You’ve worked at your craft for years. Skipped parties, woken up early, spent thousands of dollars on classes and workshops, and of course, let’s not forget that “arts” degree. You line up in the freezing cold at 6am with 150 other performers who look just like you in their lululemon bras and high ponies, but you’re hopeful.
You’ve got your coffee in hand, it’s helping to quiet the rumble of your tummy since you skipped breakfast… again. When you finally make it into the holding room and add your name to the unofficial list it finally hits you, the smell of hairspray and desperation. The call doesn’t start for another hour so you use this time to retouch your make-up, scrolled through online casting calls, and do a few plies. Gotta get warm, right? Time creeps by but finally, they call your name- mispronounced but whatever- to join the group heading into the room.
Once you’re in the room, this whole morning will be worth it. Your resume speaks for itself, you’ve got a great headshot, and your brightest smile.
The choreographer assembles you and the other thirty women in a straight line.
They’re typing. Again.
The director struts down the line looking each dancer from top to bottom.
“Yes.” She gets to stay.
“Yes.” Her, too.
“Thank you.” She’s cut.
“Thank you.” She’s cut too, seriously?
You hold your breath as he marches toward you. His eyes feel like hot, heavy laser beams melting your skin. After what feels like an eternity, but can honestly be less than three seconds, you hear the flat “Thank you.” and with that you’re dismissed.
Does this sound familiar?
A bit about your coaches!
We wanted to introduce ourselves.
My name is Amber Tacy.
I’m the founder and HBIC of DWL.
I have BAs in Dance Science and Psychology, CPT, PNL1, and Stanford School of Health Sciences Certified Nutritionist… AND just like you, I’m a professional dancer and performer.
In college I found myself struggling with an image disorder that lead to an eating disorder, exhaustion, injury, and frustration… but when I started lifting and learning how to fuel my body appropriately, everything changed!
Now I’m a new woman, #BookedAndBlessed, and believe it’s my mission to help every performer feel strong, competent, and capable whether they’re in the gym, in the studio, or on the stage.
It would be an honor to help you on your fitness journey.
Meet Coach Marissa Graham!
As someone who experienced the 18 hour days and hustles that it takes to survive as an artist and an athlete, my approach to coaching comes from one of empathy and experience.
Whether I was performing internationally, training with elite boxers in NYC, or getting my cardio in making drinks behind a bar… I knew that my health and fitness goals would have to shift with my lifestyle.
My goal is to work with you as an individual and find realistic goals that you can CRUSH with some guidance and support.
My coaching philosophy is working together with my clients as a team, collaborating on the best methods to get the most effective results for YOU! As a CPT, HMS, nutrition coach, and pre/post natal certified trainer, I am here for you, no matter what life is throwing your way!
DWL is intimate. It’s not some basic bitch, YouTube, or Instagram workout…It’s a personal program designed by DANCERS for DANCERS.
We have to start somewhere, and dancers are SO good at picking up movement, but oftentimes they just don’t know WHAT to do or for how long to do it.
So they wander around the gym for 20 minutes playing with pink weights, hopping from machine to machine, doing some abs, stretching, then ultimately ending up on the treadmill.
No more! Your program will tell you exactly WHAT to do, HOW to do, and WHY you’re doing it with written coaching cues. Obviously we can’t be in the gym with you, but these cues make it feel as though your coach is right beside you, every step of the way.
You’ll always have videos demonstrating the exercises and cues explaining what’s happening so you can truly get the most out of each moment.
Win, win, win!
But we all know a good workout is wasted without good nutrition. Honestly, understanding the basics of food science, is what kick started the change in our bodes and shifted our mindsets toward food.
Long gone is the old way of thinking: “I worked out, I’ll skip lunch or have a salad”
Now we think :“I worked out! I need to replenish my body, fast!”
We cannot wait to teach you the why to nutrition science for dancers.
No meal plans.
We’re going to teach you how to eat the foods you love, still be your best self, AND have your body look and feel it’s best.
No, it’s not magic. It’s science.
What’s The Principle Track?
The Principle Track is a contemporary approach to having a personal trainer.
You’re busy. You’re on a performer’s budget. You could book an out-of-town job at any moment. Who has the time (or money) to schedule personal training sessions.
Which is why this personalized online coaching is the fast-track to a 6-pack that you’ve been looking for.
With remote access to me through the easy-to-use DWL app, getting performance ready has never been easier.
We should say, before anything else, we fervently believe the Dancers Who Lift coaching program is one of the best out there. A bold statement?
But, confidence is a by-product of results, and of those we have plenty .
But here’s what to expect each month:
- Going out to eat and not sure how to manage it? We'll cover that.
- Want to go out and drink and not ruin progress? We'll cover that.
- Not sure how to pick a starting weight or how to progress training? We'll cover that.
- What supplements actually work and are worth your money? We'll cover that.
We can confidently say the DWL coaching program is one of the best out there
You’re provided with all the education, guidance, support, and accountability you need to achieve and maintain your new body long after we’re done working together.
Please don’t read this and think that just by paying us money you’ll automatically get results.
You might not.
Yep, there it is. And it’s not something a lot of coaches talk about.
While changing your body, health, and fitness is not complicated–it’s not easy either.
You’ll have bad days. Days where you’re frustrated. Days where you might want to quit.
You will need to work hard. You will need to make some small sacrifices. You will need to give up some of the bad habits that aren’t serving you in becoming the person you want.
If this is something you’re not willing to do right now, that’s cool–there are plenty of free resources on the DWL Blog and Instagram.
But, if you’re finally ready to change and are willing to follow my instructions, execute on the plan, and most importantly put in the work and do the damn thing, then this program will do you wonders