5, 6, 7, 8 … Showtime

On May 10th, my Dancinerate studios of LA Dancefit took the studio by storm when they performed in their 1st ever dance recital. I know many of you have been waiting with baited breath to watch their mind blowing performance. It gives me great pleasure to say, “The day has finally come and the footage is here for your entertainment!” I would say, “Sit back and relax” however I have a gut feeling that you will be up on your feet dancing along with us.

I hope you enjoy seeing the unique way that each student expresses their passion for dance in this routine. I can’t express enough how much I appreciated the hard work of these amazing women. It was such a wonderful experience for me to see many of my students step out of their comfort zone and leave it all on the Dancinerate floor.

If you are up on your feet dancing with us then you must attend a Dancinerate class today! Please join us and #YoullThankMELater.

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I welcome your feedback and comments below as I would love to hear what you thought of our performance. Please SHARE with your friends. Thanks!

xoxo,
ILYSE

1st Ever LA DanceFit Dance Recital

1st Ever LA DanceFit Dance Recital

Every week I share my passion for dance and fitness with incredible men and women of all ages, shapes and sizes, and they give it their all in every Dancinerate class. They’re asked to treat every class as though there was an audience seeing them strut their stuff, and on May 10 they had an audience: LA DanceFit’s first ever Dance Recital!

Upon hearing about this recital my students said they wanted to participate and, remembering how it felt to perform for the very first time, we started rehearsing the next day!

When preparing for the recital we focused on three new and different routines, using the regular Dancinerate class experience as our theme and allowing the audience a look into what it’s like being in one of my classes from warm up to cool down.

During our first rehearsal some of the team felt anxious about the new choreography. I reminded them just how amazing they all are and how much they can accomplish by working together. We rehearsed together for ten hours in one week and, to show how committed they were to the performance; they even got together without me to practice with one another.

A couple days prior to the recital my new clothing line arrived and I asked my students if they wanted to pick a tank or tee to wear during the recital and everyone said yes, picking their favorite for the show. (For a sneak peak and special PRE-ORDER pricing, check out SHOP ILYSE )

As we waited off-stage before our performance I was like a proud mom, touched by the team, their love for Dancinerate and their love for each other. They were ROCK STARS and the crowd went wild (video footage to follow once when we get it)!

The results of the recital left me on Cloud 9! As a team we all pulled together and gave a great performance, and when I got home I received emails and messages from a half dozen students telling me what a great time they had and how much they appreciated what the group accomplished. Here’s just one comment I received from a dancer: “The day was life-changing for me. I’ve run countless races and even finished a full marathon, but nothing compared to the feeling of performing on that stage. The euphoria from working out was magnified by 1000 as I did something I never thought possible. Thank you for pouring yourself into our team.”

If you live in the greater Los Angeles area and want to join one of my classes, 5,6,7,8 into one and let me inspire you: Dancinerate Class Schedule

Join the Dancinerate Community today and #YoullThankMELater!

xoxo,
ILYSE

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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