I’ll start this post off with a story, a horrific and mortifying story. There I was in a green sparkly tutu, my hair done up perfectly, and my proud parents waiting anxiously for me to step on stage. They herded our little group of ballerinas onto the stage and I could feel the lights beating on my back. We all dilly-dallied our way into formation just like we had been taught in class. The lights in the theater were so dark, suddenly my parents had disappeared into the silhouette of the audience. Panic struck just as the sound booth hit play on the track. The music blared and my world stopped. All my friends were doing some kind of twirl, but I couldn’t remember any of it. I stood there with my tiny 5-year-old heart beating out of my chest until suddenly, my eyes began to fill up with tears and I was sprinting into the audience in search of my mother’s arms. That was my first ever dance recital and I had hoped it would be my last.
One part of my life that you may not know about is that I am a huge Thespian… Actor/Stage performer (Get your mind out of the gutter). So, having a fear of dance definitely put me at a disadvantage. By dancing I mean choreographed, jazz hands, and pirouettes. Of course, drunk lazy lady fitness can dance like Beyonce and drop it like it’s hot when appropriate. Well, drunk lazy lady fitness THINKS she can at least. My fear of dancing sucked because I always wanted to be a dancer. They have killer legs and can express themselves so fiercely or delicately on the dance floor. I still to this day envy anyone that can dance.
When I moved to Denver and began auditioning for Musicals my lack of talent for dancing began to interfere with my ability to land roles. It also dictated what shows I was comfortable auditioning for. Les Miserables is my best friend since there is no dancing involved…usually. I decided to take action and do something about it. I scoured Groupon for a deal and found Dance2b!
I need to give Dance2b the praise it deserves. I walked in there so nervous and unsure, but Jennifer the owner assured me that everyone was welcome, no matter what level or dance you are at. I had the freedom of trying multiple classes too. They have everything from Basic Ballet, Tap, Broadway Style Jazz, Hip Hop, and Lyrical. The instructors are upbeat and help you every step of the way. One of the classes that I loved but was a complete novice at was beginning tap. I could not believe how difficult it was to learn how to shift your weight. My husband definitely got an ear full of me trying to do flap shuffle step ball change.
Another amazing class was Dancer’s Strength and Stretch. Talk about a core workout and the most I have ever been able to well..bend over and do the splits. That class was like yoga on steroids with some ab workouts thrown in. My body felt amazing afterward and I may have felt a bit like Gumby.
I also was able to take basic ballet, we had an amazing and charismatic instructor that picked the most upbeat songs to warm up and dance to. I always hated/loved ballet. I loved ballet because of how romantic and elegant ballerinas looked. I also loved ballet because of the early 2000’s movie “Save The Last Dance”.
What I hated about ballet was #1. the story above (Green Tutu) #2. When I was in high school I wanted to get back into dance, but the dance studio I signed up for forced me to take a beginning ballet class with 6-year-olds. I swear I ran out of that class crying my eyes out. Last but not least, #3. I hated the slow classical music we always had to do our routines too. at Dance2b we warmed up to Sam Smith, Rhianna, and even choreographed a dance to Lana Del Rey’s song “Young and Beautiful”. Dance2b made me feel excited to be learning ballet, it also didn’t fill me with embarrassment when I didn’t have proper form or couldn’t keep up with my more advanced classmates.
Dancing should be fun! If you are older and not planning on becoming the next Ginger Rodgers or Fred Astaire, there should be a place where you can go to get great cardio, those beautiful and toned dancer legs, and moves to impress your friends, without feeling embarrassed. I think this is one of the many reasons Zumba made such a tidal wave a few years back. “Dance like no one’s watching” right?
Speaking of Zumba…Check out this article about a teacher named Roni Tarver and how she lost 100 pounds by shaking her booty! http://bit.ly/RoniTarversStory
There are plenty of dance workouts to choose from. One of the most well known is Zumba, but one of my favorites is the New York City Ballet workout. Here is a quick Youtube clip of part 1.
Now enjoy and dance your heart out and shake those love handles away 🙂 Check out Dance2b and like their Facebook page as well!