Dance Movie Week: Day 6

Dance Movie Week: Day 6

“Billy Elliot” – Courage. What’s not to love about this heart-warming story about a young boy who is surprised by his love of dance and goes against society’s norms to earn a spot at the Royal Ballet school. He’s only 11, yet he chooses to follow his dream instead of letting other people discourage him. Awesome!

Do you have the Courage to now to follow your dreams?

#YoullThankMELater

xoxo,
ILYSE

National Dance Day 2014

If you would ask me this question: “What do you think everyone should celebrate everyday?” My answer: “Ha, that is easy…everyday should be National Dance Day!”

National Dance Day was created by “So You Think You Can Dance” producer Nigel Lythgoe and takes place in the United States on the last Saturday in July. It was founded and officially recognized in 2010 when American congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton introduced a National Dance Day resolution to promote dance education and physical fitness. This annual event was launched after many successful seasons of Fox’s hit TV show, “So You Think You Can Dance.” The excitement for this fun-filled day takes the United States by storm every year!

Of course I am a big fan of this day as it invites communities and individuals to come together in creative expression. Any style of dance is encouraged and the more imaginative, the better.
Everyone CAN dance! It is all about people from
all walks of life coming together to produce masterpieces of physical and emotional expression.

Sooo…can I get a 5, 6, 7, 8…Whoop here it is!!! Dancinerate footage is HOT OFF THE PRESS from this year’s National Dance Day 2014 where we rocked one unforgettable event with the Blanks Studios at The Sherman Oaks Galleria. You must check it out now! If you like it, please share with your friends ASAP so we get everyone dancing! I always say that if the whole World was dancing we would be a much happier place. Now it is your turn…share if you agree with me! I would love to hear your comments below and tell me what did you do to celebrate National Dance Day! Thanks to Nigel Lythgoe and Dizzy Feet Foundation for making this event possible.

Happy viewing!
#YoullThankMELater

xoxo,
ILYSE

Barefootin

Barefootin

Hi from chilly but sunny Denver!

Most of you know already that for the past 10 months I’ve been traveling to Denver on weekends to visit my boyfriend Hilton – at least when he’s not coming to visit me in LA.  On this particular trip I arrived a bit earlier as my best friend Lisa and her husband Michael also came to visit.  Before their arrival, I decided to check out some fitness happenings in the Denver scene…

I love trying out the hottest dance and fitness programs as it helps me continue to grow as an instructor, choreographer and person.  Plus, I LOVE being a student, and shared this guilty pleasure with all of you a couple of blogs ago.

Today I had the opportunity to take class at the NEW willPower FIT Studio located in downtown Denver, co-owned and created by Stacey Lei Krauss.  The Studio is located in a very up and coming area that is minutes away from Coors Field.  It is cool, edgy and fresh…totally love it!  Prior to taking the willPower & Grace class I did some research and discovered the class is done barefoot, everyone wears black and it focuses on cardio, flexibility and functional strength.

When I entered the studio, it brought back memories of me as a young dancer dressed in her pink tights and black leotard for ballet class.  This dress code that taught us the proper discipline and etiquette we needed at the ballet barres.  Standing in front of the mirror in the willPower & Grace class in my blacks matching the other students set the mood of the class and immediately gave me that “Team” feel that we were all in this workout together.

The instructor, Niya, was just a breath of fresh air.  She led us in the workout with so much positivity and motivation that the class felt we could anything we wanted.  Sound familiar?  :)  She reminded me of some of the things that I say when I teach; the music was great and the workout powerful.

Wearing no sneakers allowed me to feel the floor and pay attention to how my feet were leaving the floor and returning to it.  Stacey says it’s all about “Trust Your Feet,” and I totally see why.  We must build strong feet to build a stronger body.  As a dancer, this is SOOO true and important.

My experience today was incredible, and I highly recommend you finding a willPower & Grace class near you.  The willPower Method has been around since 2000, so there are well-trained and qualified instructors all over the country to take you through the fun time that I had today.

Thanks Niya and Stacey!  You both ROCK and I will for sure come back to jump around again soon (which will make Hilton very happy)!!

xoxo,

ILYSE