Magazine article Dance Magazine

Eating on the Go: Chantel Aguirres Secrets to Staying Healthy on Tour

Magazine article Dance Magazine

Eating on the Go: Chantel Aguirres Secrets to Staying Healthy on Tour

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Chantel Aguirre may call sunny Los Angeles home, but the Shaping Sound company member and NUVO faculty member spends more time in the air, on a tour bus or in a convention ballroom than she does in the City of Angels. Aguirre, who is married to fellow Shaping Sound member Michael Keefe, generally only spends one week per month at home. "When I'm not working, I'm exploring," Aguirre says. "Michael and I are total travel junkies."

The health-minded dancer is rarely home long enough to whip up a homecooked meal. "When we are home, we usually just grab sushi, sashimi, Thai food, acai bowls or some kind of vegan pizza," Aguirre says. She also swears by the prepped foods at the local health food store.

Aguirre follows a dairy-free, pescatarian diet. She first cut out dairy for six months, and says it was a game changer. "I felt so good, and everything digested so quickly," she says. "I noticed I had more energy, so I wanted to keep that up."

But she won't turn down food in the name of fun. "If I go to Europe, I'm going to have the pizza and the pasta!" She grew up in a food-loving family ("I was the kid at school eating rice bowls and chicken curry"), and that meant she also grew up with a healthy relationship to food. "My mom always introduced food to me as my fuel, as a source of energy," Aguirre says. "And that stuck with me. I see food as something that sustains me through long performances. I try to eat healthy, but I also love trying new things."

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