Summer fitness plan (still on the Class Pass bandwagon)

Since February, I’ve been holding in some kind of pattern but it’s a different season and it’s time to shake things up with respect to my fitness. In the recent past, I have had a rude awakening about my complacency towards my routine. Specifically, a Hell’s Bells (dumbells, sandbells, kettlebells) class my colleague led at…

Checking in re: the fitness thing

I did say back in February that I would check in on the ballet and flexibility goals in a few months and that has elapsed. So … here we go … In terms of flexibility, I am maintaining and more frequently doing bendy things than I was, say, this time last year. In barre, when…

Back to dance and ballet/flexibilty goals

In the afternoon after Day 3 of my new job, I was sauntering on Georgia Street (I really was) and I wasn’t on the phone but I was gripping it with one hand. I rolled my ankle on some uneven pavement or a soil bed and went down (“PK’ed”, NPY likes to say). Some sensible…

Will the Sarah McLachlan ballet tour outside Alberta?

I was in Toronto over Easter and heard the tail end of a news segment about the ballet, Fumbling Towards Ecstasy, based on Sarah McLachlan’s music and grumbled, “Of course Toronto has the cool ballet.” It turns out Fumbling is a production of the Alberta Ballet which, under the artistic direction of Jean Grand-Maître, is…

On the Zumba bandwagon

It was from my friend Vinnie in Toronto that I first heard about Zumba. She was quite addicted a year or two ago and I only half listened because her gym is GoodLife and they are inexplicably absent from Vancouver proper and I didn’t belong to any gym. But now I have a Fitness World…

My “So You Think You Can Dance” Classes

As with all things in life, I thought it could be beneficial to my current routine to infuse a new element; that is, diversify my dance repertoire from solely ballet by adding another style of dance. Once upon a time, I took jazz alongside my ballet classes because it was another “classic” dance. Mum, being…

Fame Mondays

Every time I walk up the steep two storeys of stairs to the top floor of my dance studio, Harbour Dance Centre in downtown Vancouver, I pass by all the other studios and the masses of dancers waiting for their class to begin. It’s not a huge stretch to draw similarities between the dance studio…

So You Think You Can Dance Canada – Season 2

Just in case we are not aware of it, Angry Asian Man takes it upon himself to alert you to the Asian contestants in some reality shows even when it is apparent he does not watch them himself (SYTYCD s05, SYTYCD s04). It’s always interesting to me to note when there is an under- or…

Crossing Culture Lines

I wanted to add my thoughts to the lackluster, non-existent debate* swirling around the July 16 episode of “So You Think You Can Dance” when ten dancers remained: five guys and five girls. The night before, to show off their talents in smaller groups, the girls performed a group number together and the guys did…

dance dance dance

The initial idea was to replace running with dancing. But with a 90-minute ballet class costing $18 (or $14 at my reduced rate) per, I go approximately once every two weeks*. I really wish it was as often as once a week (Monday, after work) but once you insert a commute time, well, I am…