Archive | August, 2011

90’s Dancehall Workshop Today

26 Aug

I always love a themed workshop, and I’m super excited and pumped about this workshop.

The theme is 90’s Dancehall Reggae today at Elevation Dancentre. 979 Bloor Street West.

I asked everyone to vote for the song they wanted to dance to. I’m not going to tell you which song won, because it’s a surprise that everyone will find out at the workshop.

But for now, I will say the song is hot,  its sexy and fun. I LOVE IT.

Can’t wait to dance with the ladies. If you would like to attend, please email info@kayannward.com

 

 

OH SHIT: “I have to start figuring out my life”

26 Aug

So your dancing, touring, being asked to perform here and there. Your performing in countless shows, you’re a popular dancer, and everyone knows you, and then one day you wake up, and your like OH SHIT, I HAVE TO FIGURE SHIT OUT, I HAVE TO FIGURE OUT MY LIFE”

What am I going to be doing 5 years from now, where will I be, will I still be dancing, will I be teaching, what do I want to do with my life?

Then you feel your stomach turn, and your like OMG, whats going on, I spent so much time doing this and that, and not enough time figuring out the fundamental of my life.

Now your thinking about, whats in your savings account, possible and future investments, making sure your financially taken care of, you’re trying to remember who is in your family because you have been so disconnected.

I’m not writing this blog to give you answers, I’m writing to say, don’t forget to think about your life, don’t forget that a music video doesn’t last a life time, don’t forget that the tour and the shows will slow down, and when it does, whats your plan, if you don’t have one, now is a good time to start planning.

I’m not saying you should become a worry wort, and start stressing yourself, I’m saying, BE SMART. Ask yourself, how will I dance, how will I live and how will I stay inspired and inspire others.

Figure out your life, the life you want to live, because you have to live it. Not your choreographer, not the artist your working for..YOU.

Dance Live Inspire

Kay-Ann Ward

Love this quote about life…so I’m keeping it

12 Aug

Read this quote today and I fell in love..so true. The quote didn’t come with the picture, I borrowed the picture from google and pasted the quote.:)

Enjoy your weekend, if your feeling like your off track, its never too late to get back on track. STOP and refocus on what matters. I tell myself this too, because every now and then we all tend to get caught up and some times drift away from what we should be doing. I’m going to print this image, put it in a picture frame, as a reminder to myself.

 Kay-Ann

 

Join me for a FREE demo class this weekend

11 Aug

Street festivals are awesome, they are free to attend, you get to watch live entertainment, eat amazing food, and have a good time with your family and friends.

Come check out the International Street Festival taking place on Saturday August 13th and 14th between Marlee Ave to Dufferin Street on Eglinton.

I’ll be teaching a Demo Sweat B4 U Sweat Dance and Workout class on both dates.
Get the best of dancehall and Soca in your soul.

Saturday August 13: 3pm-3:30pm on the Latin Fusion Pavillion Stage

Sunday August 14th: 3:30pm-4pm on the Latin Fusion Pavillion Stage

Its going to be good times. Bring your entire family, I’ll make this Sweat B4 U Sweat Dance and Workout, one that can be enjoyed by the entire family.

P.S: Did you know that I’m teaching two HOT workshop this month. One is a Sweat B4 U Sweat Dance Workshop, 90’s Dancehall Reggae, and the other is a ladies only Toronto Sexy Dance Workshop. They both offer something new and interactive. You get to vote for the song you want to dance to for the 90’s Dancehall Reggae, and for the sexy dance workshop,bring a fedora hat and your favorite heels.

Here are the dates.

Toronto Sexy Dance Workshop, Fedora and Heels: Friday August 19th, 2011 7pm-9pm

Sweat B4 U Sweat ,90’s Dancehall Reggae workshop:  Friday August 26th, 2011 7pm-9pm

Email info@kayannward.com to register. Also get the full details by scrolling down to the next two blogs.

See you soon

Kay-Ann

90’s Dancehall Reggae: A Sweat B4 U Sweat Dance Workshop

6 Aug
If you love dancehall, then I know you loved and still love dancehall music from the 90’s especially from the baddest ladies in the game.Well we are spicing up this workshop, and switiching things up.

We will dance to a 90’s Dancehall song that you will choose.

Here are your choices

1) Lady Saw “Hice it up”   Listen to the song
2) Lady Saw “Ninja bike”  Listen to the song
3) Patra “Queen of the pack”  Listen to the song
4) Patra “Think”   Listen to the song

CLICK HERE to vote for the song you want me to Choreograph to.
 

The song that wins, will be announced on the day of the workshop, during the workshop.

The voting system closes 3 days before the workshop, so make sure you vote.

This workshop will be a sexy one, because once you hear the songs, you know there is no other way to go. Be prepared to let loose.

Date: August 26th
Time: 7-9pm

Cost: $20 until August 22, 2011
$25 after August 22nd, 2011

Bring a friend and save $

$30 until August 22 (This offer is only valid if you bring a friend)
$40 after August 22nd (This offer is only valid if you bring a friend)

REGISTER TODAY
Email: info@kayannward.com, and make sure you vote.

About Sweat B4 U Sweat Dance and Workout
 
Sweat B4 U Sweat Dance and Workout is an energetic dance and workout style created by Kay-Ann Ward. She 1st started teaching her style in high school, but never took it seriously. After teachers, students, and friends encouraged her, she finally decided to fuse her love for Dancehall Reggae, Soca and fitness with sultry choreography into a innovative, hot, fun, and energetic dance and workout called Sweat B4 U Sweat. Bringing you the best of dancehall Reggae and soca dance.Sweat B4 U Sweat consists of 2 parts, the instructional dance classes which teaches individuals how to dance to dancehall and or soca music, all classes are offered at a beginner and intermediate level. The 2nd part of Sweat B4 U Sweat is the dance workout, which takes away the boredom that often comes with traditional workouts.
Sweat B4 U Sweat Dance Workout is an Exciting, Energetic and Body Sculpting workout that uses Dancehall, Soca and Urban dance movements to tone and shape all the right areas. This dance workout is designed to get you the results you need without losing interest in your workout.

See you soon, don’t miss this amazing workshop

 
Don’t forget to register and make sure you vote

Fedora Hat & Heels – A Lady Bold Dance Workshop

5 Aug
Ok ladies it’s time to Spice it up.

Join me for a ladies only workshop.

Get your Fedora hat and your favourite heels because this dance workshop is all about you and made just for you.

 

What is it?

Join me for the 1st ever Fedora and Heels Lady Bold Dance Workshop. Learn an Amazing dance routine while you strut your stylish hat, and sexy pumps.

Who is this Workshop for?

•If you’re a female dancer and you’re serious about performing on stage, videos, and movies
•If you’re serious about learning and experiencing dance on another level
•If you’re a women, who has danced in the past, love the feeling of performing and you want to dance in a professional environment
•If you love to try new things

What will you learn and why you should attend?

•You will learn how to develop and or better your performance and dance skill
•You will leave with a better understanding of how to be sexy without being trashy
•Your confidence level will be at a peak because you have just spent two hours with other amazing ladies who also believe in empowering themselves through movement
•The best part is you will learn an AMAZING dance routine that incorporates a stylish Fedora hat and your sexy heels.

What is a Lady Bold Dance Workshop?

The Lady Bold Dance Workshop is a dance class for female dancers and women looking to dance and learn in a professional environment. This style fuses the raw and creative movements of urban dance with sexy, sleek, powerful and stylish dance moves that are catered to a woman’s body and attitude. Lady Bold encourages women to own their strength, intelligence, creativity and sensuality on the dance floor, while remaining true to the art form of dance and movement.

What should you bring?

•Wear fitted clothing that allows you to move freely
•Bring a fedora hat, if you don’t have one that’s fine, I will bring one for you. However you have to let me know in advance. Please write in your email that you would like to borrow a fedora Hat.
•Don’t forget your heels

What level is this Dance Workshop?

This class is taught at an intermediate level

When is it: August 19th, 2011
What Time: 7-9pm

Cost: $20 in advance, before August 15th
$25 after August 15th

Bring a friend and save $

$30 when you register by August 15th, 2011 (This deal only applies if you are bringing a friend)
$40 After August 15 (This deal only applies if you are bringing a friend)

Location: Elevation Dancentre
979 Bloor Street West

How do I register: Email info@kayannward.com also please let me know if you need a fedora hat.

REGISTER TODAY

Can’t wait to see you ladies, I’m excited about this workshop.

2 Questions many dancers ask me

4 Aug

2 question many dancers ask me, is how do I get more involved in dance and how do I get to where you are?

So I will try my best to answer these questions.

Question: How do I get more involved in dancing?

Answer: There is no one formulated answer for this question, because it starts with a believe, passion, a step and consistent drive.
Get yourself out there, take classes, develop your personal style, and stay true to you.
Be professional, and take what you do seriously.

Not everyone’s path is the same, so know what you want to achieve. Do your research, before you jump into making major decisions like paying $1,000 for headshots, etc.

Be patient, work on your craft, some get to where they want to get to fast and for the majority of us, it takes a while, but its achievable and you can get there. 

Network with others, know who is who. Build relationships, you don’t have to be best friends, however its a good thing to build positive work relationships.

Question: How do I get to where you are

Answer: Where I am, I don’t know how to answer this, because to many it may seem like I’m on a grand scale, and also to many it may seem like I’m no where. To me, I see myself doing what I love and wanting to share that passion with others. I have come a long way, however I still have quite a journey to go, there is still so much I want to achieve.

I believe dance is more than just a movement, it does wonders for the individual who is dancing, it connects people, and it has a positive impact on everyone, its one of those things that you have to experience to really know why it’s so amazing, and it’s because of this believe why I do what I do. I want people to dance like no one is watching, live life to the fullest, and I want people tobe inspired by each other. I believe I’m able to communicate this message through teaching, choreographing, and artistically directing shows. I have that message tatted on my shoulder (Dance Live Inspire) I’m not saying go out there and get a tattoo, but you may want to write down what keeps you going on a paper,and keep it close to you.

To love to dance is not enough, what’s the reason deep down in your core that makes you want to get up rehearse, teach, and do what you do. It has to be emotional, because that’s what will keep you going.

Be you, not someone else, don’t try to be like another dancer or another choreographer. Be you even when others don’t get you.

Stay true to your values because you will be tested more than once. And take risks. Time and time again, I’ve been tested, and will continue to be tested. And when I go back to why I’m doing what I’m doing, it helps me.

I hope that helps you, and like I said, I’m still on this journey.

So if you love to dance, get up and make the 1st move today. Attend a dance class, introduce yourself to the teacher, introduce yourself to someone in class, then go from there.

P.S: Do you have a dance question, then go ahead ask me. You could be a professional dancer, a new dancer, or a recreational dancer, I would like to help you out, ask and I will answer.

 By the way visit my website and join my mailing list, thats the only way you will really get all the inside scoop on whats hot, updates, class and workshop info, plus great discounts that no one hears about because they are not on my mailing list.

Thanks for reading.

DANCE LIVE INSPIRE
Kay-Ann Ward

2 Thumbs up to the long weekend

2 Aug

What a crazy jam packed, high energy and hot long weekend that was. WOW is all I have to say. I had an amazing weekend and my enjoyment came from the workshops I taught, the laughs I shared with the people that attended the Sweat B4 U Sweat dance and workout workshops, plus the energy that came from the crowd during the Island Rythms performance at Harbourfront on July 30th.

How was your weekend, what did you do, did you enjoy yourself?

We are now in August, could you believe it. I can’t, I really can’t believe August is here which means the season will be switching up soon.

Whatever excitement you need to get in before the weather changes I suggest you do so NOW.

I want to thank you all for attending the Sweat B4 U Sweat dance classes and the dance workout workshops. Visit my facebook to view pictures. CLICK HERE

Dancing in the park for a special Sweat B4 U Sweat Caribana Dance Workshop, with Shannon Boodram from Those Girls Are Wild, and her wild friends.