Friday, May 15, 2009

Inspired to Plie....

Last night I had the honor to watch my good friends daughter perform with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB). She is only in grade 10, trains at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School here in Winnipeg and also attends academics through the RWB. Her days are filled with training, and more training....such discipline for such a young girl.

Last night she danced the lead role in the "Snow Queen". It was amazing to see her dance, she is a true athlete. These dancers never show how much pain they are in. The only reason you know they are working hard is the sweat pouring off of their skin.

As I sat there watching, I remembered my days as a Highland Dancer. I fought tooth and nail with my mom when it came to practicing, I was much more interested in talking on the phone or hanging out with my friends. Let's just say I was not that dedicated, yet I wondered why I never won when a competition rolled around? Why could I not have had the passion I saw in this young girl as she floated across the stage on pointe?

So today for my fitness friday, I am channeling the inner dancer in me. I rummaged though my DVD's this morning and found this oldie but goodie:

This one is for you Jaimi (Thank goodness I'm in the privacy of my own home.....only Tim will get a good laugh out of watching me try and pretend like I am flexible enough to touch my toes. I also may not be walking tomorrow from being on the balls of my feet for an hour, but I am willing to make that sacrifice!)

So tell me, what fitness DVD's are in your closet? Have you done them in a while? If not, I challenge you to pull one out this weekend and give it a go. Channel an inner dancer, yogi, bodybuilder!
Have a great weekend!


  1. I love your fitness friday posts, Cheryl! I look forward to them and incorporate them into my workouts!

    Personally, I love these DVD's created by a friend of mine who is a personal trainer in Calgary (Even Costco sells her DVD's now!)

    Have a great long weekend!

  2. sounds fun! um, mine are soo dusty and buried I couldn't even tell you what I have. :)

  3. I do the P90 from Beachbody, I love it. I find it passes the time better than just running on the treadmill. I would like to get some more DVD's to mix it up a little.

  4. I love the crazy dance cardio one you sent me, otherwise I don't really have any *hangs head in shame*

    The ballet one would be good for a few laughs though, I haven't done anything remotely like ballet since I was about 8. And even then it was only remotely like ballet :)

  5. Wow, that ballet fitness video looks amazing! I took ballet at the National school from about 4 to 6 (weekend program) and then until I finished elementary school. I did one exam at the school, and I wanted to continue, but the teacher said I'd have to go at least 3-4 times a week, and Mom didn't think I was good enough for a career. So there you go.

    I have a Karen Voigt DVD that sits there...I'm supposed to go back to the gym this week, to start with the Bodyflow, and work my way back to dance. This is great motivation, Cheryl.

    (and wow, that you were a Highland dancer, that's tremendous energy!)