MEET DANIELA: Introducing fitness guru, SoulCycle instructor and professional dancer - Daniela Dib. This creative babe started dancing at a young age and has trained at ballet schools all around the world. After feeling the desire to do something different, Daniela found her passion for teaching others by working as a yoga instructor. One day, Daniela's agent asked if she would like to attend a SoulCycle class, and as someone who strongly disliked cardio, she was not interested. Despite this, Daniela decided to give it a try and it was love at first ride! Daniela worked as an instructor in Los Angeles and New York City before returning to her hometown of Vancouver to open SoulCycle. You will now find this babe teaching full-time at SoulCycle Yaletown!
What does babes supporting babes mean to you?
I believe that being a true leader means that you lift up those around you. Babes supporting babes means, to me, that we are empowered to raise others to a higher place. We discover that we can all achieve our goals and succeed. Remember, there is plenty of room at the top! Someone else shinning does not dim your own light.
If you could choose your nickname, what would it be?
I already have...its Cardi D!
What is your proudest babe moment or achievement?
I feel like I've lived a lot of lives, and had a lot of really amazing career opportunities. Perhaps one that stands out is working on the X files for a month here in Vancouver. And of course, finally passing my training and becoming a SoulCycle instructor!
What is the most unexpected thing you have in your purse or wallet?
I honestly wouldn't venture to guess what is the most unexpected, my whole life is in there.
Tell us about a time where you were faced with a situation that you could have been unkind, but chose to be a babe instead?
Honestly, we have those options daily... choosing forgiveness when someone wrongs you, not yelling at someone while driving, being patient in stressful situations. I always try to rise above the temporary frustrations that cause us to lash out and to chew on my words carefully before I spit them out.
What product would you seriously stockpile if you found out they weren’t selling anymore?
If you had a yacht, what would be the name of it?
That's what she said.
What was the best piece of advice you received when you were first starting your career?
Don't let the highs go to your head, or the lows go to your heart.
What is the best piece of advice you have received now that you are in your career?
Be proud of where you are now, but never complacent.
Red, white, or rose?
When I dance I look like….
Tell us about a Babe who has supported you?
So so so many, I would not try to narrow down the people who support me. Every single rider who comes to class, my mom, my sister, my family.... the list goes on!
Who do you channel when you’re about to do something that scares you?
I channel my own inner badass
What is your favorite destination to visit?
I love New York, and though I've lived there for years (around 4 in total) it still gets me so excited to visit now.
What is your favorite meal to eat?
What is the most fulfilling part of your career?
When people say that class had a meaningful impact on them. Aside from burning calories in a "fitness" class, or just sweating, I want my riders to feel empowered to tackle LIFE when they leave the room. SoulCycle is extremely challenging, and at times uncomfortable. But hell, so is life! We must continue to fight and hustle to develop the skills to rise above the temporary discomfort. From there, we can transfer those skills into how we live our daily lives. And for me, that is the most fulfilling part of being a fitness coach.
Where is your favorite place to draw inspiration from?
I am constantly in a state of seeking inspiration. I get a lot of it from music, as well as podcasts, reading, and having good conversations.
What is your guilty pleasure?
I'm super obsessed with "The Handmaids Tale" right now. It's my Wednesday night date with my man!
What quality are you working on yourself right now?
Caring less about what other people think of me.
What is the biggest hurdle you’ve had to overcome in business?
One of the most challenging task fitness instructors have is believing in your own self-worth, and "brand". In our current tech age, everyone portrays over social media a glossy picture of perfection or their "highlight" reel. Comparing yourself to others can be an easy rabbit hole to fall down, for a lot of people. I think that it's been life-changing for me to be completely, unapologetically myself. Being a SoulCycle instructor is essentially becoming your own brand. So the challenge I faced was being myself to the point I could connect authentically with my riders, without trying to be like anyone else.
Coffee meeting or drinks meeting?
I don't really drink either but love Starbucks teas!
If you’re going out for a cocktail you’d order…
I rarely drink, but when I do I'd go for a Bellini!
If you had an unlimited budget for 2 hours shopping where would you go?
I would call up my friend Monica Hjerpe and ask her what to do.
What is your favorite movie?
That answer honestly changes so much based on my mood, but the first one that popped into my head was "Anchorman".... so I guess I'm in a real good mood right now.