Archive for June, 2011

Must Cross Train!

June 25, 2011

Last week I took my first Pi-Yo class (combination of Pialtes and Yoga in one class) and I was so sore afterwards! Let’s see….each week I do at least four Baleltone classes, teach six Ballet classes, tak a “Cut to the Core” class and walk, walk, walk. So, how could I be sore form one Pi-Yo class?

Clearly I used different muscles and stretched differently in Pi-Yo. This made me realize how important it is to add variety to my workouts. And you should too!

Here’s a great article from ACE (American Council on Exercise) on the benefits of cross training:

http://www.acefitness.org/blog/36/what-is-cross-training-and-why-is-it-important/

 

Freedom to Soar!

June 19, 2011

My plan was to write about the importance of cross-training, but that will be a later post. This one is dedicated to my sister-in-law who fought a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). She was in a wheel chair for many years and got to the point where she could only move her arms if someone assisted her.

This makes me think about how much I enjoy dancing. I can’t imagine not being able to move. Dance, no matter what form, brings such joy to me. My body feels wonderful and so does my mind!

Fortunately programs such as Chair Yoga, have started to catch on. This gives participants a chance to stretch and move even though they are seated.

There are also dance performing opportunities and dance classes available for those with disabilities. Axis Dance Company creates and performs contemporary dance that is developed through the collaboration of dancers with and without disabilities. I have not had the chance to see this company live, but have viewed performance videos on YouTube. It is amazing how the pieces include dancers in wheelchairs or with crutches.

I’m thankful that I am able to move and hope that more of these programs will catch on so that those with disabilities can experience the joy of dance.  And to my sister-in-law, now you are free to soar!

Saratoga Dances Performance

June 11, 2011

Tonight I was one of about 175 people who were fortunate to attend the Sara toga Arts Fest “Saratoga Dances” performance at Skidmore College Dance Theatre. We were treated to a wonderful evening of dance by three NYC Ballet dancers and a short interlude by a local string quartet.

Three very different dance pieces were presented. The first, “Mopey”, choreographed by Marco Goecke, was a high energy, non-stop modern dance piece that was danced by Sean Suozzi. I kept wondering how Sean could make his arms reach the way that they wrapped around his body. Some of the movement was unpleasant.

We also got to see excerpts from “Apollo”, one of George Balanchine’s first pieces. I’ve seen video clips of this piece before, but have not seen the full performance. Now I want to see it.

The highlight of the evening was the commissioned piece, “The Enormous Room”, choreographed by Justin Peck. Justin explained to us that the piece was supposed to be about Saratoga. His inspiration for the piece was the contrast he felt between NYC and Saratoga – city vs. country.  All I know is that I didn’t want the piece to end. The arm movements reminded me of blooming flowers. There was the contrast of flowing movement and then sections where the dancers just held a beautiful pose. They were like a sculpture in a garden. And at the end, I imagined myself sitting out on the beautiful lawns at Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

I hope that “The Enormous Room” is performed again. More people must see it!