Dancers with Many Hats!
Updated: Oct 11, 2020
Hello, I am Mariana Parma, as a professional dancer, I’ve pursued my career throughout my life training, rehearsing, performing, teaching, choreographing, and producing, which eventually lead me to acting. Although all those activities fall under the Arts & Entertainment category, they are still different in skill and require their own amount of experience and discipline. Same with many other dance professionals and performers that pursue other careers simultaneously side-by-side their dance career, that are not necessarily under the same category. Having more than one profession is not that uncommon in the dance world. This is what I refer to as, "Dancers with Many Hats." And what better way to find out how professional dancers juggle with other professions, then to ask these top professional dancers who are currently pursuing multiple careers.
It is my honor to introduce to you these bright, beautiful, multi-talented professional dancers whom have simultaneously pursued other passions throughout their dance careers and are still very involved as dancers and as professionals in their other chosen fields.
meet these power house DANCERS
Let’s WELCOME Leah Barsky, Adelita Hinojosa-Martin, Karina Romero, and Teresa Anne Volgenau, and discover their "many hats “.
LEAH BARSKY professional Dancer & certified health and wellness coach
1. How long have you been juggling 2 careers?
How & When did you decide to pursue another career?
I have danced my whole life (since age 5) . I trained at The Julliard School, New York State Summer School of The Arts, American Dance Festival and California Institute of the Arts. I have performed throughout the U.S, Asia, Canada, Europe, Chile, Argentina and worked with companies such as with Nai Ni Chen, Tango y Mas, Tango 1st Century, Armitage Done!, Doug Varone, Mark Morris, The Metropolitan Opera and Chicago Lyric Opera as a featured dancer. I have danced at the most prestigious tango shows and historic milongas. For the past 5 years, I have danced as one of the finalists in the Mundial Tango Championships in Buenos Aires.
When I was around 17, I developed a great interest and food and nutrition and started educating myself about the healing properties of food and how our bodies have the incredible ability to heal and regenerate given the proper nutrients and care. I became pretty obsessed with that! It wasn't until I was about 27 that I decided I wanted to do something in the field of nutrition and wellness so I enrolled in the Integrated Institute of Nutrition in NYC to become a certified health and wellness coach. Since then I have continued my dance career but also integrated health coaching and wellness into my work. So I would say I have done both for about 6 years.
I work one on one with my clients to build a “roadmap” for their individual healh and wellness goals. For more information about Leah Barsky: FB: https://www.facebook.com/leah.barsky.1/ Instagram: @lrbarsky & @wellnessbyleah
2. How has your dance training influenced your other career or vice versa?
Absolutely my dance career has influenced really every aspect of my life and how I approach new challenges and certainly my work in wellness.
First of all, of course as a dancer you need to learn how to take care of your body, from nutrition to injury prevention and recovery and EVERYTHING in between!