Fitness

Dancing's a hardcore workout, just ask A-list choreographer Tarryn Alberts

Eldorado Park's Tarryn Alberts has opened for Kendrick Lamar and toured with Die Antwoord. Yolisa Mkele quizzes her on why dancing is a great way to keep fit and what it takes to go pro

22 April 2018 - 00:00

Keeping New Year's resolutions is a difficult business.
Back in January and February, the prospect of spending a few hours around people in tights angrily lifting metal was worth it if it meant the banishment of a few extra kilos.
By March it had started wearing thin and now the idea of being in a gym bathroom, where nudity and personal space wage a silent war, fills you with a sense of existential dread.
Working out at the gym can also become monotonous.
That said, there is a way to stay fit in a non-repetitive and fun way: dancing.
The idea of dancing often fills sober people with a morbid sense of embarrassment. Perhaps it is because there is no middle ground when it comes to how you look. One left foot too many and you end up looking like a lamb chop being manipulated by a troop of unco-ordinated puppet strings rather than a poor man's Fred Astaire. Once you shelve your ego, however, it is easy to see why dancing is a nifty way to keep fit.
To prove it, we caught up with Tarryn Alberts, a professional dancer whose skills have taken her all over the world, landed her campaigns with brands like Nike and Nescafé and enthralled audiences at the MAMAs:
How did you get into dance?
I started dancing when I was about four or five years old. My mom says I could dance before I could walk. By the time I was nine I was taking free dance classes at the Newtown dance factory. You try to do what you can.

I turned pro when I was 17. We landed our first gig, which was with Danny K at the Dome in Northgate. It was crazy. That performance went live in seven countries. My parents were strict when it came to the dancing so I wasn't even supposed to be at that performance...

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