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Summer Style Guide

It’s time for our Summer Ballerina Style Guide! Here are some of our favorite Ballet Beautiful activewear pieces to wear in the warmer weather. These leotards are light, airy and bright, so we love wearing them from the BB studio to the streets! Pair them with mini skirts, maxi skirts, high waisted pants, shorts, or with a denim jacket for an instant ballet chic look!

Classic Half Sleeve Leotard in Pale Pink

Pinch-Front Cami Leotard in Black

Mesh-Trimmed Halter Leotard in White & Silver

Sweetheart Half-Sleeve Leotard in White

Cut-Out Stretch Cami Leotard in Orchid

Cap Sleeve Leotard in Grey

Memorial Day Dishes

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of Summer and we couldn’t be more ready for the warmer weather! It is a great opportunity to get together with family and friends and enjoy good food and conversation. We have put together a few delicious BB approved dishes that are easy to make and perfect for any Memorial Day shindig you might be having! Hope you enjoy the recipes and have a fun and relaxing holiday weekend!

xoxo – The Ballet Beautiful Team

Tomato Salad

– Heirloom Tomatoes

– Basil

– Olive oil

– Goat cheese or mozzarella cheese

– Optional Balsamic Vinegar

Pasta Salad

– Whole Wheat Penne (or pasta of your choice)

– Olives

– Arugula

– Feta Cheese

– Red onion

– Olive oil

Shrimp Skewers

– Shrimp

– Lemon

– Olive Oil

– Garlic Powder

– Salt and Pepper

– Zucchini, Bell Peppers, Onions (or any other vegetables that you like)

Red, White, and Blue “Trifle”

– Strawberries

– Blueberries

– Raspberries

– Greek Yogurt

– Granola

– Honey

Inside the Custom Workout, May!

Hi Beauties!

We are excited to share a sneak peak into our new workouts for May!

I love the way that the floor barre inspired exercises in Ballerina Legs: Lengthen & Tone offer a complete workout for every muscle in your legs to create the long, lean line of a dancer. This mat based workout uses dance steps like develope, fondu and beats to tighten and tone your legs with the added benefit of strengthening your ballet core. Remember to pay close attention to my cues about when to work in parallel or turn out in order to get the most out of your total leg workout.

Pro Tip, Ballerina Legs: Lengthen & Tone – These exercises can also offer a serious ballet core burn. You want to make sure that your chest and shoulders are relaxed on the mat and that your hips stay grounded on the floor when you lift your leg. In order to do this think of pulling your belly button to your spine to engage your abs, and keep your hip flexors relaxed. This is especially important when working with both legs in the air. Once you build the strength to hold your abdominals and move your legs at the same time you will be amazed at how much stronger you’ll feel doing standing work. 

Ballerina Legs: Lengthen & Tone, Mini 

Cardio Core is a fun blend of ballet cardio, light weights and small bends through the waist for a deeper core burn. You’ll be having so much fun moving and keeping your heart rate up you won’t even realize what an amazing workout your waist and core will be getting at the same time. The addition of light weights in your cardio work helps to increase the effectiveness of your cardio workout while providing a bonus arm workout.

Pro Tip, Cardio Core – Doing this workout without weights is still super effective, so listen to how your body is feeling that day. If you decide not to use weights still move your arms through the same positions to help increase the caloric burn of the cardio work. You can add your own resistance to arm work by imagining that you are pressing through water. Be careful not to allow your arms to flap wildly, think of being deliberate and resist the movement using the muscles in your back.

Cardio Core, Mini 

Take a peek and get started today!

xoxox Mary Helen 

Meet the Trainer: Nancy Richer

How did you start dancing?

I started dancing after begging my parents for lessons when I was three.

What is your favorite Ballet Beautiful workout move?

Definitely Swan Arms.

What is your top fitness tip?

Find what you enjoy doing and do it consistently. Try not to equate being healthy and fit with deprivation.

What is your best healthy living tip?

That healthy living is a process not a destination.

What is your favorite dance memory?

There are so many! Any time I get a bouquet of flowers during bows makes me feel extremely special.

Favorite ballet?

To dance: Three way tie between Rubies, Swan Lake, and Tarantella.

To watch: Theme and Variations.

Favorite go-to healthy food?

Raw almonds.

What is your favorite indulgence or treat?

Taking baths every night.

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

Ballet flats for life! ❤

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

I check Astrology Zone pretty regularly.

Something interesting about yourself we wouldn’t expect?

I love going on Wikipedia binges before bed. I am not sure if that’s interesting?

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

Hanging with my cat, Prancy.

Your Ballet Beautiful Journey – Part 4

The next segment of Your Ballet Beautiful Journey is here! These next three BB success stories are very inspiring, so we hope they motivate you to make your health and happiness a priority as well. Please keep sharing your Ballet Beautiful Journeys with us! We always love hearing from our BB community so we can continue to celebrate and encourage each other!

xoxo — The Ballet Beautiful Team

Iryna Kneller:

Two years ago I decided to go on vacation with my family. After having two kids I needed to get my body back in shape. I discovered your wonderful workout and trained for four months every day, together with following the healthy eating tips from your book. Below are my before and after photos 🙂

Some of my friends were so impressed with the way I looked and started using your program too! It has been two years and I still LOVE each time I get to do Ballet Beautiful. It is graceful, effective and a very inspiring workout!

Angela Scoggins

When I was 6 years old, I looked in the mirror and told myself I was fat. It was a visceral and emotional conviction that bubbled to the surface, not a random statement or passing thought. It was the culmination of self hatred and insecurity that existed long before I actually spoke those words. The older I grew, the more distorted my views became, and by age 10 I had developed what would evolve into full blown anorexia nervosa, something I still have to face each day I wake up, though 27 years have passed since that moment I judged myself in front of the mirror.

Over a decade ago, as part of my illness, I developed an exercise addiction that led to an absurd amount of hours spent each day running myself into the ground. I was obsessed with methods like HIIT and cardio, which are not bad things in themselves, but I wanted to make sure I was burning what little calories I ate. Exercise was like a job, a duty, not something positive for myself.

It wasn’t until 2012, when browsing through fitness DVDs on Amazon, that I discovered Ballet Beautiful. I found myself wanting to trade my hard training for Ballet Beautiful workouts. The workouts are tough and challenging, yet gentle and elegant at the same time. I found the way I felt about myself start to shift. Ballet Beautiful didn’t just help me start to be kinder to my muscles and joints, but it began to affect my self esteem, which had always been very low.

Now, with the full collection of Ballet Beautiful DVDs, the custom workout program, the book, meeting other Beauties online, and even the gorgeous BB activewear which I absolutely love to work out in, I have found the beauty in myself, I feel joy from exercise, and I managed to quite literally save my life with the help of Ballet Beautiful.

Years ago I thought I was just daring to try a new exercise method and it changed and helped to save my life. Ballet Beautiful is and will always be an integral part of my life. If you let it, Ballet Beautiful can change you – it can reshape your body and help you achieve physical health, but it can also permeate every other part of you, from self esteem to healthy eating to seeing the beauty in YOU that already exists. Sometimes, we just need to open our hearts to it, and that is the first of many things Ballet Beautiful did for me.

Lisa Gimelli

I did dance and gymnastics for 13 years, from age 3 to 16 (ballet, tap, jazz, chorus). After high school, I did the odd dance class or two in college but that was pretty much it for me. After college I was completely focused on my career and my new life in NYC. I fell out of shape, had “desk job thighs” and generally did not take very good care of myself.

Fast-forward to getting ready for my own wedding. In an effort to slim down and shape up, I experimented with almost everything but didn’t really enjoy any of it.  

Fast-forward even further to 5 years and 2 kids later. I searched on YouTube for arms workouts and discovered Swan Arms and Ballet Beautiful. I loved it. I quickly bought the book and DVDs, joined the BB family and enrolled in the Custom Workout program. I had finally found the method I had been searching for, and it helped me rediscover my love of ballet in the process.

That was in March of 2015. Two years later and I am still going strong, quite literally. I have NEVER stuck with anything (except my husband!) for this long and I still thoroughly enjoy and actually look forward to my workouts. Mary Helen’s philosophy of viewing exercise as a means of self-love and self-care have struck a chord at exactly the right time in my life. Doing the exercises and setting aside the time each day is truly a form of meditation for me. It keeps me calm, centered and clear. Also, there is a fantasy associated with doing this workout that appeals to me. As a mom of boys – this very beautiful, very feminine method allows me to play dress up and keeps me in touch with my inner Princess.  

OH AND THE RESULTS. Let’s not forget about those. I have more muscle definition than I have ever had in my life. I can do the splits again – on both sides! Doing Ballet Beautiful also got me back into actual adult ballet classes – and last year I went back on pointe for the first time in 25 years! I never thought at 41 that I would be donning leotards and tights, but here we are. I feel healthy, strong and ‘Ballet Beautiful’.

Spring Salads!

Now that Spring is here and the weather is warming up, we have been craving lighter, refreshing dishes. We also have a new selection of fresh produce that is now in season, which inspires us to create delicious new salads! Here at the BB studio we have been experimenting with some tasty new recipes and (not to brag) we have come up with some great ones! We wanted to share our three favorites with all of you so you can make some healthy and delicious BB approved salads at home! We’ve included the recipes below and please share some of your favorite Spring Salads with us as well!

xoxo — The BB Team

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Spring Green Salad

– Asparagus

– Hard boiled eggs

– Tomatoes

– Walnuts

– Parmesan

– Arugula

Apricot & Feta Salad

– Apricots

– Feta

– Almonds

– Mixed greens

Vegan Good Grains Salad

– Quinoa

– Fennel

– Almonds

– Golden raisins

– Arugula

Prima Series Q&A with MHB


We love our new Prima Workout Series and had so much fun chatting with Mary Helen about the exercises and her inspiration for creating these challenging, fun, and super effective workouts.

1) How did you choose the name “Prima Series”?

The Prima Series is a supercharged workout created for the experienced Ballet Beauty. In ballet the title awarded to the most notable or exceptional dancer is Prima Ballerina, and we think all of our beauties are exceptional. We wanted to create a more advanced program to take your workouts to the next level that offers serious results.

2) What was your inspiration for creating this series?

I wanted a really tough mix of fitness and ballet! Something to help athletes feel like ballerinas and to help a dancer connect with her stronger physical side too.

3) Does the series focus on a specific body part?

The workouts are full body. Each series has a slightly different focus aimed at toning ballet muscles in your legs, butt, abs, arms, waist and core.

4) Do I have to use weights for the workouts to be effective?

Any Ballet Beautiful workout can be done without weights. It is all a question of how your body feels. The weights make things more challenging but this program will challenge and transform you, with or without weights!

5) The difficulty level says Intermediate/Advanced, does that mean I can’t use it if I’m new to Ballet Beautiful?

Not in the least, the level is a matter of physical condition more than experience within the Ballet Beautiful program. We work very hard to create workouts that are super challenging and transformative, even for the most experienced fan of Ballet Beautiful. If you are new to the program and looking for a serious Burn this could be an excellent start.

Try all the Prima Workouts here!

 

 

A Special Day of Giving!

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Dear Beauties,

On Friday, May 5, 2017 BalletBeautiful.com will donate all proceeds from its online sales to the medical treatment and care of two darling children, a brother and sister, fighting a life threatening genetic disease.

Jeanne, 5, and Camille, 3, are siblings and classmates of my daughter, Lumina, in New York City. Jeanne and Camille were both recently diagnosed with a devastating genetic disease called Chediak-Higashi Syndrome.  An immediate round of chemotherapy followed by a bone marrow transplant is required to give Jeanne and Camille a fighting chance for life. Jeanne is undergoing treatment now. Their mother, Adeline, is Lumina’s adored preschool teacher. Adeline recently began a leave from work which is expected to extend for over one year to devote herself to the care of Jeanne and Camille.  In the best case scenario, the children and mother will not be able to return to school before the fall of 2018 as Jeanne and Camille’s treatment and recovery requires strict medical isolation. The family’s medical and living expenses will be incredibly high during this time, on top of the loss of Adeline’s salary.

Please help us to support these brave children and their family.  Whether making a purchase at BalletBeautiful.com on Friday May 5, a direct donation to Jeanne and Camille’s Go Fund Me page, or simply helping us to share their story with family and friends to raise awareness, every gesture and donation, no matter the size makes a difference.

With much love and sincere thanks for your support!

Mary Helen and Lumina Belle ❤️

No Dome, No Problem!

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The Ballet Beautiful Bridge is one of the cornerstone exercises that we love to shape long, lean ballet muscles in the legs, butt and core. There are several different ways to target slightly different muscles and increase the challenge of bridge work. One great way to increase the burn is to use a BOSU Ball or exercise dome.

Using a dome adds the challenge of an uneven surface under your feet.  In order to balance and stabilize your hips and work both legs equally the muscles in your legs, butt and core have to engage more deeply. If you don’t have access to an exercise dome, no problem. Here are a few great substitutes you can use to help you achieve the same Ballet Beautiful Burn!

Possible Dome substitutes:

Pillows/Couch Cushions– slightly raises your feet off the ground and adds instability to target your core stabilizers

Stability Ball– it’s best to keep your legs straight when working on a stability ball and think of slightly pressing your heels into the ball for added control

Stool/seat of a chair- place your heels closer the edge of the stool or chair closest to you and put additional focus into using your abs to protect your low back

Foam Roller– this is a slightly more advanced alternative because the roller requires more control so that it doesn’t roll away while you’re working out

Pro Tip: No matter what prop you use for your bridge work remember that you should feel the workout the most in your butt, hamstrings and abs. If you start feeling the front of your legs grip or burn the prop you’re using may be too tall or you need to build up a little more strength with traditional bridge work first.

Try one of our BB Dome workouts:
Supermodel Legs & Butt I, Supermodel Legs & Butt II, The Ultimate Supermodel Workout

BB Trainers Favorite Workout Moves

With the weather warming up and beach season quickly approaching, we turned to our BB trainers for some workout inspiration! We asked them to share their favorite workout moves with us to learn what they do to get in their best shape. Hope you find their tips helpful and please share your favorite BB workouts moves and how you like to get in tip top shape for the Summer!

Yuki

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

Danielle

I absolutely love abs. It really helps with my posture and prevents back pain. When my core feels engaged, I can dance more freely.

Nicholas

My favorite Ballet Beautiful exercise is anything that works on my abs/strengthens my core.  A strong core is the basis of every movement we do, so there are more benefits to having a strong core than just looks. Even being a dancer, I’ve gained a stronger sense of acknowledgement towards my core from Ballet Beautiful.

Katelyn

My favorite Ballet Beautiful workout is bridge! It’s such a targeted exercise with endless variations! You can feel it working immediately!

Dioni

That would definitely be Swan Arms. With or without weights, they give the arms an elegant and toned look, strengthen the upper body and improve posture.

Lucy

My workout doesn’t feel complete without working the butt and abs, and I especially love the standing work when we get to really dance!

Brittany

ABS! I would do an entire hour of ab exercises if I could. It’s the best feeling when they’re sore the next day.

Alexandra

Swan arms! It is a really elegant and graceful ballet move and it is really hard. It tones and sculpts lean arms while building upper body strength and posture!

Brittney

It’s a close tie between abs and arms.  The combination of having a strong core and upper body is very important for maintaining great posture and a beautiful physique.