#BarreTalk: Anthony Javier Savoy of Dance Theatre of Harlem

1.) Go-to cross training fix? Aside from dancing, I love Pilates and any advice from one of our company teachers  Charla Glenn.

2.) What’s your favorite part of class? Adagio—I love to let me legs be free. 

3.) Morning must-have before work? A nice, hot shower. That's the best way. Can't forget about a good cup of joe!

4.) Finish this sentence: I can’t live without... the theatre, my Flexistretcher and Bloch booties (Thanks, Maxim and Irina!)

5.) Favorite warm up? How do you wear it? My new favorite warm up is my Leather Odile Vest by FLX NYC and I wear it zipped up to start class and as the day goes it gradually begins to open up. I even wear it out on the streets during break, just to keep my body from cooling down too much in between breaks.

NYC TOP 5: Dance Theatre of Harlem's Anthony Javier Savoy

1.) HOT-SPOT: Delicatessen.

"First, it has the most amazing breakfast. Second, breakfast is served ALL DAY. Third, it's a great spot to just sit, relax and talk to my best friends. It's our go to spot especially when there's trouble in paradise."

2.) LANDMARK: The Columbus Circle Fountain

"It's usually the first stop on the way to a great night."

3.) HIDDEN GEM: Groove Lounge in West Village

"Live music, great music and of course dancing! This spot is hiding in plain sight."

4.) ACTIVITY:  Trying new restaurants & bakeries.

"In New York the options are endless. Secretly, I'm a foodie. I love trying new foods and sweets, from all cultures. My secret is out." 

5.) NEIGHBORHOOD: Hamilton Heights, of course.

"Home is where the heart is. The area is more of a neighborhood and less like a big city. Plus, I like knowing who is handling my laundry and coffee."

Avid Flexistretcher User & #ANFLXmodel Katrina Motley Chats With Us!

America's Next FLX Model winner, Katrina Motley (@kkdancekk via Instagram), recently met up with us in NYC for a photo shoot.  Did you know that this ballerina only began dancing at the age of 10? Get to know this well-traveled, future professional in this exclusive Q&A! 

Q: What age did you start dancing? 

I started dancing at the age of 10. 

Q: Where are you dancing now? 

I am dancing at the Lavrovsky ballet school in Moscow, Russia. 

Q: What is your dream company? 

My dream company is Staatsballett Berlin Ballet. I would really like to dance in Germany in the future! 

Q:  What was your favorite performance so far and why? 

My favorite performance so far is Spring soloist from the ballet The Four Seasons. It was my first major role and it took a lot of rehearsals and hard work but in the end it all paid off! 

Q: Favorite variation? 

My favorite variation is Aurora Act III wedding variation. 

Q: Dream role?

My dream role is Aurora from Sleeping Beauty! Sleeping Beauty is also my favorite ballet.  I just love the music, choreography, and costumes.  The role is really difficult but I am always up for a challenge! 

Q: What are your hobbies when you aren't dancing?

I really enjoy reading and swimming. 

Q: Favorite dessert? 

I love ice cream! But I also really love to eat chocolate cake on special occasions. 

Q: If you could partner with any celebrity, who would it be? 

If I could partner with any ballet celebrity it would be David Hallberg!

Q: If you could travel anywhere where would it be? 

I would love to go to Barcelona, Spain one day. It's so beautiful there, and I love the  weather and beaches! 

Q: How long have you been using the Flexistretcher? 

I love the Flexistretcher! I have been using it for quite a while now- about every day to help me stretch before class. My favorite stretches are the arabesque and middle split.