MORNING STRETCH CLASS (40mins )
Morning stretching is important for your body to help kick-start your energy levels, aid circulation and increase flexibility in muscles and joints. Ease morning back stiffness. A full body stretch can provide the best start to your day!
Class size limited to 10 participants to ensure individualized attention to proper form and alignment. I am a fitness instructor and classically trained dancer who studied at the Julian E. Blanco School of Classical Ballet in Puerto Rico, and am a former member of The School of American Ballet (the official ballet school of New York City Ballet), Ballet Classico and Ballet de San Juan. I know the importance of a good morning stretch and proper technique. Join me weekdays, Monday through Friday, at 8am!
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Practice Makes Perfect-ly Passable?
Somehow the path of my little dance project has led me to this. A performance. That’s right folks in front of real live people!
Yep, that sh*t cray. The gal who’s terrified of eight counts of eight in a jam circle has somehow voluntarily put herself in a situation to spend an entire song in front of other humans.
For the last 11 weeks I have been practicing my little keds off, trying to get this routine down. I’ve had to learn steps like Solo Charleston, Fishtails, Boogie-backs, Falling off the Log and other whacky names. Note to self, whoever this Shorty George fellow is, I’m gonna kick him in the shin when I meet him.
Not only do I have to get all the steps down, you want me to actually listen to the music AND count? I know I’m Asian and this whole numbers thing should come a bit more naturally but…my overly analytical chick brain keeps overwhelming me to a point where I lose track of everything. And it all just goes blank.
Thanks to my beautiful dance-mates shouting cues like “left foot!”, “step!”, I wasn’t a total hot mess. I would have been even more clueless if it weren’t for them. I was simply determined not to be the weakest link.
See, the thing about these performance situations is that there’s no warming up. You get one shot. That’s it. No second chance. No do-overs. As Eminem put it so eloquently “You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow. This opportunity comes once in a lifetime yo”. Ok, ok so this isn’t that dramatic. We actually get another opportunity in 2 days.
Shaky knees? check!
Sweaty palms? Check!
Queeze slash nausea? Check!
Glass of booze? Check!
All that hard work for a mere 4 minutes. All that practice to be, meh.
I’ll let you be the judge (hopefully a not-so-harsh judge 😉
by Masae Kusada
Not-So Divine Comedy.
In Dante’s Inferno there are nine circles of hell. For me…there’s one and only one. It manifests itself in the form of a Jam Circle. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this ring of misery, wiki will tell you that it’s where “Dancers clear a circle (jam circle or dance circle) and dancers or dance couples take turns showing their best tricks while the remaining dancers cheer the jammers on.” And now that’s all fine and dandy if you have these said tricks in your repertoire but when it takes all your coordination just to remember when to kick knee kick, this circle becomes the shape of nightmares. You want me to do what? Dance while everyone watches? My reaction? Oh heeeeellllll no (insert finger wag and head bob here).
To the dismay of one particular individual (the ring leader of this particular dance experiment) you will find no pics of this circle here.
Instead you’ll see us scare-crowing (yes! As in, follow the yellow brick road). Here’s silly Samantha doing her strong man impression instead of scarecrow.
This week in the partnered charleston class we covered what to do if you miss connecting with your partner and let’s face it, that’s gonna be happening a lot with me so this was a vital lesson.
The rest of the evening was fine, fun even. Don’t mistake that blurry smile for joy though. That smirk is just camouflage for my confusion.
I know I said last time that I would “try” but in the immortal words of my life guru Yoda, “Do or do not. There is no try”.
Despite every fiber of my being screaming “do not!”, I choose to do. Even if it means making a fool of myself, at least it’ll be funny.
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