7 Things I Learned After Taking My First Zumba Class

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So I finally got to try Zumba this week, and it was great!

I honestly cannot wait to go back. It was that amazing.

Here are a few things general things I learned from taking my first Zumba class with instructor Yenny Barona:

1. People who attend the class rarely dress like this. Actually, no one in the class I went to was dressed like this. Not even the instructor…

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2. There’s no practice round. You just watch and do. It’s not as bad as you think, though.

3. It’s nonstop dancing. No breaks. Song after song, you’ve got to keep moving or you’ll miss the steps!

4. You might not dance the Samba during your first session, but you will dance the salsa and merengue.

5. Be prepared to dance to well known hits like “Jump” by Flo Rida and “Booty” by Jennifer Lopez feat. Iggy Azalea. And then you’ll start moving to the choreography you learned every time you hear them thereafter!

6. You will feel SEXY. Major confidence boost!

7. I’m not even sore! Knock on wood. KNOCK. ON. WOOD.

Take me back to Zumba…

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Photo Diary: Danceworks Fall 2014 Concert

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Friday, November 7th, was a night of sexy, glamorous Hofstra Danceworks entertainment. The school dance club put on a show for us all at the John C. Adams Playhouse as part of their annual Fall Concert.

I still don’t understand how they pull off such amazing choreography. Some of the members, such Nicole Marinucci, are double majors at Hofstra.

When do they find time to rehearse?!

The program for Friday night included hip-hop, tap, contemporary and more.

I really wish I could have gone to Saturday’s show as well!

Anyway, I took a few photos at the show, so enjoy!

The first number was impeccably "***Flawless."

The first number was impeccably “***Flawless.”

 

Perfect sync.

Perfect sync.

Such a fun tap routine to Sylvan Esso's "Dress"

Such a fun tap routine to Sylvan Esso’s “Dress”

These girls need to go on tour with Michael Buble for "Feeling Good."

These girls need to go on tour with Michael Buble for “Feeling Good.”

Oh, they're definitely gonna be "Big Stars..."

More than just entertained! #awestruck

The guys did so well in this one!

The guys did so well in this one!

"Love Shack" never gets old.

“Love Shack” never gets old.

They danced to one of my favorite songs, "Sweet Disposition" by The Temper Trap!

They danced to one of my favorite songs, “Sweet Disposition” by The Temper Trap!

Danceworks delivered. Big time. Best dance entertainment I’ve seen since I started at Hofstra. I will definitely be attending the spring show in 2015!

2014 Summer Dance Party Playlist

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Summer is here, and you know what that means?

It’s party time! And what’s a party without a hip twirling, booty shakin’ dance party playlist?

Here are 20 danceable songs for your summer 2014 dance party:

1. Rock That Body, Black Eyed Peas: You can’t just stand in the corner and pretend no one will notice you at a summer dance party. So get out on the dance floor and “rock that body”!

2. I Love You, Belinda ft. Pitbull: Go ahead, dance with a stranger. You might even fall in love…

3. While We’re in Love, Viceroy (Oliver Nelson Remix): By all means, have fun, but don’t do anything stupid with a mysterious stranger while you’re in love with someone else.

4. I Look to You, Miami Horror ft. Kimbra: This jazz infused track will take you to the future and back.

5. Paris (Party Mix), David Guetta: Ain’t no party like a party in Paris.

6. We Found Love, Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna: It’s true. You can find love on the dance floor.

7. September, St. Lucia: This heavy synth beat will have you and your group of friends jumping all over the dance floor.

8. Love Slayer, Joe Jonas: The dance floor is the place where you can cause “nothin’ but trouble, babe.”

9. Jack, Breach: “I want your body, everybody wants your body, so let’s jack.”

10. Give Me Your Hand (Best Song Ever), The Ready Set: Don’t be afraid to grab a cutie’s hand when your favorite song comes on!

11. Save the Day, Selena Gomez: Dance until the “night starts slipping away.”

12. #thatPOWER, Will.i.am ft. Justin Bieber: You’ve got the power. Now dance.

13. Blackout, Breathe Carolina: “Can you handle the pace”? Don’t blackout. Just. Keep. Dancing.

14. Beam Me Up (Kill Mode Radio Edit), CAZZETTE: Let this track beam you right back to life.

15. Colors, Nadia Oh: Make rainbow love on the dance floor.

16. Crazy, Alexandra Stan: Just go crazy. No one cares how weird you dance…

17. All Night Long ft. Missy Elliot and Timbaland: “Don’t make plans.” We’re gonna dance “all night long.”

18. Disco Romancing (Video Edit), Elena: “Dance until the sun comes up.”

19. Party Rock Anthem, LMFAO: Never apologize for party rockin’.

20. Tonight is the Night, Outasight: Tonight is the night to let your body feel the beat, and lose yourself in the music. Don’t hold back.

Have a happy and safe summer 2014!

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This Week in Music: Capital Cities’ “Kangaroo Court” Music Video

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The music video for “Kangaroo Court” by Capital Cities was released today!

“Kangaroo Court” is the second single off of the Capital Cities album, In a Tidal Wave of Mystery.

If you’ve never heard any of the amazing 80s electro-pop music created by Capital Cities, I recommend you do your ears a favor and check them out.

Although “Kangaroo Court” isn’t my top favorite on the album, it’s definitely a fun song to listen to, with its beautiful trumpet melodies and hard drums.

The video just adds to the fun, danceable qualities of this song!

The plot line for the music video is very interesting, and goes quite well with the lyrics of the song. If I could describe it in one line, it would be, “The story of a zebra who just wanted to have a little fun.”

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And no, this is not a zebra as in wildlife zebras. This is a human zebra, who disguises himself as a mustang to get into a club where zebras are banned.

A club called The Kangaroo Court.

There are ten things I love about this video:

1. Darren Criss. Oh my God. Is he not the hottest dog?!

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Darren Criss in “Kangaroo Court” Music Video

2. The synchronization between the drum beats and hand movements (when the zebra knocks on the club door for the second time, and again when Darren Criss bangs his fist on the table at the club).

3. The zebra’s car. He drives a mini cooper. Complete with GPS!

4. The zebra’s fake ID. “Imma Mustang”? Couldn’t have found a better fake name?!

Zebra's Fake ID

Zebra’s Fake ID

5. The trumpet player at the Kangaroo Court. He’s phenomenal.

6. Shannon Woodward. She looks so gorgeous in all of her scenes, and her dance moves are beyond sexy. (Coincidentally, they get sexier right before the bridge when the female voice sings “I can’t do sexy.”)

Shannon Woodley dancing with the zebra at The Kangaroo Court

Shannon Woodward dancing with the zebra at The Kangaroo Court

7. When the zebra sings in the courtroom,

I commit the crime of wasting time
Always trying to rhyme
Yes, I am guilty
But don’t misunderstand me
I admit defeat, then I move my feet
My history will never be repeated
I won’t ever be repeated.

This is the only time the zebra sings in the video, and its well waited for. Too perfect!

8. The way the the zebra is killed. It was a very artistic move to use red confetti, and it definitely worked. The party vibe of the song continues in that scene even though this part of the video is supposed to be sad.

9. The reference to lions being the “King of the Jungle” during the scene where the zebra is watching a lion prey on a zebra on television and also when the lion is served zebra on a plate.

10. The harp at the end. The beautiful harp melody does not exist in the studio version of this track, but its a nice touch to the end of this video.

Did I mention that all of the characters in this video are human animals?

You’ll have to see it to believe it.

A Sad Au Revoir to ‘Bunheads’

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The wait is over. ABC Family has decided to cancel Amy Sherman-Palladino’s Bunheads.

I cannot believe that after being in limbo for five months they’ve decided to drop the series.

With all the new shows being added to the lineup on the network, there really isn’t a spot for Bunheads. ABC Family has chosen to pick up shows such as The Fosters, Twisted, and the new Ravenswood this fall.

This isn’t the first time ABC Family dropped a show I’d grown attached to. Last year they dropped Jane by Design, a show about a high school girl named Jane who got a job as an assistant to fashion designer Grey Chandler. The only reason she was hired for the position was because she was mistaken for an adult.

I can see how a plot line for a show like that would fizzle out, but Bunheads? No. Bunheads was special.

The show Bunheads is about a Las Vegas showgirl named Michelle Simms (Sutton Foster) who gets swept off her feet by Hubbell Flowers, an admirer who frequents her shows. She marries and moves with him to Paradise, California where he dies in a car accident hours after the reception. Michelle is left with Hubbell’s mother, Madam Fanny and her ballet dance studio. Since Michelle was a former bunhead (ballerina) she ends up helping to teach the classes.

I’m really going to miss Michelle. She had a very sarcastic and witty sense of humor that will turn any bad day upside down.

I’ll also miss the students from Madam Fanny’s class, especially Ginny and Boo.

Also seeing one of my favorite contestants from So You Think You Can Dance, Jeanine Mason as Cozette, was very refreshing. I didn’t even know she could act. It’s great to see that her career is taking off.

However, this is the end. No more quirky ballerinas. No more Michelle’s hot surfer dude boyfriend with a PhD. No more cute Carl and Boo romance. No more ridiculous barista at the town coffee shop.

The saddest part is that the season 1 finale (now the series finale) ended with Ginny crying on Michelle’s shoulder. Now I’m crying with Ginny!

I hope the actors of Bunheads get picked up for other shows. I’ll be looking out for them.

And now for a few of the amazing ballet dance routines from Bunheads:

Summer 2013 Playlist

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It’s officially summer! Here comes the vacations, the parties and all the fun! But those summer activities wouldn’t be complete without a summer playlist now, would they?

Here are 14 fun, festive and relaxing summer songs to add to your summer playlist.

1. Summer’s Not Hot, Selena Gomez and the Scene: What else screams summer better than Selena Gomez literally screaming “It’s summer!” at the beginning of this track? The song is cute and fun, as she sings about the summer not being hot without her guy. Wink, wink.

2. So Many Details, Toro y Moi: This song is part of the chillwave genre, so it has a relaxing beat. The scenery in the video will make you want to take a relaxing vacation in The Carolinas.

3. Let the Groove Get In, Justin Timberlake: For those of you who know how to dance Samba, I envy you, because this song makes me want to dance the Samba. But I can’t do it properly because I don’t know how to. This song is perfect for an outdoor summer party with its festive beat.

4. Ride, Lana Del Rey: I’m not a big Lana fan but I heard this song for the first time during the Pretty Little Liars season 3 finale. It’s one of those songs you would listen to in your convertible with the top down letting the summer breeze take all your troubles away.

5. Move, CSS: Brazilian band CSS, acronym for Cansei de Ser Sexy (I’m Tired of Being Sexy), brings you a cool dance song that will get you moving at this summer’s backyard parties!

6. Trying to Be Cool, Phoenix: Because that’s all we’re trying to be this summer. Pop this French band’s tune on as you try to cool off in the air conditioning.

7. Fifteen (Oxford Remix), Goldroom ft. Chela: I love this song so much that it’s my alarm sound every morning. Chela sings in the first line “It’s been a long time, wondering why the summer smells like sin and wonder.” Indeed it does. And maybe we’ll never know why.

8. Hey Now, Candy Dulfer: What’s summer without a little bit of jazz? This song has the perfect balance of saxophone to make you wanna get groovy.

9. En la Obscuridad, Belinda: In English, the title would be “In the Darkness.” This song is so cute and the video is even cuter. We all know that one mysterious stranger we meet at a late night summer party that we want more from. This song will remind you of him.

10. I Need Your Love, Calvin Harris ft. Ellie Goulding: This mellow electronic song coupled with Ellie Goulding’s fresh voice is the perfect dose of exactly what we need this summer.

11. She Wants to Go, Something like Kites ft. Patrick: Who doesn’t want to go this summer? Here’s another great party song for your party playlist. The awesome guitar chords in this song will make you definitely want to party it up!

12. Como Te Vas, Trails and Ways: This song is from another Brazilian band. The title in English would be “How’s it Going.” The song is sung in Spanish instead of Portuguese. It has a very relaxing summer vibe to it with its smooth guitar.

13. Scratch, BG5: I heard this song for the first time when they were featured on Keeping Up With the Kardashians because Kris Jenner manages the group. The beat of this song is a lot of fun, just the way summer should be.

14. Don’t Stop the Party, Pitbull: Because none of us want this party called summer to end, so enjoy it with Mr. Worldwide’s festive song!

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Have a fun and safe summer 2013 everyone!!

Album Review: Demi Lovato’s ‘Demi’

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Tuesday, May 14th, 2013 marked the release of Demi Lovato’s senior album, Demi.

This excited me, because any mention of this girl opening her mouth to belt out a tune is an opportunity that should not be taken for granted!

Demi took to the streets of NYC to promote her album on the day of its release. “Buy it on iTunes!” she kept screaming at the passersby.

This girl knows how to get the attention of the New Yorker!

Ex-boyfriend Joe Jonas tweeted, “Congrats @ddlovato on the new record! So happy for you!”

Aww! See? There’s no hard feelings!

Rumor has it that some of the songs on the album are about her ex, Wilmer Valderrama. Oooo, JUICY!

Which ones do you think are about him? “Shouldn’t Come Back”? ”

The album is currently number two on iTunes.

Below is the track listing:

1. Heart Attack

2. Made in the USA

3. Without the Love

4. Neon Lights

5. Two Pieces

6. Nightingale

7. In Case

8. Really Don’t Care (feat. Cher Lloyd)

9. Fire Starter

10. Something That We’re Not

11. Never Been Hurt

12. Shouldn’t Come Back

13. Warrior

If bought at Target, the album features a bonus track titled, “I Hate You, Don’t Leave Me.”

The next single is rumored to be “Made in the USA.” Can’t wait!

I had a listen and put together a video review for your viewing pleasure.

Enjoy!