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21 Nov 2015

Bittersweet News

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“Moving into the next phase of your life is a lot like crossing monkey bars.  You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.” – Unknown

So I’m writing this blog today to announce some bittersweet news about DMF. After nearly three years of dancing, laughing, motivating and sharing amazing experiences with YOU, our incredible NYC clients, we will be closing our doors for regular classes on December 19th. I am so grateful for everyone who has been a part of the DMF journey. I can’t tell you how excited I am to see your faces week to week and how much it means to me that you took a chance on DMF and let us into your lives.

As many of you know, my passion for working with under-served children led me to establish my non-profit, DMF YOUTH. After many months of trying to balance growing the non-profit and growing my DMF business (plus working several freelance jobs!), I came to the conclusion that I’m not superwoman and can’t do it all effectively. Teaching fitness and motivating clients to live their best lives is wonderful, but I’ve discovered that doing the same for inner-city youth is my true purpose. It is amazing how our journey can change and evolve. Through establishing a for profit business for adults several years ago, I’ve been blessed to discover that DMF works even better with kids in need. I’m finally brave enough to shift course and pursue DMF YOUTH with my full heart, time and energy.

Although DMF will no longer provide regular weekly classes, we WILL be available for private parties, events, and coachings and intend to keep our positive presence on social media. We know many of you have purchased packages and we hope you will continue to dance it out with us the rest of November and December. Whatever classes remain in your package after December 19th, we are happy to redeem to you via check. You also have the option to donate the remainder of your classes to DMF YOUTH and help sponsor a child in our upcoming after school program in January.

Again, I can’t express how grateful I am for all of your support, energy, and friendship. This has not been an easy decision as I will miss seeing your smiling faces on a weekly basis. But I hope as DMF shifts course, we will be able to provide a positive movement among NYC’s youngest generation, giving them the tools they need to live happy, healthy, and productive lives. We are always looking for help in our endeavors and truly hope you will stay involved and connected in our movement.

With love and gratitude,

Lindi and The DMF Team

Join us for our first Bar Night, benefiting DMF Youth’s after school program! Bring your friends and come drink, mingle, network and help us raise money to serve NYC’s underprivileged youth!

EVENT DETAILS:

WHEN: Thursday November, 5th at 6pm  (But come whenever you can!)

WHERE: Stitch Bar 237 W. 37th St

COST: $25 includes one drink ticket

WHY:  You want to make a difference in the lives of NYC’s under-served kiddos!

DMF YOUTH is a dance-fitness in-school and after-school educational program that blends a positive, motivational dance workout with a life skills development curriculum. Our goal is to empower kids and teens by building self-esteem, confidence, and self-worth and nurture health in all aspects of their lives–physical, mental, emotional.

DMF YOUTH is not a traditional “dance-class.” We are based in fitness and create a positive environment for youth to get fit in a non-competitive, fun way without the pressure of having to be a perfect dancer or athlete. Our motivational, cardio-dance and strength training workout feels more like a dance-party than a class. We incorporate life-skills and character development into the curriculum, making this program truly unique. We use dance and fitness as the platform for helping youth realize their ultimate potential and gain the necessary tools needed to live healthy, happy and productive lives.

Read more at www.dmfyouth.org

 

Happy Tuesday! As we move into the heat wave of August, we are keeping you cool with the BEST new music around. Music is EVERYTHING at DMF and we truly believe in its power to uplift, motivate, and energize your soul! That’s why we spend hours curating the perfect playlists to bring you joy, laughter and inspiration. There is nothing like a good song to get you out of a funk or pump you up and we wanted to share a few of our new favs that we will be dancing to this month! Check out these fresh new tracks and come bust a move with us this week!

 
Have a favorite song that you haven’t heard in class? Let us know and we’ll make sure to plug it into our playlist ASAP!

Whip It! By LunchMoney Lewis

I’m in Love with a Monster by Fifth Harmony

Paint the World by Jidax and Enzo Darren Feat. Chester Rushing

Are you laughing enough?? Seriously, though, DMF is concerned for your health!  Did you know that the the average 4-year-old laughs 300 times per day and the average 40-year-old, only 4?  That’s really sad people.  It’s especially concerning considering laughter is SO good for your health!

Laughing releases our favorite little buddies, endorphins, bringing a sense of happiness and contentment to the body. Laughing boosts our immune systems by decreasing stress hormones and increasing immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies. And laughing relieves stress and relaxes the body.

We laugh a lot at DMF, for your health of course!  And why not?  Why not pair your favorite exercise (dancing!) with laughter and get a double whammy of endorphins and positive health benefits?  Our mission this month is to increase your laughing quota and get you having a bit more fun EVERY day!  We don’t underestimate the power of laughter and neither should you.  We need more laughter in our lives and we’re here to serve it up!

So come get your laughter on this week at DMF!  We can’t wait to bust a move with you.

 

Our next DANCE FOR A CAUSE is right around the corner! Please join us on Thursday, July 9th at 6pm for a super-sweaty DMF party in which 100% of your donations goes towards expanding our program to under-served NYC schools. Minimum donation is $25 (price of a single DMF class) but feel free to give more if you feel inclined! All donations are tax deductible as we are now an official 501c3 organization.  We have AMAZING raffles including Sparkly Soul Headbands, DMF Class Packs, and tons of high end beauty products!!

This particular event will help to support our summer camp at PS 126 at the end of July.   The DMF Youth summer camp empowers middle-schoolers to dream big, discover new skills and develop confidence and self-esteem through dance and fitness.  Throughout the week, campers will have daily dance-fitness classes, arts and crafts, theatre games, team building activities, and “power” discussions designed to help them tap into their ultimate potential.  The camp will culminate in fully a choreographed dance to be performed for family and friends.
Can’t come but still want to donate? We would LOVE that! Every little bit counts!Here’s how it works: If you just want to donate, click the button HERE! If you would like to attend DANCE FOR A CAUSE, please donate through the button and then email info@dmfnyc.com to reserve your spot! Your generosity fuels the success of DMF YOUTH and impacts the lives many children who would not otherwise have access to this type of program and we are so grateful for your support!
When: Thursday, July 9th at 6pm
Where: DANY Studios-305 West 38th St
Price: Minimum $25

Why: Because you want to make a difference in the lives of under-served NYC

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05 Jan 2015

New Year, HAPPIER You!

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Happy 2015! With all the “new year, new you” talk of 2015, we wanted to do something a little different at DMF. Instead of “NEW you,” which to me implies that we were lacking last year, how about “New Year, HAPPIER You!”

Only 8% of people stick to their New Year’s resolutions and one of the reasons why is because our idea of happiness is flawed. Many of us believe: I’ll be happier WHEN I lose weight. Or I’ll be happier WHEN I get a raise. Or I’ll be happier WHEN I’m in a relationship. We postpone happiness for the future and then when we attain what we thought we wanted, we are often still feel unsatisfied.

But we can change this. Research shows that external circumstances accounts for only 10% of our happiness. That means 90% is up to us! And there are ways to cultivate happiness daily and bring habits into our lives that are proven to enhance our happiness over time. When we start to achieve happiness daily, we in turn tend to work more productively, invite positive relationships into our lives, and achieve goals we never thought possible.

Over the next month, we’ll be sharing with you the science behind happiness via Facebook, Twitter and our newsletters. We’d love for you to join in the discussion with the hashtag #NewYearHappierYou. We all know exercise is KEY when discussing happiness so to get you started on your happiest year ever, we are giving you 10% off any class pack. Simply enter the promo code: happy when buying your next pack! Offer expires Friday.

We can’t wait to dance it out with you this week!

Love,
Lindi and the DMF team

Hello! I’m thrilled to invite you to our next DANCE FOR A CAUSE benefitting DMF YOUTH, our newly established not-for-profit! Please join us on Thursday, November 13th at 6pm for a super-sweaty DMF party in which 100% of your donations goes towards expanding our program to under-served NYC schools. Minimum donation is $25 (price of a single DMF class) but feel free to give more if you feel inclined! All donations are tax deductible as we are now an official 501c3 organization! We have awesome raffles including Sparkly Soul headbands, Colorscience Luxury Mineral Makeup giveaways, and DMF class packs! Can’t come, but still want to donate?? We would LOVE that! Every little bit counts!

Here’s how it works: If you just want to donate, click the button below. If you would like to attend DANCE FOR A CAUSE, please donate through the button below and then email info@dmfnyc.com to reserve your spot! Your generosity fuels the success of DMF YOUTH and impacts the lives many children who would not otherwise have access to this type of program and we are so grateful for your support!

When: Thursday, November 13th at 6pm
Where: DANY Studios—305 West 38th St
Price: Minimum $25
Why: Because you want to make a difference in the lives of underserved NYC youth!




ABOUT DMF YOUTH

DMF YOUTH is a dance-fitness in-school and after-school educational program that blends a positive, motivational dance workout with a life skills development curriculum. Our goal is to empower kids and teens by building self-esteem, confidence, and self-worth and nurture health in all aspects of their lives–physical, mental, emotional.

DMF YOUTH is not a traditional “dance-class.” We are based in fitness and create a positive environment for youth to get fit in a non-competitive, fun way without the pressure of having to be a perfect dancer or athlete. Our motivational, cardio-dance and strength training workout feels more like a dance-party than a class. We incorporate life-skills and character development into the curriculum, making this program truly unique. We use dance and fitness as the platform for helping youth realize their ultimate potential and gain the necessary tools needed to live healthy, happy and productive lives.

Each week, we discuss and use dance and exercises to delve into topics like cooperation, attitude, team work, leadership, positive self-talk, self-control, body-image, nutrition, and standing up to peer pressure. Everywhere young kids turn, there is pressure to “be cool” and “fit in.” DMF YOUTH helps participants shed insecurities and the need to “be” like everyone else and encourages them to tap into their own unique talents, power and potential.

Despite the rising childhood obesity epidemic and the strong correlation between higher academic achievement in healthy children, many children receive little or no time in the gym and do not meet both national and state standards for physical education. In its biennial survey of high school students across the nation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in June 2012 that nearly half said they had no physical education classes in an average week. In New York City, that number was 20.5 percent, compared with 14.4 percent a decade earlier, according to the C.D.C.

DMF YOUTH provides a solution to lack of physical activity in NYC schools. Requiring no equipment, DMF YOUTH classes can be held either in a gym or open space where participants can freely move. Limited gym space is often cited as a reason for the lack of PE classes, but DMF Youth can be performed in the classroom with a quick move of desks. DMF Youth provides a safe, non-completive environment for children to meet and exceed daily recommendations for cardio-vascular exercise, while simultaneously teaching the value of healthy living and providing life-skill tools that transcend the classroom.
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This week, I wanted to just let you know that you are awesome…right where you are.  You probably don’t own and recognize your accomplishments, do you?  You’re probably like me and you’re constantly working on the next thing, stressed about where you are and where you want to be, or where you think you should be.  So today, I thought I would remind you that you are pretty amazing and you should take a moment to acknowledge that. And when I say acknowledge your accomplishments, I’m not just talking about material or physical things; being brave enough to pursue your dreams or quit your job to figure out what you really want to do with your life is an accomplishment too!

I work a lot with kids and one thing I love about them is they own their accomplishments.  They learn a new skill or step and proclaim, “I did it!” with enthusiasm.  As adults, many of us have lost that sense of satisfaction and contentment when we accomplish something because we are quickly on to the next venture and comparing ourselves to others.  We rush our journey and the small milestones along the way.  We feel we must get where we want to go NOW. But why?  I think it’s because we live in a society that thrives on comparing ourselves to others–we compare our bodies, our careers, our homes, our lives! We feel pressure to be a certain way and fit in to what we believe to be the norm.

I don’t know about you, but I often suffer from what I call the “should be” syndrome.  The tape that plays in my head goes like this: At this age, I should be more successful.  I work in the fitness industry, so I should beable to maintain a perfect body. I should be further along with my non-profit by now.  I should be further along in my career. 

But then I remind myself, who said?  Who decides what should and should not be??  My journey doesn’t have to look like my colleagues’ or competitors’  and someone else’s definition of success might be very different than mine.  When I compare myself to others–and I often do and have to fight it!– I see how much further I have to go and I negate what I’ve just accomplished. I know many of my clients and friends share this sentiment.  But what would happen if we accepted our own journey for what it is, without comparing it to someone else’s?  What if we accepted our accomplishments–physical, mental, emotional, or material–as being enough without the “should be” syndrome attached to the achievement?

I’m not saying we shouldn’t work hard and strive for greatness. I’m simply wondering if we stopped comparing our path to someone else’s, would we enjoy the journey more?!  And all that time worrying about how you compare to Joe Schmo could be focused on something productive that pertains to your story.  So who will join me in my mission to stop comparing and start enjoying the journey?  Let’s own our accomplishments! I dare you to!

Can’t wait to bust a move with you this week!  And remember that you are AWESOME!

 

You may have noticed that I haven’t sent out a weekly email in a bit.  I often teach, talk and blog about strength, courage, fear, gratitude, overcoming obstacles and other topics close to my heart.  However, over the past several weeks, I haven’t been able to take any of my own advice.  To be honest, I’m a blubbering mess that can only hold it together for a few hours a day when I’m teaching.  The reason?  I lost my best friend, my teacher, my comforter, my supporter, my soul mate–I lost my everything.  My beloved 15-year-old dog, Winnie, died.  I know for some, the fact I’m grieving so hard for a dog will seem silly, and feel free to stop reading now.  But I’ve learned so many valuable lessons from her both while she was here in the present world and in her passing, and I thought I would share with you what I’ve learned to honor her spirit.

First, I’ve been struggling with how to be a positive force and motivator in the midst of being crippled with sadness and depression.  When you have a job that is designed to make people feel better, how do you go about doing that when feeling like a complete mess yourself?  Well, I’ve realized–wholeheartedly–what I always preach in my classes: We are so much stronger than we give ourselves credit for.  Just do it.  Just keep moving, even if it is painful. The only way out is through, as they say. I didn’t know how I would get through teaching, but somehow that inner strength came through, and so much positive motivation that I needed to hear came out in my classes–things like celebrating your life and loved ones, being fully present and grateful for the amazing relationships in our lives (human and furry), and recognizing that our strength cuts so much deeper than we can imagine.  Even though that strength is limited in my daily routine right now, it’s important to remember that it’s there when I need it.

So here are my top six lessons I learned from my dog:

  • Always greet the ones you care about with love.  Every time I came home, Winnie greeted me with excitement, kisses, and hugs like I had been gone for an eternity.  This love-filled greeting always brightened my spirit, brought joy to my heart and made even my most horrible days much better.  In fact, I try to do it with my friends, loved ones, colleagues and clients because you never know how a warm greeting of love will change someone’s day.
  • Every day is a new beginning.  Dogs don’t hold grudges from years ago or even a day ago.  Winnie didn’t hold it against me if I took her on a lousy walk because I was tired or busy.  Every morning she woke up with energy and excitement, nuzzling me with joy to get out of bed and conquer the day.  She reminded me to start fresh each and every day and to not bring yesterday’s worries into today’s adventures.
  • Appreciate the simple pleasures. Winnie never wasted an opportunity to take in a nice roll in the grass, jog in the park, snuggle under a tree or warm nap in the sun.   Winnie forced me to get outside, slow down, and be present for the simple pleasures that are everywhere, if only we took the time to enjoy them.
  • Show compassion.  Dogs are truly kind souls.  Winnie was always the first one to show me compassion, lying her head on my lap, cuddling closer when I was going through rough times and just listening intently as I told her my troubles.  Her compassion toward me has helped me be a better listener and more receptive to others in times of need.  Everyone around you is going through something.  Be there.  Always.
  • Things don’t matter.  A dog can have the best time with an old, worn-out ball.  Winnie didn’t care that we lived in a small studio apartment.  She cared about playing and experiencing life with me.  She cared about love–being loved and showing love.  Her favorite toy was one she had for 8 years–new ones never compared.  Relationships matter, material objects don’t.
  • Love unconditionally.  Love yourself, your friends, your family, your environment, and your pets.  Show your love every day because you never ever know when one of those precious things you love will be gone forever.

I hope these lessons resonate with you in some way.  Hold your loved ones a bit closer this week and make sure to tell them how much you care for them.

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Happy March!  Spring is right around the corner…I can feel it!  Or maybe it’s just wishful thinking, but either way it is a new month, a fresh start, and a clean slate.  If you’ve taken class with me, you know I LOVE fresh starts. I talk about how you can start your day over at any moment all the time.  In fact, every moment is a fresh start.

But lately, I haven’t been taking my own advice.  I’ve found it harder to bounce back from setbacks, unwanted surprises, and the busyness of life. I’ve found it challenging to always find the hope in a new day. But after some reflection,  I’m pretty sure I know why.  And this month I’m on a mission to stop it and I dare you to join me.   I’m on a quest to STOP COMPLAINING!

The last few months I’ve fallen into the life is hard and if only trap.  You know what I’m talking about. The “if only I had more time,” “if only I didn’t have to work so much,” “if only I made more money,” “if only I had a boyfriend/husband!”  I’m always preaching NOT to do this, and yet I’m spiraling down this drain of negativity! Do you ever have this problem?  AND, I’ve been complaining WAY too much, even about little things like the weather (It has been a tough winter though, right?!?)  But how does complaining about something serve me?  It doesn’t!

What we give attention to grows.  So if we constantly focus on what’s wrong, we are only going to get more of it.  But if we focus on what’s right in our lives, what makes us happy, and what we are grateful for, we tend to receive more of that positive abundance.   And by focusing more on what makes us happy and content, we are more apt to take ACTION to get there.  And action is key!

So this month I’m challenging myself to not publicly complain about ANYTHING–not the weather, not my personal problems, not work issues…NOTHING.  Now I’m not saying if there is a life event or situation that I need help with I won’t lean on friends and family for support.  But it’s different asking for help and complaining about life.

It’s not going to be easy and I’m sure I will slip up,  but it’s important challenge for me to take and I hope you will hop on the bandwagon with me.  Let’s see what happens when we stop complaining and start living!  Let’s take action and make March an awesome month!


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