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Fitness Review: MoveStudio’s Beginner’s Belly Dancing Class

Belly dancing fascinates me. It’s mystery, intrigue, sensuality, confidence, and allure all wrapped up in those slinky moves I wish I could imitate. After scrolling through MoveStudio’s extensive class schedule, it took me forever to pick one. There were just so many and I wanted to try them all!

IMG_4728To face my fear again with choreographed dancing, I decided on belly dancing and begged a friend to come with me. Safety in numbers yo. Leading up to it, I felt slightly anxious, terrified, and excited. I really hoped I wouldn’t make a complete ass of myself.

About 10 people showed up to the class. Half the attendees were first timers or newbies like myself and I just felt so much more comfortable. My friend Diem showed up in her cute purple shimmy scarf for her hips and I wanted one so badly! I just wanted to jingle with everyone else. One of the regulars was nice enough to lend me her blue shimmy skirt from Egypt just so I could get the full experience. It even matched my shirt. Win!

So while I am pretty sure I was off beat more than half the time, I had to consciously tell myself to relax and enjoy it. No one is judging me. Eventually the steps came and it ended up being a lot of fun. We learned the basics of walking and slinging your hips to the side, and isolating different body parts such as your head, shoulders, chest and hips to get into the groove of belly dancing. Basically, the class was about being fierce. *snap snap*

With a beginner class like this, I’m intrigued to see what a person can learn as they advance to more intermediate and experienced levels. While what I learned were just the basics, I felt like I learned so much. I wished the class was longer!

I can be a very stiff moving person, especially when I’m overthinking each step and movement. I have a habit of getting too into my own head about it and it results in an awkward swan dance.

IMG_4725I think what I loved about this class the most after finally getting into the groove of it was the feeling of confidence you gain. Even though, I wasn’t doing everything perfectly, I felt confident and even a little sexxay! Ha.

Belly dancing is an incredibly seductive dance. I might see the occasional belly dancer performing in a hazy hookah bar now and then, but I don’t know much about it other than that. I’ve become entranced with their movements and wished I could move as beautifully as they can. Participating in this class made me feel more in awe.

The hour class felt too short. I wanted to learn more. I wish there was time for more hip movements. While looking into the mirror, I never new I could do actually mimic some of those movements. I believe that was the whole point of this challenge, to push myself and learn things that I didn’t know I could possibly do.

It’s common to hear the phrases “never say never” or “don’t knock it till you try it” or other variations of the saying. Many people, myself included, tend to use fear as an excuse to not try something new. Walked away feeling really glad I came to this class.

If you happen to be interested in taking a belly dancing class at MoveStudio, attend the drop-in classes a few times to get the basics and then keep a lookout for series or workshops to progress with lessons. Bring a friend if you are a little nervous, like I was, but it’s definitely a lot of fun.

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Fitness Review: MoveStudio’s Nia, Ecstatic Dance, Yoga Class

I was invited by MoveStudio in North Dallas to drop by and check out a few complimentary classes. As an avid gym rat, I thought this would be a great opportunity to explore different avenues of fitness and expand my horizon. Over a 2 month period, I attended classes I would otherwise never try. This would be a great way to get out of my comfort zone, stay open-minded about the possibilities and talk about my experiences.

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Typically, I prefer to workout alone or with my trainer because I can go at a pace I am comfortable with. The alone time is also therapeutic in relieving stress and for the most part, I am in the zone. No interruptions. I also have a terrifying fear of learning choreography for dance classes. I would be so in my head about how I looked and that has kept me from joining any classes. Dance classes and even video games like Dance Central always made me so self conscious I never really wanted to try it again.

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Fitness Review: Dallas Fit Body Boot Camp

Dallas Fit Body BootCamp reached out to me to come check out a boot camp class before their grand opening and after some slight hesitation I decided to go for it. I’ve never liked the idea of boot camps. When I think of boot camps, I imagine sweating in the heat and getting yelled at while struggling to do pushups. It’s more like a nightmare. A nightmare with endless pushups. Ugh. ::shivers:: Forget that!

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I am not a fan of working out in the heat. I like my A/C and there’s nothing about a Dallas summer heat wave that entices me to get my butt outside and suffer through a workout. But the thing that really caught my attention to check it out is that this was an in-door boot camp so I thought I’d give it a try. The first Dallas location of the franchise moved from its Deep Ellum spot to its new location off Ross and Washington Ave. I have a feeling this sad stretch of Ross Ave. is going to become a pretty awesome place soon. Smart move, DFBB.

First Impression: The location is strange. It used to be a chiropractors office but owner Turner Cavendar has transformed it to accommodate group training sessions and even one-on-one personal training sessions. There were some final touches missing, obviously before the grand opening but it’s well on its way. There is one main room where all the bootcamp group sessions take place. The space is big enough to accommodate about 20 people. Workout equipment is stored neatly against the wall. There’s a variety of kettle bells, pull-up bars, TRX suspension gear, ropes, and more. It didn’t feel quite like a gym yet, but with all the equipment laid out, I was a little anxious to see what I would be doing for his class. Continue reading Fitness Review: Dallas Fit Body Boot Camp

Birthday Bubble Soccer at Cole Park

What is bubble soccer you ask? Only one of the best recreational sports ever created. Imagine being encased in a large bubble suit and running full speed at another bubble friend, only to collide and be ejected in the opposite direction. Your legs are dangling in the air as you roll upside down, unsure which way is up. All you see is sky. If this were a cartoon, there would be satisfying BOING! sounds erupting from every part of our faux soccer field followed by squeals of delight and giggles and then followed by profanity (most of the profanity came from me. Soweee…). With the cushion of the inflated bubble, no major injuries are incurred, but you will be sore! You’ll just have to watch my videos to get what I’m talking about. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HL7_-w4tQZU&feature=youtu.be Guys vs Guys Bubble Soccer. None of the girls wanted to get caught up in any of that. lol Continue reading Birthday Bubble Soccer at Cole Park

Fitness Review: Aerial Silks with Lone Star Circus

When I think of aerial silks, I think of those amazing contortionist performing for Cirque du Soleil doing all kinds of cool bendy things mid-air. So when my friend Mel invited to me check out a beginner’s aerial silks class, I wasn’t sure what to expect. All I knew was that I needed to channel my inner cirque du soleil performer! I’m definitely not flexy enough nor am I graceful. I’m a walking catastrophe most times, but I walked away absolutely in love with the class.

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The drop-in class is only $20 and it was hosted by Lone Star Circus at Rogue Athletics in Carrollton. Upon arrival, I showed up before my friend and immediately did not like the location. I thought Rogue Atheltics looked like a dump with dim fluorescent lighting and the large room where the aerial silks class was taking place wasn’t all that impressive either. I wasn’t quite sure how I felt about all of this…


I was able to lift myself into a hand stand  and complete two different basic moves. It took a few tries and lots of “What now?!!?!” and “helpppp”.

As more attendees trickled in, I noticed most of them were warming up and stretching so I followed suit. As the class began, we all did a few warm up exercises and stretches. Sitting in a circle of people who can do the splits while I can barely touch my own toes made me feel really out of place. It was actually intimidating. I kept thinking about how stiff I am and I’m definitely not flexible…so what the heck am I doing here? How am I supposed to hold myself up in the air? For a moment, I even started to wish I hadn’t come, but I had to see it through. Continue reading Fitness Review: Aerial Silks with Lone Star Circus