A Dancers Career and a Fitness Lifestyle

Hey whats up!

My name is Q Harper and I want to personally welcome you to my blog (figuratively speaking).  If you would like to know what the life of a dancer is like or looking for some fitness inspiration and tips, then you have come to the right place.  I just want to share the experiences and knowledge I've gathered along the way... 

I guess I'll start off by telling you a little about myself and what this blog is about.  I am a professional choreographer/dancer and fitness enthusiast from Atlanta GA.  I've always had a passion for dance, even before I decided it would be my career.  Over time I met up with some good friends with the same passion and together we formed our own dance crew called Royal Flush.  We started just doing local gigs and started spreading around the south east and I guess you can say we caught our 1st "big break" after we made it to the finals on Americas Best Dance Crew and was one of the 1st crews from Atlanta to even make it that far.  Granted the show was in Los Angels California and everyone roots for their home team.  So we didn't win the show, but the world wide exposure did open a lot of doors for us and the rest is pretty much history and is still in the making as we speak.

Now what did any of that have to do with fitness...?  Absolutely nothing lol, but here it comes!  In between touring and doing dance gigs, I started to experiment with other forms of work in the entertainment business, such as modeling.  After doing a few gigs and fashion shows I learned a lot.  One of the most important things I learned about being a model is that your "look" is everything.  Either you fit a particular category or you look so different that you create a category all your own... and the companies have to like that look.

One day I was called in for an audition for a fashion show... I already knew that 99% of male fashion models are required to be at least 6ft tall... I'm only 5'9, but some how I was passing because I was considered "urban and exotic"... you be the judge...  So I go to this audition and I go before a panel of 4 judges. They all judge my walk, my "look" etc. Everyone seems to like what they see and gave me positive feedback, except for one judge. This snooty fashion designer they flew in from NY stops in front of everyone and bluntly says, "Your not a model".  Everyone in the room went quiet. Nobody could believe how blunt and rude this guy was.  The other judges apologized and asked everyone to step out of the room.  Eventually they had the "snooty Fashion designer" apologize to me, but I didn't really care about that.  I was more concerned with knowing the motivation behind his words, so I asked him.  He looked at me and said,"your just too small. Not only are you short, but your muscular frame is too small".  Not too long after that I ran into a similar situation were I was "too small".  At that point I made up my mind that I wasn't going to let this stand in my way and I began my journey for gains.  I started doing research on fitness and health, I hired a trainer and I fully dedicated myself to reach my particular goals.  Like most people, I didn't realize how long it was going to take.  As of now it has been 4, almost 5 years of training and somewhere along the line I fell in love with this fitness stuff.  So much that now I'm here sharing that love with you and hopefully helping to inspire you to reach your personal goals. 

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Here is a "transformation tuesday" post from my Instagram page qharper1.

So that's pretty much it as far as the intro goes.  I hope you enjoy my other posts and feel free to comment.  If there is anything you want to know about regarding "dance life" or fitness please ask!