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A day in the life of a Broadway dancer and Flybarre instructor

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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  1. June 26th, 2014 at 11:00 am

    So interesting and such an active day! I’ll keep an eye out for her Flybarre classes

  2. June 28th, 2014 at 8:48 am

    Whew! And I thought I used to have busy days! I guess when you’re doing what makes you thrive, it drives you.
    Much success to Khori in her journey.

  3. July 1st, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    love you sweetheart and very proud of you and I’m really enjoyed reading your article I really enjoyed it stay sweet talk to you soon love you dad

  4. July 1st, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    love you sweetheart and very proud of you and I’m really enjoyed reading your article. I really enjoyed it. stay sweet. talk to you soon. love you dad

  5. July 2nd, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Khori has been a dance-go-getter since her early childhood. We watched her practice, study, perform and develop over the years. In spite of some past barriers, she was determined to achieve and succeed. By the grace of God, the RIGHT PEOPLE encouraged and helped her along the way, to where she is at this time. My wife, Sarah and I are very proud of Khori and what she has been blessed to accomplish!!!!!

  6. July 22nd, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Go Khori!

    Great article!

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