Category Archives: Dance

Dirty Dancing on Plantar Fasciitis

I’m sorry I’ve not been posting the past two days… I’m choreographing a concert down south, and I have 13 hour rehearsal days. It’s been nuts, and I haven’t had a moment to really sit down and think about anything but dance moves to “CC Rider” and “Spider-Man” (the concert is quite eclectic.)

The choreography is fabulous dirty southern soul, which really takes a toll on the body after a few hours.

Anyway, dancing for the better part of 13 hours with plantar fasciitis has been surprisingly fine. I’ve felt tightness. I’ve felt fatigue and slight pain in my heel, but with the rolling and icing and stretching, I’ve been completely focused on my job and not on annoying sensations in my legs and feet.

I keep on thinking about when I was dealing with PF for the first time and had no idea what was happening to me. I hadn’t even heard of plantar fasciitis. The slow decline over the months was horrific. Now, after the first hint of pain in my heel, I’ve got a game plan that not only works but QUICKLY works. Sweeeeeeeet!

Wishing all of you health and happiness!

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Why Tap Dancing is the Best Cardio EVER!

Let me reintroduce myself:

Hi. My name is Whitney, and I blog about not dieting because dieting totally sucks. Plus, it doesn’t work. (No, Really. It doesn’t work.) So yeah, my name is Whitney and I blog, but i’m also a dancer. More specifically, I’m a tap expert who worked for a Tony Award winning Broadway show.

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I’ve always danced. I’ve been a dancer since I was two years old (my mother lied to the local dance studio about my age and said I was three to get me enrolled.) I don’t know if I was too annoying to handle, or if I just had feet that never wanted to stay still… but into class I went at two years old, and I haven’t stopped since.

That’s 27 years of dancing. (Don’t tell anyone my age if you can do the math. I still tell everyone I’m 21.)

Tap was the most fun, super awesome thing I did as a little child. Come on, you know what I’m talking about! A lot of us took tap when we were young, made a TON of noise with our feet, then ¬†stopped going to class for whatever reason. (Maybe we joined the cheerleading squad, or maybe we moved on to playing POGS.)

The great thing about tap is that it’s never too late to start again. Continue reading

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Ballet Class is for Badasses

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Sorry that I’ve been absent. It was my birthday weekend, and I damn well acted like it.

On to today’s article: Ballet Class

Before you read any more, you need to check this out. I’ll wait.

So, now that you understand Ballet is hardcore, let’s proceed.

I’m a dancer. I’ve been taking ballet and tap since I was two (my mother lied to the owner of the dance school and said I was three.) Eventually, they found out. But I was pretty good, so they didn’t care.

I continued to take as many forms of dance as I could for the rest of my childhood and young-adulthood.

I teach many forms of dance but haven’t taken a proper NYC ballet class in AGES. So, this week, my goal was to pop down to Broadway Dance Center on w. 54th and take a class.

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