31 Oct 2014
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
13 Jan 2014
Life is hard. Life is bumpy… more like tumultuous! It hits you in the gut when you least expect it. But at the same time, life is beautiful. Life is hope. Life is magic. Life is a wise teacher. Life gives us daily gifts, even in the rockiest times. I wrote a blog a while back about my three “go to” words and I wanted to pull them out again as we start accelerating into 2014: Perception, choice, and attitude. These words are how I deal with the wild roller coaster of life and what keeps me grounded and somewhat sane in times when I just want to scream and shout: WHY?!?!? REALLY LIFE, REALLY?!?!
I am sure many of us have already faced disappointments, struggles, and hardships this year, even just two weeks in. And if you haven’t, you probably will at some point in 2014. Right now, you’re probably thinking, “Wow, Lindi, way to be a Debbie Downer!” I know, I know…BUT there is a method to my madness! By starting the year knowing that we have the tools to deal with the pain that will pop-up in our path, we can find light in even the darkest of places. I often say to clients, instead of thinking, “Oh my god it’s burning!” (insert negative, death voice here), think “Oh my god it’s burning!” (insert happy, positive, excited voice here!) It’s about perception. I tell my clients to get excited about the burn, because the more something challenges you, the more it changes you. Now, trust me, I know this is easier said than done, especially when it comes to life outside DMF.
Things happen that are out of our control. BUT, what we CAN control is how we CHOOSE to react and PERCEIVE these events and our ATTITUDE going forward. By adopting an attitude of life is happening for us, rather than to us, we can make sense out of tough situations. This idea has literally SAVED me the last few years, and continues to save me daily! Any situation, relationship, event, or moment that is challenging me or causing me pain, I look at as a teacher. I ask myself, “What am I supposed to gain and learn from this?” This doesn’t always come naturally and I often have to force myself to ask myself these questions, but I promise you it is worth a try. It allows me to surrender to the situation and ultimately rebuild my hope for the good that is yet to come. It’s much easier to fall into the “blame game” route as I call it. This blame and victimization route is SO prevalent in our society. We are constantly putting our problems on someone else: If only my boss wasn’t so controlling…If only my partner cared more…If only there wasn’t so much competition in by business…if only my co-worker wasn’t such an idiot…If only I had more money… If only I lived in a better neighborhood… If only I didn’t inherit my dad’s sweet tooth…If only I could vacation more. It’s a nasty little habit that many of us fall in to.
The harder route, but SO much more powerful, is to find the courage to CHOOSE to take responsibility for our circumstances and then creatively work through them. For me, it again goes back to perception, attitude, and choice: How can I perceive this situation differently? What is this trying to teach me? How is this giving value to my life? When we can look past the painto the gain, life changes for the better. Once I deal with perception, I deal with choice. I can either choose to go forward positively, with new found wisdom and light, or I can take with me a jaded outlook that life sucks. And I will ALWAYS choose the positive ATTITUDE even if it takes me some time to get there. You might say, “But Lindi, you are such a positive and hopeful person.” No, I CHOOSE to adopt a positive attitude because going forth with hope is the only way to free me from the pain of the past, and often, the present.
So as you venture into this New Year, remember that you have the power of perception, choice and attitude to help you make sense of any roadblock that pops up in your path.
Can’t wait to dance it out with you this week!
Lindi and The DMF Team
24 Nov 2013
So, if you are like me, you are already feeling the madness of this time of year setting in with upcoming holidays, parties, get-togethers, shopping, travel, and FOOD….everywhere. Although merriment and excitement hover in the air, exhaustion, anxiety, and stress lurk around the corner too. I often find myself slipping down the treacherous road of over-indulgence when it comes to the delicious treats and over-flowing spirits that abound this time of year. Sound familiar? And with all the “things to do” and “places to be” I often lack motivation, personally and professionally, to stay true to my purpose and goals. I can easily get swept up in the madness and lose sight of what this time of year is really about.
So what am I to do? Well, this year I’m making a vow to savor these next six weeks. And I don’t mean the food! I don’t want to go into 2014 hung over and tired. Even though my schedule is insane, and I’m sure yours is too, I’m choosing to remind myself that we are NOT guaranteed tomorrow, so to complain about the craziness of this time of year is wasted energy. I’m choosing to slow down a bit and really savor what is important to me in life–friends, family, love, giving and gratitude. And what a cool thing that I get more opportunities to be with friends, colleagues and family because of the added parties and events! I’m choosing to remember that food and spirits won’t bring me the type of fulfillment that being truly present and engaged with the ones I love will. I am choosing to remember that, for me, this time of year is about gratitude, love, giving, and faith–NOT eggnog, gingerbread, and wine (though I’m not saying those aren’t added bonuses!) I’m choosing to express to people how much I love and value them with my words and actions, rather than stress myself out over finding the perfect gift. My hope is that these choices will propel me into the new year with energy and a renewed commitment to what’s important in my life rather than the dreaded, “Ok, now I got get back on the bandwagon” mantra.
Want to join me in this quest? What are your thoughts on this time of year? We are committed to make these next six weeks AWESOME at DMF so join the party and come savor and celebrate life with us!
08 Oct 2013
This week, I wanted to share with you my dream. My hope is that you will have some wisdom, advice, or a connection that can help me turn this dream into reality!
I’ve been in the early stages of developing DMF YOUTH, a dance-fitness after school and 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 an awesome 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 games and exercises to delve into topics like attitude, leadership, positive self-talk, cooperation, 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. To build a sense of community and help youth embrace a “give vs. get” mentality, the program culminates with a service project that participants vote on, such as hosting a Dance-Off to raise money for a charity or hosting a dance party for sick children at a local hospital.
My goal is to get the program into inner city schools and charter schools like KIPP, Promise Academy and the Young Women’s Leadership Network. There is just no fitness program (other than traditional sports) that really delves into life skills and character development that so many of today’s youth, especially under-served youth, need in their lives.
Sound interesting to you and want to know more? Have a contact or school you think could benefit from DMF YOUTH? Want to join me in this quest? I’ll take ALL the wisdom and awesome advice you have! Thanks for your support! And thank you to EVERYONE who has ALREADY so graciously helped me on this journey!!!