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Finally… Flesh-Toned Ballet Shoes!

FINALLY... FLESH-TONED BALLET SHOES-SM-WI love sharing interesting finds! Since my most recent blog post was about my love of ballet and its benefits, I’m excited to share a recent ballet discovery— Kinetic Essentials Ballet “Hue” Polish.

(This might be a good time to note: I independently purchased my KE Ballet “Hue” Polish and was not asked to review it, nor did I receive monetary compensation for sharing this product information). :)

Ballet is all about creating elongated, continuous lines for visual interest— And nothing creates a better visual line than having your ballet shoes match your skin tone!

My ballet shoes, which are a very pretty shade of pink, didn’t match my skin tone at all.
While researching a way to rectify that, I came across the Kinetic Essentials website and their Ballet “Hue” Polish!

It works on canvas and pointe shoes and offers a variety of colors for different flesh tones:

Photo Credit: Kinetic Essentials

Photo Credit: Kinetic Essentials

A sponge applicator came attached to the bottle, so it was easy to apply. Also, it smelled nice and dried quickly… so, I was dancing in flesh-toned shoes in record time. KE Ballet HUE PolishYou can see the comparison of my current (flesh-toned) canvas ballet shoes and my new (ballet-pink) pair, in the first picture. Big difference!

It feels good to have that uniform appearance when I’m dancing (AND shoes that match your skin tone really do make your legs appear longer). There’s also the added benefit of drawing attention away from my feet, especially in dance class! 😉

The Benefits of Ballet

My Ballet Studio

My Ballet Studio

I absolutely love the art of ballet!

I love how it serves as a creative outlet for me to express myself artistically.

I revel in the intensity of physical exertion required, both in movement and stillness.

I enjoy the mental challenge it provides— trying to remember different ballet positions and combinations, while remaining focused on my breathing and body positioning— neck long, shoulders down, tail bone tucked in, feet turned out…

Ballet is the epitome of creative mindfulness for me.

I have no choice but to be in the moment, since it takes ALL of my energy and concentration to get those moves right, AND to remember to breathe and look natural!

Because I didn’t take dance classes in my youth (that expense didn’t make the cut in our family budget), there’s no muscle memory to call on, either… just a dogged (yet graceful), determination on my part, to get my body to do what the instructor is demonstrating.

Working within my range of flexibility and experience is crucial! And I can honestly say, I’ve mastered the art of pushing myself, without overdoing it.

What I love most, is how training in ballet takes me out of my perfectionist tendencies and breaks up any potential rigidity of mindset. It forces me, in the most elegant way possible, to practice patience.

In some ways, ballet is an exercise in resilience. It requires consistency, hard work and commitment, in order to see improvement.

I may never be a prima ballerina (or the youngest, most flexible person in the room), but I can set individual goals— to become more flexible and to gradually improve my technique each day.

The more consistent I am, the more quickly I see progress… and progress is a beautiful thing!

Happy 2013!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’m sure, as we near the end of January, you’re well into having a happy and productive new year (I sure hope so)! I’m just getting back into the swing of things after attending an amazing songwriter’s conference (my very first Songwriter Symposium), hosted by Austin Songwriters Group. To say I had the best time, would be an understatement! :) I plan on doling out insights and shout-outs over the next week or so. Stay tuned!

Dr. Dayo’s Dance Party

Special thank you to Ms. Robillard’s 3rd grade class at Clayton Elementary for their participation in “Dr. Dayo’s Dance Party” last Friday! Thanks for the wonderful thank you notes as well. I’m so glad you enjoyed the music (especially “Drink More Water”), the presentation, and the dance/exercise moves! :)

Dr. Dayo Lanier

It’s National Dance Day

DayoWilsonLanierpic3 copyIf you watch the television dance show, “So You think You Can Dance,” you know that they’ve declared today (Saturday, July 31st) National Dance Day!

I love to dance, and dancing a fun way to exercise and stay fit. It’s great to see so many people and organizations stepping up the challenge to dance today (and specifically to learn a hip hop routine posted by “So You Think You Can Dance” online).

National Dance Day is a wonderful way to generate national awareness for dance and also to promote health, fitness and fun!

Have fun and remember to turn on some music and get moving!

Take care and God bless,

Dayo Wilson Lanier, M.D.