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Move Your Body

November 23, 2011 in Dancing, Exercise

Sometimes the only activity we can fit in at the end of a long day is dancing around with our 3 year old. It’s a fun way to spend time as a family and get the kids (and us!) moving. We usually just do random silly dancing but here’s a video of one of our more coordinated efforts. Malaya likes to instruct me on my dancing (justifiably so, as I butcher some of the dance moves).

The song and dance is called ‘Move Your Body’ by Beyonce and was produced in support of the ‘Let’s Move!’ campaign spearheaded by U.S. First Lady, Michelle Obama, to fight childhood obesity. What do you or your kids like to dance to? Let us know, and we’ll give it a try.

Here’s the official music video featuring Beyonce.

Here’s the ‘Let’s Move!’ dance tutorial video distributed to schools participating in the program.


Bolly good time!

September 5, 2011 in Dancing

I celebrated my 30th birthday this weekend in style….Bollywood style.  My sisters and friends gathered at iDance Studios in Vancouver to join me for a 1 hour private group lesson. The instructor was energetic and she taught us a fantastic Bollywood routine during the hour. We screwed in some light bulbs, and performed high energy movements that were fairly fast paced and kept our heart rates up. Malaya even joined us for most of the lesson, while Jerrick watched Mahal and took pictures and video footage of this memorable experience.

Why Bollywood? Well, I’ve never danced this particular genre and while growing up, dancing was one of my favourite activities. Up until this weekend, it had been at least 10 years since I had taken a dance class (besides some Salsa dance classes that I had taken with Jerrick a few years ago), so I figured there would be no better time than the present to do this.

Did I ever enjoy myself! It felt great to work up a sweat, while getting in some good laughs with good company.

It wasn’t until this Bollywood class did I realize how much I miss the release that I get from dancing. Dancing is something I hope to incorporate more of into my future fitness regime and it’s a love that I hope to pass on to our kids as well. Below is a video that Jerrick created to sum up our time. Enjoy!