anyone who knows me post-babe knows that i’m pulled in a million different directions, and the very last person i make time for is myself. well last thursday i decided that it was time for some true “me” time…so i handed baby kai to dad, put my computer on sleep, turned my phone on silent and headed into MY personal favorite spot to workout (ok i’m a little biased!) and entered into the dance fit space for sultry yoga.
now….it takes a village to get me into the zone of focus on myself lately…so i was immediately aware of how quickly this class erased my mind and allowed me to focus in-ward. i had such a glorious experience in this class that i decided to interview sarah, sultry yoga’s creator & instructor, so that we could share in a little bit more detail – the concept behind one of my new favorites::
the ladies of tease must check out sultry yoga because it’s the epitome of what so much of yoga is all about – getting rid of pent up junk and letting loose that confident, strong, gorgeous goddess inside of you. yes, tease puts a sexy and flirty spin on yoga, but why be super serious whey you’re centering your chi? come see the fun you can have on your yoga mat!
sultry yoga is ladies only, with sultry music and dim lights. we rock out sexy pose transitions, hip circles, hair flips, trailing hands up the legs, kegel work, shoulder dips…we even crawl & roll around on the floor a bit! we get in plenty of long, lean ab work and take a sweet stretch and surrender at the end of class.
sultry yoginis can expect a full-body slow warm up, then some graceful and lean lunges, and take several rounds through a beautiful flow, stretching the body out long in front of the mirror. we play with arm balance or inversion in each class, then deeply stretch through the hips, heart and legs. we end class laying in a sweet, blissful relaxation, soaking up what it’s like to have that goddess inside of you permeate every inch of your being.
i have SO much fun making the sultry yoga playlists. my favorite songs on my current playlist are “i just wanna make love to you” by louise hoffsten, “come to me” by mark lanegan, “crave you”by flight facilities, and “the only hand to hold” by prefuse 73.
you totally don’t need to be a yoga guru to have a blast and a great workout in sultry yoga! i’m careful to break down each pose with good safe alignment, then give options to take it deeper if you’d like.
we love autumn at tease….and this fall, tease studio manager jill is excited to bring you one of her favorite shake recipes – pumpkin protein shake!
blend together the following & sip as you skip through the fall leaves your way to healthy. yum:
1 cup of your preference of milk (jill uses lactose-free milk)
4 large ice cubes
1.5 scoops of protein powder (she is in LOVE with muscle milk light cookies ‘n creme by cytosport)
1/4 cup canned pumpkin (play with this to see how much pumpkin flavor you’d like)
1 tblsp. peanut butter (she prefers by crunchy for the texture)
1 scoop chia seeds (she swears by these for her knees)
a couple sprinkles of cinnamon
1/4 tsp. almond syrup
1/4 cup oatmeal (it thickens the shake if you like)
enjoy and happy autumn!
world famous pole champion and team tease instructor estee zakar talks pole fitness – how she personally got addicted and why she has such a strong love for the sport. teasers tess & shelby are highlighted as they discuss the impact that estee, pole & tease has had on their lives.
WOAH! it’s been awhile since i’ve posted. tease life has been go go go for the past month in preparation for the AMAZING i have been teased showcase and looking forward to the fall/winter. decided to keep things light today in honor of a new shoe order…
the shoes. to wear them or not? such a decision amongst teasers lately lol! i’m updating our web poll this week to be specifically about this subject because i’m curious what the consensus is with our gals & i’ve seen such a split decision with it lately!
i have my very first pair of “dancing” shoes hanging in my locker in the tease basement and i completely smile every time i open the door and see them shining. they were once gorgeous – a sky blue silk with a shining silver stiletto and silver string to wrap around my ankles. they were completely unreasonable haha! i can’t even believe i could walk 3 steps in them without falling, let alone dance in them. since then my shoe choices have become much more reasonable – but still OH so fun and unique….picking out the perfect dance shoe is such an important process! they MUST scream your personal dance style and attitude. they have to accentuate your legs and body type perfectly. they can’t be slippery on the pole and really…..you must be able to stand up in them!
when i dance in shoes, i just feel sexier. i’m taller and i like the reflection of my body in the studio mirrors better. i STRUT instead of walking! better posture. more attitude. i even notice that on days where i plan to wear my shoes to class, i tend to put more into what i’m wearing in general and the makeup i’m wearing….let’s face it ladies, the shoes add that extra element of personal confidence. it’s the same feeling you get after a spray tan – you just fit into your own skin a tad better.
over the past few months of my dancing, i noticed that i decided to dance barefoot more and more. part of it was the advanced technical training i was working – i wanted to be careful landing on a 6 inch stiletto. but more so than that, it just became habit. and really, when i think about it – i’m so sad to not wear my shoes as often when i dance! i actually feel a loss for them – as if my dancing is somehow just a little less feminine or empowering because i didn’t take the time to strap on those lovelies.
i know that other members of the team are feeling this way too. we were so excited to be able to bring back virginia’s “stiletto” (the concept of the class being based on PUT THOSE HOTTIE HEELS BACK ON LADIES!), and roxy star’s sweat & seduction absolutely suggests heels be worn.
i personally have several months ahead of me before i’ll be swinging & inverting again – but when i do, i am OH so looking forward to making a stop by my shoe closet as i head into the studio – picking out my most missed pair and showcasing my tootsies. i may cheat on them sometimes and go barefoot…but there is just nothing like the feeling of dancing a few extra inches higher.
teasers, our shoe supply will be RESTOCKED with all of the classic tease choices as of next week – and look forward to our october intro, the pic above (so adorable with the rhinestone bow!). as always, flip through our catalogues or visit pleaser online – let us know which style you love and we’d be happy to ship it to tease or directly to your door for you.
i’m a little late posting this week as i’ve been swept up into a whirlwind & distracted by some personal inexpectations. i’ve been struggling with the idea of disclosing too much since it’s completely personal – but this blog is completely inspired by the way my week played out so i’m going to share some.
in short for those who aren’t aware, i’m 7 months pregnant and had been thriving. i woke up to some scary setbacks on sunday and spent the following 4 days in the hospital. baby and i are doing great, that strong little guy seems to be completely uneffected by the crazy week! i am physically feeling great as well but am left struggling with all of the emotions surrounding an order of “bedrest” which include but are not limited to the fear of stagnancy, atrophy when approaching one of the most important physical jobs of my life – labor – and mental weakness. my other overwhelming feeling is guilt – everyday i am so lucky that this baby boy is safely staying put to grow strong…if this prescription is truly best for him – than no questions asked, i’m on board. also, there are so many people who would give anything in the world for several weeks or months of non-movement compared to the lifetime they are dealing with. i should be ashamed for letting it effect me negatively at all.
so during the mental trip of this week, i can’t stop thinking about my taste with experiencing sudden non-movement. as a dancer, i hit the floor and MOVE not only for physical reasons but because of the mental outlet and endorphin release i constantly crave. it is my art and my voice. it always has been – either in my head or my body, i am constantly dancing. this temporary “silence” of that voice has made me even further appreciate the importance of dance to my life.
when i was an early teenager and began to dance with the roxey ballet and mill ballet school of new jersey, the directors mark and melissa roxey created the most amazing program called “wheels in motion”. we worked with the matheny medical and education center to provide dance therapy to those dealing with extreme physical disabilities. participating in this was one of the things i have done in my life that i am most proud of. i was lucky to have been a part, i can only hope that my energy helped the people i worked with a fraction of the amount of what i took from the experience. it was amazing to see what dance – whether it meant the simplest stretch of an arm or spin of a wheelchair – could do to lift a spirit.
so….i’m getting more and more driven as the week carries on and i’m sitting with my thoughts. i’ve watched countless “teasers” come into the studio stressed off of a bad day – and leave in mental and physical bliss. i read the “i tease it because…” wall and am inspired by the endless reasons tease is therapeutic. i don’t know quite what my path will be yet – but i will absolutely be dedicating energy towards a program of “tease” therapy – offering dance therapy in the best and most expressive way that i know how. i’m motivated to find a group of women who are in great need of an outlet. the possibility that “tease therapy” could be the physical voice for even one life truly in need is my inspiration.
so i guess this blog is more the start to an idea and my commitment to something greater. i’m very excited for the future & further inspiration and definition on what exactly “tease therapy” can be.
it’s hard to put into words exactly how powerful our back door of the REASONS that we tease it is becoming. because this blog won’t do it nearly enough justice, i can only hope that you each get to visit it for yourselves.
enveloping myself in the power of the colorful back door is quickly becoming one of my most favorite reasons to enter the studio. it’s my new source of energy and inspiration. reading these words is complete bliss for me, better than any cupcake craving i’ve had over the past 7 months.
the wall shows off the teasers strong and unique personalities that i am so lucky to know – with just a sentence or phrase. it is both raw and humorous. honest and beautiful. it includes goals & motivations (who can overlook the picture that virginia posted so that we can have just a little bit more drive every time we change into our fitness gear?!). setbacks and achievements.
thank you, teasers, for sharing your time and the most personal aspects of your life with us at team tease. we are beyond blessed. you are each our “i tease it because…” reasons.
As the days of summer fly by and we get closer to the “I Have Been Teased” 4 year anniversary showcase, Tease is beginning to buzz with an energy of hard work and dedication that only anticipated performances can stir up. This coming Monday, the 15th is the deadline for performers to submit their intent to be a part of the showcase – so the studio is filled with the anxious excitement of decisions – to perform or not to perform, choosing the prefect song, thinking about what the best costume would be, putting choreography together and refining every single detail.
Stage fright is very real – whether it’s your first time behind the bright lights, or you’re a seasoned performer….it happens to mostly everyone. Leading up to the big day, the nerves definitely get more and more raw. Putting together all of the details of a performance to be perfect is certainly a fantastic obsessive distraction…but there is definitely an awareness of the upcoming performance and anxiety surrounding all of the fears. To this, there are only a few things that can be said – 1) everyone is in the same position as you and it is perfectly normal (I’d honestly be quite worried if the majority of our showcase performers WEREN’T feeling nervous!) 2) breathe – relax and trust yourself. You all put an IMMENSE amount of time and detailed energy into your work. you have this. 3) it might completely suck in the few minutes leading up to your performance – it’s SUPPOSED to, this is your adrenaline building up. I do promise you, however, that when your music starts and you get into your routine, your endorphins will kick in and you’ll be loving it – by the time you take your well-deserved bow, you will be flying oh so high and will be so, so proud of yourself.
get em, tiger.
You’ve put in the blood, sweat and tears & have the stage fright adreneline going strong…the performer before you has just received a roaring applause…and now it’s your turn to show off your hard work. It’s SO important to have a total blast – but remember you are on stage and are showing the world your unique choreography or freedance…DELIVER.
A few words about stage presence – ladies, ROCK IT, I’m serious. Fear and concentration tend to take over the face on stage and it can easily send the message of being less than confident in your work, a huge distraction for the audience so eager to watch. When you’re putting your piece together, put JUST as much energy into deciding on who the character is that you are delivering. It may be easy to get into a character based on the song – if this isn’t the case, you may need to dust off your notes from acting 101 or watch some amazing examples of performers online to duplicate and use your imagination. BE intense on stage, it delivers so well. I would absolutely love to coach any of you with some tips on this if you’re struggling to “go there”.
How about the “what if’s”? Something doesn’t go as planned – you (gasp?!) forget your choreography – trust your freelance, you practice this like crazy in class, you’ve GOT it!; you don’t hold a trick – so, come out of it early…the audience is WAY impressed and 90% of them don’t know the difference…the other 10% assume it to be a unique variation; so what if things go a little differently on stage than you planned? This is a LIVE performance, that is the point. The show must go on, ladies – embrace the rawness of dancing live and rock it despite.
I need to offer a curtsy class. Can you imagine if Lady Gaga, Britney or Beyonce finished the finale of their show….and walked off without any exit? If a principal dancer onstage with NYC Ballet didn’t wait for acknowledgement from the audience & just shuffled off stage (ok…if you pull out the LMFAO shuffle MAYBE I’ll count that as an exit!). The very last taste of the performance would be sour to the audience. Your bow is OH so important – it’s your final intimate moment with your audience. Your final delivery of your personality. Your chance to breathe in the appreciation for your hard work. Their chance to acknowledge you. Ladies, EMBRACE this please. I can’t emphasize this enough. Available for bow coaching too, but follow these simple steps and you should be able to capture that last moment under the stage lights perfectly:
1) Hold your last pose for a second of two.
2) Take an obvious deep breath.
3) Turn to face the audience, actually look at them – don’t rush this!
4) SMILE. No matter what your character, show your pearly whites and smile. You’ve done it.
5) Give them a DEEP bow – whether it’s a true curtsy, a raise and drop of the arm, a large nod of the head, or a spin – go with the bow that you feel comfortable with and really take a couple of moments in it.
6) Look back at and smile again at the audience.
7) Turn to walk off stage confidently.
We’ve got just over a month – and I’m so excited to present to our audience the “I Have Been Teased” 4 year anniversary showcase. This will be a show to remember.
August approached SO quickly this year, 2011 is just flying. Since opening Tease in 2007, the month of August has meant a great deal to me as it marks Tease’s anniversary. And how far we’ve come…
I fell in love with pole fitness and was instantly addicted in 2001 when I decided to take a pole class myself. Attending school in Boulder, I was introduced to a studio called FlashDance studios which was WAY ahead of its time and the pole fitness craze. The studio meant everything to me. My outlet. My workout. My friends. This was my zone and I would have moved in if I could have. The confidence and technical abilities that I received from FlashDance cannot be put into words. This is where I met Tease instructors Jenna & Virginia!
After FlashDance closed its doors and my life shifted towards Denver, I began to use my technical dance education and fitness certifications to teach classes throughout the Denver area…soon the thought of opening my own studio was realistic.
I can remember the exhilaration of preparing for doors opening at Tease 4 years ago. The thoughts and plans leading up to it – the questions, wondering if this dream even possible or if it was a crazy thought. The thought of being able to offer women an atmosphere in which they can love to workout, gain even more personal confidence and make friends for life was what kept me on track. I found the space at 1111 South Pearl (now home to Tootsies Nail Shoppe)…and committed without looking back.
There hasn’t been a day since that I haven’t put 110% of my energy, heart and soul into Tease! In the beginning, it meant kicking it all off - spending sleepless nights painting the walls, learning how to hang poles and mirrors, planning the schedule and spreading the word. I look back at that first year and think what a CRAZY person I was! I personally taught every single class at the studio – 6 days a week, up to 3 classes a day after working a 9-5 behind a desk all day. But it was my baby – and I was already addicted to the concept that I could have a hand in bringing an amazing workout to women…that they just might love and that might just give them a little bit of extra confidence – this was what drove me from the very start.
The studio grew steady that first year as I continued to work relentlessly, the word spread and I eventually hired instructors. Both Samm and Jenna were two of the first instructors to work at Tease – they each witnessed Tease from the beginning so intimately and personally. The energy that was building never ceased to amaze me.
In August of 2009, after realizing that we couldn’t fit a chair class of over 12 and seeing the absurdity of Samm’s growing cardio gogo class of over 10 try to dance full out to her famous “Disturbia” (you remember that right ladies!!!) routine in the 1111 South Pearl Street location anymore, we moved 2 doors down into our current home at 1107 South Pearl Street. And what a wonder the past 2 years have been.
Over the past 2 years, we’ve moved from having a staff of 3 instructors to now 10-14. Our instructors USED to check clients in at the desk as well but now we are lucky to have an amazing team of receptionists and as of November, 2010 a studio manager. I am thankful daily for the amazing team of talent that is the force behind Tease.
My role has shifted during the past few years as well. Although I’m not currently teaching any classes now that I’m almost 7 months pregnant, I typically teach about 5 classes a week instead of them ALL (much better variety for you girls lol!). I spend my days doing so many things for Tease including thinking up new class concepts, planning events, creating the class schedule, answering correspondence, managing my incredible staff, designing and updating the website and all Tease digital and printed advertisements, networking with other local business owners, planning Tease merchandise, planning monthly and one day sales, all back end of the studio, etc etc. I’ve learned so much from my baby that is Tease and love every aspect of this job.
I want to take a moment to give a virtual hug to everyone who has set foot in the studio and believes in Tease. It literally would not be possible without your love and support. You are the inspiration behind my ever-growing vision for Tease and you are the focus for the reason Tease needs to succeed.
I’m so excited to journey into this 5th year with you & discover what is in store for the future of Tease.
Crazy Horse (formerly La Femme), the MGM Grand Show direct from the Crazy Horse Cabaret in Paris literally kept a 5 1/2 month pregnant woman wide-eyed in her seat during a time period which would have normally meant several bathroom breaks.
The show was originally created by Alain Bernardin in 1951. An amateur artist, Bernardin set out to create a show that was more striking than the traditional American striptease and yet acceptable to a wide audience. Playing with both light and color projected on the women he experimented with numerous light variations.
The show today combines the talents of international dancers – one of the most technically PERFECT group of ballet trained dancers I have ever seen on stage together (this coming from a ballet connoisseur, frequent to performances by New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Boston Ballet, Pacific NorthWest Ballet, Royal Ballet, etc – the greats), performing the most clean and concise variation of burlesque I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing to date.
The artistic lighting – both astounding and fresh. The dancers – aesthetically pleasing in their perfectly coordinated body types and perfection to detail. The music – both classic and hip with a lounge yet trip hop feel. The show is comprised of about 15 various acts. Some group pieces and some solo work. Each has its own distinct flavor while keeping the sexy Paris burlesque feel consistent.
This stunning visual effect left me overflowing with inspiration in so many different directions…classes which inspire nothing less than pure technical perfection; tease students feeling confident showcasing their capturing stage presence which easily changes from one character interpretation to another; new ideas surrounding movements and class concepts as well as visual props and effects displayed during showcases.
So, teasers. Expect to see my new-found inspiration sprinkled throughout the studio as we enter our 4th year. If I can communicate my new visions even slightly…you’re all in for a total treat.
Checkout some inspiration and clips from the Crazy Horse show.