I've received multiple requests for more info on Zumba. I love YouTube, so here's a sampling:
My local friends - take Zumba with me! It'll be a blast!
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
I have found a new home!
Please allow me to back up a little:
I started dancing at age 10. I fell in love with dancing, and dance was my LIFE until I graduated high school. I danced after high school, but gone were the days of 5 nights a week.
When we moved to New York in 2002; I “auditioned” dance studios. Mostly, kids only in the classes, and they were focused on recital. I became discouraged, fast.
Fast forward to about the past six months where I have NEEDED to dance. Literally, I felt an ache in my body because I wasn’t dancing.
Last night, I checked out The School of the Arts at the National Museum of Dance. I knew other “studios” rented space from the Dance Museum’s dance studios, but I didn’t think the Dance Museum had a teaching studio. (The physical studio space is BREATHTAKING!)
Turns out, School of the Arts is about 2 years old (who knew!). The best part: They WELCOME adults with open arms. In fact, last night, it was mostly adults in the classes. I have found a studio that has Zumba, Jazz, Tap, Ballet, and Hip Hop where I can dance as an adult “that used to dance”. This school focuses on technique vs. “preparing for performance”. From the studio of my childhood, I learned that nothing can replace solid technique. Jazz class was just that; JAZZ CLASS – not hip hop! I love old school jazz! It’s really like coming home for me.
On my drive home from class, I was tearing up because: I am home! I have found a studio that fits my needs PERFECTLY! Complete tears of joy!
Also, on the drive home I was thinking: HOLY MOLEY I am so out of shape! In my head, I’m still that 16 year old that could dance 5 nights a week for multiple hours a night, run a couple miles in the mornings before school and weight train. Sooooooo….. last night my body was like “WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!?!!”. I haven’t danced AT ALL in 5 years… and last night I did an hour Zumba class and an hour of jazz.... I need to ease into this!
Finally, my birthday is coming (I’m a BIG birthday person). A week ago I decided this year I wanted Amazon.com gift certificates. Now, I’m thinking I want class cards for the School of the Arts OR Amazon.com gift certificates. (oh, ya, I forgot; this studio allows me to drop in and pay per class or buy a class card where the classes are slightly cheaper per class – and the best part, the classes are used as I show up for class – instead of paying for a semester, and if I miss a class or two, I don’t get a refund. This studio is PERFECT! I am soooooooooooo HAPPY!)Thanks for reading…. I have come home!
Friday, July 25, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
(I've been cleaning out old stuff, and have found some old photos. These are too much fun - had to share!)
In 2001 we went to Jamaica with family, and I got my hair cornrowed:
After my hair was cornrowed, it bleached out in the sun. Here's what my hair looked like AFTER I took the cornrows out:
I'm not that blonde anymore!
Peace & Blessings!
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
I was going through some old photos recently. Here are a few gems:
Merlin, 4 weeks old
Alison with Merlin (6 months old)
Apollo, 3 Months old
Adam with Apollo (2.5 years old)
Apollo and Merlin (3 years old)
My "boys" are going to be 7 this September! Hard to believe!
Funcycling on Cannon Beach, Oregon!
My brother and sister-in-law flying kites on Cannon Beach
Peace & Blessings!
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
It’s my Wedding Anniversary today.
I scraped a photo of Cannon Beach (where we got married) for your viewing pleasure:
If you’ve seen the movie Goonies…. Does this beach look familiar?
I think the funniest part was we just walked out onto the beach and said “Here’s a good spot”. Oh, AND, we are on someone’s vacation video somewhere. Seriously, during the ceremony, some random person videotaped it.
I’ve been married for 8 glorious years to my best friend, the love of my life, my partner in crime!
I love you Adam!
Peace & Blessings!