7 years of shatterproof luck

It’s said that if one looks in the mirror and the reflected image comes back distorted, the soul of the user is in danger of corruption; and if that mirror shatters, your cosmic penance is seven years of bad luck. Superstition aside, no one wants to be in the presence of a shattering mirror. Which is why En Pointe is bringing you shatterproof mirrors.

In addition to their safety (both physically and karmically) shatterproof mirrors are also lighter and brighter than plate glass.

Have you ever seen your reflection through such a mirror? Probably. You’ve probably worked out in front of one at the gym. Perhaps you’ve tried on a garment in a department store which provided something of such. Maybe you’ve been at a club and awed at the reflection casting down on you from none other than the tiled ceiling. If you are a dancer they’re incredibly useful in studios, as the clear quality isn’t lost and yet they can withstand impact.

In addition, you may have caught a glimpse of the mirrors on NBC’s hit show SMASH which used the shatterproof mirrors in one of the scenes.

On wheels or on walls, these mirrors are beyond practical and are now accessible to you. After watching a quick youtube video…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTKvRsN09Vg

I got the idea in my head that this would be PERFECT for a home closet! (Including my own!!) Having been looking for a room divider or screen to act as a door for my California closet in my studio apartment, I realized this would sub in quite beautifully – reflection in any room adds a certain great quality, including a bedroom.

Children’s playrooms and at-home gyms are other great rooms for accommodating a glassless mirror. Obviously studios welcome them! And theaters, sets, and salons could put them to great use as well.

– love from J.

 

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All paths pointe to Henry Street

It’s on Henry Street you’ll find the modern day dancers of historic Victoria West. They’ll be tucked inside St. Saviour’s Church where David Beales has recently started up Maple Leaf School of Ballet. Housing programs for toddlers (ages 2-3) to adult ballet (18+), competition prep, drop-ins, and general classes are offered to train and enjoy the beauty in movement paired with music.

Getting en pointe is paired with self discipline, technicality, choreography, diligence and practice in all five positions. So move through first, second, third, fourth and fifth under the training of Mr. Beales, professionally experience and hailing from none other than the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, previous training being Canadian School of Ballet in Kelowna, British Columbia.

With an incredibly proper schedule line up including an open house tomorrow, Saturday the 22nd (from 11am to 4pm) to auditions for none other than Royal Winnipeg Ballet Summer School and National Ballet School of Canada Summer School, you’re in good hands if dance is your all.

Loving the environment, I am taken aback to my first dance class which was also in a church surprisingly! Never will I forget warming up for jazz class rolling down to Ricky Martin in none other than the beauty of an old church, as the Robb Card Dance Studio used to rent out the church space down the street for overflow classes.

Perhaps it is the perfect place for expression, development, community, and inspiration. If it’s God who gave us breath let us move and use it in our dance!

For an extraordinary experience and opportunity to dance, make sure you check out Maple Leaf School of Ballet, Victoria! www.mapleleafballet.ca

– love from J.

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Is a barre just a barre

To a non-dancer a barre is just a barre. An extension of a wall of a studio where ballerinas flock to stretch. Warming up is crucial to anyone moving and bending for both enjoyment and/or work but why the barre? What’s up with the long sturdy accessory?

Barre3 – the 3 symbolizing balance, practice and life – is a new company offering classes in which the barre is used to develop the length of a dancer and the strength of an athlete with highly effective 60-minute workouts. The postural benefits and core building are unlike any other proving the barre plays a major part.

Founded by Mark Mastrov (founder of 24 hour fitness worldwide) the program has grown internationally and is offered in studios from Oregon to Oklahoma.

You can check out the Barre3 blog at http://barre3.wordpress.com/

The barre fitness concept continues to grow and Canada’s own Barre Fitness program in Yaletown, Vancouver is home to its flagship studio offering classes in many levels.

Here’s what they had to say about the workout:

Barre Fitness™, is an exceptional one-hour regime of ballet, pilates, strength and flexibility training using a ballet barre. This total body conditioning technique has been intertwined to create an intense workout, guaranteed to transform and sculpt your entire body. The classes are choreographed to the hottest music in a fun, supportive and high-energy environment.

Check barrefitness.com for schedules and location!!!

So lets all live happier, healthier lives, one plie at a time – dancers and non dancers alike!

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Dancing up a storm swayze style

 

I’m always in the mood for a Patrick Swayze moment. And seeing as Dirty Dancing just turned 25 well, it seems fitting – especially seeing as our very own EN-POINTE PORTABARRE was used in the Swayze movie One Last Dance! Check these pics out. Looks a lot like Steps on Broadway in NYC to me, not too far from those Catskills if you know what I mean. Which got me thinkin…

As summer wraps, Labor Day festivities finish, hurricane reports are in the air… where do we escape to get some good ol’ dirty dancing in? Sure, the mirror in your bedroom (I’m thinkin’ Cameron Diaz in Charlie’s Angels), the always-open professionally packed city dance studios (I’m thinkin’ Broadway Dance Center, etc), the cabin (um, Dirty Dancing)… and now anywhere thanks to En-Pointe portable equipment right? RIGHT!

Back to school, back to class… one more night, one last dance, one more chance to pop in the Swayze videos and enjoy a summer night dance video like old times!

 

– love from J

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