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Pure Talk: Conor Dwyer
Pure Talk: Conor Dwyer

Mon Jun 11 2018

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Pure Talk: Katie Boren

Pure Talk: Katie Boren

The Texas-born, New York-based dancer with the American Ballet Theatre is a total natural. To be honest, we wouldn’t be surprised if we found out her first step was a pirouette. But behind the scenes, it has taken Katie years of hard work, dedication, and commitment to living a pure lifestyle to get her to where she is today.

That’s why it makes perfect sense to feature Katie in the second installment of our Penta Pure Talk series, where we highlight some of the most incredible athletes, creatives, entrepreneurs and tastemakers who truly live, breathe, and embody a pure lifestyle.

Pure Talk Katie Boren

Though she’s been dancing professionally since 2009, Katie first fell in love with ballet when she was just two-and-a-half years old after going to see the Nutcracker with her mom. She enrolled in classes soon after, and by age 15 had moved to New York to pursue her dreams. “I just realized all the good opportunities are here, all of the best dancers in the world are here, and I felt like I was just drawn to New York”, she says. “My family came with me for the first two years—we had a house in Connecticut and I would take the train in every day to and from the studio and rehearsals. Then when I was 17 I got my own apartment in the city, and it just felt like the natural progression."

Pure Talk Katie Boren

Watching Katie dance, you might find it hard to believe that she thinks there’s room for improvement. But for her, the notion that perfection is unattainable is what she loves the most about ballet. “I’m never gonna get to a point where I’m like, I’m happy, this is as good as it gets. There’s always something to work towards and to get better at”, she says. It’s that desire to be the most authentic, best version of herself that we identify with and strive for at Penta, too.

For an athlete like Katie, living a pure lifestyle isn’t a choice, it’s a necessity. Ballet is one of the most physically demanding sports there is—just ask the 400 to 500 pairs of pointe shoes she goes through a year—so taking care of your body is paramount. So, what does a day in the studio look like for Katie? For starters, it puts our daily fitness routines to shame. Remember that time you worked out so hard you had to call in sick for work? That’s like a warm up stretch for Katie.

Pure Talk Katie Boren

After starting with about 20 minutes of cardio in the mornings, class begins. “When we’re in rehearsal, we rehearse from 10am to 7pm Tuesday through Saturday. Then, when we’re performing, we’ll be in the theatre from 10.30am to 5.30pm doing class and rehearsal and then show at 7.30pm, and you’re there till like 11 or 11.30.”

Whew. But at least she can rest on her days off, right? Nope. When she doesn’t have class, Katie spends around two hours at the gym, where she’s trained by Rhys Athayde at the highly prestigious (and highly Instagrammed) Dog Pound gym in NYC.

When it comes to living a pure lifestyle, Katie understands that you get what you give. “What we put into our body is our fuel. I’ve taken a lot of care as to what foods I prepare for myself, where I’m getting my ingredients and staying hydrated.” Her water intake sits at around six bottles of Penta a day, always making sure her bag and locker are stocked with a bottle or three.

Pure Talk Katie Boren

She says her diet is less about avoiding certain foods, and more about eating enough of the good stuff. “It’s really important to not just eat healthy, clean ingredients, but also just to eat a lot because we’re working so much and burning so much.” Though offer her a huge slice of pizza on a cheat day and all bets are off.

Enjoy this episode of Pure Talk featuring Katie Boren, filmed at The Ailey Studios, The Joan Weill Center for Dance.

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