top of page
  • Alana

DDF Member Spotlight – Elizabeth Buchanan

I first met Elizabeth at Cooper Fitness Center. I remember shortly after she took one of our classes for the first time I was working with a dancer on a complicated routine. She came into the studio and started doing the routine with zero instruction. Needless to say, we were impressed and knew we were in the presence of a very good dancer. After that I would see her in class occasionally – but she was usually quiet and kept to herself. Cut to the Spring of 2017, and a completely different woman walked into the studio. She was absolutely radiating happiness and positive energy and had lost a significant amount of weight. She now attends class several times a week and has become a great friend. I hope you will enjoy reading more about her journey.

Alana O’Connell: You’ve made an amazing transformation in the last couple of years, and it’s not just physical. You seem so much happier. Can you tell us about it?

Elizabeth Buchanan: I have been a dancer all my life. I began teaching dance and fitness classes at the age of 15, and minored in Dance in College. Several years ago I suffered a significant knee injury and stopped teaching and taking classes – it was devastating, as dance had always brought me incredible joy. In February 2017 I spent a week in Aspen with a dear friend. She looked great and seemed so energetic. She had done the Whole 30 program – she was an amazing advocate and so I began the program immediately after I returned to Dallas. Simultaneously I began studying the enneagram (through my church). I found both Whole 30 and the Enneagram study to be perfectly suited to me and to the way I wanted to live my life. Any other changes you see in me are a result of being around others who have inspired and motivated me. I am so grateful for my old friends and so appreciative of the entirely new group of friends I have met, through DDF, who share my love of dance.

AO: You are so consistent with your workouts. How do you stay motivated?

EB: Dance classes are my primary workouts and they never feel like work. My days truly don’t feel complete without physical activity. I am fortunate that I am an empty nester and have a career that allows me the flexibility to integrate my favorite classes into each day. DDF provides such a warm and inclusive environment and is full of such delightful people. I never want to miss!

AO: I love that you go and check out all kinds of fitness classes when you travel. What’s the most unusual class you’ve tried?

EB: Tough question – I adore all the classes I take and find it hard to pick just one…a few that stand out are Belly Dancing in Miami, Broadway Classes (at Canyon Ranch in Arizona) and in NYC I find something new every trip! Most recently I did Britneycize, Broadway Bodies and AKT. I ALWAYS go back to 305 Fitness in Midtown for the live DJ, strobe lights and Hip Hop. It’s Lit!

AO: What do you like to do in your free time?

EB: In my leisure time I love to spend time with my husband, children and friends enjoying a great meal. Reading by the pool and watching movies are my favorite solitary activities.

AO: Do you have a favorite DDF routine?

EB: I love any with turns or jumps but perhaps “Gold digger” is my favorite.

AO: How has being a member of DDF affected you?

EB: DDF instructors are so inclusive – it truly feels like a community. I feel so grateful to have found these beautiful women of such diverse ages and backgrounds.

118 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

DDF Owner Alana O'Connell was featured in Go Solo Magazine. Check out the article here

bottom of page