The ultimate dream of any professional ballet dancer is to make it to New York, and Rachel Thalman has done just that. She’s an accomplished and versatile dancer who’s graced countless stages, and now she’s taking the dance world by storm. Since moving to NYC 4 years ago she’s been freelancing as a dancer, model, and performing for major events like New York Fashion Week. Her ever-growing resume includes unforgettable performances in The Nutcracker, Cinderella, and Swan Lake, just to name a few. Her dedication and lofty ambitions reminded us of our commitment to testing our limits and going above and beyond. Since we had such similar values, we wanted to know what drives her to continue pushing herself and what she’s looking forward to in the future. Luckily, she was already familiar with JOVS and was happy to talk with us.
As soon as we started, it was easy to see how much she loved performing. When asked about it, Rachel said, “Dancing is my number one passion, but I just love performing and being creative, in general. Outside of ballet, I love expressing myself through singing, writing, drawing, and modeling.” Having multiple outlets is something the JOVS team is familiar with too, which is why we’re constantly pushing ourselves to continue creating innovative designs.
With so many talents at her disposal, we wondered how she landed on ballet. “I started pretty young and took my first lessons when I was four, and I never stopped! I’ve also studied a few different styles, including tap, contemporary, and jazz, but ballet has just always stuck with me. It’s something I’m always inspired to do, and it’s consistently challenging. Even though I’ve been doing it for so long, ballet still brings me the most joy out of anything I’ve ever done.
Rachel is proof that persistence and hard work pay off. She’s trained across the country at places like the University of North Carolina of the Arts High School and the Pittsburgh Ballet Graduate Program. She’s even trained across the globe to hone her skills.
“When I was younger, my family spent some time living abroad in Zurich, Switzerland, where I got to study under Gretchen Bernard-Newberger. She had such a huge impact on my confidence and pushed me to pursue professional dancing.”
But simply practicing with top-tier coaches isn’t enough. Being one of the best and being able to tour with Broadway shows also requires a lot of work in other areas. When asked about her career, Rachel attributes her success to her holistic approach, saying, “I always make sure to have an evening each week where I focus on a extensive self care routine. I’ll draw a bath with Epsom salt, shave, moisturize, apply a face and hair mask and make time to roll out to recuperate my muscles. It’s important for me to frequently rejuvenate my skin and body.”
JOVS’ team of designers, researchers, and engineers may not be athletes, but we all relate to taking a holistic approach. That’s why we do comprehensive development and testing to deliver the most innovative products, like our JOVS Mini, which combines hair removal and skincare, something that Rachel mentioned was important to her.
“Even though my skin and hair don’t directly affect my dancing, they do affect how comfortable I feel while rehearsing or performing. The less I have to worry about while dancing, the better! For me, smooth legs are the most comfortable underneath ballet tights.” Rachel’s not the only person who understands the power of feeling good in their skin. We recognized that at JOVS, which is why we launched. We wanted to help both women and men feel more confident, empowered, and beautiful.
Considering how connected skincare is to Rachel’s wellness and performances, we wanted to know what she thought of the JOVS Mini. “I’ve tried all the typical methods, but they all have their downsides like skin irritation and ingrown hairs. The JOVS Mini didn’t come with any of these problems, and it left my skin looking and feeling softer than ever before.”
It’s exciting to know that we could help Rachel look and feel her best while dancing. What’s even better is knowing that we’re both committed to never settling, whether it’s on a Broadway stage or in our labs. It’s further proof that passion and dedication are the best foundation for anyone, no matter their goal. Without these qualities, JOVS wouldn’t have developed a line of never-before-seen beauty products, and Rachel wouldn’t have pushed herself to go for the ballet gold.