Shake Your Booty!
As soon as I could walk, my mom had me enrolled in ballet classes. I vividly remember doing plies to “Send in the Clowns” in my precious pink ballet slippers. When we moved from Wisconsin to Idaho, I started jazz dancing with Dana Smith & “The Tullerettes” and taking tap and clogging from Pegi Huerta.
Pegi and my parents often spoke about the need for more theater and arts in our small town of Pocatello; and they formed a singing and dance group, “K.C. and the Sunshine Kids”. My dad (K.C.) played the piano and sang, my mom was the creative genius designing medleys with my dad as well as bringing the enthusiasm to our performances, and Pegi taught all of us amazing clogging routines. K.C. and the Sunshine Kids (our troop of about 30 kids) performed at 2 World’s Fairs and all over Southeastern Idaho. Those were the days! I got to sing and dance almost every single day of my life, no wonder why I was such a happy kid.
(pic of my older brother and I in our Sunshine Kid outfits and tap shoes!)
I was hit with the dance bug at a very young age and once I graduated High School, I left Idaho to pursue my dream of dancing and singing on Broadway. I first attended school at University California Irvine then transferred to New York University. It was at NYU where I discovered yoga, which soon became my outlet for expressing myself in it’s own sort of dance. Choreographing sequences as a yogi and a teacher is one of my favorite things to do.
Lately, I’ve been reading about how important dance is for us. Have you ever noticed how quickly your mood changes after putting on some music and moving to the beat? Dance truly inspires us in so many ways. Dancing preserves brainpower, improve one’s outlook and build self-esteem and confidence. Dancing can also improve our heart health, protect our bones and enhance our motor skills. In my Women’s Health Mag, I read that “Just one lively dance session can slay depression more than vigorous exercise or listening to upbeat music.”
So at least once a week, make it a goal to shake your booty. Whether you take up line dancing, pole dancing, salsa, ballroom, jazz, tap, ballet or even Zumba, you’re doing a whole lot of good for you brain, body and soul. Even if you just go home and turn on some tunes and shake it loose in your living room! Dance like no one is watching and feel your whole being come to life.
If you still need some inspiration to boogie down, check out this amazing clip of Rita Hayworth dancing her socks off to The Bee Gee’s “Stayin’ Alive”:
“You don’t stop dancing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop dancing.”
Kristin McGee is a celebrity yoga and Pilates instructor in New York City. She is the star of over 100 videos, a contributing editor at Health Magazine and a spokeswoman for many brands and causes she believes in. Kristin also appears frequently on television. A proud mom to three, she sure keeps herself busy!