

My struggles as a professional dancer came from throwing myself into a new environment and letting it take affect on me. As you can read in About Me, I personally had trouble with self-doubt because I had grown up caring so much for the main goals of my career and felt the need to make my professional actions as precise as I could.
Health is never about achieving an end goal, it's about treasuring your body and investing in yourself so you can thrive on the journey. The goals we set out can even become bigger than we could have planned! When we go directly towards something with self-integrity in our work and knowledge in our gifts, we will succeed! 

Now on top of all that, I have had my fair share of injuries, but the worst has put me in a position that has ended up giving me time to learn how to get in better sync with myself and realise what it is I want to share with you!

I am here to help you take care of YOU. I want you to absolutely be able to perform at your best, and throw anything, that's holding you or your body back, away!