How do you handle the injury and pain that are a part of any sport? Recovery tips that have helped?
I think it’s very important to think of injuries as an opportunity. The recovery time can be used to focus on other interests. When I tore my Achilles I knew that the downtime could be up to six months, so I immediately started planning non-physical projects I didn’t usually have time for; writing I had put off, books I hoped to read. It was wonderful to experience a different life while I was rehabilitating. I am a firm believer that most important ingredient to healing is a positive attitude.
What have you learned from working with stars like Pink, Madonna and Cher?
Cher is an extremely generous person and working with her is wonderful. Her fans are so passionate in their love and they spread that adoration to all her performers. I choreographed the aerials and danced for her Farewell tour, her Caesar’s Palace run, and choreographed aerials for Cher Classic in Vegas and her current Here We Go Again tour. Pink applies her ferociousness to everything she does, so when I was approached about teaching her aerials I quickly learned that the sky was the limit with her. The hard work that it takes to succeed in the entertainment industry is no joke. I have learned is that no one gets off easy, there are certainly benefits to success, but every artist has to do the work of constantly re-committing to the discipline it takes to make success. Women in the entertainment industry have the additional burden of a microscopic focus on aging. The fight to protect the spirit from the cruelty especially from the faceless, nameless internet is rough. I think that success in life can be measured in the joy of doing what we love as we get older.
Stress-busting tips after a long day at work?
A long walk at the end of the day is a great stress reliever. Spending time with loved ones or cooking with friends is pretty great and as a total wind down, I love gardening as a relaxer.
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