New Natalie Dancewear Dance Socks

Hello loves!

On Wednesday, I was on my way to rehearsal when my phone lit up with an Instagram notification! A few weeks ago, I entered a contest on Instagram with DiscountDance.com – the online retailer I purchase all of my dancewear and needs from. They were having a contest, and to enter you had to comment below their photo your favorite blog post from the Discount Dance blog, and why for a chance to win THREE pairs of the new Natalie Dancewear Dance socks!

Well, as I am walking down 8th street in the East Village NYC, my phone lit up with a “liked comment” notification, telling me Discount Dance liked my contest entry comment. At this point, I totally forgot I entered the contest two weeks prior, and thought it was nice of them to acknowledge my comment (I wrote a lot, and really liked the article from their blog). Five minutes later, I received another notification from Instagram from a tagged comment from Discount Dance, saying I was one of the lucky winners!!

Coincidentally, this summer I discovered Natalie Dancewear made turn socks, which I put on my birthday wishlist! I didn’t necessarily think those socks were going to be great because they had padding on the ball of the foot of the sock, but I thought they  would be interesting to try. I never ended up buying them or getting them as a gift, so when I saw Natalie made a new design for their dance socks without padding, I new I had to enter the contest! If I didn’t win, I told myself I’d buy a pair just to try whenever DiscountDance.com had a free shipping deal.

Related: See Birthday Wishlist – It’s My Jordan Year

Now, I have three pairs of these socks coming my way for free! I was so shocked I won, and I cannot wait to try them out! They remind me a lot of the Apolla Shocks socks, which are the biggest name in dance socks on the market right now, with each pair retailing about $30. I don’t own Apollas, but I know a lot of dancers and dance educators who do who love them.

The Natalie socks retail for about $11.00 a pair (but right now they are on sale on their website for $5.91), so I will definitely be writing a follow-up post about their wear, durability, and traction once I have a few weeks to test them out! Here is a link in case you want to check them out:

Natalie Dance Socks

This was one of the highlights of my week, so I just had to share it. I hope you all enjoy this snow day we’re having if you live on the Northern East coast, and if not, have a fabulous Friday anyway!

**This post is not in any way sponsored by DiscountDance.com. I entered the contest and was choosen by the decision of Discount Dance**

Xoxo

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Pliè for Pink – Barre for a Cause

Salutations my pretties!

On October 27, my Xtend studio along with many other Xtend Barre studios participated in Pliè for Pink! Pliè for Pink is a series of donation fitness classes where members and community residents come in to workout for a cause! Even Xtenders with memberships paid the class registration fee on this day, and 100% of our proceeds went to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer – an organization dedicated to funding research for breast cancer treatment and cure! Together as a community, our studio raised over $1000.00!

I taught the last class of the day – a 75 minute Barre Bootcamp! This task was super daunting to me since I just passed my instructor test-out last month. I met with my trainer two weeks ago to create a workout for the barre camp, and for 36 hours leading up to the event, I was rehearsing and practicing my class non-stop. I really wanted it to be perfect, especially since this was my first Barre Camp as an official instructor.

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Along with getting their workout in, participants received a free pair of pink Xtend Barre sticky socks for class, and could enjoy cryotherapy facials, and desserts from Splurge Bakery!

I don’t think the class could have run any more smoothly!! It went SO well, and I was very proud of myself for being able to lead my lovely clients through 75 minutes of non-stop burning, sculpting, and cardio! Being able to teach at an event like this for such an incredible cause was humbling. Many women in my life either had cancer, or have battled cancer in many forms, so to raise awareness and money for breast cancer research with a room full of strong women was empowering.

I can’t believe Xtend Barre fell into my life so perfectly, and is something I not only love to do, but also is something I’m good at doing. I never thought I could excel as a fitness instructor (being so immersed in my dance teacher ways), but Xtend Barre has truly helped me become a better instructor in all of my avenues of teaching – dance included!

As much as we love Halloween and anticipate the upcoming holiday season, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and it is important to come together as a community to give back.

Sending love and light your way today! Thanks for reading!

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I am Officially an Xtend Barre Instructor!

HELLO EVERYONE!

If you recall, in the spring I wrote about my weekend training to become an Xtend Barre instructor, and how Xtend Barre has changed my body! Well as you also know, right after training I left for 6 weeks for the American Dance Festival, and when I returned home, I jumped right into studying and training for test-out for my Xtend Barre certification.

Related: Xtend Barre Training

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I am proud to finally say – I have officially passed my test-out and am now a fully certified Xtend Barre instructor!! This was months in the making, and I’ve wanted to dip into the fitness industry by teaching barre for many years. I’ve trained in all types of barre method classes for the past 5 years as an alternative to a regular workout regimen. My discovery of Xtend Barre was purely by chance, and a risk I knew would be worth the outcome. The opportunity came at a very significant time in my life as well, and I’m so grateful for it’s timing.

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Xtend Barre is a safe, and effective workout I whole-heartedly believe in. Not only have I seen the results on myself, I’ve seen them on many clients at our studio. I am SO PUMPED to be able to continue my education and my skill-set by joining this team of amazing Xtend Barre instructors. There is still so much to learn and discover, and I am definitely on my way to becoming the best, strongest me I can be.

If you all also remember, this was part of my 2018 goals! It’s been on my goal list for three years now, so now that I can officially cross it off of my long-term goal list is such an accomplishment! Onward and upward!

Related: 2018 Goal Check-In 

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If you ever have the opportunity, take an Xtend Barre class. No dance experience is necessary, and many clients have seen improved strength, agility, flexibility, and weight loss!

How have your 2018 goals been wrapping up? We still have 3 months left in 2018. Let’s keep kicking butt!

xoxo

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Xtend Barre Training

Hi everybody!

Sorry for the lack of posts lately! This past weekend I trained to become an Xtend Barre instructor in Brooklyn, New York! Xtend Barre is a really fast-paced high-energy workout that combines dance, Pilates, and weight training to help sculpt, shape, strengthen, and tone your body!

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This is really not just a workout for women either – men struggle through this class, even men who are strong or who are already professional dancers! At the training I attended, there was actually a male dancer from the Martha Graham dance company training with us, and he claims Xtend Barre is one of the most challenging workouts he has ever done. **If you don’t know Martha Graham’s technique, just know Graham dancers are 150% muscle, and if he says Xtend Barre is hard – believe it!**

I’ve been practicing and adding Xtend Barre consistently to my workout regimen for the last month and a half, and the results have been fast! My body is the most toned, strong, and lean it has ever been.  I’ve gained about 5 lbs of muscle within the last two months from switching up my workouts, and adding weight training (not including the weight sculpting you do in Xtend). I’m so excited to be on this journey to becoming an Xtend Barre Instructor. For the last part of the training, all that’s left to do is plan my test-out class, and film a test class for my trainer to review so I can officially start teaching!

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My body never looked like this until I found Xtend Barre – and the toning and definition has been really fast!

I really enjoyed myself learning the Xtend Barre technique this weekend, pushing my body to new limits, and meeting new people. Our trainer was also amazing, and I am really fortunate I was able to train under her direction and knowledge.

There is so much to do, and only 17 days left until my first day of work at the American Dance Festival! I can’t believe everything is wrapping up and coming full-steam ahead so quickly! It is all so exciting and exhausting in the best possible way!

I will definitely keep you all updated on my Xtend training, and can’t wait to share this career expansion into the fitness industry with you!

Have you ever tried Xtend Barre? Let me know if you have, or if you include barre fitness training into your workout regimen. I’d love to know your thoughts on it!

xoxo

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Citrus, Ginger, Coconut Water – Spring Thirst Quencher

Hello everyone!

Lately, I’ve been switching a lot of my cooking products/products I eat to coconut-derived products. For example, I’ve switched my milk to unsweetened coconut-almond milk; instead of olive oil, I use organic coconut oil; and instead of bringing regular water to rehearsals and teaching, I’ve been making this coconut ginger citrus water instead! I want to share this recipe because it has changed the way I hydrate, and I’ve only been experimenting with it for a week!

When I dance a lot/exercise a lot, sometimes regular water (room temperature or cold) becomes hard to swallow. That’s not a metaphor – I mean for me personally water becomes really hard to swallow because it just doesn’t cut it with no electrolytes or anything to replenish the salts I lose through sweat. I’ve never been a fan of Gatorade unless I have a bad cold! I just can’t tolerate the sugar when I am burning energy because it leaves a terrible taste in my mouth.

Coconut water has A TON of natural electrolytes and salts you need to replenish your body, without artificial colors, flavors, or added sugar and syrups. Although coconut water plain is just as good for you, it is an acquired taste. When sweating, plain coconut water may not be the best option to drink because it’s a bit bitter, thick, and salty. This citrus and ginger coconut water quencher is sure to provide a better, more palatable flavor, and yummy hydration for everyday drinking.

This is not my original recipe, however, you can get creative and add as much or as little as you want! I found the original recipe here: https://www.meghantelpner.com/blog/coconut-water-benefits/.

What you’ll need:

  • All natural coconut water (**I’ve used Vita Coco and Goya Coconut Water**).
    • Usually I use the regular 2-cup servings in the box you can get at the supermarket. Pictured is a larger coconut water, which may be more economical if you’re making this drink frequently.
  • Fresh ginger root
  • Regular filtered water
  • Fresh Lemon
  • Fresh Lime
  • Honey (if you want a little sweetness!)
  • A blender or NutriBullet

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What to do:

  1. Add 1.5 – 2 cups of coconut water to your blender
  2. Add 0.5 – 1.5 cups of regular filtered water to your blender (depending on how concentrated you would like the coconut water to be)
  3. Add 1 – 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
  4. Add 1 – 2 tablespoons of fresh lime juice
  5. Grate the ginger root and add 1/4 teaspoon or more of ginger to your mix (add more or less to taste)
  6. Optional Step: Add 1 tablespoon or more of honey for sweetness
  7. Blend!!
  8. Taste test, and adjust whatever more or less of whatever it may need. Or if you are satisfied, move on to the next step!
  9. Transfer to a refrigerator safe container, and chill. Serve cold!

It will stay fresh for up to two weeks in the refrigerator (if it lasts that long – it is SOO good!). It is best served chilled, and over ice. You can add fresh lemon and lime wedges, or more grated ginger to the top for garnish if you are planning to serve this to dinner guests/friends. You can blend it with ice and make a healthy, quenching, slushy, or even add tequila if it is Taco Tuesday and you’re feeling like you want a healthy twist on a margarita!

I’ve found this recipe to be delicious with a little more lemon and lime, a little extra water (not too much though), and a little extra ginger. I’ve also found it to be delicious with, or without honey! I will definitely be making this a lot while I am attending the American Dance Festival, and will be making this for all of the shows I have coming up! (I’m performing in my first full-length ballet – Midsummer Night’s Dream – in June).

What’s your favorite way to hydrate? If you try this recipe, or have another coconut water recipe, please share it in the comments! I would love to try it!

Xoxo

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