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

 

Behind the Scenes: Dancinerate™ Burn With The Beat DVD Shoot

For many years now, I have said, “I want my own Dance Fitness DVD and I am sure it is so easy to do.”  My attitude was just like Veruca Salt from Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory when she would say in her whining voice, “I want an Oompa Loompa now!”  Of course, I wasn’t as whiny, however I felt if everyone else was producing DVDs easily and promptly, then how can I not do the same thing?!

Well…I learned very quickly years back that it was not as easy as I thought.  Not only is timing important, my finances had to be in line, my business head had to be turned on hardcore, among many other things.  Boy, did I learn fast and I thank the man upstairs who looks after me daily that I didn’t get myself into anything too fast.  After a lot of research and countless meetings with mentors, I knew that it was best to wait and I would know when it was “my time” to show the World what Ilyse Baker could offer on a home DVD.

The “right” time has finally come for me to share my passion for dance and fitness with the World.  Yes, that is right:  Ilyse Baker’s Dancinerate™ Burn With The Beat DVD is NOW available on my website, Amazon, Collage Exercise Videos, and Total Fitness DVDs.  It has been a week now since I launched and I am beyond blessed with the sales and feedback.  My DVD is doing exactly what I wanted it to do:  Make a difference in peoples’ lives!  The DVD even hit the UK today…2 DVDs are heading to London.  :)  I am on Cloud 9 as my dream is now a reality.

Now, let’s go back to the girl who thought this would be a piece of cake…haha I still laugh at that thought.  Sooo not a peace of cake, however a journey that I loved every minute of even if it left me with a ton of anxiety, stress, insecurities, etc.  You know how our “heads” can talk way too much sometimes.  :)

My shoot date was back on October, 15, 2012.  Months prior to the shoot, I was in major prep mode choreographing, selecting music, a production company, graphic designer, art director, photographer, make up artist, hair artist, wardrobe, backup talent, website shopping cart, and the list goes on.  I could not be happier with everyone that worked on my DVD shoot and assisted me on making my product ROCK.  Here is a shout out to…Stock Yard Films, YES! Fitness Music, Sarah Jefferson Carter, Linda Posivak, David Heisler Photography, Brandon Neff Design, Kimberly Klein, Danielle Jolie Thouin, Ronni Winston, Stacey Vangelisti, Rachel Tonick FitLife Productions, Mitch Perliss Consulting, Web Success Team, AFAA Studios, and Reebok.

Please enjoy viewing my Behind the Scenes footage that my brilliant boyfriend shot for me on set.  I think he has a new venture to pursue.  :)  Please comment below and let me know what you think then PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE share this exciting new journey of mine that you are all a part of with everyone you know.  My DVD helps you reach beyond your comfort zone, have fun, lose yourself in the movement, tighten and tone, build confidence, feel sexier, and reduce stress.  What more could you ask for?!

Purchase NOW:  Ilyse’s Shopping Cart

See YOU on your home dance floor!

ILYSE

It’s Broadway dance time on the Hallmark Channel!

Last Wednesday, November 7, 2012, I had the opportunity to dance into the Home and Family household wearing my Reebok apparel and sneakers.  The TV show airs weekdays at 9AM on the Hallmark Channel.   It was a day full of excitement and a lot of laughs.

Weeks prior to the show, I was working closely with my friends from Reebok and the Producers of Home and Family to create my segment.  Reebok’s mission of being “Fit for Life” keeps people motivated and excited to experience fitness each day.  My students and I together embrace that everyday dancing many different styles as well as supporting one another throughout the entire experience.  I knew that I wanted to share that with Mark Steines and Paige Davis during our time together on the show.  We chose Broadway dance as it is an incredible workout, a great way to express yourself, and very entertaining.  I decided to share some of the most popular Broadway dance moves like the “sugar step”, “Fosse hips”, and so on with the Hallmark viewers and Mark and Paige.  They went perfectly to my favorite tunes from YES! Fitness Music.  The entire experience was incredible!

Thank you to my ROCK STAR students, Sheri Levy and Danielle Jolie Thouin who danced their hearts out with me on the show.  It is all about losing yourself in the movement and enjoying every second of it.  That is exactly what we did with Mark and Paige.  It was a hit!  If you missed the episode, have no fear…just click below and enjoy!  Please share with all of your friends and comment below to let me know what you think.  Thanks everyone!

xoxo,

ILYSE