#FLXElite: Jovana Mirosavljevic

Get to know one of our #FLXElites, Jovana Mirosavljevic, professional dancer and owner of Backstage Dance Store! Check out this quick Q&A about everything, from her favorite costume to Jovana's personal motivation. Want to learn more? Follow Jovana's instagram @jovanamirosavljevic to stay up-to-date.

  1. Who/what inspired you to start dancing? When I was three years old I saw “l’Etoile” (ou La danseuse sur scene), painting by Edgar Degas. I just explained to my parents that that’s me.

  2. Tell us your faves!

    1. What’s your favorite Ballet?  “In the Middle,Somewhat Elevated” (But there are so many that I adore). If classical, let’s say “La Bayadere”.

    2. Role to dance?  I loved dancing Carmen , but I enjoyed so many other non classical roles more.

    3. Stage you have danced on? Sidney  Harman Hall, Washington DC, and stage of Croatian national theatre, always in my heart.

    4. Ballet costume?  Definitely my Carmen costumes by Michal Negrin, israeli fashion designer.

    5. Place you have travelled to? NYC, always.

  3. What gives you inspiration? Nowadays, strength , challenge, overcoming the obstacles.

  4. What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your career? Two and a half years ago, when I had a “career ending” injury, which all of a sudden turned into my biggest strength.

  5. What motivates you?  My new dance life, second chance, my new life outside of dance, love, friends, family, GJUUM, Patrick Rump, and lately Stuart Loungway.

  6. What is something people would be surprised to know about you?  That I lift heavy weights and that I actually eat a lot!

  7. Pre-performance routine? 30 minutes nap is a must, then make up and hair, GJUUM warm up, warm up class, some Flexistretcher, and I’m ready.

  8. Favorite non-dance hobbies? Modeling has always been my favourite hobby, and I was lucky enough to make it into much more than a hobby.

  9. Go-to cross training outside of the studio?  My only training “religion” is GJUUM.

  10. Words to live by?  #doit

  11. You can ask six famous people to dinner – who would you invite? Stromae, Forsythe, Sylvie, Christy Turlington, Marion Cotillard and of course Audrey if she was still alive...

  12. If you could partner with any celebrity, who would it be? Stromae, but if we’re talking about dance celebrity then I was already lucky enough to dance with Darion Christopher Flores, who is , trust me, about to become a huge ballet celebrity.

  13. If you could turn any movie into a ballet, what movie would you choose? “Closer”

  14. Best piece of advice?  Just love yourself enough to live this life exactly as you want it.

#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."

Barton Cowperthwaite: Contemporary Dance Sensation

"...dance is, as I see it, a form of poetry for which physical prowess is merely a means but surely not an end.  Dancers who get stuck emphasizing only the athletic aspect of dance seem to have only one note they strike repeatedly.  They appear to be shouting all of the time.  It’s the difference between yelling and singing. Barton sings. It’s a choice.”  - Lar Lubovitch

Take 5 & Get to Know FLX Model Barton Cowperthwaite!

  1. His formal ballet training started at age 13 when he was accepted into Denver School of the Arts.  He attended University of Arizona as a Dance Major, aided by both dance and academic scholarships.
  2. He graduated cum laude with a BFA in dance one year early in May 2013. In his time at UA he performed many works including the principal male roles in George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante and Rubies.
  3. Barton transitioned immediately upon his graduation into working with Rasta Thomas’ Bad Boys of Dance as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet.
  4. He was involved in the creation process of a pas de deux with Alessandra Ferri choreographed by Fang Yi Sheu, where he stepped in for Hermon Cornejo when he was injured.  
  5. He earned the Principal role in Lar Lubovitch’s new work The Black Rose performed at The Joyce Theater.

Check out Barton on Instagram! 

The 411: Adrienne Canterna of Bad Boys of Ballet

FLX Model Adrienne Canterna has travelled all over the world with her company Bad Boys of Ballet, and uses FLX products on the road to stay in peak performance shape.  Learn about how this dancer, choreographer, artistic director (and mom!) grew her career as an artistic athlete.  

Adrienne Canterna, Artistic Director & Dancer of Bad Boys of Ballet | Renata Pavam Photography

Adrienne Canterna, Artistic Director & Dancer of Bad Boys of Ballet | Renata Pavam Photography

Hometown:  Glen Burnie, Maryland

Instagram: @AdrienneCanterna

Twitter:  @MamiNami3

FLX Fave: The Flexistretcher

Fun Facts!

  • Adrienne began dancing at age 3.
  • She was a scholarship graduate of the Kirov Academy of Ballet and a national and international guest artist, choreographer, teacher and judge.
  • In 1998, she was the youngest American ever to win the JR. FEMALE GOLD MEDAL at the Jackson International Ballet Competition at the age of 15.
  • She has performed across the USA, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Caribbean.

Professional Career

  • Adrienne has danced with numerous companies including the Washington Ballet, Universal Ballet and Complexions Contemporary Ballet.

  • She was a Principal Guest Ballerina with the Universal Ballet in Seoul, Korea for their productions of "Don Quixote", "The Nutcracker" and "La Bayadere".   
  • Adrienne is the choreographer & co-creator of the international hit dance show "ROCK the Ballet.”
  • She was a special guest performer with the BAD BOYS of DANCE on FOX TV's "So You Think You Can Dance".
  • In 2013 she choreographed an all new Rock the Ballet show. Adrienne is the Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer of Rasta Thomas' "Bad Boys of Dance" and Artistic Director of "Pretty Girls of Dance".
  • In late 2014, Adrienne and the Bad Boys of Dance rocked the NBC show “America’s Got Talent.”  
  • She is the choreographer and leading dancer in her work that gives a spin on Shakespeare’s traditional Romeo and Juliet.  They just had a successful run at Sadler’s Wells in London!