Katherine Hartsell : Creator of Jai-Dee Dancewear -009

Katherine Hartsell : Creator of Jai-Dee Dancewear -009

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Inspiration is one of those mysteries that can’t be planned for, controlled, or forced, it can only be experienced. And often inspiration comes in the unlikeliest of times and through the unlikeliest of conduits. 

When our guest, Katherine Hartsell, stepped away from dancing professionally with Boston Ballet, she decided to give herself some breathing room away from the ballet.

Not long after, her daughter Kritsana, came into her life. 

Unbeknownst to Kath, her daughter Kritsana was just the blessing and motivator to a vast amount of inspiring moments that would lie ahead for Kath.

In the simple act of re-entering the theater by taking her daughter to see the ballet, Katherine’s whole heart re-emerged for the art form, not only through seeing ballet through the fresh, child like excitement of her daughter, but through recognizing the magnificent female artists on and off stage who have been a part of her community all along.

And with that, the ‘smoothie’ of sorts as Katherine wonderfully refers to it later on in this episode, began to come together. With the influence of her past as a professional dancer, her Thai-American daughter Kritsana, her commitment to simplicity and sustainability, and celebrating women who dance, she founded Jai-Dee Dancewear, a sustainable leotard company that benefits the arts. 

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