Find something you love to do and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.

[Gail Bell | The Irish News]

Gail Bell asks experts and people in the public eye what keeps them going. This week: Tanya Cheung, all-Ireland pole dancing champion, from Flyaway Aerial Studio, Lisburn.

1. Up and at it – what is your morning routine?

I wake up at around 9-10am every day and usually spend some time on my phone, checking out my Facebook and Instagram accounts and then looking at my emails. When I’ve done that, I’ll get up and get ready for a busy day ahead in the studio.

2. What might you eat in a typical working day for…

Breakfast? For breakfast I’d normally have cereal and some fruit or yoghurt. Then, there’s always some green tea to kick-start the day.

Lunch? For lunch, I usually just eat whatever I feel like on the day. I don’t spend much time at home, so I just stick to something that’s convenient.

Evening meal? Pretty much the same as above.

3. Is nutrition important to you?

I know nutrition is important, but it’s not something I worry about. I do drink water and eat fruit and veg everyday though.

4. Best meal ever?

I really love noodles and eat them a lot.

5. Do you have a guilty pleasure ?

I’ve recently taken a strong liking to eating cake – all sorts – so that is definitely my guilty pleasure.

"Find something you love to do and you’ll never have to work a day in your life. I feel so grateful that I have my dream job – I share my passion for pole and aerial every day with women, men and children."

— Tanya Cheung

6. Have you ever been on a diet? If so, how did it go?

No, I haven’t and I’m usually quite relaxed about my diet, but there are times when I watch what I eat, especially coming up to competitions. I have been training a lot more and I know I need to fuel my body.

7. Do you take health supplements?

I’m not against supplements, but, at the same time, I don’t don’t really feel the need to take any.

8. How do you relax?

Music is my relaxation. Before I started pole dance and aerial, I was a piano teacher. I still love to play and I’m currently working towards my ALCM in piano performance.

9. Teetotal or tipple?


10. Stairs or lift?

It depends on the situation – I’ll usually opt for whatever way is the quickest. I don’t have a problem with stairs if I need to take them, but also I wouldn’t go the long way just to avoid the lift.