Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Rose Red Dramatic Sequence Clips - 4/27/13

Dramatic sequences for Rose Red from rehearsals on 4/27/13

Snow and Mother

Rose, Snow and Mother

Arrival of Bear Prince and Bear leaves for Spring; Snow, Rose, Mother and Bear

Snow and Rose collect firewood. Dwarf gets beard caught in tree (leads into Gold dances); Snow, Rose, and Dwarf
And yes, this thumbnail is awesome!

Dwarf gets beard caught in fishing line (leads into Pearl dances); Snow, Rose, Dwarf and lead Fish

Girls come upon jewels. Dwarf confronts them. Bear confronts Dwarf (somehow I didn't tape the girls/dwarf interaction right before Jewels); Snow, Rose, Dwarf and Bear

"Go'in to the chapel/ Gonna get married". Wedding scene; Snow, Rose, Bear/Prince, Prince #2, Mother

Enjoy the dance that is life!


Monday, April 29, 2013

Oh So Sassy! New Zumba Wear! And A Way To Help With World Hunger!

If I was roll'in in dough I would probably go broke buying Zumba Wear. I can always rely on them to come out with some super cute stuff. They also carry my overall, all-time favorite cut of sports bra. And booty tassels! How could I live without my booty tassels.

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Love it!


There are a few others. I think these are pretty darn cute!


I think it's time for some new kicks! In all honesty, the Zumba shoes I bought awhile ago are still my most favorite for doing Zumba in. Ever.


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Enjoy the dance that is life!


Thursday, April 25, 2013

Rose Red Dramatic Sequence Clips.

Okay. Here are clips of the video sequences we have so far. I will post the newer, and more refined ones as they come. Use these to help refresh your memory about what happens when.

I have also posted the Gold Solo. I thought I had lost the video, but I found it. Yeah!

As a reminder, these are posted to You Tube under "Unlisted" meaning you need to have the link to watch them.

1).Rose Red; Arrival of Bear (Mom, Snow, Rose, Bear)

2). Rose Red; Rose and Snow gather wood. Come up Dwarf with beard caught in tree (Snow, Rose, Dwarf)
3). Rose Red; Dwarf fishing, gets beard caught in line. Snow and Rose come upon him (Dwarf, Snow, Rose) 
4). Rose Red; Dwarf admires his jewels. Snow and Rose come upon him, just before Jewels dance (Dwarf, Snow, Rose)
5). Rose Red; Dwarf confronts girls, Bear confronts Dwarf. After Jewels dance (Dwarf, Snow, Rose, Bear)
6). Bear Prince #1 explains curse to girls (Prince #1, Snow, Rose)
7). Rose Red; Wedding (Prince#1, Snow, Prince #2, Rose, Mother)
8). Rose Red; Ending (Prince#1, Snow, Prince #2, Rose, ? Mother).
Rose Red; Gold Solo
Enjoy the dance that is life!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Technique Tuesday! Placement Of The Leg In Tendu Side. Plus, A Simple Scarf Trick!

Technique Tuesday!

I have a short tutorial about the placement of the leg for tendu side in a turned out position.

Once you find your turned-out ballet first position picture yourself in your own personal rectangle. Rather than stretching your leg and pointing your foot directly side, think of pointing the foot to the corresponding front corner (right foot, right front corner). In this way you can better maintain proper alignment of the pelvis over the standing leg without causing torque in the joints and causing the working hip to lift up.

Using a scarf or dish towel as an aide, you can practice finding the proper placement for balance and proper use of the muscle groups of the legs, hips and pelvis.

Thanks for watching!

Enjoy the dance that is life!


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

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Over the last couple of days I've have a lot of questions about where I get my pants that I wear frequently when I teach Zumba. They are the kind with little strings that act as tassels. Booty-Tassels, I like to call them.


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Enjoy the dance that is life!


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Technique Tuesday; More On "The Pinned Butterfly". {Placement For the Hips and Shoulders In Tendu Front.}

Last Tuesday I posted about the concept of pinning the hips and shoulders to an imaginary mat, like a butterfly on display.

Today I have a short video to show it action.

I use a tendu front as an example move, but it applies to leg movements of any height that require stabilization of the hips and shoulders.

Hope this is useful!

Thanks for hanging and watching.

Enjoy the dance that is life!


Monday, April 8, 2013

Don't Wait...Feel The Joy Now!

I have found this to be so true. So many times I have heard stories from people, who having spent so many times watching from the outside, afraid to come in, finally just stepped. Once they did they realized there was nothing to worry about! The steps will come! But what you get right away is the joy!

Other amazing things I have heard from Zeoples (Zumba people);

" Doing Zumba has helped me get through a really stressful and uncertain time in my life."

"I have finally learned to move the area of my body between my shoulders and knees. All the places my mom told me not to move. And it feels so good!"

"I look forward to exercising now. I actually get excited about going to the gym!"

I have heard these and more, and they make my heart soar every time I hear them!

So don't wait! Get on the other side of that glass and start feeling the joy!

Enjoy the dance that is life!


Thursday, April 4, 2013


"Wobble" by V.I.C. is a song I've been using for awhile in my Zumba class. It's my Friday morning song!

There is one sequence of movement that came into question a few months ago. It seems that I was free styling a bit and changing things around at whim. So I buckled down and set those steps right.

Tomorrow we WOBBLE!

Enjoy the dance that is life!


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Technique Tuesday; The Pinned Butterfly.

A visual that I rely on quite often when teaching classical technique is the "butterfly pinned to the mat".


How can this apply? And why do I gotta pin a poor butterfly?

First we must become the butterfly (or bug of choice). Just for pretend. Don't worry, nobody is getting pinned in a display case.

Imagine that you are standing in first position

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Now imagine that a pin is running through the front of each shoulder, where the arm connects to the torso, through to a mat or imaginary wall.
Now do the same for the front of each hip, where the leg attaches up into the pelvis.

Because the arms and legs are not "pinned", but rather where the connect to the center of the body, the limbs are mobile. The limbs are mobile but the torso is not.

The concept of the "pinned butterfly" is to illustrate how the core, including the ribcage and collarbone, can be stabilized through movements.

Try it! Imagine you are pinned to a mat in the spots mentioned above. Now try bringing your arms to a position where you would hold an imaginary beach ball, while keeping those shoulders "pinned".
You can try the same for the legs. You don't need to do anything crazy. Just pin those hips and allow some movement in the leg without letting "the hip go".

Next week I will give a videoed tutorial of this concept in action.

Thanks for hanging out and reading.

Enjoy the dance that is life!