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NFL Draft— Trading all around

In yesterday’s Daily Texan, the Texan sports opinion staff informed readers that they could pass on the first 20 minutes of the draft. Hopefully you tuned in soon after because Radio City Music Hall got pretty interesting on Thursday night.
Three surprising top-10 trades shook up the draft. But at the end of the night, Trent Richardson landed in Cleveland, Justin Blackmon went to Jacksonville and Morris Clairborne ended up in Dallas.

Oh yeah, Andrew Luck was selected by the Colts first and Robert Griffin III was chosen by the Redskins with the second pick.

The Browns moved from the No. 4 sport to Minnesota’s No. 3 before the draft began and selected Richardson — the running back from Alabama. With this trade, the Vikings got fourth, fifth and seventh round picks.

With the fourth pick in the draft, the Vikings took USC left tackle Matt Kalil.

The Buccaneers traded their number No. 5 pick to the Jaguars for the seventh pick and a fourth round pick. The Jaguars chose Oklahoma State receiver Blackmon. The Buccaneers chose Alabama safety Mark Barron with the seventh pick.

The Rams, who originally had the sixth pick, traded their pick to Dallas for the No. 14 pick and the 45th pick. The Cowboys selected LSU cornerback Claiborne.

The Rams eventually selected defensive tackle Michael Brockers at No. 14. The Dolphins took Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill with the eighth pick and the Bills took South Caroline cornerback Stephon Gilmore with the tenth pick. Tannehill is the first A&M quarterback to be chosen in the first round. The Panthers chose Boston College’s Luke Kuechly.

The Cleveland Browns had one of the worst offenses in the NFL last year. Not only did the Browns add Richardson, but they chose Oklahoma State QB Brandon Weeden with the 22nd pick.

The Browns will have an interesting competition for quarterback with former Longhorn Colt McCoy currently at the helm.

The Kansas City Chiefs took Memphis’ Dontari Poe eleventh overall. The Eagles traded to get the 12th pick and they chose Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox. With that trade, the Seahawks got the Nos. 15, 114 and 192 picks.

The Jets chose North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples at No. 16 while the Bengals chose Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick was picked up by the Bengals.

The Lions chose Iowa’s Riley Reiff, the Steelers chose David DeCastro of Stanford and the Patriots chose Dont’a Hightower from Alabama.

The Texans picked DE Whitney Mercilus, the Bengals chose Wisconsin’s Kevin Zeitler and the Packers chose USC defensive end Nick Perry with the 28th pick.

Although the first two picks were decided before the draft even began on Thursday, there were plenty of change-ups and trades that kept things interesting.

After a hip injury, UT alumna Jennifer McCamish refocused her career from a professional dancer to a fitness instructor as well as a successful entrepreneur with the startup of her very own studio here in Austin. A former Radio City Rockette, McCamish teaches a unique fitness technique that she made up, which involves a combination of ballet, Pilates, and yoga.

Photo Credit: Victoria Montalvo | Daily Texan Staff

With a rather uninspiring job market giving many students second thoughts about which career path they should follow, Jennifer McCamish offers a sort of bright light at the end of the tunnel for students with big dreams.

McCamish, the owner of Dancers Shape fitness studio on Burnet Road will celebrate one year as a business owner this October. After earning a bachelor’s degree in dance from UT in 1996 and dancing professionally in New York City with the Radio City Rockettes, owning a business has been one of the most rewarding accomplishments of her career.

“We just couldn’t be happier with how things are trending and how it’s grown so much within this past year,” McCamish said. “It’s been a lot of work. There are very long days, but when you enjoy it, when you love it, it doesn’t feel like work.”

Dancers Shape is based on the barre fitness technique, which combines aspects of ballet with Pilates and yoga. McCamish has used her training as a professional dancer, a certified Pilates instructor and personal trainer to make her classes as safe and intensive as possible.

“She is sincere and clear that it takes hard work to change the shape of your body, but it can be done in way that is fun and efficient,” said Toussaint Biondi, one of the instructors at Dancers Shape.

While there were roadblocks and headaches when building Dancers Shape, McCamish has used what Biondi called her “magnetic” personality to draw people in and make them feel welcome at the studio.

“She has a passion for fitness and movement,” said family friend and business advisor Scott Thompson. “And it shows in her business.”

Before her studio, McCamish spent 13 years in fast-paced New York City, waking early and packing for a day that could consist of two to three jobs, an audition, dance class and voice lessons. After four years of doing various musical theatre performances and promotional work for films like “Moulin Rouge,” the right moment presented itself for a Radio City audition.

“New York is where I saw all these different things that were possibilities. I saw modern shows, I saw ballet, I saw musical theatre, I saw Radio City. And that was the first time I had seen the Rockettes live,” McCamish said. “I had a ticket and I sat in the very back row of the third mezzanine and I said, ‘This is the show I want to do, I’m going to be in this show one day.’”

She danced with the Rockettes for four and a half years, but was forced to slow down after a hip injury and took a job as a makeup artist with Radio City for her last five years in New York. This also gave her time to explore other forms of fitness such as pilates, yoga, barre and circuit training at the gym, which later influenced her decision to open a fitness studio instead of a dance centered one.

“Really, the concept for this studio hit me when I was doing my rehab after my surgery,” McCamish said. “I loved all these different things, but I was on crutches and it was difficult to get around New York City, so I wanted everything in one place.”

Owning her own business was always something McCamish considered doing, especially if performing did not work out. But during college she “had her sights set on the stage.” As she got older and after the hip injury, McCamish felt the freelance career of a dancer was not something that satisfied her anymore.

“It’s challenging when you’ve spent your entire life wanting this and then getting to do it and then knowing that it’s not going to be forever,” McCamish said about performing. “You know most people get to take a career and they do it until they are 65 and they get to retire whenever. You have to be okay with changing your identity. Because your identity was a performer.”

Dancers Shape has been everything McCamish wanted and at times, she feels it might be more fulfilling than her time on the stage with the Rockettes.

“I can’t figure out if it’s just because the timing in my life or if I just feel like I have even more confidence and more control over what I’m doing,” McCamish said. “Either way I feel very lucky because a lot people don’t get the chance to do what they love or find what they love.”

Printed on September 27, 2011 as: Entrepreneur gives hope to job market