A Day in the Life of a Broadway Dancer and Flybarre Instructor

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A starlet with stamina: Khori Petinaud leads New Yorkers through pulses at the barre before heading on stage for Aladdin nearly every day of the week.

Khori Petinaud
(Photo: Flywheel)

On its own, a 45-minute Flybarre class can leave you exhausted (in a good way).

But 26-year-old Khori Petinaud has enough energy to teach two of the classes per day and then head to her other gig, as a dancer in the ensemble of Broadway's Tony-nominated Aladdin, where she performs in eight shows a week. (That's kind of like working out all day long.)

Somehow she keeps herself fueled throughout the day and even sometimes manages to squeeze in her own workout, too.

We got a glimpse into the ultra-fit dancer's daily, dynamic, jam-packed routine. Use it for workday (and workout!) inspiration. —Jamie McKillop

7:00 a.m.: If I'm teaching at Flywheel Flatiron for my 9:30 a.m. Flybarre class, I'll get up at 7:00 a.m. The first thing I do is start putting together my breakfast, oatmeal with some nuts and fruit, or two eggs with a piece of toast, to give me a lot of energy. Then I'll take a shower, get dressed, and do everything else. My husband and I leave at the same time. We live in Crown Heights.

9:00 a.m.: I always like to get to the studio 30 minutes before my class starts. I go back over my playlist and make sure everything is in the right place, and I go over what I want to be teaching. I definitely look over my roster to see if there are any clients that I know have injuries, which affects what I teach.

9:30 a.m.: When I’m teaching, it’s sort of euphoric. I've been teaching this class since the beginning of Flybarre. It's amazing because I’m always learning something new. It's a constant exploration of how to push people to a new level and learning how to communicate more clearly. I'm constantly growing and watching clients make discoveries. It happens everyday. That is so fun to watch.

(Photo: Flywheel)
(Photo: Flywheel)

10:15 a.m.: I have a little bit of a break before I teach my next Flybarre class at Lincoln Center at 12:30 p.m. I'll have something protein-packed like hard-boiled eggs if I had oatmeal that morning, or turkey bacon, or a protein bar. I'll head uptown and go shopping or something until class, which I know I shouldn't do.

12:30 p.m.: I teach my Flybarre class at Lincoln Center. I usually don't change my outfit for this one because I don't get super sweaty from one class. I'm generally in all Lululemon. I used to work there.

1:15 p.m.: I head to Pret a Manger for their balsamic chicken and avocado sandwich. If I’m feeling extra tired, I go to the New Amsterdam Theater, where Aladdin is, and take a nap. It's pretty common in my field.

4:30 p.m.: I try to take a dance class for my own workout. My favorite one is an advanced theater class with Al Blackstone. It's at Steps on Broadway, right by Lincoln Center. I love to take his class if I have the energy.

6:15 p.m.: I have to be strategic about dinner—I don't want to be too full for the show. I'm still trying to figure out what the right thing is. I usually have a big cup of soup. I love Vietnamese Pho. Otherwise, I'll have veggies and protein, or really big salad with a lot of quinoa. But nothing too heavy.

7:00 p.m.: We have to be at the theater for the show at 7:30 p.m. I like to there by 7:00 p.m., so I have enough time to put my hair into a wig and do my makeup. I also do a little vocal warm up. I'm in the ensemble, but I play one of Princess Jasmine’s attendants, so I have to be vocally warmed up. The show is known for the epic costume changes. I have a ton. Beautiful gowns and amazing headpieces.

8:00 p.m.: Curtain's up! Every ensemble number in the show has amazing dance sequences that require a lot of energy, and adding vocals on top of that takes a very special type of stamina. Doing dance moves is one thing, but doing it while singing takes twice the amount of energy. Flybarre's been a huge help with building stamina for this, since teaching requires doing a lot of movement while simultaneously speaking to the class. Everything must be fluid.

10:25 p.m.: I rush out of the theater to catch a 10:35 p.m. train to get back home. Ideally I'd go to bed when I get home but that hardly ever happens. The show is so high energy, it's hard to wind down. I typically don’t fall asleep until after midnight.

For more information, visit www.flywheelsports.com and www.aladdinthemusical.com

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