We had the good fortune of connecting with Kendall Baab and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kendall, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
My business, BodyKinect, provides dance science training and education for dancers of all ages to prevent injury and enhance their performance. I started this business as a way to help dancers become stronger and learn about their bodies. It was evident to me from previous experiences that dance science is a small sector with a HUGE impact. More dancers need to be aware of how to properly warm up their bodies, how to include cross-training into their schedules, how to listen to their bodies, and how to discover dance science professionals that can help them.
I wanted to make dance science education more accessible to the dance community through online workshops and seminars. Not only do dance educators need this knowledge to develop the next generation of dancers, but dancers themselves need to be aware of this information regarding mental health, anatomy, cross-training, etc to sustain their careers.
Once I discovered the gap in education for pre-professional and professional dancers, I knew I wanted to include dance science education as part of my business model.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I began my career in dance science when I earned by BA in Dance Science from California State University Long Beach. It was in college that I realized I wanted to dive into the world of fitness and how it applies to the art of dance. From there, I earned my NASM Personal Training Certification and my BASI Pilates Certification with a specialization in dance. I began teaching Pilates, personal training, and dance to varied demographics in the Southern California area. Later on, I moved to London, United Kingdom to complete my MSc in Dance Science at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. I completed research involving dance psychology, and I was exposed to a variety of research tools such as statistical analysis, lab equipment, research methods, etc. After completing my master’s degree, I started my business for helping other dancers.
I am most proud of my business because I truly see a difference in my 1:1 dancers’ technique and confidence. I see teachers implementing new information into their studio classes. And I feel fulfilled from the work that I do in helping others. Dance science is a very small field of work, and strength training for dancers is even smaller. What sets me apart from others in this industry is my well-rounded education and the pillar of my business for education. I’m not just training dancers, but I am always explaining the “why” behind what we are doing and “how” it’s going to help them in the future.
I have learned so many lessons throughout this journey including ones about myself as a human. It’s hard to run a business, especially in the first year. I have learned a lot about business, and I have become a more confident and successful person because of it.
As for the rest of the dance world, I want to reiterate the importance of taking care of your body and educating yourself about your body and its functions. This information will not only be applicable while you are dancing, but for years to come. Although I do not dance as much as I used to before starting my business, I am a better dancer now that I am stronger, more educated, and treat my body right. I encourage every dancer and teacher to do the same.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my best friend had never been to Los Angeles before, I would definitely start with the beach. There’s nothing like spending an afternoon at Malibu beach with a picnic. I’d also take my friend to brunch – one of my favorites is The Butcher, The Baker, The Cappuccino Maker in West Hollywood.
Next, we’d go to all the fun tourist attractions! My personal favorite is Harry Potter World at Universal Studios. I also love a hike to the Hollywood sign and taking a drive along Pacific Coast Highway by the water.
Farmer’s Markets in Los Angeles are really fun. I like going to the Original Farmer’s Market at The Grove as well as the Melrose Trading Post.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
In my first year of business, I could not have been successful without the support of my family. My dad has helped me with so many things about my business including strategy and innovation, and my mom has always been a great emotional support system. Additionally, my partner has helped me with the financial strategy I need to run a successful business and meet my goals. There are so many people who have supported me on this endeavor, and I am incredibly grateful.
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