Last month, I did an unusually spontaneous thing. I was on Facebook when I saw a video of a dancer who had amazing fluidity and grace. And playfulness. You know, the exact qualities I want in my dance. When I googled her, I found out she lived in Toronto — and I was about to … Continue reading Private dance class with Badia Star
Ursula Karven is a German actress whom I only know because of her series of yoga DVDs. If, like me, you tend to check out the workout section of any DVD display, you will know her face. Her DVD Power Yoga is not the kind of thing I usually go for, mainly because I prefer hatha … Continue reading Review of Ursula Karven’s Power Yoga
Yesterday my ballet studio had its regular summer recital. My experience of it was different from all the others, and I wanted to capture that briefly here. The background is that the past few months were busy and stressful — perhaps no more than my work usually is, but I had expected and badly needed … Continue reading Reflections on a ballet recital
If a workout video can make a person have extremely confused feelings, this one is it. Julianne Hough is a two-time Dancing with the Stars champion. She is young, peppy, charming, and impossibly slim. She’s also a real dancer (as opposed to a fitness pro who adapts dance moves), so I was looking forward to working … Continue reading Reiew of Julianne Hough’s Just Dance!
First, a confession: I am, apparently, the kind of person who enjoys Latin-dance-themed workout videos. For a long time I was a bit of a snob about video dance instruction. I wanted the real thing, not some workoutified, sweatified, neonified version of real dance. I didn’t want to do lunges in the middle of a … Continue reading End-of-year thoughts
Months ago, I decided my end-of-summer treat would be a weekend of workshops at Khalida’s studio called Movespiration. I knew Khalida a bit, through her DVDs and from online conversations. I’d reviewed her Shimmies DVD and worked a bit with her All About Arms program, and over email we geeked out a bit on dance … Continue reading Movespiration weekend with Khalida
Ever since I’ve started taking ballet classes, I’ve been on the lookout for really great flexibility programs. Ballet does help with a certain amount, but one or two classes a week don’t make up for being in my thirties’ and sitting at a desk all day. And when I can’t go to ballet for a … Continue reading Review of Kristina Nekyia’s Bendy Body: A Flex-Stability Workout