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!




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7 Comments on "A Childhood Fantasy Comes to Life….Almost!"

  • Carol says

    Ilyse, I am a WW member and purchased the Ultimate Dance Party as soon as it was released. THANK YOU so much! I am enjoying it immensely! I have danced with you every day for the past week. I am having a great time and feel so energized afterward! Everything is very well organized and easy to follow. I love the slow build up, we have time to learn all the steps and then get to dance away as we put it all together. It is an excellent program! Thank you and your team for doing such a great job!

    • Great job Carol! I am so thrilled to hear that you are enjoying your dance kit. That is music to my ears. I loved creating this program for Weight Watchers and hope to do more in the near future! Keep up the great work! You are a SUPER STAR~ ~ILYSE

  • Shari Stanley says

    I am interested in this video but having trouble finding it. The Weight Watchers’ center in Nashville does not yet have it. Any suggestions?

    • Thanks for your interest Shari. Did you try a Weight Watchers Store that has a meeting room in it?

  • Diane A says

    Hi Ilyse! Along with the other comments here, great job on the WW Ultimate Dance Party workout! I’m loving it and really enjoy your cool down compared to others that I’ve done in the past. I’ve enjoyed it so much that I purchased your Dancinerate as well, still a bit challenged with that one but really enjoy the moves and the music. Thanks so much for your outgoing personality and the fun you make working out!

    ~ Diane

  • Robin says

    Hi Ilyse,
    I just nominated you for the Michael and Kelly Top Instructor award. REALLY pulling for you . Like many others, I discovered you thru Weight Watchers and the “Ultimate Dance Party” DVD. I am thrilled with it and look forward to doing it whenever I can, especially Cardio Club. I am telling everyone about you now. You ROCK!!

    • Thank you SO much Robin! I am so thrilled that you found me and we are dancing together on your home dance floor. Keep up the amazing work and stay AWESOME! I really appreciate you, your hard work, and kind words. YES, please keep spreading the word about me and my programs…this way I can keep showing people how Dance, Fitness, and living a healthy lifestyle is the only way to go! I hope you get to watch me on Kelly and Michael too! xoxo, ILYSE

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