My healthy: Galen Hooks

9 items that keep the star choreographer on her game

Rihanna. John Legend. Missy Elliot. Justin Bieber. These are just a few of the 60 artists who have worked with creative director and choreographer Galen Hooks. Amateur dancers aspire to train with her as well; Hooks’ YouTube video views number over 18 million and she hosts live dance training experiences for all skill levels in LA and New York(find the 2018 dateshere; next up is her Night of Dance in LA on December 9th.). But her travel schedule is not limited to those two cities. “This year alone I've been to about 15 countries and a dozen domestic cities," says Hooks.

When she’s not on the road or teaching choreography—which is great exercise, she notes—she's in the workout studio. “When I was a professional dancer, eight-hour rehearsals were all the exercise I needed. Now that I’m behind the scenes, I have to supplement it with reformer and mat Pilates."

Here are a few more things that keep the globe-trotting dance phenom on her toes.


“I have had situations during a domestic trip where I’ve needed to change plans and fly internationally. If I don't have my passport at all times it could mean I miss a huge opportunity.”

caolion cleansing stick

“This face wash can't leak when I travel and is incredibly hydrating.”
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slate political gabfest

“When I'm driving or flying, I listen to this podcast. It's important to me that I am aware of what's going on in the world, and this is my favorite source of news on-the-go that is in-depth and least-sensational.”
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baiji foldable water bottle

“It’s eco-friendly, portable, lightweight, and the proceeds go to a good cause.”
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tennis ball

“It offers more intense massaging than a foam roller, fits in your purse, costs practically nothing, and you can use it anywhere. I use it to roll out my feet and that hard-to-reach spot under the shoulder blade.”

evian facial spray

“I first experienced these sprays years ago on music video sets when the makeup artist would use it to set my makeup. The ultrafine mist that it produces is unparalleled by any other spray bottle and is the perfect way to freshen up when I have 10- to 14-hour days.”
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macbook pro

“I always try to get away with just bringing a tablet when I travel, but I invariably need my entire laptop and hard drives so that I can get real work done on the road.”

peppermint luna bars

“I'm a very clean eater by nature, and Luna bars actually feel like a vice because they aren't whole foods. But, I got obsessed with this specific flavor last year and buy them in bulk now; they're perfect for when I need a snack, and they keep much better in my bag than a banana.”

skagen ladies’ anita watch

“I love this watch so much and it is helpful when I'm running rehearsals, teaching, on flights, or on set when my phone is either off or it's not practical to pull it out to check the time.”
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