Alright, now this is just getting ridiculous. For the THIRD Monday in a row, I am stuck inside as we get ANOTHER two FEET of snow piling up as we speak. We have now gotten well over six feet of snow in just three weeks, and let’s just say shoveling is getting a little tedious…
So what’s a girl to do when Massachusetts is a giant white blanket? Every work commitment I have had for the past three Mondays has been cancelled, so that meant I could stay up a little later last night to check out the Grammys. I have the following thoughts on last night’s big awards show:
- Thank goodness for DVR. The beauty that is the “fast-forward” button should be considered one of the great wonders of the world.
- Annie Lennox KILLED IT in her performance with Hozier. That was not the sentence I expected to compose this morning.
- Did anyone else think Katy Perry looked pregnant in her tight, white performance dress?
- THANK YOU Ed Sheeran for reminding us that the Grammys are meant to honor MUSICAL talent…his performance with John Mayer, Quest Love and Herbie Hancock was off the charts.
- Why the F didn’t Kim Kardashian STAND UP after Ed Sheeran’s amazing performance?! Probably too busy texting…
- What was with the glaring religious overtones this year??
- I like Gwen Stefani and her new face as much as the next guy, but any song she performs just sounds like “Don’t Speak”.
- Pharrell was quite the snazzy dresser…from the knee up. Culottes are for Girl Scouts, my friend.
- Does Kanye West not rap anymore?
But one of the best moments by far was Kristen Wiig and Maddie Ziegler taking center stage for Sia’s “Chandelier” performance. Sia, as we know, is a little out there…and I’m not even sure I know what her face looks like…but her creative video concepts and focus on contemporary dance is mesmerizing to me. As a former dancer, I know that dance is quite the workout. Professional dancers are in peak physical condition, just like any athlete. So if you’ve grown bored with your everyday workout routine and are looking to try something new, well, the dance is calling.
If you’ve always wanted to try dance but feel your two left feet are holding you back, here are some strategies to get your dancing feet wet:
- Take a trial class at an actual dance studio – most places have classes like ballet, jazz, and hip hop for adult beginners.
- Give barre classes a shot – this form of exercise is loosely based on ballet, and is anaerobic in nature. This means that you won’t be sweating bullets by the end, but your muscles will be quite sore from the small, isometric movements.
- Grab a partner for ballroom classes – learn the basics of waltz, jive, or salsa in a group of other beginners. Most are there to practice not stepping on each other’s feet during their wedding dance, and the bonus is you get to drag your significant other or friend along for the ride.
- Get your energy up at a Zumba class – you get a great cardio workout whilst shaking your groove thang. The first class might feel a little fast-paced, but stick with it, the choreography is simple and you’ll get the hang of it in no time. Plus it’s just a lot of fun.
- Load up your DVD player – too embarrassed to try your dancing skills in public? Every form of dance workout is available on DVD or On Demand so you can REALLY dance like no one’s watching.
- Play some video games – popular games like “Just Dance” or “Dance Central” let you learn simple choreography while jamming out to today’s biggest hits.
Any dance workout is designed to really work your core, legs, glutes, and even upper body depending on which form you try. Like any exercise routine, it takes time before you might feel comfortable, and you’ll be activating muscles you’re not used to using (i.e. if you can’t get out of bed the next morning, you know why). But don’t give up; the reward at the end of the rainbow is those long, lean dancer legs you’ve always wanted! If you live in the Boston area and want personalized recommendations for some good dance or barre studios, just email me at email@example.com! I’m happy to assist. Besides, I literally cannot leave my house. So your emails are welcomed, more than ever. Snow on, Mother Nature, snow on…you haven’t broken us New Englanders yet…but you’re getting pretty darn close.