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Ballet Beautiful Buzz #8

BB Buzz Feb 2017

Read: Swing Time by Zadie Smith

This book is such a great read! It is based on two young girls who dream of being dancers, but only one has talent. They have a close but complicated friendship, and as they get older their lives take them on different paths. The book touches upon race, class and status to delve into each person’s life in this beautifully written novel. Zadie Smith is such an incredible writer and this book will definitely not disappoint.

Watch: La La Land

We know, we know, everyone is talking about this movie! But we still can’t help being obsessed with it. We loved all the singing and dancing, and it was so fun to see a musical made and set in today’s world. If you haven’t seen it, treat yourself to this dazzling movie with beautiful music, dancing and choreography! And if you have already seen it, we have enjoyed listening to the soundtrack on our commute – it is sure to put you in an upbeat mood!

Listen: Modern Love Podcast

We love this podcast! It is based on the super popular NY Times column – Modern Love, which is a collection of reader submitted essays on love and relationships. The podcast consists of notable personalities like Katie Couric, Colin Farrell, and January Jones reading these stories with updates from the essayists themselves. The podcast is so touching and beautiful, and we love that they are based on true relationship stories.

Wear: Dreamy Gowns

We love gowns and Marchesa’s dreamy, lady like designs for their Spring 2017 collection have inspired us to look for something gorgeous and airy to wear when the weather finally changes! Check your local vintage shop or take a look at our Make the Runway Look Your Own for sleek feminine leotards you can pair with flowing skirts or tutus to recreate the look.

Make that Runway Look Your Own

We loved seeing all the newest runway looks from New York Fashion Week! The outfits were gorgeous and inspired us to find ways we can implement them into our daily attire.

We have so much fun recreating runway looks with our Ballet Beautiful pieces, and wanted to show you how we do it! Take a look below for some of our favorite 2017  Spring runway looks revamped in Ballet Beautiful Style!

Oscar de la Renta

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We’re loving this white on white look by Oscar de la Renta! We recreated this aesthetic by pairing our half-sleeved white sweetheart leo with a white maxi-skirt.

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White sweetheart long sleeve leotard under long white skirt

Valentino

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We were excited to see a lot of crimson red on the runways! This color is so dramatic and flattering. Try our crimson halter leo under a flowy midi skirt for this Valentino look; also check out our red cut-out cami leo and satin street shoes for another way to rock the look! 

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Red Halter or Cut-Out Cami Leotard under a flowy skirt

Chanel

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Metallics are always super stylish, and we love Chanel’s combination of sparkling silver with pastel pink in these two outfits. Our silver halter or sweetheart leotards under a pastel skirt or tutu are perfect for recreating this look!

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Silver Sweetheart Leo or Silver Halter Leo under skirt or tutu

Marchesa

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This pastel Marchesa tulle dress is so ballet-chic. Match our orchid cut-out cami with a tulle skirt or tutu for this feminine spring look!

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 Orchid Cut-Out Cami Leotard with tutu

Valentino resort collection

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We love this tropical and chic Valentino resort look! It is the perfect stylish summer outfit and immediately makes us want to be by a beach. Recreate it with our black cut-out cami leo, a colorful maxi skirt and long gold necklaces!

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Black Cut-out Cami Leotard with maxi skirt

Ballet Beautiful Around the Web

BB Around the Web Feb 2017

Hello Ballet Beauties! Here is a new roundup of some of the gorgeous Ballet Beautiful pictures we have seen around the web. We always love seeing your snaps so please tag us or use the #BalletBeautiful hashtag so we can see how you #TrainLikeABallerina! Please keep sharing them with us!

Huge thanks to @rachelfaypotter, @victorial24,@annev and @lainyhedaya!

Here is a list of the Ballet Beautiful pieces featured above:

Ballet Beautiful Tulle Skirt 

Two Tone Halter Leotard

Mesh-Trimmed Halter Leotard

Cut-Out Stretch Cami Leotard

Ballet Beautiful Tights

Chiffon Mini Wrap Skirt

Satin Workout Slippers

 

Valentine’s Day – The BB Way!

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It’s that time of year again where you see pink and red everywhere you go, and you know that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! We love celebrating this Holiday because it is a wonderful way to show those you care about some love. Finding a unique gift can seem daunting, so we are here to help! We have many pretty Ballet Beautiful pieces that we know will make the perfect gift! Take a look below at all our lovely pink and red pieces, and find something truly special for yourself and your beloved Ballet Beauties!

Wishing you a wonderful Valentine’s Day filled with love and happiness!

- The BB Team

Mesh Ballet Wrap in Crimson

Halter with Mesh Trim in Silver

Valentine’s Day Zip Front Leotard – *Special introductory pricing for a limited time 

Valentine’s Day Cut-Out Cami Leotard *Special introductory pricing for a limited time 

Valentine’s Day Halter Leotard *Special introductory pricing for a limited time 

Half Sleeve Sweetheart in White

Lily Legwarmers in Rose

Pink Tights 

Satin Street Shoes in Pale Pink

Crimson Satin Street Shoes

Your Best YOU Yet!

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Make your fitness goals a reality in 2017! When we think about the New Year we get excited because it is a clean start, so we can really focus on what we want to achieve for the year and how we are going to set about accomplishing it. One of the biggest things to think about when setting up your goals are: what are your intentions for your health, your healthy lifestyle and for making exercise a part of your daily life.

When we are looking ahead we make sure to think about the big picture goals but also about breaking them into smaller, more achievable pieces that we can incorporate on a daily and weekly basis.

Whatever your goals are it is all achievable with the right approach and the right mindset. We recommend looking at the big picture goal and then what that means for how you live your daily life because that is where the real work happens!

To help you think of some great health and fitness goals, and to keep you inspired and motivated, we wanted to share some of the goals of our Ballet Beautiful trainers. Wishing you a bright, happy and healthy 2017!

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Yuki

Take ballet class more regularly, work on my thigh muscles, make sure to recover after my workouts, and work on getting 7-8 hours of sleep. Balance is key!

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Katelyn

In 2017, my goals are: to get a good night’s sleep, laugh harder, drink more water, spend more time with my husband, and to not over-extend myself, off the Ballet Beautiful mat :)

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Nicholas

My resolution is to be more “selfish”. Meaning to focus on my body more than I do currently. I’m always on the go so I generally neglect my body, but this year I’m going to find more time to take care of myself in small ways. Like stretching a bit longer post workout, using the foam roller more regularly, drinking more water, and indulging in massages when my body is achey.

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Danielle

For 2017, my goal is stay present and relax in my down time. I believe this will make me a more grounded artist, a stronger dancer, and an even more focused trainer for my Ballet Beautiful clients.

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Alexandra

My goal this year is to reduce stress. It takes a toll on your health, so I am going to focus on not taking on more responsibilities than I can handle and to set limits with myself and others. “Everyday life is a series of decisions, small changes that add up to great changes” I am going to really work on: breathing deeply, eating healthy, improving my sleep and thinking positively!

Dioni Meet the Trainer

Dioni

My health goal for 2017 is to drink more water! Starting with a warm lemon water every morning and then having at least 2 liters of water during the day! Water helps me have more energy while I workout, it boosts the immune system and improves my mood!

Healthy Chili 4 Ways!

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The weather has started to get very cold, which makes us want to stay cozy and warm inside. This type of weather makes you want to eat something comforting and we have the perfect healthy dish! We love chili because it is one of those dishes that warms you up inside but it still nourishing and delicious. It has great protein and fiber and always leaves you feeling satisfied.

There are many variations of chili so you can customize it to fit your taste preferences or dietary needs. Here we show you how you can make a healthy chili 4-ways. Whether you are a vegetarian or love your meat, you will find a way to enjoy this hearty meal!

Chili 1

To make this chili you will first start by cooking the base ingredients to make the soup. Then add your desired protein (from the protein list we provided), and finish with your toppings of choice. We have included the full recipe below. Stay warm & enjoy!

Base Ingredients:
1 onion
1 red pepper
4 cloves garlic
1 can kidney beans
1 15 oz can diced tomatoes
1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
1 can vegetable or chicken broth
tomato paste
chili powder
cumin
Optional:
corn
diced green chilis
jalepenos
cayenne pepper
oregano

Proteins:
1. Cooked lean ground turkey
2. Cooked quinoa
3. Roasted sweet potato and black beans
4. Shredded grilled chicken

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Toppings:
Cheddar cheese
Green onion
Jalepenos
Greek Yogurt (healthy alternative to sour cream)
Cilantro
Avocado

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Directions:

Cook base ingredients in a large pot and add your protein of choice (from the protein list). Simmer for 30-60 minutes and then top with your favorite toppings. As we mentioned, you can customize this healthy chili to include the amount of proteins and toppings you like, so if you love green onions add as much as you like! Or if you do not like jalapenos or cilantro, do not include! Tailor it to what you like :)

Master Trainer – Yukiko Kashiki

yuki meet the trainer

How did you start dancing?

When I was three years old my mom took me to see a ballet performance and I fell in love with ballet.

What is your favorite Ballet Beautiful workout move?

I love Swan Arms Cardio! This exercise is such a great full body workout.

What is your top fitness tip?

In any Ballet Beautiful exercise that we do, remember to stay connected and engage your core!

What is your best healthy living tip?

Besides exercise, I would say eat well and rest well!

What is your favorite dance memory?

I have so many wonderful memories from twenty plus years of professional dancing, it is hard to choose one!

Favorite ballet?

My absolute favorite ballet is Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet.

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Favorite go-to healthy food?

I love having overnight soaked oatmeal and chia seeds for breakfast. I like having it with coconut or almond milk!

What is your favorite indulgence or treat?

Royce fresh chocolate.

How do you style your dancewear from the studio to the streets?

Pretty much everyday I wear a leotard with a skirt or jeans. Ballet Beautiful leotards are so beautiful and easy to combine as a street outfit. And, my go-to tights are my BB black tights!

Do you have a favorite app that makes your life easier?

I use an app called “Transit” to check my morning commute. I often use Yelp as well.

When you’re not dancing, we can find you…

At restaurants or theaters! I love food and spending quality time with my friends.

Mary Helen’s New Year’s Tips!

Mary Helen talks about setting goals and having the right mindset to make 2017 your happiest, healthiest yet! In this video, she shares her top strategies for making sure she achieves her goals so you can too! Wishing you a bright, beautiful & healthy 2017!

BB Cardio Challenge


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#BBChallenge – Part III: Cardio

Fun news! It is time for Part 3 of the Ballet Beautiful Health Challenge! To help us make sure we keep up our workout routines during the holidays, we created a Cardio workout challenge that we could all do together for a week.

Just like the first BB Challenge, it will consist of completing the workouts every day and we will help keep each other motivated. Share your workouts with us and how you are doing by using the hashtag: #BBChallenge. We will also be sharing our updates with all of you on our social media channels so please follow along with us!

Here are the details:

We will be starting the challenge on Monday, December 12 and it will be ending on Sunday, December 18.

All the workouts we will be following are available in the Custom Workout. If you are not a member of the Custom Workout, this is a great time to join to get started on achieving your fitness goals!

It is very easy to do these workouts no matter where you are. The only equipment you will be needing is a mat and some space. It is also always helpful to have a towel with you and some water.

Please join us as we #TrainLikeABallerina! We can’t wait to get started!

Without further ado, you can find the workout below as well as a few helpful tips!

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* The exercises where we say 4 sets of 8 are not connected to a video in the Custom Workout – they are classic Ballet Beautiful exercises that you can do anywhere so we have included them in case you want to do them as a work break in the middle of the day. If you would like more guidance on the exercises you can refer to the Ballet Beautiful book, which has descriptions of each, or take a look at the Quick Tip videos on our BB YouTube channel.

Click here to download a PDF & print.

 

BB Approved Holiday Party Dishes!

The holidays are a time of festivities and gatherings, which usually involve indulgent foods. You should always participate and enjoy this special time with family and friends, so we wanted to share a few BB approved recipes that are perfect for any holiday party. They are elegant and delicious and will leave you feeling satisfied without overdoing it. So enjoy the fun times with loved ones and make one of these crowd-pleasing dishes!

Sweet Potato Casserole
Adapted from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

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Ingredients: 
Mashed Sweet Potatoes (with milk, maple syrup, butter and salt to your tasting)
Candied Pecans

Instructions: 
Layer pecans over sweet potatoes and bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Let sit for 10 minutes and then enjoy!

Winter Salad
Adapted from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

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Ingredients:
Pomegranate Seeds
Roasted Cubed Squash
Pumpkin Seeds
Pecans
Oil and Vinegar

Instructions:
Assemble salad with all the ingredients. Top with dressing. Serve and enjoy!

Feta Skewers
Adapted from Cooking Light

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Ingredients:
Feta Cheese, cut into small cubes
Cherry Tomatoes
Olive Oil
Oregano, chopped

Instructions:
Combine olive oil and oregano in a shallow dish. Attach tomato to cheese using toothpick and place in the mixture of olive oil and oregano. Make sure to cover cheese with oil mixture, if desired marinate for 20 minutes. Arrange nicely on a serving plate.

Holiday Sangria
Adapted from Cooking Light

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Ingredients:
Red Wine
Orange Juice
Orange Wedges
Lime Wedges
Lemon Wedges
Cinnamon Stick
Sugar

Instructions:
Mix all ingredients together (adjust the ratio to your taste). Chill for four hours or overnight.