A deeper Look into a Dancer’s Perspective – A Dancer’s Profile with Josh Spell

Enjoy this week’s Conversation Wednesday – Behind the Scenes entry, all in fun.  A dancer’s profile, with a wrap up with why he feels the integration of dance and health is vital.  More to come . . .

Josh Spell rehearsing at Kansas City Ballet

Josh Spell rehearsing at Kansas City Ballet

Name: Josh Spell

Vocation: Professional ballet dancer with Kansas City Ballet.

Defining Moment on Stage: My defining moment on stage thus far was performing the role of Puck in George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Nights Dream on opening night of my last season with the Pacific Northwest Ballet. The eruption of applause when I took my bow made me realize how lucky I am to connect with so many people and allowed me to be fully present in that moment of my life.

Favorite Style of Dance: I am a fan of classical ballet with a more contemporary look. George Balanchine and Jiri Kylian produced some of my favorite choreography.

Favorite Dance Wear Brand: My favorite warm up attire is MPG wear. It is fun, unique, and more tailored than regular sweats. I still feel polished even though I am wearing warm ups.

Favorite Energy Breakfast: My favorite energy breakfast is steel cut oats made with vanilla almond milk. I then put a slice of cheese with a fried egg and top it with green onions. It is pretty to look at and long lasting because of the protein. It also satisfies my sweet and savory tooth.

joshspellFavorite thing to do on a “day off” from Work: My favorite thing to do on a “day off” from work is to ease into the day and see how it unfolds. I like having the freedom to get up, eat, and relax on my terms.

How do you blow off steam: Cooking helps me to blow off steam as well as meditation which I don’t do nearly enough.

Why do you think integration of dance and health is needed: I think it is important to treat our body as a temple. What you put into it will affect how it functions. Being a dancer, we are finely in tune with our bodies. Eating properly and healthily only makes us perform at the highest level possible.

What’s next for you: My next phase after dancing is to study psychology. I want to help others, especially dancers, with issues that may arise throughout their careers. Especially issues dealing with eating disorders, confidence, and performing anxiety.

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