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A message to the creative entrepreneur

16 Feb

 

Every now and then, something inspires me, sometimes I don’t know where the inspiration comes from. Like today, it just came and within 3 minutes I wrote this. But I don’t think it was instant inspiration, I think now was the right time to share this, so like all natural things, everything flowed and fell right into place.

Step out with faith

Being an artist is fun, we are able to create, we are able to start from scratch and bring life to anything, we use colors, we use music, we use our bodies, we use whatever it is made possible to create magic.

However we are also very fragile beings. We are sensitive about our work, and we spend endless hours until the world notices our talents constantly explaining what we do, why we do it, and how we make a living from doing it.

We find it hard at times for the rest of the world, “The Regular People” to understand us, and give us the time we need so we can foster our talents. I say regular people, because sometimes the regular people think of us as “The Odd Ones”

We put our talents out there, and pray that it is best received. Some enjoy, some dislike, some despise, and some take what we put out there, duplicate it and call it their own.

We experience many challenges and we experience many joys.

But today, this one is for all the creative entrepreneurs I know, this also goes out to myself.

Step out with faith.

Know that the gifts given to us, is for us to share with the world, and it doesn’t matter how hard times get, and trust me they get hard, don’t give up.

Whenever you fall, get up, dust yourself off, wipe your face, dry your tears and continue.

Keep stepping out with faith as your armor. Something great will happen, just know it, feel it and believe it.

 

A sweet thank you

27 Jan

So its been almost a week since the Dance Xpression Workshop and I’m coming off of a really great feeling and Xperience.

I had so much fun. I can’t thank you all enough, for coming out and dancing with MsToya and I.

 

We started a Facebook Like Page, and of course we are inviting you to go over there and LIKE the page. We have lots planned and lots to share with you. CLICK HERE to Like the page.

Thanks again.

 

New Workshop: Dance Xpression, ladies this is for you

23 Dec

Ooooooh I’m so XXXXXcited to share this with you.

I’ve been working with one of my fave ladies, to create a one of a kind dance Xperience that I know your going to love. The workshop is called Dance Xperience, you will be learning two dance styles. Hot n Heels and Dance Vixen

I’m not going to spill the beans here, what I need you to do, is visit the event website..CLICK HERE to get all the details on the AMAZING Dance XPERIENCE.

Watch this video invitation that we made just for you

Tell your friends and register before January 6th 2012.

If your still on my blog…booo to you, you really need to CLICK HERE and get the details on this amazing workshop. Your gonna need your sexy heels, your sassy attitude and your amazing personality for this event.

I can’t wait. See you there. Register TODAY

Last Dancehall class this Tuesday December 20th, make sure you attend

18 Dec

Lets end 2011 off with a bang

Join me this Tuesday December 20th at 8pm for the last Dancehall Class of 2011.

As a special gift to you all, this last class will be $10

So tell your friends, family and co-workers.

We will sweat just a little bit more, the choreography will be just a little bit sweeter, the energy will be off the wall…the class is Always Live and Always Fresh

Make sure you register in advance to claim your spot. Send me an email to info@SweatB4USweat.com

I can’t wait. It’s going to be FIYA…See you soon.

Kay-Ann

Give the gift of Dance: Gift certificates now on SALE

6 Dec

It’s that time of year again, when many of us are asking, what am I going to get for my cousin, my aunt, my sister and the list goes on. Maybe you have that dancer in your family and you know what they would like. Or maybe your budget is tight, and you want to make sure you still have funds left over to treat yourself to something special.

Well here is something I know you will like.

 

Gift Certificates are available all year round, however they are on SALE until December 12th, 2011. And it’s a pretty sweet SALE

What type of Gift Certificates are available?

Private dance lessons and Class sessions are now available

What type of private lessons are there?

Save up to 10% on 3 private lessons. You can choose a private dance lesson in any of the following style, you don’t have to choose the style now, you can choose it when your ready to start.

  • Hip-Hop
  • Sexy Dance
  • Dancehall Reggae
  • Soca
  • Special Choreographed Themes
  • Movement lessons

Class Sessions: New class sessions will be added to the schedule next year, and you can SAVE big, like up to  50% big when you get your class sessions NOW.

Class Session Dance styles are

  • Dancehall Reggae: A fresh and energetic class, taught to the best dancehall songs.Learn amazing Dancehall choreography.
  • Caribbean Moves: Learn how to dance to dancehall reggae and soca. This is a fundamental class. An instructional, beginner/intermediate friendly session.
  • Sweat B4 U Sweat “Caribbean Dance Workout”: An amazing Caribbean Dance Workout, that gives you everything you need to work up a good sweat and tone your entire body.
  • Dance Vixen: Embrace the sexier, edgier, and sassier side of you. Learn how to dance like the fab ladies you see on stage performing to the hottest songs.

How to purchase your Gift Certificate?

Email info@kayannward.com

These are great gift ideas for yourself or for someone else, the best part is your saving.

Get them today.

 

Tips to get the most out of your group exercise class

24 Nov

Quick tips to help you get the most out of your next group exercise class

Keep your core tight throughout the workout. You may get carried away, with how amazing you feel and how great the dance move and or exercise is, or you may be tired and your muscles are fatigued, whatever the reason, don’t lose focus of what you’re doing. Keep your core engaged and tight through out your entire workout.

Watch the instructors que, for movement or direction change. This is the best way to pick up on what exercise is coming up next. Sometimes the music is too loud for the instructor to give you a verbal cue, so paying attention to non verbal cues are helpful to let you know what movement and which direction is coming up next.

Don’t forget to breathe. Often times, participants get so tense, because they are gasping for air, or they are so focus on mastering the exercise. Yes your going to get tired, and yes you want to pay attention to your technique, but don’t forget to breathe.

You don’t want to injure yourself, so pay attention to your body. If a body part starts to hurt you, and you know or you’re not sure if it’s because of the exercise you’re doing then STOP. You know your body more than you may think, Listen to your body and the signs that it gives to you. If you have had any injury that may affect your workout, make sure you ask your doctor if it’s safe to participate in the fitness class.

Drink water before, during and after your workout

Push yourself, if you know you can go harder, don’t be afraid to raise the bar for yourself.

Set a goal for yourself, give yourself a rating system, 1-10. 1 means you did poorly and 10 means you did great. Give yourself a rating after each workout, it helps you stay on track, puts you in the driver’s seat, and you hold yourself accountable for your own success.

Stretch. Take time after the class or a few minutes when you get home to stretch your muscles, your soul will thank you for it.

Don’t forget to congratulate yourself. You showed up, you participated, and you completed the workout.

Video: Sweat B4 U Sweat “Caribbean Dance Workout” check it out

19 Nov

For those who  have no idea what Sweat B4 U Sweat “Caribbean Dance Workout” is, here are two videos for you to get an inside look into why it’s so fun and why it gives you a killer sweat.

Go through the workout with us from beginning to end

The Dancehall cardio section

 

What you get from each Sweat B4 U Sweat workout

15 Nov

***Here is what you get in every energizing workout***

1) The perfect mix of dance moves
You’re never bored with the style your learning. You’re working out and dancing, which means your burning calories, toning your body, and you’re having fun doing it.

2) You’re listening to high energy music, you’re dancing and the moves are amazing, you’re engaged from the beginning to end, it really doesn’t feel like a workout

3) Improve your overall health
Increase your flexibility which helps you perform everyday task, improve your heart rate, improve your endurance, get excited about life, have more energy, look and feel good, this radiates a glow that is priceless.
You’re empowered to be the driver of your amazing life

4) You’re motivated all the way through. Times when you feel like stopping, you’re reminded of why you’re doing this, your reminded about the goals you want to reach. Feel more confident

5) You see the change in your body, your mind and your soul. Before every workout, we take a few minutes to set our personal goals for the workout. This exercise helps you take control of your life so you’re able to focus and get more results.

6) Each move is designed to work on a specific muscle
You’re not just dancing and burning calories, each move you do, helps you tone the right area, so you feel it, and you’re able to get and see the results.

There is no workout and no experience like Sweat B4 U Sweat Caribbean Dance workout simply because it gives you everything. Fun, a killer workout, and a motivation push for you to get and stay healthy.

Make sure you register for a class today. info@sweatb4usweat.com

What was your 1st dance class like

8 Nov

What was your 1st dance class experience like?

I remembered mine. It went something  like this.

I was told about a popular Hip-Hop dance class.

I went to this dance class, thinking yes finally I will be able to dance, and do what I love to do.

I walked into the studio, it was packed, I knew no one, except the girl who invited me. By the time she took her spot in class, her focus changed and I was not on her mind, she was ready, and I was left alone to figure it out.

The class started with a warm up, that was hard as hell.

The teacher then came in and taught the dance routine, which was also hard as hell, I couldn’t figure it out if my  life depended on it.

Damn, I was awful, so painful to think about…I was horrible, I just didn’t get it..”turn left, turn right..and boom kack, kack kack, hit”.???????….I didn’t get it.

I was bumping into people, and tripping all over myself….HOT MESS OF A HOT MESS

I left the class and whatever ego I had was crushed to pieces..lol

I didn’t attend another dance class again until 2 years later. I was still awful when I took another dance class, only now I was more than determined to get better.

I figured I was a good freestyle dancer, but I was awful at picking up choreography.

Through time and dedication, I learned how to pick up choreography faster, and I learned how to  execute my moves better.

Everyone has there challenges, my 1st challenge as a dancer, was to learn how to learn..

So if your thinking that you will never get better, you will..just keep at it…and give yourself permission to learn, and to learn you have to be open to knowing that you don’t know…that’s why you’re in class..you also have to be nice to yourself…and don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself..laughing is good for the soul..

I’m still laughing at myself because of how horrible I was..HOT HOT MESS..

****If your thinking about dancing, you want to start, or you want to get better..a friendly tip is just start and don’t give up****

I wish it didn’t take me two years to go back to a dance class, but what is done is done..I’m dancing now, and loving every bit of it.

Have you had a funny dance class experience, if so share it with me?

 

Show your Student ID card or attend with a friend to SAVE on dance classes

6 Nov

Saving money is a good habit to develop, so here are two ways dance lovers could SAVE on great dance classes.

I always have students telling me they want to attend Dancehall Reggae classes, workshops and the Sweat B4 U Sweat “Caribbean Dance Workout” classes, but their financial situation is always holding them back.

So here is something just for the hard-working students.

Student Discount: Because being a student is hard work, and sometimes stressful, it’s always good to get a good deal for just being a student.

Show your student ID card when you attend class and pay only $12 for each drop in class.

Also look out for future workshops and sessions that allow you to get a discount just because you’re a student.

*****IMPORTANT*****
You must be a student 18+ in any post secondary institution (High School, College, University etc)

Friend Discount

When you plan on attending class with a friend, your more likely to show up and have a good time, your more likely to push yourself, and your more likely to relax because you have your friend with you.

So to honor friendship and companion ship, here is a discount just for you.

Attend class with your favorite pal, or encourage a friend to take class with you, because you will both save. Pay $10 each when you attend with your friend.

Registration is always simple

email info@sweatb4usweat.com

Make sure you Sign Up B4 U Show Up

 

See you soon

Kay-Ann Ward