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New Year’s Resolutions…contrary to popular belief, the secret isn’t willpower!

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

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Three weeks into 2011. Have you already dropped your new year’s resolution? When people fall behind on keeping up with resolutions, they quit. Done for the year! It may come back up again next January, but for now, it’s over.

Let’s face it…resolutions are hard because we pick something hard to work on. Then we hope we make it, or try to will it to happen.  But it’s not that easy, so when it doesn’t happen, we join the ranks of “quitter”.  No one wants to be a quitter.  So don’t be! Be a resolution-keeper! Resolution-keepers don’t will something to happen; they make specific plans that are possible to keep in order to change something daily; the action of choosing. It’s time to sweat; to work at it. Get up every day and ask, “What can I do today?” Once you choose the action, to quote Nike, “just do it!”

Record numbers of people are taking Butler Community School dance and fitness classes since January 1. In the past few weeks I have spoken with hundreds of people who called or came by to ask about taking a class.  And they’re coming! But will they still be coming in April, in July? I wondered if these increased numbers had something to do with resolutions, so I asked, “What is your New Year’s resolution,” and “why are you here?” The answers went something like this, “I want more energy…to have fun…lose weight…get fit…re-learn an old passion…try something new.”

Those are great, but how will these resolutions happen, and specifically, happen at the BCS? What’s the plan? Following the idea that a resolution will work if there is a daily action to get results, what if the resolution becomes something like this, “I will wake up at 6:00am, put my shoes on, and go to Ballet Austin for the Ultimate Cardio Boot Camp.” Or maybe this, “I am going to buy a Class-Card and drive to Ballet Austin after work on Thursday to take Ballet Fit,” or, “I will call a friend and invite her to take a hip hop class with me on Sunday.” Actions chosen every day that accomplish the goal of having fun, losing weight, learning something new, and so on.

Already slacking? Don’t wait until 2012 to begin working on your resolution again. Reset your 2011 resolution! Instead of relying on willpower, learn the art of choosing today.

Broadway – It’s Closer Than You Think!

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Bob Fosse, Jerome Robbins, Michael Bennett, even Michael Jackson, have come alive here at the Butler Dance Education Center. You can hear them when you walk through the halls. They live on through the lives of Danny Herman and Rocker Verastique. These two guys are the real deal. Straight from Broadway, having starred in such recognized productions as A Chorus Line, Chicago, and Contact, Danny and Rocker light up the lives of BCS students from age 8 to 58. Sometimes I have to marvel at the stories they tell…hanging out on stage with Michael Bennett, riding in Bob Fosse’s limo…

And then I have to marvel even more when I realize that they teach here…HERE! When it comes to Broadway and Theatre Dance classes, we have the best! And that’s probably an understatement. As I said, they are the real deal! Seriously…if you don’t believe me, come down and try a class in April. Broadway Jazz and Theatre Dance are featured as the BCS Classes of the Month. If you’ve never been, try your first class FREE, and rub shoulders with a couple of veterans.

Not only do Danny and Rocker teach classes here at the BCS, they are creators and directors of the upcoming Musical Theatre Workshop performance Broadway in May//100 Years of Broadway, to be performed on stage at the AustinVentures StudioTheater May 1 and 2. “They say the neon lights are bright on broadway. They say there’s always magic in the air.” I say the neon lights are bright on the corner of 3rd and San Antonio, and I know there’s always magic in the air.

For more information about the BCS Class of the Month for April, Broadway Jazz & Theatre Dance, click here.

For more information about Broadway in May, or to purchase tickets, click here.

Rock Out at a BCS Class of the Month

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

What does it mean to get down and get groovy? And what in the world are basic break, pop and lock, tricks, and rock out? Somehow it all has to do with dance. And anything that has to do with dance has to do with Ballet Austin.

These are all words I hear around Ballet Austin’s Butler Community School, the place to be for anyone who feels like dancing! Do you feel like dancing? When you hear music, does your body just have to move? Are you looking for a place to just dance and have fun? Do you dance in your kitchen? Dance at the club? Do you want to learn some moves you thought you could only see on music videos and dance shows? Then come down to the Butler Community School in February to try a free hip hop or street jazz class.

Hip Hop and Street Jazz at the Butler Community School are for anyone. I think you’ll have so much fun that I am giving away free classes, water bottles and t-shirts to get you in the door! That’s right…random drawings for prizes, special giveaways, and more fun than you can pack into any hour that will make you feel like a video star.

February BCS Classes of the Month include Hip Hop and Street Jazz for teens and adults, and Kid’s Hip Hop, a fun and funky class for kids ages 8-12.

See you at the BCS!

For more information about the February BCS Classes of the Month CLICK HERE!

 
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