The mother of two and TV personality, 36, talks about empowering women through dance
1. HAVE YOUR WORKOUTS CHANGED SINCE MOVING TO THE UK?
‘Back in LA, I loved hiking around Runyon Canyon in the Hollywood Hills and had a favourite park tor doing laps and press-ups, but now I I live in Surrey, I run along a canal that has a farm next door to get my nature fix. It’s all about getting to know your community. I prayed for a \ hot yoga studio to open and one just has – it’s my new church! I also do calisthenics and use a Pilates reformer at home, but dance will always be my go-to workout. I still take private lessons, and love to dance around at home with the kids if we need to be cheered up.’
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2. TELL US ABOUT YOUR NEW DANCE CLASS
‘I’ve been teaching the concept of ‘Bring your heels’ for years – that just as ballerinas train for the day they get their pointe shoes, so should commercial, street and jazz dancers train for when they get their stilettos – but I’ve now converted it into a structured fitness class that I lead at The Third Space’s City studio in London It’s split into three phases: strength and conditioning; learning sections of choreography; and puffing them all together for a performance.’
4. WAS YOUR LIFESTYLE HEALTHIER BEFORE OR AFTER BECOMING A MUM?
‘I’d say after. I’m not getting in as much meditation, yoga and essential oils as I used to, so there have been some sacrifices, but nutritionally I’m way more on it. When I was touring, I’d eat on the go, but I now have to put breakfast, lunch and dinner on the table at certain times. I’m probably eating more, but making better choices. I cook for my family with local organic produce to get the best nutrients.’
3. YOU SAY YOUR CLASS EMPOWERS WOMEN. HOW?
‘My philosophy is “find your fierce”. Owning your emotions and choosing which ones you put to your movements is when you get the power. We set a new intention each week so you can discover different aspects of who you are, both emotionally and physically, and have a powerful experience. I love inspiring others to be stronger and push themselves physically and mentally.’
5. HAS YOUR BODY CHANGED MUCH FROM THE PUSSYCAT DOLL DAYS?
‘My core muscles were cut away after two caesarean births so I had to rebuild them. Being a professional dancer for 25 years has also taken its toll, so I’ve had to do lots of physio – performing my trademark leg tilt move (where I’d grab my leg and pull it in the air) twisted my pelvis and hit my sciatica. But I’ve gone from basically not being able to move to feeling like I can deal with anything.’
WORDS: Joanna Ebsworth Kimberly hosts ‘BringYour Heels’, a fun, empowering dance workoutexclusively atThird Space London.The classes work on building body strength, focus and balance; thirdspace.london