Interview with former New York City Ballet Dancer Deanna McBrearty

As a native New Yorker, I was spoiled in my younger years. I had access to performances by some of the greatest dance companies and performers in the world. New York City Ballet has always held a special place in my heart and Deanna McBrearty is a dancer whose career I watched closely.

When a dancer you admire crosses your path in many ways – it feels like you know them. I got to watch Deanna not only in performances but also in the comfort of my living room via The New York City Ballet workout tapes and in Suki Shorer’s book on Balanchine technique.

Earlier this year I had the pleasure of connecting with her to chat about her new book Start with This and the many lessons she learned through her journey in dance. Start with This is part memoir, part field guide and will give you tons of “ah-ha” moments, whether you’re aspiring to dance professionally or you’re already in it. Her book will make you feel less alone (dancers have so many common experiences) and can support you in looking at things in a more positive light.

Check out my interview with Deanna here: 

In our chat Deanna shares so much wisdom – the kind that can only be found in a long career with a big company. Check out this interview, the advice is priceless.

You’ll find out how injury can actually help you get ahead and what is really necessary from the perspective of strategy and mindset to move you forward in dance.

Like most great dance stories, Deanna’s had ups and downs that shaped her into the artist and person she became. Are you ready for some inspiration? Check out the interview!

If you’d like to learn more about Deanna, visit her website. To purchase her book – click here!

NYC Ballet Dancer Deanna McBrearty Shares Dance Career Lessons

Jess Spinner

Jess is a former professional ballet dancer turned Holistic Health, Nutrition, and Lifestyle Coach for high level dancers. She founded The Whole Dancer in 2015 after identifying a greater need for balance, wellness and support in the dance world. Since The Whole Dancer was founded, Jess has worked with 100's of dancers worldwide at top companies and schools. She has been featured in or written for Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher Magazine, Pointe Magazine, and Dance Spirit Magazine.

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