Friday 22 February 2019

'For me, exercising is a love/hate relationship'

As a freelance dancer, Vasiliki Stasinaki does not have the luxury of a consistent company class and has to take responsibility for her own fitness and training, mixing ballet classes with yoga, running and swimming.

Vasiliki Stasinaki
Vasiliki Stasinaki

Vasiliki Stasinaki

Do you consider yourself to have a healthy lifestyle? Yes, I consider my lifestyle as healthy.

Do you exercise regularly? If so, what do you do?

Being a dancer, exercise plays a really important role in my life. As a freelancer I don't have the luxury of a consistent company class, so my training is entirely my responsibility. I do yoga, I run in winter and swim in summer. I also try to take ballet classes when I can.

Do you do it willingly or begrudgingly?

It is a love-hate relationship. There are days when my body craves exercising. There are days when I'm tired and I have to push myself to do it. And there are days that I really don't want to do it and I don't do it.

What time do you go to bed?

I usually go to bed at 11.30. If the next day is going to be long and tiring I try to go to bed earlier.

What time do you get up in the morning?

This period of my life, due to the fact I'm studying (I'm studying part-time for an Art and Design Foundation Diploma in London) and working at the same time, I have to wake up at 6.15 to work for college before going to rehearsal. Otherwise, I wake up at 7.0-7.30.

What do you have for breakfast?

Currently for breakfast I enjoy vanilla yogurt with banana, blueberries, goji berries and flax seed. I also have a butter croissant and a cup of earl grey.


For lunch I might have a salad with spinach, tomatoes, peppers and feta cheese with olive oil.


For dinner, an option is salmon fillets in the oven with grilled asparagus, mash potato and quinoa.

Any snacks?

For a snack I usually enjoy a slice of carrot or chocolate cake, a milk chocolate bar, any kind of nuts, dried fruits, apples and strawberries, and salt and vinegar potato crisps.

Do you take any supplements?

If I'm going through an intense and stressful period of rehearsals and performances, I take vitamin C, iron and wheatgrass.

How much water do you drink?

Two litres per day.

Do you have a skincare routine?

I generally use a good face wash and a good moisturising cream twice a day - in the morning and before going to sleep.

Any allergies?


Any vices?

I smoke occasionally.

If I could change one thing about my lifestyle it would be …?

I would take a long walk to the park and not stay in front of my computer when I have a day off.

Neither Either runs at The Project Arts Centre until November 15.

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