Day in the Life of a DJD Dancer – Kaleb Tek
Kaleb has been with DJD since 2006, though he’s been a dancer much longer. His day-to-day may be just that for him, but compared to a typical day job his is not your average day at the office.
We sat down with Kaleb to find out how he keeps his body in tip-top shape and what his workweek is like.
First we asked how he fuels up. As a result of spending time abroad, his breakfast of choice has been influence by the food he enjoyed while traveling; with an 8am wake up call Kaleb prefers to start his day with something light, which for him is typically a bowl of soup.
Mornings can sometimes feel tight on, but putting together the right outfit doesn’t slow him down –with a day of demanding physical activity ahead Kaleb’s attire is a reflection of that. So you’ll generally see him rocking sweatpants and a t-shirt.
By 9am Kaleb is hitting the gym or yoga, as the morning is spent warming up, stretching, and weight training all of which prep him for studio work that follows right after. Each day has a different focus such as jazz, tap, West African. This is often dependant on what the upcoming show requires and what will strengthen the performance.
By lunch he’s gotta eat! Lunch is a mix protein and carbs with the intention to fuel up. Not only has the morning been physically demanding, Kaleb still has a full afternoon of rehearsal. Most days he packs a lunch, but from time to time he’ll splurge and head down the street for a well-made burger.
Afternoons are all about the upcoming show – Dancers in Love, whether it’s special appearances or rehearsal, rehearsal, rehearsal.
After a day like that it’s important to let his body rest and heal so it’s ready for the next day. This may include an Epson salt bath and/ or stretching. Though it’s not all work and no play, from time to time he and the other dancers will let their hair down and head out for a well deserved beer.
As a dancer who is not only an integral part of DJD, but also someone who has performed in shows locally and nationally, Kaleb can’t really see himself leaving the industry. Five years from know he knows he will still be dancing on some level, but plans to focus a bit more on choreography as it has always been a passion of his.