Penny Higgs has become a familiar face after dancing her way into So You Think You Can Dance (Australia) in 2009 and then hitting up the Big Brother house as an intruder in 2014. We chatted with this candid babe about her dancing career, her fitness regime and how she maintains 'that body!'
When and why did you begin dancing?
I actually just went along to dancing one day after school with my bestie. It was bring a friend week, so into under 12’s beginner jazz I went and pretty much found my passion from that moment.
What's been your career highlight?
So You Think You Can Dance! It was such a high pressure experience, but the feeling of achievement for pushing myself that far gives me an inner happiness I can’t explain. I’m my hardest critic, but for that I give myself a little pat on the back. Of course I still think I could of pushed further, but that’s what I do, I always want to be better.
What's your favourite 'current' song to dance to?
Aaaah that’s a hard one, I’ve got a few faves… on repeat at the moment I have Cool For The Summer and Summerthing and ummmm Justin Bieber’s new song!
Which dance style do you find most challenging?
Definitely the more technical styles, like contemporary/lyrical. It’s most physically demanding and requires the most amount of strength, but so enjoyable to dance, it’s almost therapeutic.
Which dance style keeps you the fittest and in-shape?
Again I’d have to say contemporary and ballet, anything that comes from a ballet base is very challenging. Like pilates, it uses the body’s own weight as the exercise. Ballet training requires huge amounts of core strength and helps to shape the body when practiced often.
Why is dancing so good for fitness?
What I love most about dancing is that it’s exercise in disguise. I get bored really easy with gym work, but whilst dancing can be quite hard, it’s so fun, therefore you forget you’re even working out. Exercise in disguise ;)
What influenced your life more - So You Think You Can Dance? Or, Big Brother?
Definitely So You Think You Can Dance, without a doubt. It was such a great experience, a lot of pressure to be judged on such a large scale for what I do. However it taught me to face my fears and step out of my comfort zone to achieve higher highs and to not let fear control my growth. It was probably this trait that gave me the confidence to audition for Big Brother and to live not being afraid of what others think of you.
If you could choose one singer to dance alongside - who would it be?
Oh my goodness! Beyonce Beyonce Beyonce! Although I’d probably wet my pants with excitement dancing next to her.
Who's your "dance-spiration" and why?
I love Twitch, he’s from the US 'SYTYCD' and is on the Ellen show regularly. He’s such a talented dancer, yet so humble and down to earth. So so entertaining to watch, so skilled and has the best attitude. I’m so drawn to hard working modest people.
What's your fave Coffee not Coffee flavour?
Oh I love the Slimming Hot Cacao! It’s the best ever!
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