For those with busy lifestyles and high-powered careers, it’s important to live intentionally and be rooted in wellness - just ask Bianca Bosch.
The young South African native, who grew up in a small town in the Eastern Cape, puts fitness first in all elements of her day-to-day life, which has helped her maintain emotional and physical health as her path has taken her to the small screen.
Bianca, who stars in Netflix’s The Kissing Booth, is a dancer by trade, and working out has kept her sane.
“I loved performing and entertaining people. Being able to express myself through the medium of movement is what captured me,” Bianca exclusively tells GLAMOUR South Africa about her training as a ballerina. “I feel like dancing is either in your blood or it isn’t.”
Bianca, who is truly a triple threat, knows that dancing has been a saving grace, a true therapeutic outlet in her busy life in the entertainment industry.
“Dancing can be a stress reliever. A way to express your emotions without having to say anything, only to feel them physically,” she explains.
“Also, holding the audience in the palm of your hand while you express yourself is a very powerful feeling. It’s an overwhelming amount of confidence and vulnerability all at once. Which makes one feel so alive.”
While working on her certification as a Vinyasa yoga teacher, Bianca is also regularly practicing pilates, barre, energy healing, and Reiki, constantly feeling balanced in her mind, body and soul.
She’s now sharing her journey - and her advice for healthy living, in our interview below!
Growing up with a mom that was a dancer, was athleticism always important to you?
My parents allowed me the freedom to try out for all sports and decide for myself what I enjoyed most. My mom signed me up for my first contemporary class when I was four and said “try it out and tell me what you think” and I was hooked. It was always my decision to pursue dance.
Is living an active and physically fit lifestyle in your roots?
Having my A-type personality, I’m very competitive and I like everything to be perfect, but when I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia I was forced to learn how to live a balanced lifestyle, of keeping fit and healthy without reaching a state of burn out.
Why were you drawn to ballet at such a young age?
I loved performing and entertaining people. Being able to express myself through the medium of movement is what captured me. I feel like dancing is either in your blood or it isn’t.
What are some of the biggest misconceptions about being a dancer?
That “dance is just a hobby not a sport.” I heard this comment throughout high school and it would infuriate me, because people don’t understand the time and effort that goes into making something look effortless. I think it’s one of the most disciplined sports in the world.
Many say that dancing can be therapeutic. Have you found that to be the case?
Definitely. Dancing can be a stress reliever. A way to express your emotions without having to say anything, only to feel them physically.
Also, holding the audience in the palm of your hand while you express yourself is a very powerful feeling. It’s an overwhelming amount of confidence and vulnerability all at once. Which makes one feel so alive.
As someone interested in energy healing, how do you balance mental health with physical activity?
I listen to my body, and stay in my Flo with my monthly cycle. I know that when I’m ovulating I have more energy and high intensity workouts do me well!!
But I know when I enter into my luteal phase I need to stick to slower paced workouts like Yoga and Pilates, and during my menstrual phase I allow my body rest and focus on stretching and meditation. I don’t resist what I need, that brings me peace and happiness.
You have a business focus on mood healing. How does the environment one is in truly affect his/her headspace?
It is a portable lighting business and even though our main focus isn’t on mood healing per se, we do believe lighting does have an impact on our bodies. We help you create the mood you want to feel.
How is the entertainment industry different in South Africa vs the USA? What was it like making that adjustment to Hollywood?
I’m still yet to experience it! My introduction to the USA film industry was through filming The Kissing Booth trilogy. Although it was all filmed in SA, the producer, most of the cast and crew were all American.
However I did study in Hollywood and that prepared me and showed me a sneak peak into what the business is really like.
What are your top workout tips for women on the go who may struggle to find time to get it all in?
Honestly my go to’s for when I can’t make it to class are Alexis Ren’s butt workout and Tracy Anderson ab workout. All can be found on Youtube and they are only 10mins each!
What is your nutritional regimen to maintain a balanced diet to get you through the work week energized?
I suffer from hormonal acne and it is the absolute worst! I know that having good gut health is KEY to fixing this problem so with that I stick to a meal plan of no sugar, no gluten and no dairy.
It takes such discipline but the results are evident! I’ve noticed I no longer suffer from feeling sluggish, bloated, constipated, irritated, or having water retention.
Sticking to this meal plan has helped me SO MUCH.
How do you stay positive and confident despite pressure you must feel as an athlete and entertainer?
It is so hard and only natural for your ego to get involved and put pressure on yourself or question your worth. What helps me is constantly reminding myself why I’m doing it. Is it for myself and my happiness or for someone else?
Top 3 beauty tips you swear by to stay camera ready?
Water. Sole water. I swear by it. A mixture of Himalayan salt and water. Great for getting your magnesium and potassium, and aids in sleep and weight loss. Turmeric and Curcumin. - Best anti-inflammatory.