When You Think You Know Where You Are Going and Things Change…

When You Think You Know Where You Are Going and Things Change…

I don’t know about you but when I was a little girl (like most little girls) I planned out exactly what I wanted my life to be like. I would always dance around the house screaming, “My name will be in lights one day and I will dance and choreograph for all the big stars! Then, I will get married, be VERY successful, and have a family.” Isn’t that what every girl dreams about: her career, man of her dreams, white picket fence, and family?! Come on…you know that I am almost 100% right?!

Sometimes “your plan” doesn’t always turn out to be what you thought it would be or it does. Take me for example, I never thought that I would be a Dance and Fitness Expert and you know what??? I couldn’t be happier that I am and that I am beyond blessed how far I have come and where I am going.

I started dancing at age 3 and to this day (we won’t talk about my age now) I am still dancing! When I moved to Los Angeles 10 years ago, my plan was to be a back up dancer for Artists like Beyonce, Madonna, Missy Elliot, Britney Spears, etc. Then I wanted to be on TV shows like Glee and Old Navy Commercials and Films. My list was endless. I just wanted my talent to be recognized and would have no problem with fame! ☺ Being the motivated and unstoppable girl that I am, I hustled, I networked, I auditioned, I trained, etc. I did whatever I needed to do to get closer to my childhood plan. My determination, passion, training, and work ethic got me a lot. I soon found myself working with Celebrities like LeAnn Rimes, Rihanna, Christina Milian, etc. It was incredible however I still wanted more! I remember telling my sister that I booked this amazing show and her response was, “Why are you not more excited? This is outstanding news!” I responded, “I am happy however I want more!” She then said, “Oh gosh, I can’t wait to see what your reaction will be like when NYC Broadway calls you.” I then said, “Well Broadway would be an opportunity of a lifetime, however yes, I will want more after that too!” ☺ That is just my work ethic. It is called: Ilyse plans to climb her ladder to the moon and back again.

So as years went on living in LA, I started finding myself at auditions for fitness DVDs and fitness shows. I started booking a lot of work in the fitness industry working as back up talent. I was also teaching dance at the time and noticed that a lot of the dance fitness classes were missing something: ME! My career started shifting more into the Health and Fitness Industry and I loved it! I was blessed to meet and work with some amazing people who are now my best friends and mentors. Talk about climbing the ladder…these individuals are top of the top and I got to work with them.

At this point, I realized that my childhood plan was shifting a bit however my gut said, “GO WITH IT!” This was just another step up on my ladder. That was exactly what I did and WOW…I couldn’t be happier! I do what I love and love what I do EVERY single day of the week.

Life can do funny things to us sometimes and usually when you surround yourself with the right energy it always works out in a great way! Always trust your gut and stay positive. Keep your ears, eyes, and mind WIDE OPEN as you never know what you will hear, who you will see/meet, and what you can create. I say, “It is endless what “we” all can do and achieve!” Go for it all and #YoullThankMELater! It is ok if your childhood plan doesn’t work out the way you planned…remember that everything happens for a reason!

Now it is your turn…would you like to share your childhood plan? Did it turn out how you thought it would? Please feel free to comment below and share with your friends.

Xoxo,

ILYSE

MaDonna Grimes: It’s Time To Give Back

MaDonna Grimes:  It’s Time To Give Back

How often are you moved by someone: that special someone who inspired you and, regardless of how long it’s been since you’ve last seen or talked with them, is always in your thoughts:  that person who has hit that special spot and who you’ll never forget……..

MaDonna Grimes is that person for me.  I was fortunate to meet MaDonna when I was in college and she was friends with Patti Palese, one of my dance teachers. I was visiting in LA and attended one of MaDonna’s dance classes at a Bally’s; the way she taught really opened up my eyes to how a great dance instructor could really inspire people.  We kept in touch, and when I moved to LA she hired me as a dance teacher in her Hollywood studio and then on her dance team, where I was able to dance all over the world.

Like she has dozens of others, MaDonna has given me opportunity after opportunity, inspired me to always be better and always go after my dreams.  And now it’s time to give back!

Two months ago MaDonna found out she inherited Colon-rectal cancer from her late grandmother and, although she has health insurance, needs help to pay for what will be very expensive surgery. I’m excited to be a part of a group of people who know and love MaDonna and are coming together with and for her to help Dance Away Cancer.

On May 5th an All-Star Team of LA Fitness Pros will celebrate with MaDonna at Crunch Fitness in West Hollywood.  The team includes Me, Petra Kolber, Milo Levell, Michelle Dozois, Patrick Goudeau, Michelle LeMay, Laurie Carpenter, Deb Praver, Kendall Hogan, Star Agreed, Marvin Thornton and many, many more.  This WILL be the “it” place to be and you do not want to miss it.  Spread the word and share away.  There will be a raffle; gift bags plus so much more.  ALL are welcome and, if you live in LA, we want you there to help support MaDonna.

If you don’t live in LA or can’t make it, but want to help this beautiful person BEAT CANCER, you can still be a part of this benefit by clicking and donating here:  http://www.gofundme.com/MaDonnafightingcancer.

Remember that every $1 counts so anything that you can do to help MaDonna fight this cancer will make all the difference.  We all appreciate YOU!!!

See you on MaDonna’s Dance Floor!

xoxo,

ILYSE

 

Alicia Keys and Reebok send me sneaks … just an ordinary Saturday

Happy Weekend Everyone!

Here is something a little different this week so please watch here and share with all of your friends too.  I mean come on…Alicia Keys is mentioned in this video…you just gotta watch NOW!  It is only about 8 minutes long…yes I know a bit lengthy…BUT like I always say, “You WILL Thank Me Later!”  :)  THANKS!

See YOU on the Dance Floor!

ILYSE