Passion for Dance Podcast - Ep. 114 - Katie Groven
Katie Groven

Ep. 114 – Katie Groven

Episode 114: You Have To Learn How to Be Comfortable Being Uncomfortable


Do your dancers have the growth mindset it takes to really push themselves to improve? In today’s episode, I’ll be talking with the one and only Katie Groven of about all things mental and physical flexibility for dancers. Katie was one of the first guests on the show way back in episode ten, and we both believe in challenging our dancers to be the best they can be while giving them the tools they need to achieve it.

In this conversation, Katie and I talk about the idea of getting comfortable being uncomfortable, because if you want to see growth, both in your physical skills and in your mental toughness, you have to learn to push your own boundaries. We also share theories for why dancers might cheat and roll out of dance warm-up stretches and what you can do about it, and stick around for the end where we share advice for how to challenge your dancers, both mentally and physically, so they learn to dig deep and really put in the work for themselves.

 “At the end of the day, if you want to be a dancer who has a strong mind and a strong body, then you have to be mindful of the integrity of your body and your mind and keeping it at its highest level.”

– Katie Groven

Key Highlights –

  • [2m 04s] – Get to Know Katie
  • [3m 53s] – Importance of Stretching for Dancers’ Training
  • [6m 59s] – Riding the Line of Discomfort When Stretching
  • [16m 32s] – Dynamic Stretching
  • [19m 32s] – Imbalances in Flexibility
  • [22m 59s] – Fixed Mindset Red Flags
  • [28m 39s] – Using Your Breath
  • [30m 43s] – Visualization

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Katie Groven

Katie Groven is an ACSM certified personal trainer, holistic health coach and two time world champion dancer. She is the creator of  an online exercise database designed to transform competitive dancers into athletic powerhouses. Katie has combined her 25 years of dance training and her fitness expertise to crack the code on improving skills, endurance and flexibility using strength training. Her signature strength training process called STRENGTHNIQUE is used by dozens of national and state champion teams all over the world.Katie travels the country cross training teams and studios including Larkin Dance Studio, home to World of Dance finalists Eva Igo, Ellie and Ava Wagner and The Trilogy. When she’s not training individual dancers or teams she’s spending quality time with her husband Chris, daughters Hazel and Amelia or growing her collection of Converse shoes. 

Katie Groven

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