From Tu-Tu’s to running shoes.
How this dancer got interested in exercise science.
Yup, that is me at the young age of 3 already a ham in front of the camera as a dancer. I loved getting to dress up in my little pink tu-tu’s, wear my ballet slippers, and go dance with Ms. Christy at some rec center in Atlanta. I’m not sure how my mom knew to put me in the classes, but it was a great fit because I continued all the way through college (more on that later).
From my young days dancing on stage I went on to be a little actor, performing in local productions of a few great hits (including getting to rock out 8-legs as Charlotte in Charlotte’s Web). You could put me on a stage and have me belt out lines, dance in circles, and act silly, but the moment you put any sort of racket, ball, or bat into my hands I become an idiot.
Yea, I was that kid who was always picked last in PE class because I was no help on a sports team. I would run the opposite direction of any ball that was thrown my way, and asking me to do any sort of agility work was like asking a dog to not chase a squirrel. Nope, I just was not an athlete. And honestly, I was perfectly okay with that.
All that changed when I found myself on a field hockey team in high school after a dare from a friend. Now, I still ran the opposite direction from a ball coming at my head, and I was a much better sideline cheerleader than actual player, but for some reason I did it year after year.
This new weird interest in sports and physical activity led me to a job at a local athletic club, and an injury on the field got me into an athletic training room. Where soon I would discover the interesting idea of going to school to be a physical therapist for dancers.