A few weeks ago, I asked if you had any questions for me or Mr. Branflake. You guys had such great ones! I'm answering them in three parts in chronological order since there were so many. We have everything here from religion to dance to Scotland. This is my kind of post!
Jessica Havican asked
Since you are a BYU graduate...I'm wondering what year you graduated? Did you get your Bachelors in Dance at BYU? Did you also get a masters? Did Mr. Branflake go to BYU too?
Yes! I graduated in dance in 2007 at BYU. Mr. Branflake graduated in 2006 in physics. In fact, if it wasn't for him, I wouldn't have gone to college to get my degree. His support was everything.
Were you born a Mormon or did you become a Mormon - hope it's ok to ask something like that.
Of course that's okay to ask! I was baptized Mormon when I was 12. Even though I was raised agnostic, I had a really strong passion for religion when I was young and that eventually led me to the LDS Church. I'm the only one in my immediately family who is LDS, although they are very supportive.
Vanisha @ Vanishas Life In...Australia asked
I'm curious about your 'exercise' routine. I only ask because, you're a dancer, so do you dance as a form of exercise or do you do things in addition to that :)
Urgh. I try to exercise. I walk a lot and I do my butt exercises. I'm tending an injury right now, so it's tough. But when I'm not, I try to aim for at least an hour of cardio a day to keep my heart healthy. I also stretch every single day. I can't go a day without a good stretch.
I'm curious... How are your moving plans progressing? And if I'm allowed another one... How did you discover your love for Scotland?
We haven't heard from any jobs yet. Fingers crossed!
I fell in love with Scotland just by hearing about it. When I went there on my solo trip, something inside lit up and I haven't been the same since.
THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE asked
I've always wondered when you discovered your love for dance. It seems like a dream come true to be able to make a career out of it although I'd imagine that it's quite difficult to break into and it must be very grueling. Has it always been your passion?
Since I started, I loved dance. It was more than a passion, it was an obsession. It's less so now, and more a part of me, like my laugh or my right arm. I can't imagine life without it.
It is difficult to continue on, especially when you have many people telling you what you can't do, but I know when a young dancer will be successful because he or she loves to dance. That love will push you through the hard days. If they don't love it, they won't last.
yes, what is the best stretch for lower back pain?! :)
Hip flexor stretches and butt stretches. I have three herniated discs and I have no pain when I do my stretches. If you want, I'll do a picture tutorial for this one. I've been meaning to for a while...
Amy Shaughnessy asked
Well, now I'm curious about what kind of pointe shoes you wear...And are you a tights over leotards or under?
I wear Grishko Elites. I've always worn Grishkos, since I was 12. And tights over- helps when you have to make a quick trip to the bathroom, haha!
More to come!!!