Jess Spinner Ballet

There is a huge need for greater awareness of health, wellness and balanced lifestyle in the dance world. We’re so focused on what goes on in the studio and on stage that we convince ourselves that nothing else matters.

The truth is, when you find balance and health in your life, you’ll be a better dancer.

Here’s my story and why I founded The Whole Dancer:

I studied dance at the official school of the Eglevsky Ballet on Long Island. Over the years, I attended summer programs at The Kirov Academy, North Carolina School for the Arts, Boston Ballet, ABT in New York and Orlando Ballet on scholarship.

After high school I studied dance and arts administration at Butler University. Upon graduation I danced with The Louisville Ballet, then I freelanced in the Boston area. My career ended early because I could no longer cope with the stress of pursuing ballet at a high level.

As a professional dancer, I found myself constantly struggling with body image, food choices, confidence and all of my perceived shortcomings as a dancer and artist. I was not setting personal goals and my life felt totally out of whack and imbalanced.

There was a nagging (and very real) fear that I could be fired at any moment and might not get another job. I wasn’t confident in my technique or facility and I persistently felt like my body just wasn’t right. Through all of this, Gilmore Girls and emotional eating provided solace, Rory and Lorelai just made me feel less alone.

All my struggles as a dancer ultimately led to an interest in holistic health (first, I had to get myself to a healthy, self-loving place). I studied to be a Health Coach at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Through my studies I achieved a balanced, beautiful, happy life and I am finally at peace with my body and my dancing. I now enjoy yoga, teaching and taking Xtend Barre classes, and dancing just for myself and most importantly I’m confident in my skin.

Before starting The Whole Dancer, I thought maybe it was just me…maybe I was alone with my struggles. As I talked with more and more dancers I realized the fears we all encounter are very similar.

I created The Whole Dancer to help you reach your highest possible level as a dancer.

Dancers from New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, and aspiring dancers from around the world have participated in individual coaching and group programs from The Whole Dancer. There are options to fit every need and budget and many resources are provided at no – charge in order to support as many dancers as possible to find balance and true happiness as you work towards your dance goals.

Lots of love!!

Jess-3

ps. If you’d like to stay in the loop and become a part of The Whole Dancer community – submit your email address and receive a FREE “Dancer’s Best Body Checklist”! Interested in custom coaching or just want to get in contact? Email jess@thewholedancer.com.