Interview

with Ketty Bucca

She tells us a little bit more about what it means to live a healthy and balanced life as a woman today.

Ketty Bucca is a woman of action. From the young age of four, she knew ballet was her passion. As she grew up, she continued to pursue it, gaining admission to the Vienna State Opera Ballet as well as into other prestigious groups. Through it all, she learned a lot about leadership and dedication.

When her time as a dancer came to a close, she used what she learned from her dancing career to pursue Pilates, a practice she feels strongly correlates to overall confidence and happiness.

Listen as she tells us a little bit more about what it means to live a healthy and balanced life as a woman today:

BWB: How did your career as a dancer start?

I started ballet because my big sister was taking classes the local ballet school; I was 4 years old. I come from a small town in Sicily, so it wasn’t long before my mother realized the school we attended was not competent, and we had to stop taking classes. Afterwards, I started learning to play piano, but in my heart I was missing ballet.

I was 13 when I was accepted to the Academia Nazionale di Danza in Rome; that is where my journey started.

One day when I was twelve years old, I remember seeing a falling star and wishing that I would become a ballerina. That same year a new ballet school open in my city, and I started up ballet again. It was during that year, during a ballet summer course in the North of Italy, that a teacher discovered my talent and convinced my parents to send me to Rome to have better training. I was 13 when I was accepted to the Academia Nazionale di Danza in Rome; that is where my journey started. After winning a medal and scholarship from the Pierino Ambrosoli foundation, I completed my ballet studies in Zurich, and after 3 years in RUDRA Bejart, I joined the ballet company of the Vienna Opera House.

BWB: How was it that you discovered Pilates?

I discovered Pilates while I was dancing in Vienna. Because I have very long muscles, I have always had to do extra training in addition to my everyday long training. Also, I have always had a natural desire help people; in the ballet school they used to call me ‘ the little nurse,’ as I was always trying to help people with injuries and I was very emphatic. When I eventually decided to stop dancing, I already knew that teaching was the direction I wanted to take.

As I continued my training program I began to fall more deeply in love with Pilates, the graciousness of the method and the wonders it can create. The Pilates Method still surprises and amazes me every day.

I had the privilege of studying the proper Pilates Method with Joseph Pilates’ protégé Romana Kryzanowska and her daughter Sari Santo.

BWB: Having been a professional ballet dancer, you have a specific method of Pilates. Could you tell us more about your method and your vision?

Every ballet dancer values precision in movement, alignment, concentration and flow. We elongate the body and try to fight our center of gravity. With this awareness I have shaped my own method. In addition, as a dancer I have also had all kind of injuries, so it is easy for me to understand clients in pain, and empathize with their suffering and their impatience in the recovery process.

In our day, Pilates have become very popular. However, most of the time it is not taught correctly. I had the privilege of studying the proper Pilates Method with Joseph Pilates’ protégé Romana Kryzanowska and her daughter Sari Santo. My clients call me miss X-ray, thanks to the combination of Romana and ballet, my eyes have been trained to see perfection, and so naturally I spot all mistakes. It is so simple for me.

From dancing I have learned to push beyond my limits, and from Pilates I learned how to give to the body what it needs. I believe that is the right vision.

Pilates will make you feel better and look better. It will strengthen the center of your body, and I believe a strength in body and core can contribute to increased self confidence and overall happiness.

BWB: This month is our special ‘Inspiring Women’ issue, and we have spoken with a lot of wonderful business women. What are the benefits of your method for the modern urban woman?

Living in the modern society can be very exhausting. The combination of long hours at the office and a sedentary life can really damage your posture. Bad habits and poor posture oftentimes contribute to illness.

Pilates will make you feel better and look better. It will strengthen the center of your body, and I believe a strength in body and core can contribute to increased self confidence and overall happiness.

It is also very important that the modern woman focus on understanding the importance of properly articulating the spine. All too often women focus on having a flat tummy, but having a good articulation of the spine will keep you healthier. A strong backbone does so much to help you feel healthy and poised in every day life.

In addition, everyone always talks about how difficult is to keep a quiet mind. I would stay that doing Pilates makes you concentrate so much that it lets your mind be clear of any other extra thoughts. It’s almost like meditation!

BWB: In addition to Pilates, what is your wellness routine to stay healthy? Any special foods that you like? Any other physical activities?

Every day, in addition to Pilates, I do a spiritual qigong and 30 min meditation. I eat very healthy foods; my diet consists of vegetables, fruits and fish (I do not eat meat). I try to avoid most wheat products.

I also do not drink alcohol or coffee, and I always make sure to get 8 hours of sleep.

I also use an organic day cream from the Organic Pharmacy, with a drop of rosehip oil. I believe in its magic.

BWB: What is your Beauty Routine? What are some of your favorite skincare or make up products these days?

Sleep is a big part of my beauty routine. I also use rose hip oil from Trilogy as moisturiser at night. I also use an organic day cream from the Organic Pharmacy, with a drop of rosehip oil. I believe in its magic.

BWB: What are your favorite places in London? Any favorite restaurants or wellness and beauty places?

I love to walk in Holland park and see the peacocks wandering around. I also enjoy going to the Chelsea Physic Garden. As for food, La Petit Maison and River Café I like as well.

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