“To Be the Best, Wear the Best: Dressing for Success!”

“To Be the Best, Wear the Best:  Dressing for Success!”

Wearing the right outfit when dancing or doing any other workout is very important…if your clothes and shoes fit right and make you feel comfortable, you’re more apt to focus on the workout, not on “how do I look to others in class?”  I’ve always felt that to do my best I should look my best and now, thanks to Reebok, I’ve got many different types of workout apparel and looks to choose from.  

My relationship with Reebok started about 18 months ago. Four girls from the USA and three from the rest of the world were brought together to form the Reebok Dance Team.  We were told that Reebok would be launching their very own dance line within a year.  We were selected to help Reebok fine-tune the line.  Giving them credit, they really went directly to the source: What do dancers want to wear?  What will both look good and be comfortable? What kinds of workout gear, from top to bottom, will not only be in demand “today” but also “tomorrow” were only some of the questions they asked us.

We all want to look our best and feel good, whether at work, partying or while working out. It’s important to wear clothes that make you feel more confident about yourself and your body.  It works for me, and my experience with my students is that it will actually make you work harder during each class.  It is fabulous seeing the “HOT Valley and Westside Moms” sporting cargo pants for Dancinerate.  I love it and I know it helps them feel funkier!

Since Reebok’s dance line launched back in January, I am in more love with the shoes and clothes then I was when I first saw sketches last year.  The clothing is colorful and stylish: the minute I put them on, I am dressing for success.  The dance sneakers are extremely light weight and flexible for our dancer feet.  They are colorful,  come in many styles and have a pivot point on the sole that is great for turning.

Who needs some new stylish Dance apparel and shoes???

Purchase all the latest looks from my favorite family, REEBOK, today!  We can be twins on the dance floor and look fabulous together. 

Click on this link:  http://www.reebok.com/ilysebaker and save 10% on your new workout gear

Then look to the left of page where you will see a hanger, click it to take you to the bottom of the page where my “favorite gear” section is and SHOP AWAY!  Once you click on what you want, you will be directed to reebok.com.  When you check out, look for your 10% discount on me! 

Happy Shopping and feel free to share with all your friends!  See you on the dance floor in your Reebok gear soon!

Life is a beat…dance to it!  Live with Fire!

xoxo,

ILYSE

And the Winner is…

And the Winner is…

…Drum roll please…

Remember… several months back right before my DVD shoot, I asked all of you to help me come up with a title?!  Thank you to ALL who emailed me their submissions for the contest.  There were so many great titles to choose from and it was quite fun narrowing down to what I think works the best.  Sooo….it is time to announce who came up with the title…

SHERI LEVY is the Winner of my DVD Title Contest!!!  Woohoo!  Congrats Sheri!!!

Please read below my interview with Sheri:

IB:  How long have you been dancing with me?

SL:  Next week it will be 4 years.  WOW WOW WOW!!!

IB:  Wow, time sure does fly when you are having fun.  I cannot believe it has been that long.  It feels like yesterday when you strutted your way into my class and kept raising your hand with a lot of questions as you wanted to do your best.  Love it!  Tell us…Why do you DANCE?

SL:  I dance NOW because you, Ilyse Baker make it fun and makes me FEEL like I CAN DANCE.  You, Ilyse are seriously one of the best dance choreographers/teachers in town.  Otherwise, my dancing fun is restricted to weddings and Mitzvah occasions and I am being serious. 

IB:  Thanks so much.  I love sharing my passion for dance and fitness with you and everyone else.  It is amazing!  When you heard that I was holding a contest for my 1st DVD where I needed a title badly, what was your first reaction?

SL:  I was baffled because I thought the name was obvious, but excited that I might have a chance to win.  Who doesn’t like a good contest?

IB:  Can you announce the title of my 1st DVD, please?

SL:  Dancinerate™ Burn with the Beat

IB:  How did you come up with Dancinerate™ Burn with the Beat as the title?

SL:  You had already started to brand the “Dancinerate™” name so it felt to me that it had to be included in the title of your DVD.  As for “Burn with the Beat,” that’s what we do every day in YOUR CLASS! … That and you encourage us to be sexy at times and sweat, Dancinerate™, Sexy Sweat” may be the name for your next installment!!!  Do I win again?! :)

IB:  Very cool and I love your idea for DVD 2….hhhmmm I will keep it in mind.  Thanks.  Are you excited about winning Your Reebok Custom Card?

SL:  Super excited!  I’ve always wanted to customize a pair of shoes, and they have so many incredible colors and styles to choose from.  It sounds like fun.

IB:  I cannot wait to see what you create.  I know that Reebok is itching to see your kicks too so make sure you give me a picture of them once they are made so I can send it to Reebok HQ.  Any ideas on how you will customize your new kicks?

SL:  I think I’m going to look at some of my favorite clothes and see if I can incorporate those colors into my shoes so no matter what top I’m wearing my shoes will enhance instead of detract from the outfit.  OR I may just throw caution to the wind and go big, bold, and crazy, which is another lesson you have taught me over the years.  “Make it your Own.”

IB:  I vote go BIG, BOLD, and CRAZY!!!  I cannot wait to see what you create and more importantly see you dance in them.  Thanks so much for coming up with my title and being a part of this exciting project of mine that I have wanted to do for so long.

We will check in with Sheri Levy soon to see her awesome Reebok kicks!

It is so exciting that I am less that a month away from launching…

Dancinerate™ Burn with the Beat

Stay tuned for more updates coming soon…

See YOU on the 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