Women’s Wednesday Series: a dance with Katherine Ellis

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Born and raised in Virginia, Katherine moved to the Big Apple with a suitcase, a backpack and an open mind. Meet Katherine, dancer choreographer and fitness instructor who draws inspiration from Pixar cartoons and more…


Describe a typical day in your life.

I usually wake up around 5am, head to work, and put my playlists together for the classes I teach that day. I spend most of my day on +Spotify –I am a huge fan of all kinds of music and spend hours trying to find the next best song, so if you have any suggestions, I’m all eyes and ears-. I’ll either spend the morning training clients or teaching. During the afternoon, I’ll go to rehearsal or take a dance class. I teach in the evenings, and then I head home and eat dinner while watching my latest +Netflix obsession. Finally, I’m in bed pretty early to wake up and do it all again.


Name 3 things that make a dance work out practice successful


1. Have a sense of humour.

When you make working out about having fun, clients forget about their stressful days and about how hard the workout is, and then they laugh along with you.


2. Never settle.

You can always be more creative and find ways to finely hone your work. When you constantly push yourself, you find surprises and solutions you never thought existed.


3. Not everything is about you.

I am in the business of making people feel better about themselves. It doesn’t matter if I had a bad day. I can make yours better by finding ways to push you past your own limits.


What is your biggest accomplishment?

I moved to New York on a train from Virginia with one huge suitcase and backpack. I was terrified, but I’ve never been happier that I took a huge risk. It totally changed my life.


What was the best advice you were ever given?

Never give more than you are willing to lose. Thanks Mom!


Do you have a saying or motto that you live your life by?

“Just keep swimming, just keep swimming.” Yes, it’s from the movie Finding Nemo.


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