Name: Amber Novella Skaggs
Where do you live? Scottsdale, AZ
What type of athlete are you? I’m a dancer. I mainly train in classical ballet but also practice other styles like contemporary, jazz, and flamenco.
Do you have a day job or are you a professional dancer? I am a pre- professional ballerina at Master Ballet Academy. During the day I split my time between school and training.
How long have you been participating in this sport? I have been dancing since I was 7 years old but started focusing on ballet at 9.
Who are your biggest influences? Who do you admire most? My biggest influences come right from my studio. My teachers really know how to push me and the talent that surrounds me everyday helps motivate me.
What is your training regimen? I usually dance 6 days a week totaling anywhere between 30-35 hours weekly.
How do you structure your days? A typical day for me starts with school. I am home schooled so I work at my own pace. After school I head to the gym for a hour. I then have time for a quick lunch and head to the studio around 1 pm. I’m typically there until 7:30 pm.
Do you find your diet to be a crucial part of your lifestyle? If so, what diet tips would you recommend to your followers? Yes, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important. I try to eat healthy but not deprive myself. I’m not sure if I have a specific diet to recommend. I think for girls my age that are still growing, my advice would be to be patient while your body is figuring it’s self out.
How do you care for your body and health aside from your sport? I love cross training. I go to the gym at least 3-4 times a week. It really helps with my strength and stamina. I also take vitamins daily. Both of these things help me with injury prevention.
What is your impression of the Silipos products we sent you? How did they add value to you? What did you like about them? I absolutely love the Gel Toe Separators. I often get corns between my toes and nothing relieves the pain. I tried these separators and they were perfect, thick enough to provide comfort but thin enough to not effect the way my pointe shoes fit. I was also able to try the Gel Foot Cover. I loved the way these provided comfort to the outside of my feet. Again, thick enough to provide the comfort I need to be on my toes but also thin enough to not effect the fit of my pointe shoe. A game changer, for sure.
Would you recommend Silipos products to other dancers? I would definitely recommend these products to other dancers. As Ballet dancers we sacrifice so much pain on our feet. These products are extremely helpful in relieving some of that pain. I can dance longer and train harder without worrying about unwanted pain.
What is something that your followers do not know about you, that you find to be very important to your personal lifestyle? In my personal life I don’t take myself too seriously, I leave that at the studio. I feel like this gives me balance for a healthy lifestyle.
What keeps you motivated when you are faced with challenges? When things get hard and I’m faced with challenges I just focus on my goals of becoming a professional dancer and the loving support of my family.
What is one piece of advice you would give to an aspiring dancer? My best advice is to not get wrapped up in what everyone else is doing. Focus on yourself and your own personal goals. Everyone is different.
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