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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.

Senior Master Trainer – Katelyn Prominski Baud

Katelyn Meet the Trainer

How did you start dancing?

I started dancing when I was five, my mother put me in ballet classes at our local community center. My life was centered around playing dress up and I was always dancing around the house, so my mother thought ballet classes would be the perfect outlet!

What is your favorite Ballet Beautiful workout move?

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

What is your top fitness tip?

My top fitness tip is to pull in your abs all of the time! Having strong abs protect your back and automatically give you better posture. If you keep your abs tightened all of the time, just simply walking down the street can turn into an awesome exercise for your core!

What is your best healthy living tip?

Drinking enough of water is the easiest and most effective tip to live a healthy life! Also, getting 8 hours of sleep at night, but it never feels like there are enough hours in the day to accomplish that goal!

What is your favorite dance memory?

I have so many incredible dance memories. My first performance with a new company, dancing in a world premiere, performing with food poisoning, hearing the orchestra play the 4th act of Swan Lake, ripping all of the ligaments in my left ankle onstage, or my first dance with my husband (who is also a dancer) at our wedding. After dancing professionally for 14 years, I cannot choose a favorite!

Favorite ballet?

My favorite ballet would have to be Concerto Barocco, choreographed by George Balanchine. The twenty minute ballet is comprised of three movements and the eight corps de ballet girls never leave the stage. It is one of the most physically challenging, yet absolutely satisfying ballets to dance and when it’s over you feel such a sense of pride and accomplishment for making it through!

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Favorite go-to healthy food?

I live on Kind bars! Right now my favorite is the Maple Glazed Pecan and Sea Salt. It is slightly sweet, but the salt makes it so tasty!

What is your favorite indulgence or treat?

Dark chocolate covered almonds!

How do you style your dance wear from the studio to the streets?

Now that winter is fast approaching, I love wearing leg warmers underneath my knee high boots. I also enjoy wearing a leotard underneath some skinny jeans because it gives a seamless and flattering line to the body. Also, the Ballet Beautiful tights are the most comfortable and flattering tights I have ever worn, and coming from a ballet dancer, that is a lot of pairs!

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

Notes! It is not fancy but I keep running lists in the Notes section of my phone. Grocery lists, what to read, what to watch, and even a list of restaurants that I want to check out!

Something interesting about yourself we wouldn’t expect?

I have Type 1 Diabetes! I was diagnosed in 2012 and it completely changed my life!

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

Most likely not in New York! My husband and I travel endlessly for work or to see family and friends. Since I danced for ballet companies all over the US, I have a slew of friends in different cities. I have such a great time revisiting my old stomping grounds and exploring new places!

How To Style Your BB Tights

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With the weather getting colder, tights season is now upon us! Dancers are always fashionably styling their tights from studio to the streets and making it look so effortless and chic. They know how to cut them in the right places, and pair them with the right pieces.

At Ballet Beautiful we have extensive experience with tights, so we wanted to share these styling tips with all of you so that you can make that ballerina look your own. Here’s how:

In the studio:

Ballerinas love to cut their tights and play around with different styles to find the most comfortable, flattering look. They aren’t afraid to pull out a good pair of sharp scissors and start snipping.

One way that dancers often style their tights is to cut off the toes and the back of the heel for a sleek stirrup look, which also creates more traction within the slipper by exposing the toes and heel. This simple DIY stirrup extends over the ankle and can be worn over or under dance slippers or pointe shoes. Dancers are always working to lengthen and extend the legs and this fun look does just the trick. It’s the perfect accent to your Ballet Beautiful workout, stretching the lines of the legs while providing a great grip within the shoe.

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Another favorite look for dancers is to cut the tights at legging or crop length. This provides more openness and an airy feel, shows off those hard-earned calf muscles and defined ankles and helps ballerinas to feel uninhibited while they dance. Worried about being too cool with the approaching winter weather? Pair with our legwarmers for a look that is all about dance!

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The final choice for a studio look would be to wear the tights with the full foot. This is a more polished, formal look, and more similar to how tights are often worn onstage. Simply pair with your favorite warmers and leotard, pull on your slippers, and you are ready to go!

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An important style tip to note is that in class and rehearsals most dancers wear their tights over their leotard. Try this style tip to get the look of a dancer in the know 🙂

On the streets:

Since dancers have to be in their tights all day, they have found easy, fashionable ways to take their tights from the studio to the streets.

One way that they do this is by wearing a cute A-line skirt on top of their tights and tucking their tights into heels, flats or boots. Paired with a stylish leotard, this serves as the perfect top and creates a quick polished look that is so easy to take right to the streets.

Another easy way that dancers style their tights for the street is by wearing a boyfriend sweater or a sweater dress over their tights and pairing that with flats or boots. This is another super comfortable, chic ballet inspired street style look that anyone can do.

Don’t be afraid to experiment and see what tights styling tricks work for you! Make sure to have a good pair of sharp scissors and tights with a seam in the back work best to prevent the tights from running. Have a few pairs of tights so you can try a few different styles.

Have fun and share pictures with us of how you style your tights from studio to the streets! We would love to see!

 

Ballet Beautiful Buzz #7

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See: The Rockettes

One of the most remarkable shows during holiday season is The Radio City Christmas Spectacular with the iconic Rockettes. It is a beautiful and dynamic show and the Rockettes are absolutely incredible. It is extra special to the Ballet Beautiful team because two of our BB trainers – Samantha and Jackie – are Rockettes! As you can imagine, this makes us even more excited to go see them perform! If you are in NYC, we highly recommend it as it is a show that everyone will enjoy. If you are not in NYC, you can watch the show here.

Make: Healthy Apple Recipes

At Ballet Beautiful we love our apples! We always have our favorite varieties in the studio as a healthy snack and we also love finding ways to incorporate them into our meals. If you are looking for new ways to include apples in your meals check out our recent blog post on our Favorite Fall Apple Recipes. They are easy, tasty ways to enjoy this in-season fruit!

Wear: Legwarmers

Legwarmers are the perfect cold winter accessory because they instantly make any outfit look ballerina chic! They keep your muscles warm while working out, and look just as adorable paired with streetwear as they do in the studio. Check out our Fall Ballerina Style Guide to learn how we like to wear our Ballet Beautiful activewear from the studio to the streets in the colder months and how you can do it too.

Read: The Happy Cook by Daphne Oz

We enjoy discovering healthy and timesaving recipes, which is why we are currently obsessed with Daphne Oz’s new cookbook, The Happy Cook! The recipes are delicious and easy to pull together on a weeknight. They truly feel like you are adding a touch of gourmet to your everyday life. Daphne understands how our lives are busy and knows how to make flavorful meals fit into our hectic schedules.

Fall Ballerina Style Guide

Now that the weather is cooler, we wanted to share our Fall Ballerina Style Guide! We love wearing our Ballet Beautiful activewear from the studio to the streets all year long and wanted to show you how you can do it too. There are so many stylish ways to incorporate these pieces into your outfits in the colder months and they are great for layering.

Here are some cute ideas on how you can put these outfits together, and please share pictures with us of how you like to rock the look! We love seeing how you wear your Ballet Beautiful fashion!

xoxo – The BB Team

Skirt with Ballet Beautiful Tights, Classic Legwarmers and Street Ballerina Leather Ankle Wrap Flats 

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Dress with Ballet Beautiful Tights, Classic Legwarmers and Boots

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Favorite Fall Apple Recipes!

The rest of the world might be pumpkin spice obsessed but at Ballet Beautiful what we are most excited about is apples!

Although you can eat apples all year around, during the fall is when you will find the most delicious apples because they are in season, so they are extra sweet and flavorful. We love it when it is apple season because not only are they a great healthy food to enjoy, there are so many different ways to incorporate apples into your meals.

Here are some of our favorite ways to eat apples so you can enjoy them as well and please share your favorite ways to eat apples with us!

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Fall Salad: Granny smith apples, walnuts, dried cranberries and goat cheese over arugula with balsamic vinegar and olive oil

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Oatmeal with sliced gala apples, almonds and cinnamon

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Greek yogurt with honeycrisp apples, pecans, cinnamon and granola

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Sparkling Apple Cider: apple cider and sparkling water

Ballet Beautiful Around the Web

Hello Ballet Beauties! Here is a new roundup of some of the pretty 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!

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Huge thanks to @btft, @raquel_zimmermann ,@xochitlva, @dio__ni, @jackieaitken and @cristinaehrlich!

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

Leather Street Shoes

Mesh Trimmed Halter Leotard

Satin Workout Slippers

– Stretch Jersey Turtleneck Leotard

Tulle Skirt