Join the Party and Get Happy!

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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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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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!

Happy 2014! We are SO excited to bust a move with you this year! I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “New Year, New You” a gazillion times by now. I truly dislike this phrase. One, because I feel like it implies that I totally failed last year and I need to start over from scratch. And two, it’s become such a marketing tool in our commercial world–a catch phrase, if you will, for the media to pin a story of getting fit, making more money, being more productive, etc., etc.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea of a fresh start, new goals, and a clean slate, but I think we often get caught up in the immediacy of our sexy, new goals rather than taking the time to create a real VISION and PLAN for the entire year. I’m completely guilty of this myself. I jump head first into life, often without a solid plan.  Well, not this year.  I’m trying something different.  I’m actually taking the time to create the vision and the plan before I go about setting lofty goals. It’s a bit exhausting, but I KNOW it will be worth it.  Will you join me?

They say a vision will pull you forward. George Washington Carver says, “Where there is no vision, there is no hope.” The Dalai Lama  says, “In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision.”  So I ask you, what do you really want your life to look like a year from now? How do you want to feel? And most importantly, why? It’s nice to set goals, but often we don’t seepast the goal and we set them in a hasty, non-committal manner, without establishing the bigger picture.  That’s where vision comes in. Having a clear vision of what we want, and more importantly, WHY we want it, helps pull us through the difficult hurdles that are sure to pop up in our path.  For some people, defining a vision might be easy, but for others (like me!) the task can be can be daunting. What DO I really want??!!  What does that REALLY look like??!! Ahh, too many life questions!  BUT, while taking the time to sit with my thoughts, I’ve found that honing in my values and what I believe to be my purpose, helps me define my vision. What do I feel I was put on this earth to do and how will my vision drive me toward this purpose? What type of people, activities and lifestyle will lead me toward this vision? How can I foster relationships that will fulfill my vision in the upcoming year?  What about you? What does your vision look like?

Next step: the PLAN.  What’s your roadmap to the vision for 2014? It’s nice to say I want to change the world, lose weight, grow my business, save money, do more community service, buy a house, find a significant other, but if there is not a solid PLAN, in a month or so, life will surely get in the way. And I don’t mean a general plan, I mean a specific plan that includes small, daily and weekly habits that are key in achieving your goals, and more importantly your vision.  I read a great article recently about systems. The author says rather than setting goals, we should focus on the systems behind the goals.  For example, if you are a coach and the goal is for your team to win a championship, the system is the daily training and practice regimes.  If you’re a writer and your goal is to write a book, your system is a daily writing schedule.  Focusing primarily on the system, rather than the goal, sets us up for success.

 So this year I encourage you to join me and get specific about your system or plan.  What can we do daily, weekly, and monthly to propel us toward our vision for 2014?  I’m still working on mine, but I really feel that taking the time now will help me in the future.  What’s your plan look like?

We are ALWAYS here for you at DMF and hope we can bring some sweaty, dance-party joy into your life and vision for 2014! This year is going to be awesome and we can’t wait to share it with you!

Lots of Love,

Lindi and The DMF Team


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