24 Mar

A day in the life of a DJD dancer

Monday, March, 24, 2014

We sat down with Catherine Hayward, a dancer with DJD, to find out exactly how a typical work-day looks for her. What we learned was super interesting.

Wake-up call is 8am. As taking care of her body is a priority, she shies away from coffee, preferring to hydrate with good old water. To fuel her body breakfast is eggs or a hearty bowl of oatmeal.

You won’t find any power suits in Catherine’s closet because it’s athletic wear she rocks on a daily basis. Which makes sense because her first stop is the gym or yoga studio to warm up her body and work on core strength.

At about 11am she heads into the studio, and depending on the day she could be focused on ballet, jazz, tap, or improv -each of which make her a stronger jazz dancer.  But before she hits the dance floor, Catherine fuels up on toast topped with protein-rich peanut butter, and a cup of black tea to wash it down.

Afternoons are fully focused on the upcoming show – Dancers In Love – so for the next four hours she’s learning choreography and running through routines.

With such physically demanding work, relaxing after a long day at ‘the office’ is a necessity.  Sore or tired muscles are soothed with ice or a warm bath. But even as a dancer Catherine still likes to treat herself once in a while – we asked her what her favourite food was and it was a tie between Hawaiian pizza, sushi, and steak… yum!

Having been a dancer since she was five years old and part of the company for the past seven years, it’s hard for Catherine to imagine doing anything else. No matter where life takes her she knows she’ll always keep dancing in some capacity.

We got the inside look into Catherine’s average Friday. Check it out:

Catherine with Kaleb rehearsing “Be My Husband”

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