Enjoy this week’s Conversation Sunday – Behind the Scenes entry, all in fun. A dancer’s profile, with a wrap up with why she feels the integration of dance and health is vital. More to come . . .
Name: Jamie Dee
Vocation: Dancer with North Carolina Dance Theatre
Defining Moment on Stage to Date: I’ve had so many experiences that have filled my heart with joy, it’s difficult to narrow it down to one. If I had to choose, it would be losing myself in my dream role of Juliet. I loved exploring her journey of innocence, vulnerability, extacy, love, joy, fear, and heartbreak. It was wonderful opportunity to bring something human to classical ballet. The best part was, my mother (who’s rarely seen me dance since age 17) was in the audience to see my dream come true.
Favorite Style of Dance: I love contemporary and anything with a story to tell.
Inspiration: Love, Breath, Family
Favorite Dance Wear Brand: When we’re not working on classical pieces, Lululemon yoga wear all the way!
Favorite Energy Breakfast: Coffee & Kashi cereal with soymilk
Favorite thing to do on a “day off” from Work: I start by sleeping in. Next, I like to enjoy the open air by going for a hike or walk, and grilling out with friends. To cap it all off, I love to snuggle on the couch with my boyfriend and watch a movie.
How do you blow off steam: Yoga, a nice long walk in Freedom Park, or grabbing a drink with some girlfriends
Why do you think integration of dance and health is needed: The nature of dance is extremely demanding both physically and mentally. I’m finding that the longer I’m in this business, the more rapidly the mileage accrues. It’s important to integrate healthy practices as early as possible so that wear and tear is minimal on both one’s physicality as well as one’s spirit. The healthier I am, the more I am able to fully embrace and enjoy all aspects of my career.
What’s next for you: I’m about to slap on some sunscreen and work in the garden. I can’t wait to harvest some of those veggies to grill with friends tonight!
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