Jade Hatcher is best known for her time as a professional ballroom dancer on the hit TV show Dancing With the Stars. She was the youngest pro dancer cast when she was just 19 years of age, and became the overall dance champion and won the series in 2009.
Jade captured the hearts of the Australian public and had a very successful run on the show, but after tragedy struck on the 2013 series where she was accidentally dropped by her dance partner, she suffered severe, crippling injuries and was unable to engage in any physical activity for over three years. Jade was in excruciating pain, and underwent intense surgery, had two hip reconstructions and years of rehabilitation and admitted that she did wonder whether she would ever be able to dance again.
Now, over three years later, and after a period that Jade herself described as horrible, she is back on her feet, dancing, but also celebrating the launch of her very own dance and fitness studio HATCHERDANCE in Sydney's Northern Beaches.
I sat down and had a chat with Jade and her spirit and passion for life and dance was contagious. It is easy to see why Australia fell in love with her. Jade is not only beautiful on the outside, she is even sweeter on the inside and was extremely excited about the opening of her brand new Dance and Fitness Studio, as are we. What an inspirational story of love, passion, strength, hard work and determination.
Jade Hatcher, Professional Ballroom Dancer from “Dancing with the Stars” and founder of HatcherDance, a boutique dance and fitness studio in Sydney’s Northern Beaches.
2. What inspired you to start your business/blog/career?
I sustained a serious injury during my 5th series of “Dancing with the Stars”. During the 3.5 years that I was crippled by this injury, I had 2 hip reconstructions and years of rehabilitation. It was through this time that I learnt so much about my body, fitness and nutrition. My studio ‘HatcherDance’ reflects this knowledge and a way to share my injury journey with others.
3. Describe your typical working day!
No day is ever the same for me. Whether I am teaching couples their wedding waltz, editing my website, teaching fitness classes, managing social media, charity events, modelling or simply writing emails – my days are packed with all sorts of random and fun activities!
4. Secret FUN fact that we may not know about you?
I love pickles!
5. Favourite Colour?
White.. haha I know it’s not technically a colour!
6. What or whom adds colour to your life?
My clients, so many amazing people and personalities come through the doors of my studio and everyone has a beautiful story.
7. Five things you cannot live without?
My family, dancing, coffee, breakfast and my foam roller.
8. Favourite Quote?
"Risk more than others think is safe,
Care more than others think is wise,
Dream more than others think is practical,
Love more than others think is possible,
And never, ever, ever give up."
9. Favourite place in the world?
There are many amazing places on this planet but for me, it’s hard to beat Sydney.
10. If you could give your younger self one piece of advice what would it be?
Enjoy life as you live it, appreciate the things you may never have again, have a bit more fun and stress less about the things you cannot change.
11. Positive influence/s on your life?
My parents first and foremost. However, I am also in a beautiful new relationship and he is a wonderful influence on how to live life to the full.
12. Favourite tv/shows at the moment?
The Good Wife
13. Favourite SODA & Co product?
Cocoa Lip Balm – yummy!
14. Where can our readers find you?