“We’re fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.”
In honor of Saturday’s National Dance Day, it only seemed appropriate that we take some time discuss DANCE and what it means to Studio Poise and some of our instructresses! Sure, at SP we sweat, we sparkle, and we smile; but, the core of all of this is the dance. From as far back as I can possibly remember, dance completely ruled my life. I don’t mean just going to my 5+ classes a week, but in everything that I did. Music moves me, I cannot help it. I remember spending hours in my parent’s basement choreographing countless dances to Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” (some things never change). As my parents music collection built up, I had a lot of dances to Mariah Carey’s “Someday”, Michael Jackson’s “Black or White”, and, one of my personal favorites “If” by Janet Jackson. All my birthday parties I just wanted to spend dancing and breaking up into teams for choreography battles. My friends hated it, and I always won (again, some things never change, haha). In college, I insisted myself and roomates host the “dance party”, and of course, I supply the playlist. Part of my becoming a group fitness instructor was when I had a moment during my first ZUMBA class as a student, and thinking about the songs I would use and the choreography I could supply if only I had my own class to teach.
When I look back on the amount of time I would spend listening to music and making up dances to them in my head, it literally takes my breath away. Here I am, 25+ years later, doing this very same thing for a living and actually getting to share that passion with so many people! It makes me happy, it brings me back to me, it is where I find myself most comfortable and confident. Looking around the room in a ZUMBA class, and seeing people moving and smiling to my choreography and vision is something that 10 years ago I never imagined could be MY JOB. When people tell me “don’t judge me by how bad I am at zumba”, I always smile. I am never watching how anybody does, I just love to see their faces and energy and know that they are enjoying themselves regardless of how they look. NOBODY is bad at dance, we just let our bodies move to the beat, however they feel, and every problem in the world disappears!
I was born a dancer. It's in my blood, it's in my body and it's in my heart. My love for dance comes from my parents, who are both amazing dancers. I cannot thank them enough because without their continuous inspiration and support, I would not have been able to experience so many wonderful opportunities through dance.
My favorite thing about dance is that there are no rules. I love the feeling of just being free to express myself through movement in any way I choose. During my early days of dance, I took your standard dance classes, such as tap, ballet, jazz. I also dabbled into hip hop and musical theater. As I grew, both as a dancer and an individual, my need for creativity grew as well, which sparked my interest in modern and contemporary dance. Throughout my college career, I made dance my life. In 2008, I spent three months studying modern dance in Lyon, France. In that time I saw countless performances from dance companies all over the world, I experienced so many different styles of dance from different cultures, I even performed outside the Louvre in Paris. This was an unforgettable, monumental experience in my life that will stay with me forever. It's truly amazing how the arts can teach you so much about life and about yourself.
Today I continue to practice all different styles of dance. I teach children, I teach adults, and I continue to teach myself. Dance is always evolving, which means there's always something new and exciting to discover and explore. To me, dance is my escape from reality, my happy place, my zen. It's also my drawing board to brainstorm, to problem solve, and to think clearly. Dance is my form of therapy, it keeps me level-headed and sane in this crazy world that we live in. I can't imagine a world without dance. Moreover, I can't imagine MY WORLD without dance.
I started dancing at the age of 2 at the Dance Studio of Wakefield and instantly fell in love with dancing! I became part of the competition team at 8 years old and traveled to different locations around Mass and also traveled to Las Vegas and Florida. After I graduated high school I helped teach young kids dance for a couple years. I am now currently a real estate agent for Coldwell Banker but I also knew I had to keep dance and fitness in my life. Ever since I graduated, I always continued taking classes in Dance, Pilates, Barre, etc. I found Buti Fitness about 1 1/2 years realized I had to teach this.. Low and behold I saw a training for BUTI at a little place called Studio Poise. I was so thankful to meet Danielle and was so happy when she asked me to start teaching here.
Buti is something that makes me feel amazing and gives me a hardcore, fun workout! I can't wait to finish my training with Danielle for Barrework and Poise also. In a nutshell....I love working with the amazing Instructresses, not to mention the fabulously sparkly ladies that come here:)
My journey to Studio Poise has involved a lot of Sweat, Sparkle, and Smile every step of the way. Growing up a dancer, and now pursuing my dreams of a career in dance in NYC, I have always known the sheer joy, incredible hard work, and confidence that dance provides. I know I am a lucky one, though. Not many people figure out that secret when they are 3 years old.
Fast forward 20 years, and I land in the 12 Salem Street parking lot, wearing a white blousy top, red pants (confidence!), and wedges, ready for my interview with a woman dripping in sweat after just teaching a class full of women – Miss Danielle Roback. I had just gotten off the phone with my Instructress bestie Sarah O’Keefe, because I got lost trying to find SP. Frazzled and annoyed, I walked into the studio, and my energy shifted immediately. I remember thinking, “This has GOT to be a special place, considering there is a packed class and a packed waiting area, all in a little basement in Lynnfield!” I had to be a part of it. A post-class radiant Danielle hired me on the spot, I spent a week in training, and was hooked
Studio Poise is an incredible gift to women because it first and foremost promotes my two favorite things: community and confidence. As women, we are burdened with the responsibilities of ourselves, our families, our significant others, our best friends – we are the glue that holds everything together! But, what about us? What holds us together? Finding a community like Studio Poise helps women feel special, feel like they deserve the 55 minutes to themselves for class each day, and builds lasting relationships, rooted in wellness goals, positivity, and love. Did I just describe heaven? Yes, I think I did. And THIS is our little (well, big) secret.