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Hey Dance Fam! I’m going to be traveling the first week in November. I’m off to Buenos Aires, co-hosting a Fit & Fly Girl retreat!
I have a few amazing guys filling in for me in my absence:

Youngstown
Saturday Nov 4|  9:45am | Joe Beiling DancePowered Choreography
Tuesday Nov 7 | 6:15pm | Joe Beiling DancePowered Choreography
Saturday|  Nov 11 9:45 am |John Delapena

Community Fitness
Monday, Nov. 6th 7:30 pm | Joe Beiling DancePowered Choreography
Friday Nov 3rd | 9:40 am | Courtney Florez
Friday Nov.10th | 9:40 am | Jessica Gleason
Saturday Nov 4th | noon | Sara Grippen
Saturday Nov 11th | noon | Sara Grippen

Studio 206
Thursday, Nov 2nd | 7:15 pm | John Delapena
Thursday, Nov 9th | 7:15pm | John Delapena

I’ll be back in action Monday the 13th, with my first class back at YT Tuesday the 14th.
We’ll hit the dancing hard when I return!
Looking forward to my Nov 17th  Masterclass,
Thanksgiving Day class,
and a chance to workshop choreography in January!

DancePowered Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving 2017

The Thanksgiving escape is here!

Take a break from cooking, houseguests, in-laws and holiday pressures!
Come see your dance pals and earn another serving of mashed potatoes by dancing it out with me on Thanksgiving morning!

$16 cash or check

Members can use punch cards.

See you soon!!!!!

DancePowered MasterClass

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We’re just a few weeks away from one of my favorite events to hold. Dance Fitness Masterclasses are a chance for me to push myself, and bring you new, hot choreography to dance to! I’ll be on stage so you and your friends can see clearly. The studio is spacious, and provides flat screens for magnified vision, club lighting and a hot sound system.

GET YOUR TICKETS EARLY!
11.17.17 | 7:00pm – 8:30pm| Community Fitness 6108 Roosevelt Way

 

Member Spotlight Cikeithia Pugh

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If you’ve been to a DancePowered class at Youngstown, or most of our events, you may spot long time member CiKeithia Pugh front row and smiling…bringing the swagger and fierceness to class! She’s been working on her fitness for several years now, making small, achievable changes to her life and sees results she likes! You can see the changes in CiKeithia from her earlier pictures above, Top image in 2011, and bottom image from 2014. All the rest are from 2017. Wow CiKeithia! Looking great!

CiKeithia, you with your beautiful smile, your positive attitude, your award winning work, style queen and dance swagger, we have questions for you!

What are your occupation and what are your  hobbies?

Program Manager and Racial Equity Consultant. I enjoy shopping, spending time with friends and family, and dancing of course!

How do you manage to fit it all into your day?

I don’t. Admittedly I am a work in progress. I completely push back on the notion of being able to do it all. My thoughts? Do what is most important one day at a time.

What’s the award you’re holding in the middle photo above?

It’s the 2014 SOAR Community Achievement Award : ) You’ll have to google it!

What are your fitness goals?

I threw away my scale years ago. I do not live my life by a number. My goal instead is to get some form of exercise at least 3x a week . Never stop moving! Food also feeds the brain so I am conscious of my meals making sure to eat a balanced meal breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as making good snack choices.

What keeps you motivated?

Reminding myself of how good I feel when I work out and physically seeing the results is the best motivator. I feel good!

What do you eat to fuel for your workouts?

Peanut butter and bananas. I also don’t forget water!

You’ve been with DancePowered on and off for nearly 7 years now (did you realize that?) What is it that you like about the class?

DancePowered makes me feel alive. The high impact workouts to all of my jams is the best ever! Jennifer is a phenomenal instructor that pushes us to the limit each class. I just love it.

How has dancing helped you in other areas in your life?

Confidence. If you can twerk in front of a stranger you can do just about anything.

I agree! 

What’s your guiltiest food pleasure?

Spicy nacho Doritos with con queso dip.

Was not expecting this level of guilty pleasure…..Well done!!! 

Fitness goals are best achieved with more than one format.
What else do you do to keep fit?

When my schedule permits I also attend a fitness boot camp.

What would people find surprising about you?

 I am not as outgoing as people think. I like to sit back and observe before I jump in. I place high value on relationships and like to surround myself with genuinely good people. I often say I have a lot of associates, but very few friends.

Beyonce’s alter ego is Sasha Fierce. Who is your dancing alter ego?

 I call her Keke. Keke is an around the way girl. Old school style. If it was a popular dance back in the day Keke will rock the hell out of it.

We love you and your alter ego!

What does your spouse think about your dancing?

 He loves it because it makes me happy.

Good Man. Wise Man.

What or where is your happy place?

 #1 A DancePowered Class #2 A good day of shopping

Sassy Words of Wisdom:

 Life is short, ride it til the wheels fall off.

Member Spotlight Kim Sharpe Jones

 

Kim Sharpe Jones is making big strides in her fitness mission. Learn what keeps her motivated and inspired for success!

Q: What’s your occupation and what are your  hobbies?
A:  Real Estate Marketing / hiking, reading, travel, working out
Q: How do you manage to fit it all into your day?
A: I’m lucky to work from home – saving that commute time is huge!
Q: What are your fitness goals?
A:  I’m almost 49. My goal is to be in the best shape possible by the time I hit 50 next summer. I tend to get tendonitis and similar injuries, so my goal is to stave those off by listening to my body, and taking care of it with massage, acupuncture and rest as needed.
Q: What keeps you motivated?
A: Fitting into my clothes. Making it up the trail.
Q: What motivated you to stick to your new fitness routine?
A:  I’m very motivated by my current goals, but also by my husband who is on this fitness journey with me. He has lost nearly 100 pounds by working out and eating better.
Q: What do you eat to fuel for your workouts?
A:  Before working out in the morning, I have a Garden of Life vegan protein shake. It has just enough boost to get me going, but it doesn’t fill me up. Then after working out, I have a kale smoothie (kale, coconut water, frozen blueberries, banana, peanut butter and coconut oil).
Q: Where are you in achieving your fitness goals?
A:  I’ve lost 40 pounds in the past few years, and I’m keeping that off. I’d like to lose another 15 pounds in the next year.
Q: You’ve been with DancePowered on and off for 6 years now (did you realize that?) What is it that you like about the class?
A:  that’s crazy!  I love the constant challenge of the choreography. I never look at the clock during class, except to think that I wish we had time for a couple more songs. 😀  I love when the adrenaline kicks in mid-way through class and we really get moving.
I also love the music. I don’t listen to much mainstream pop at home (I’m a KEXP listener), so I’m not familiar with the songs we dance to, but when I hear them out and about, l I feel at least a little hip. Like a couple weeks ago, I recognized the walk-up music for one of the Mariners batters. My nephew had to tell me that it was Kendrick Lamar, but hey, I knew the song anyway. (And the moves.)
Q: How has dancing helped you in other areas in your life?
A:  I have better moves when it’s time to hit the floor at weddings.
JC: That’s what I love to hear!
Q: What’s your guiltiest food pleasure?
A:  Way too much Theo Chocolate. I have to have a little bit (sometimes too much) every day!
Q: What other fitness activities?
A:  I really mix it up!  I do small group personal training twice a week at Anytime Fitness. I take other dance classes around town. I go for walks in the neighborhood, and now that it’s summertime I go for a hike every weekend.
Q: What would people find surprising about you?
A:   I’m a cancer survivor. I had non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 2008, so I’m nearly 10 years cancer free!
JC: YOU’RE AMAZING!
A:Also, my husband runs the Washington Beer Blog and we love beer travel. It’s one of the reasons we started dating – we met over beer.
Q: Beyonce’s alter ego is Sasha Fierce. Who is your dancing alter ego?
A:   well YOU are of course, Jennifer! 😀
JC: LOL!!!! LOVE IT!
Q: What does your spouse think about your dancing?
A:  He loves that it makes me happy.
Q: What or where is your happy place?
A:  In the middle of a hike, at the top of a mountain on a sunny day in August. One of my faves: Third Burroughs at Mt Rainier.

DayBreaker 90’s Throwback

I just led the most amazing crowd if only for a few minutes at a 90’s Throwback event produce by the fabulous DayBreaker. I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into, but what it was, was SUPER positive, supportive, FUN, sweaty, LIT and I hope to get back to it again!

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I had a dancer from class join me to help lead the crowd, and though it was a bit of a rocky transition when the music came on, we rocked on like champions!

Later, the mc asked me to join him in a freestyle to Poison (Bel Biv Devoe), and I was just a bit nervous to do so, because suddenly it was just the 2 of us on stage! An unrehearsed performance/freestyle, which has never been my strong suit, and in front of a crowd I did not know, to a song I hadn’t listened to for a while!

All ended well, and the crowd ate us up! I am really hoping for some video footage, and double hoping it looks good!

I gave up 2 classes to be at this event. Something I will rarely do. I happen to have amazing subs, so I was confident to leave my students in their capable hands. It’s important to get the DancePowered name out there, to get the style, the vibe, the energy of the kind of class it is out to as many people as possible. I’m glad I did it. It’s good to get out of your box every now and then. I do not regret it whatsoever!

It’s amazing to see dance continue to blossom in the states, and to have become even more accessible to people who may not dance if it weren’t for dance fitness, Zumba, or DayBreaker’s availability.

This was just one of those experiences that made me realize that dance continues to bring me opportunities, growth, strength, joy, community, power, and confidence. I am so grateful that I overcame my insecurities and fear of failing in front of other people, and pushed myself to become a dancer. It has not failed me.

Class Led

Thanks all who came out to help with our class led DancePowered Sessions while I was away on vacation! I’ve heard the most positive feedback about you all!

My pay for those two evenings was donated to both the Humane Society and to the ASPCA!

Thank you again for helping keep the energy going in my absence!

Flourless Breakfast Cookies

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This is a recipe I actually found on YouTube from Whole Foods. They are listed as Coconut Breakfast Cookies. However, they really don’t taste much like coconut! Regardless….I love these cookies. I made a few modifications to the original list of ingredients, and cooked them a bit longer so I could feel as though I’m eating a crispier cookie.

2 small bananas

1/4 c melted coconut oil

1 c quick rolled oats (Or thick oats, experiment here!)

1/3 c finely chopped walmuts

1/3 c coconut shavings

2 tbsp chia seeds

*2 tbsp vanilla protein powder

Handful of blueberries (and or raspberries)

Parchment Paper

Your favorite mini cake plate ; )
Mine is from hand made here in Seattle by my pal Tracy Mintz.

Mash your bananas in your favorite mixing bowl.
Pour in your melted coconut oil
Mash together with a potato masher.

Mix in the rest of the ingredients.

Divide the dough into 12 balls
Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
Flatten each cookie down with the bottom of a glass or your hand
Bake at 325/350 for 20-30 minutes (to your taste)

* I accidentally omitted the vanilla protein powder the first time around, and really enjoyed the cookies. I thought they were short of sweetness, but still really good! When I made the cookies a second time, I added protein powder. The smell of the powder really turned me off, so I only used 1 tbsp. That actually seemed too sweet to me. The third time, I used perhaps 1 tsp., and added blueberries and raspberries. This was the perfect combo for my taste.

I sadly have to take a time out from these for now as I’ve moved on to a Whole 30 moment my life. But I’m thinking about these little treats ; )
Let me know how they turn out for you should you decide to try them out!

Be Bold!

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What a great reminder! I ran across this gem in a sea of images on pinterest and it really resonated with me. I have lived very boldly in some ways, and played it safe in others, and as the years keep ticking by, I want to make sure I’m not being held back by fear when it come to trying new things, or letting old things go. I hope the same for all of you out there!

 

Fueling your morning workouts

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I often hear my students talking about skipping breakfast and not having enough fuel for morning classes. I can’t even imagine skipping a breakfast! It’s something I made a habit of in my mid 20’s when my fitness life began. Among other things, starting with a breakfast helped me “get in the game” for the day in terms of weight management and health goals. Pictured in this post is something I eat when I have a little more time to spend before classes, or on any given morning. Banana, Blueberries, Chia Seeds, Coconut Shavings, Walnuts, a spoonful of Almond Butter and a drizzle of Honey. MMMMM. I love this with hot black coffee or herbal tea.

While eating breakfast has many, many benefits, as a dance fitness instructor, I need to make sure I have the energy to lead intense dance fitness classes in the morning.  I try to keep it as simple as I can, as I tend to sleep for as long as possible before dragging myself out of bed. I found this awesome article, breaking down the different types of breakfasts you might enjoy depending on the time and type of workout you’re doing.

For my morning workout days,  it’s a banana and a spoonful of nut butter, or a protein shake and a banana, about 20-30 minutes before class. I would almost consider this more of a snack, but it gets me through class #1, without that “too full to workout” feeling. Without my breakfast, there is no way I’d be able to physically or mentally make it through leading a high intensity cardio class such as DancePowered. 

I’m also experimenting with the Whole30 diet, which excludes grains, added sugars and suggests limiting fruit intake. I’ll be posting a few of those breakfasts and meals in general in the upcoming weeks.

So you non-breakfast eaters! I hope you can find some inspiration in this post to help you get your day started right!

I’d love to hear your favorite breakfast? It can be healthful or not….I love hearing about all food experiences!