Note from Mahri~
Sarah Fink is one of the sweetest, loveliest people you will meet – and we were lucky to nab her for our instructor team. She’s smart and extremely concerned about how she can help others and be the best she can be in everything she does. Needless to say, I’m a huge admirer!!
*Don’t miss Sarah Fink’s debut as a BoCo Group Class Instructor tomorrow morning, Friday July 8th at 9:30am at Adelante Studios!
Full name: Sarah Kaye Fink
Where did you grow up? Philadelphia!
What’s your biggest passion? Being active, whether that means dancing improv in my shower, dancing onstage, or going for a hike or run outside when I’m traveling.
Tell me about your career. Have you changed directions? If so, why? Dance has always been my first love, I think partly because music is so visceral for me, and I continue to do freelance dance work now. Fitness was a natural extension of my dance career and my perpetual desire to move. So I wouldn’t really say my career has changed directions so much as shifted focus. One of the biggest differences for me has been the change in emphasis from myself as an artist to helping other people. As a performer, by necessity you spend so much time concentrating on details and asking yourself questions like “Did I do that step correctly? Am I communicating this story effectively? Am I human or am I dancer?” When you’re a trainer you have to look at a bigger picture, and your questions change a bit: “What can I do to help my clients have a better understanding and awareness of their own bodies? Am I helping them to feel like they are becoming the strongest and healthiest versions of themselves?” It’s so wonderful to be a facilitator and witness to that happening for a person.
What do you wish you knew when you were younger? Most people are more interested in seeing you as a person than whether you are some arbitrary version of “perfect.”
What’s your fitness fashion style? I like a balanced silhouette that plays a little bit with textures. Function and comfort come first but it’s always fun to throw in a mesh top or leggings with a strip of surprising material like a faux leather. Also, I tend to run around a lot in the city, so I value an ensemble that wears equally well with sneakers and nonathletic accessories so I can transition easily between fitness and other activities.
What’s the best piece of health/wellness/dance advice you’ve ever gotten? You cannot solve a problem by worrying about it. I have to remind myself of this one all the time!
What’s your guiltiest pleasure? I don’t like to associate guilt with pleasure! The way I see it, when you make a choice that’s not considered the better one you’ve already made the choice so don’t feel bad about it, just enjoy! Pleasure is an important part of life. Two of my favorite pleasures in moderation are a medium rare cheeseburger and a chocolate milkshake.
What quality do you really cherish about yourself? I try to be a caring and observant listener as a friend. It’s important to me that my friends and family know they can count me among their network of support. I also think it’s worth mentioning that part of having these qualities is knowing how to be available while still giving someone their space. I think I generally have good judgment about when to do that.
What’s something most people don’t know about you (that’s maybe a little funny or weird)? I have a thing for aquariums and zoos. The way animals move and behave is fascinating to me! At times it may inspire my own dance movement…
Anything else about you that I missed? Yes, you missed that I am a budding gardener and I have a tendency to make bad puns.