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Sadie Bo Harris is a principal dancer with the Nashville Ballet and is also a scholarship student at Belmont University. We asked her, “What is your Wednesday routine? What allows you to stay energized and healthy for the rest of the week?”


Photo Credit Anthony Matula

Photo Credit Anthony Matula

Sadie’s reply: “There’s not one specific thing I do. No matter how much we would like to be, we are not machines. Every week is different for me. Some weeks, hump day is a chance to ride out the rest of a good week. Other times, it’s an opportunity to finish on a better note, and sometimes, it’s just something I have to plow through. The important part is allowing myself that flexibility to feel how I feel and adjust accordingly.

I like to plan my meals. I think we all look forward to eating, so thinking about food is naturally energizing. Meal planning is also a great way for me to feel like I’m being proactive about my health and managing my life in a balanced way. I can finish out my week knowing I’m prepared…to eat.”


What gets you over the hump? Tell us in an email to [email protected] or tweet us @diydancer #getoverthehump.



Written by Keenan Mclaren

Keenan McLaren is from Boston, MA where she began her ballet training at the age of 8. She trained at the Boston Ballet School for 10 years, and upon graduating from high school, secured a job as an apprentice with Ballet Austin II. After one season in Austin, Keenan then joined Dayton Ballet, where she danced for 5 seasons, performing many principal and soloist roles, as well as had many roles created on her by such choreographers as Christopher Fleming, Gregory Robinson, Steven Mills, Jeffrey Hughes, and Alan Hineline. In the fall of 2010, Keenan moved to Philadelphia to join the newly established BalletFleming, where she had the opportunity to dance many principal roles as well and set and ballet mistress many of Mr. Fleming’s works. For the upcoming season, Keenan is thrilled to be joining Nashville Ballet.
In her free time, Keenan is an avid yogi and yoga teacher, having just completed her training with Baron Baptiste. She is also a huge foodie and loves cooking and experimenting in the kitchen, especially with raw and vegan foods. Keenan also loves photography, particularly black and white film. In 2008, she won a Dance Magazine Photo contest and hopes to one day become a dance photographer.