Dance is my first love and has been the foundation of my mind-body exploration all my life. As a dance choreographer I was able to travel around the world, providing me with extraordinary experiences and lessons, but more than anything, it has always been a kind of elixir for my soul—a kind of spiritual medicine—one of the most potent I have ever experienced.
Dance has been my primary inspiration. Dance has always been the most immediate and powerful way for me to unite my body and my mind, while setting my spirit free. Just as in yoga, and Chi-Gong, when the mind and body are in concert with one another, you will discover a lighter, more buoyant, more resilient spirit.
Dance helps you to develop endurance and determination. It improves your sense of rhythm and timing, coordination and balance. It is dance that creates a better-looking body; regal posture that becomes second nature, natural grace and poise, long, lean, elegant muscles, spatial awareness and strength.
I own a sense of discipline that touches every aspect of my life. I have often taken it for granted, but the training I engaged in on a daily basis, almost 6 hours each day for most of my life to date---what was required to achieve a high level of mastery and artistry---to become a professional dancer, provided me with the fuel, the drive and the ability to accomplish whatever I needed or wanted to in my life.
Dancers are Athletes
Professional dance demands an almost superhuman discipline, sacrifice and commitment to the highest standard of excellence. It demands perfection. Even the most basic exercises in the classical ballet syllabus inspire exactitude; no other mind-body modality in my old “Method” series or my new Hot Body Cool Mind flow requires such precision and control.
“To follow without halt, one aim; there is the secret of success. And success? What is it? I do not find it in the applause of the theatre; it lies rather in the satisfaction of accomplishment.”
Dancers are the ultimate athletes. And while becoming a professional dancer does require superhuman effort and focus, the dance segments in my DVDs do not! In my new DVD series, both Hot Body Cool Mind and the new Jennifer Kries line, I have chosen a collection of the most basic and essential ballet and modern jazz warm-up exercises and choreographed routines that are challenging, yet accessible. The dance choreography segments will provide you with a perfectly well-rounded introduction to dance and will help you to sculpt the body of your dreams! The elements I have included in the workout will bestow the same physical results as if you were a professional dancer yourself.
Dance, the instinctual, universally human expression, takes the body through music and movement to another, higher dimension; increasing muscular stamina, strengthening your heart and your entire body while spiritually taking you to heights you never imagined you would reach.
Paradoxically, as you invest your every ounce of effort in its potentialities, always pushing the envelope, tirelessly raising the bar one step higher, struggling to manifest your personal image of perfection in form and strategy, you are somehow, miraculously, able to lose yourself to the music … You forget your body, you forget the effort, you forget yourself. What could be better?!
"There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and there is only one of you in all time. The expression is unique, and if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how it compares with other expression. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatsoever at any time. There is a queer, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others".
Traditional dance classes feature three segments: a warm-up, (in ballet it is performed at the ballet barre) a combination and a cool-down. The warm-up is both a study and a practice of the basic strength techniques and movement patterns that will later connect to become longer movement patterns. Beginners and seasoned dancers alike warm up with the same exercises. In fact, long after dancers leave the stage and are no longer dancing professionally, they often continue to keep their bodies in shape by attending the warm-up segments of a dance class.The dance segments in my new DVD series are pure and accurate examples of classical ballet and modern jazz classes. They feature simple movements that target specific muscle groups, conditioning and strengthening the body through contraction and release. An array of the most effective body-sculpting techniques, they create an integrated, mobile awareness of the muscles we use for abdominal support and proper body alignment. I will take you through smooth, continuous, choreographed segments that will free your body and leave you feeling energized, motivated and proud. The result will be increased physical strength and endurance, greater focus and stamina. You will cultivate a feeling of length and poise and an unrivaled sense of accomplishment. There is no other exercise modality that can boast both the sense of groundedness and the sense of weightlessness that one can experience in dance, or the feeling of total mind-body-spirit-lifting joy that dance creates …
Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they've got a second. Give your dreams all you've got and you'll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you.
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