In honor of our newest collection, we’re celebrating dancers who inspire us! Meet Nardia Boodoo, who began ballet as a child to add to her talent portion at beauty pageants. She soon realized her talent and passion for dance, and went on to receive scholarships to attend prestigious ballet schools, including the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Joffrey Ballet (Chicago) and The Washington Ballet. She stays strong and motivated with positivity and weekly mantras.
Where are you from?
NB: I’m from Baltimore! I grew up in a cute neighborhood called Mt. Washington. However, my family is From Trinidad.
How did you get started in dance? What other physical activities do you enjoy?
NB: Believe it or not my pediatrician recommended Ballet to my mom based on my bone structure. I love ballet. Its my everything. I love working out. I don’t always have a lot time to go to my fave TRX or Pilates classes, so before our warm class i give myself a 30 mini pilates mat session. It warms me up for my 6 hour rehearsal day
What has been the biggest challenge you’ve overcome on your dance journey?
NB: I would have to say myself. Ballet is centered around being the most ideal version of yourself and improving beyond what you performed the day before. I stay strong by staying positive and giving myself weekly mantras.
What’s your FAVORITE song to dance to right now?
NB: I’m OBSESSED with Cardi B I like it! Anything she drops is fire
What advice would you give to the 13 year old you?
NB: Aww! I would have to tell her to stick to your guns, you’re going to make it, and to practice more.
What’s your ultimate favorite dessert?
NB: Triple Chocolate mousse cake, with white, milk, and dark chocolate mousse layered on top of chocolate cake, covered in chocolate shavings, topped with Ganache!! I love Chocolate!
What are you most looking forward to in your future?
NB: I look forward to the day that I can sit back and say to my future family, I did it. I beat all the odds. I reached all my goals, and can give back to other young aspiring ballerinas.
What makes you feel your best?
NB: I feel my best when I have my silver hoops on, my curls are popping and i have my fave denim mini skirt on.
What’s your favorite Beyond Yoga piece you wore today?
NB: My white Reebok classics with my Mini denim skirt
What is your secret goal?
NB: My secret goal is to be in a movie and commercial. My not so secret goal is to be a Principal ballerina.
What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not dancing?
NB: I love spending time with my family eating delicious homemade food watching TV!
What inspires you?
NB: I would have to say that other ballerinas of color inspire me. It amazes me to see girls that look like me succeeding in this hard profession. I hope to get to that level.