SPOTLIGHT: ZULUGROOVE

We are so happy to be able to offer Zulugroove at Baile. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this class, Zulugroove is our own spin on African dance. In retrospective, having an African dance class at our studio felt of the utmost importance from the get-go. One of the most important things about what we do at Baile is to embrace current dance workout trends, but also follow our hearts and embrace different dance styles and sounds as a big part of our vision.

African dance instructors are rare in our city and getting this class on our schedule was no easy feat. The woman we had our eyes on, a wonderful woman named Rosie Banchero, was about to become a first-time mother, which made it impossible for us to pursue her right away. Those months waiting for Rosie to be able to teach for us were cruel, which is why when 2014 brought with it both Rosie and African dance to our studio, it goes without saying it, we have been feeling ecstatic!

As yet another Zulugroove anniversary nears, we wanted to share with you a few of the reasons why we are so excited about Rosie and her amazing style. But just know that no matter how amazing we are at articulating, African dance is and will always be something you have to experience for yourself. Who knows? You might fall in love with it.

Without further ado, here are the five big reasons why you should be getting sweaty with us every Tuesday night at 6:00 p.m.:

• The Rosie Banchero factor: Again, African dance instructors are difficult to find in Salt Lake City. Rosie has both; the experience and talent. She has been teaching African dance at the Rose Wagner theater for years. Rosie understands African movement and loves what she does. Down to the amazing drummer contacts Rosie has made over the years, it is undeniable, this amazing woman knows her stuff.

Zulugroove is Rosie's own creation. This class is Rosie's fresh spin on African movement with a follow-the-leader twist. The result is a sweat-fest that is both fun and very user-friendly.

Baile Dance Fitness Studio is the only dance studio currently offering Zulugroove

• People who love African dance find that it is everlasting love. It is the magic of music and movement coming together and living in perfect harmony. Fans of African dance can't get enough of it. It is a soulful and utterly wonderful experience unlike any other. Let's face it, before there was Zumba, WerQ, Ballet Barre, Flirty Girl, Nia, Hip Hop Abs, etc., there was African dance.

and last, but certainly not least...

• The element of surprise. Special drummer guests live at our studio once a month. If you have not experienced live music during a dance class, well, let's just say that you are missing out. 

FIT TO DANCE

Stumbled upon this in a waiting room the other day...

It felt so great to see that "Dance Your Way Healthy" article on a major magazine publication. It seems that people from all walks of life are loving dance as a way to stay active, healthy, fit and happy─so much so that somebody felt the wonderful need to write about it! What a wise person, don't you think?

Let's just hope who ever wrote this blog post doesn't get in trouble for ripping pages out of fashion magazines found in waiting rooms...

LIGHTS, CAMERA... DANCE!

Did you check us out on The Salt Lake Tribune / The Mix?

A big thank you to all our beautiful dancers who were such great sports, and also the Salt Lake Tribune team ─ we appreciate your time and hard work more than we could ever put into words. This is a dream we're living in!

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CELEBRATE

Confession: we have been hard at work trying to come up with a way to celebrate the new year ─ well, that and a little something else; can you believe Baile has been around for six months now? Starting a new business does that to you ─ you learn to appreciate the little things. Everything from crossing the six month mark, to all the lovely smiles of the new friends that made those six months possible suddenly mean so much. We are happy to announce that a week and two days into the new year, we finally came up with an idea to celebrate both the year that just begun, and the love and support we have received from you all over the course of the past few months... Without further ado...

You are cordially invited to attend our Open House Event!

Week of January 13 - 18, we will be featuring one of wonderful classes for you to try and/or share with a friend ─ for free! Try one, or try them all! Check out class line up details below ↓

Monday, January 13 │ 7:05 pm → Pump It Up!

Tuesday, January 14 │ 10:00 am → WerQ

Wednesday, January 15 │ 6:00 pm → World Dance Fusion

Thursday, January 16 │ 9:00 am → RIPP'D

Friday, January 17 │ 10:00 am → Bootylicious

Saturday, January 18 │ 8:45 am → Nia

READY, SET... GO!

Have more fun, eat healthier, work out more, find inner peace, shop less, sing more, bulk up, sleep more, dance more, write more, live harder, love more, be more creative, follow your heart more, do more yoga, learn to cook, learn to appreciate good wine, learn about football, go back to school, eat more chocolate, see the world, quit (insert bad habit here), go out on more walks, drink more coffee, master the art of letting go... Just be.

How many of those are on your list of New Year's resolutions?

It seems coming up with one or ten new life goals is easy ─ as human beings, we are blessed with the innate desire to better ourselves ─ and just so it happens, the arrival of a whole new year unlocks a treasure chest worth of countless dreams for plans. Baile would like to wish you a year that gives way to that one change and/or dream that you crave the most. 

Here's your blank page... now start coloring! Happy New Year!!! May the next 365 days be filled with lots of magic, smiles and happy memories that are lasting!

 

LIGHTS, CAMERA, DANCE!

Here are a few pictures that were taken a while back during some of our most intimate classes with some of our lovely dance/music lovers and friends. Admittedly, there is a little bit of nostalgia attached to these moments, because; a) we had practically just opened, and b) we were experiencing those scary butterflies that seem to go hand in hand with change and new beginnings. Fast forward to our present and I think we have learned to love the process of our dream and vision─it certainly makes looking forward to the future and the hard work ahead exciting.

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BAILE LOVES...

Art... we love art! We love and appreciate art in all its beautiful forms; music, dance, concerts, paintings, photography, and film. This week, we recommend you go see...

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The Book Thief is a lovely piece of art and one of the best movies you'll ever see─the ultimate love note to life and the human spirit.

HAPPINESS IS...

"Nothing makes a woman feel more like a girl than a man who sings like a boy." ~ Gail

It is undeniable, life and the world can sometimes be over-complicated messy business, but let's not get too much into that. Instead, let's focus on happy things and hope─which, coincidentally, is just what this post is all about. Hope in the form of the ultimate source of limitless happiness; boy bands. I believe with every molecule in my mortal body that the world is a better place because of the lucky fact that boy bands are a thing that exists. I am not ashamed to say that boy bands bring balance and happiness to an otherwise chaotic universe/reality.

I suspect it has everything to do with the fact that boy bands are the closest thing to a time machine that we have. They hold powerful magic. Magic that possesses the power to take us back to much simpler times; a time when you were a day-dreaming thirteen-year-old boy-crazy tween, popping pink bubblegum while singing to your favorite boy band tunes with a round hair brush in hand in place for a microphone right in front of your mirror... can you honestly think of anything better than that?

The way I see it, it is not just the delicious pop with words that make us swoon, it's not just the dreamy/cute guys singing those beautiful lyrics, ultimately, it is a state of mind, the most beautiful rite of passage.

Here is some borderline amazing, spanking-new boy band pop to make you smile. Oh, go ahead, grab that round hair brush!

And last but certainly not least, here is some 1D to soothe your soul...

SONG OF THE DAY

That's right, working on a Saturday night... again. Oh, well. This perfect song of the day inspires a workaholic of sorts to write a line or two.

A wonderful song to celebrate the most wonderful love there is; loving yourself first, then come what may─but we all know that is not exactly an easy feat. This is the kind of sad/happy song that you listen to in your bed, maybe on a Saturday night, naturally, accompanied by chocolate-covered gummy bears from the Chocolate Factory (if you've never had these babies before, you absolutely must get some ASAP─they are life-altering/heavenly!), and last but certainly not least, a "Volcano" candle from Anthropologie, then just close your eyes, feel, and have a moment... go ahead, have your moment.

Enjoy! 

 

 

NIA: DANCE THROUGH LIFE

"Dance Through Life" by Renee Podunovich

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This may seem obvious, but our bodies are designed to move. I love the idea of “dancing through life”. When I view my movements in this way, I notice that reaching for a glass in the cupboard is a graceful sweep of the arm, maybe with a relevé if I have to come onto my toes to reach the top shelf. Children move spontaneously, with joy and ease. I recently watched a young boy dance in the aisle at the grocery store while his mom shopped. Music was playing and he started to move. It’s the most natural thing in the world!

In the course of our busy, daily lives, our movement often becomes limited to walking in a straight line, usually in a hurry, to a desk where we sit. Even if you don’t have a desk job, movement can become habitual and limited to simple actions that under-utilize what the human body is actually able to do. When our movement is limited, we do not experience the full range of possibilities. We become stiff, tired and rigid. It’s not just our movements that can become narrow. Movement is often our expression of feelings and beliefs. Moving in a greater capacity and range opens up our sense of well-being, creating greater physical and mental health.  

Start to notice your own movement or other people moving around you with this sense of “dancing through life”.  What do you see and notice? Would moving in ways that break your habitual patterns be energizing and uplifting? Would you find increased joy and a sense of ease in your body and your life? In Nia, this is what students find to be true over and over again.

Nia is a combination of 9 disciplines:  the martial arts (Tai Chi, Aikido, Tai Kwon Do), dance arts (Modern, Jazz, Duncan) and healing arts (Yoga, Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais®). The practice involves a combination of 52 moves that correspond with the main areas of the body: the base, the core and the upper extremities. The movements build flexibility, mobility, stability, strength and agility.

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Nia is based on “The Body’s Way”, which means using the body’s natural design to improve function. In class, you will do dance steps, stances, blocks, kicks and work on structural alignment. Your biochemistry, joints and muscles are activated using imagination, music, emotion and vocal sound, creating a workout for the body, mind and spirit. The teacher will remind you to “move in your body’s way”, encouraging embodiment and adaptation of the movements as well as appreciation and gratitude for your unique body. And, you’ll be barefoot!

Nia is a path of self-awareness for serious practitioners with ongoing training through “belts” as in the martial arts. The Nia community is fun, welcoming and open to all. Exercise that is healing for the body, mind and spirit and can be done by every body? Yes!

Join Renee for a soul-soothing session of Nia this and every Wednesday (9:00 am) and Saturday (8:45 am).

 

SONG OF THE DAY

When you make it your top priority to adopt a public image/persona that is not exactly easy to understand and/or accept, social unrest is sure to follow. But that kind of fearlessness is something that must always be celebrated─especially coming from a woman.

When you strip away everything that seems "wrong," what is left is a strong woman who is comfortable in her own skin─that's magic. Let's be honest, the world is a lot more interesting when a woman chooses to throw caution to the wind and breaks all the rules she did not even make─men get away with it all the time after all, and all this does is even out the playing field a little bit, don't you think?

Go ahead, listen to this truly lovely love song and imagine someone writing something so beautiful about you, telling you through the magic of a song that they not only love you, but they adore you...

SONG OF THE DAY

 Fall is in the air ─ breathe it in, fall in love with it if you wish! There is something very romantic about Autumn ─ this season means change turned into a reality you can actually look at and appreciate. To celebrate the arrival of crisper than crisp air, fall fashion, and breathtaking colors taking over nature, here is a beautiful "indie" pop song that will make you feel happy and excited like a hipster at a store-wide American Apparel 75% off sale ─ yeah, like that would ever happen...

SUNDAY IS FOR BAKING

What is the point of eating healthy and exercising if you can't indulge on a delicious chocolate treat every now and then...? And what better day to do so than a Sunday! Here is the recipe for the perfect way to fall off the wagon... if only for a day ─ and then we will see you next week so we can burn off those calories dancing and being happy together... 

 MOLTEN LAVA CAKES

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 14 minutes  

Ingredients {6 cakes}:

6 (1 ounce) squares bittersweet chocolate

2 (1 ounce) squares semi-sweet chocolate

10 tablespoons (1 1/4 stick) butter

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

3 large eggs

3 egg yolks

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons orange liqueur *(optional) 

Directions: 

Preheat oven to 425°

Grease and (lightly) flour 6 (6-ounce) custard cups. Melt chocolate and butter in a double broiler, or the microwave. Add flour and sugar to (melted) chocolate and butter mixture. Stir in the eggs and yolks until smooth. Stir in the vanilla and orange liqueur. Divide the batter evenly among the custard cups. Place in the over and bake for 12-14 minutes. The edges should be firm but the center will be runny. Run a knife around the edges to loosen and invert onto dessert plates.

 Tah-dah!

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 Spoiler alert: this little piece of heaven goes perfectly with organic homemade whipped cream!

 Disclaimer: this recipe is super easy, but it does take a few tries to get it just right. However, once you do... whoa! Like everything else in life, these lovelies are all about attention to detail and timing.

 

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Hmm... we are missing some delicious and dangerous bubblegum pop in our ever-growing music playlist ─ let's change that immediately! Just hit play...  it is a good one.

Pop this awesome is meant to be played loud and danced hard to ─ perhaps during our next installment of Just Dance... so get psyched!