Hello and welcome! I'm Katie Groven, owner and creator of dancer-fitness.com and I'm so happy you decided to learn more about us!
If you stand on chairs and yell "5,6,7,8!" or tell the lie "ONE more time" you are my kind of people and I'm looking forward to getting to know you.
I've combined my 25 years of dancing, 10 years of coaching and expertise in fitness to create a one stop shop for safe, fun and effective exercises specifically for dancers.
I was hitting my stride as a dancer when I was 28 years
old young- the same year I was becoming a personal trainer and spending more time learning how muscles function and training myself in the gym.
My flexibility increased, my jump height and power surprised myself and my coaches, I was dancing sharper and faster because I understood how to control and manipulate my body. Finally, for the FIRST time ever, I was featured in our Pom routine with some incredible jumps. I couldn't believe that I was dancing the best I ever had at almost 30 years old.
In that moment, I decided that dancers needed to know that simple and intentional strength training would improve their dancing significantly. I also knew that most of their time is spent in class with you, the coach, so I needed to make this information simple and easy to be delivered by coaches and teachers.
I know you may not be a fitness guru so every exercise and training plan comes with videos, written instructions and modifications so you can feel confident leading your dancers through a strength and conditioning routine. Whether it's 10 minutes at the top of practice or a whole conditioning class, you can feel good knowing you're empowering your dancers to train like the athletes they truly are.