2014: Only the Beginning, Only Just the Start

2014: Only the Beginning, Only Just the Start

I’m looking forward to a great 2014, both personally and for the people with whom I teach; and the best is yet to come!

My 2014 journey started out being interviewed by Tafiq Akhir, America’s Healthy Lifestyle Coach, on the Global Voice Broadcasting network.  Tafiq’s show is broadcast live Friday nights at 9PM EST / 6PM PST on www.globalvoicebroadcasting.com, focusing on fitness, nutrition and wellness support.

Tafiq is a jack-of-all trades and incredible at what he does.  We first met a couple months ago on a Qignition fitness shoot and hit it off right away.  I was incredibly honored, flattered and excited that Tafiq invited me to share my thoughts about business, fitness and health on his show for a complete hour!  We chatted about New Year’s resolutions (Tafiq calls them “goals”), nutrition, healthy eating, diets and much more and I was able to talk with a caller who has a couple of children and doesn’t have time to work out and share my ideas of how she could make exercise part of her daily routine.

Click below to WATCH and LISTEN:

“To Your Health and Fitness” – January 3, 2014 with Special Guest Dance and Fitness Expert, Ilyse Baker

From a business perspective we talked about the importance of fitness pros working together and never being negative about others, that some people like different pro’s energy and some people will like my energy and others will like someone else’s energy better, and that’s okay! We also talked about my “Dancinerate” DVD and digital downloads (you can get a discount on my Website by putting in the code “dance247”) and much, much more.  You know the old cliché “time flies when you’re having fun?” Tafiq and I had such a great time the hour flew by and we couldn’t believe that the show was over.

My interview with Tafiq was incredible; I’d like all my friends to ‘like,’ ‘follow’ and check out Tafiq on all his Social platforms and website:





2014 is going to the next step in my journey that started with this interview, and I’ve been asked to do others over the next couple of months.  I’m incredibly excited about my DVD, the Weight Watchers DVD I created and look forward to helping people get fit and have fun in the New Year.

Until next time, I leave you with the following thought from Tafiq: “There is nothing to it, but to do it!” 






A Childhood Fantasy Comes to Life….Almost!

A Childhood Fantasy Comes to Life….Almost!

When I was a kid I loved looking at cereal boxes to check out the toys inside or pretend that I was the athlete featured on the front of the box: !  I use to say to myself, “it would be so cool to be on a cereal box…ha ha yea right…fantasy!”

Many years later I may not yet be on a cereal box, but I’m proud and excited to be featured with a worldwide brand that helps people with their health and wellness: Weight Watchers!

After a long audition process I was hired to fully create and lead Weight Watcher’s “The Ultimate Dance Party” 3 DVD program, their first ever dance workout series and first workout series for 2014. It still feels like I am in a dream that I was a part of such a major production with this incredible company.  They fully trusted me with designing the entire program, picking the music, creating the choreography and developing the entire program from A-Z.  Now of course it wasn’t just me.  Kaitlin McCabe, Coordinator, Products & E-Commerce from Weight Watchers was fantastic throughout the entire process and I always enjoy working with Andrea Ambandos and Dragonfly Productions; she and her team are total pros.

The process was different from anything else I’ve ever done.  Not working with my backup talent from the beginning, I created 220 minutes of choreography and then sent it to them by computer; they had two weeks to learn it and get to know me via their computers.  Would they love what I created?  Would they love me?  Could they do it the way I envisioned? Would they be ready for rehearsal before the final shoot?  Would I?  All these thoughts went through my head.

Rehearsals ran smoothly and then the BIG shoot day arrived and while it was a long and exhausting day, everything clicked and at the end of the day my smile couldn’t have been wider!  Working with such a talented group of people was absolutely incredible and we just kicked butt!

While I was in New York for my Thanksgiving break, I had the opportunity to visit the Weight Watchers corporate office and meet with Kaitlin, who introduced me to many others on the Weight Watchers team.  It was a fantastic day and I’m so looking forward to their members taking advantage of what we all put together.

I am so proud of this program and baby of mine that was born.  If you are not a Weight Watchers member, it will go to retail soon; however you CAN walk into a Weight Watchers meeting room and buy it; click on this link and find a meeting room near where you live: http://www.weightwatchers.com/plan/mtg/index.aspx.   

I am just saying…you might not want to wait one minute.  See for yourself and let me know what you think:


It is time to DANCE with me in your home living room today!