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My Guilty Pleasure is…

…I bet most of you are thinking that my guilty pleasure is something sweet to indulge in or something that I do not normally eat on a regular basis.  Am I right?!  Don’t we always think that going to the food category is a guilty pleasure?!  Well…mine is not food related.  Can you guess again?  No worries if you cannot guess because I am going to tell you now.  :)

Ilyse, ME has a guilty pleasure and it is DANCE class!!!  Are you surprised or laughing yet?  You most likely are saying to yourself, “Wait a minute, Ilyse dances everyday of her life so how can that be a guilty pleasure?”

Ok…you are correct that I do dance everyday of my life, however I do not get the opportunity to take a dance class for “me” as often as I would like to.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE teaching and sharing my passion for dance with so many people on a daily basis.  It is the best gift that I can give others and myself to constantly make a difference in one’s life.  It is a natural high…how could that be bad?!  I live for it and crave it daily.  :)

Lately, my life and schedule have become very busy with classes to teach, constantly working hard at living the life of a Tycoon (which my Dad has named me…he is so proud) :), promoting my new Dancinerate Burn With The Beat DVD, choreographing for several projects, keeping a long distance incredible relationship strong, staying connected with all of you on social media, continuing to hold kick butt classes for my students, staying active in the dance fitness industry, and being an excellent role model, sister, aunt, daughter, teacher, and friend to all that are in my life.  Now if that is not a lot to handle and a mouth full then I just don’t know!  :)  Sooo….with my crazy busy life that I LOVE, how can I not have a guilty pleasure?!  We ALL need guilty pleasures or we will go nuts!  :)

When I take a dance class for “me” my whole world changes for the 1 hour as I am digging deep inside to release everything that I feel.  It is absolutely incredible to let my stress and happiness pour out on the dance floor.  I wish you could be in my head sometimes when I am down, happy, or feel any kind of anxiety.  This is the “before” moment… then come back into my head for the “after” moment when I leave a dance class for “me.”  It is always an unbelievable cloud 9 moment.  Quite often, I tend to say, “Why do I not take more time for “me?”  Why do I not take dance classes more like I use to when I know I will leave feeling outstanding?”  Soooo…I too am guilty to just go go go, allow life to get in the way, and not have “me” time.

As of today, Wednesday, February 20, 2013, you are all witnessing that Ilyse Baker WILL be scheduling her/my guilty pleasure much MORE often!  Please take a moment to watch this video (to the right of O’dell in red shirt) of me having a blast on the dance floor in my talented friend, O’dell’s Hip Hop class at LA DanceFit in West LA.  Don’t I look happy?!

Now…it is your turn to find your guilty pleasure, commit to doing it often, and staying high on life with me!  Thanks for letting me share.  If you are with me, please comment below then share this blog with your friends so we can together motivate others as well.

xoxo,

ILYSE

Dance Getaway with Ilyse

Dance Getaway with Ilyse

From time to time, my students ask me, “Ilyse, have you ever thought about putting together a dance retreat where we can dance with you all day long?  Or, maybe even a dance cruise?”

Both of these ideas sound incredible and my students definitely have great ideas.  I mean what more could you ask for, but a weekend out of town with dance?!  Seems ideal to me, however it is not always that easy.

Dance retreats and cruises have been written in my business plan for years and at some point will happen for sure.  In the meantime, I have asked myself over and over again, “How can I plan and include my students in my dance travels?”  It has come to me…FINALLY!

Last August, I had the honor and privilege to meet one of “America’s most popular and respected dance instructors” Christy Lane.  Christy saw me present at IDEA World Fitness Convention which is the World’s Largest, Longest-Running International Fitness Convention.  She has 77 award winning videos/DVDs, CDs, CD-Roms, books and numerous magazine articles to her credit, her work has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report, Washington Post, American Fitness, USA Today and Shape Magazine as she continues to share the message of wellness through dance.  Christy approached me right after my session and said, “Ilyse, hi I am Christy Lane.  I am starting the Dare to Dance Convention and I must have you a part of it.”

Sooo….to make a long story short (too late) :) Christy and I got connected to plan my position with her new Convention.  It is very exciting and flattering to be a part of a brand new Convention alongside a team of instructors that are incredible.  Here are some to brag about:  America’s Best Dance Crew, Chris Thomas, Jabbawockeez, Eddie G, and the list goes on.

During The Dare to Dance Convention, I will be teaching four different dance classes from Jazz to Broadway to Lyrical and showcasing my new Dancinerate Burn With The Beat DVDS.  I invite YOU to join me in this Dance Getaway!  The Convention takes place in Palm Springs on May 3-5.  If you sign up now, you will save up to 30% off.  This Dance Convention is for all levels so do not be shy, come DANCE and show all your best moves!

This is exactly what we have been waiting for, a weekend away with dance.  Please click the link below for all of the Convention details:

DARE TO DANCE CONVENTION

Grab your dance buddies, dancing shoes, and let’s PARTY!!!!

Please comment below and let me know if you are joining me for a weekend getaway with DANCE!  ALL ARE WELCOME!  This is exactly what the dance doctor has ordered!  :)

See you on the Palm Springs Dance Floor!

xoxo,

ILYSE