I always loved to exercise but it took me a long time to find the best workouts that fit me.  In my conception, a woman should be feminine and not bulky. Feminine for me means beautiful and YES! you can have muscle as long as they are long and lean. I find that having more developed muscles in a woman will make you look like a man. I don’t want to be masculine.

That is why I decided to combine the dance (in my case at this moment is Zumba®) with the Ballet and or Barre classes. That combination with a healthy eating habit will get you there. I PROMISE YOU!!!

What is Zumba?

Zumba Fitness is a Latin-inspired cardio-dance workout that uses music and choreographed steps to form a fitness party atmosphere. While many of the types of dance and music featured in the program are Latin American inspired, classes can also contain everything from jazz to African beats to country to hip-hop and pop.

Since its inception in the mid-’90s by creator Alberto “Beto” Perez, the Zumba program reaches 10 million people in more than 90,000 locations across more than 110 countries, according to its website. Over the years the cardio-centric Zumba classes have grown to also include specific programming for children (Zumbatomic) and seniors (Zumba Gold), along with classes in the water (Aqua Zumba), resistance training classes (Zumba Toning) and circuit classes (Zumba in the Circuit, at Curves fitness centers).

Are u in the Twin cities area?, join me for an hour of fun and lots of sweats in my Zumba® classes http://vanessadembo.zumba.com

What is a Barre class?:

A combination of Pilates, Ballet and strength workout are the basic features you will find in a Barre Class.
Visit a barre studio’s website and you’ll find plenty of appealing promises: “Develop long, lean muscles without bulk.” “Sculpt a ballerina’s body.” “Enhance flexibility and improve balance.” Many say that after only five classes, you’ll see changes in your body, gain strength, and tone those hard-to-target muscles in your core, arms, and legs. And the best part: Anyone—no matter their age, weight, or fitness level—can hit the bar and get results. With claims like these, who wouldn’t want to plié their way to a stronger body?

Here are my 2 favorite online Ballet an Barre workouts that are available 24/7, 365 days. Because I have a background in musical theater my two favorites are more base in ballet than the typical barre workouts you can find everywhere.
I find these 2 more powerful and challenging.


Mary Helen Bowers is one of the most sought after names in fitness. As Natalie Portman’s personal trainer for her Academy Award winning role in Black Swan, Mary Helen’s transformative Ballet Beautiful method gained worldwide fame, bringing ballet-inspired fitness into the spotlight as never before.

For more info go to http://www.balletbeautiful.com


Founded by Flick and Victoria. Victoria went on to become one of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s most recognised and respected First Soloists, dancing in productions all over the world, while Flik embarked on a successful West End career, dancing for many of the most acclaimed choreographers and theatre directors.
In total, Flik and Victoria have spent a combined 32 years in prime shape at the top of the professional dance world. Added to this, their extensive qualifications in dance teaching and fitness training gives them the ideal set of expertise to bring you a workout method that will reward you with a stunning physique.

For more info go to http://www.sleektechnique.com


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