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Five Years of Fabulous

The nicest gift arrived in the mail this week — a necklace commemorating my five-year anniversary as a Jazzercise instructor. It’s nice, as they say, to be noticed. And as I reflect on five years of plies and chasses, and the wonderful relationships forged on the the dance floor and stoked off it, I can’t help but … Continue reading

Tall tale

You never know when your next good laugh might be. I had mine last night, talking with Michele, the Quality Control gal who had watched my yearly Jazzercise evaluation video. It was something of a nail-biter, recording the class, hoping the iPad worked, that I was doing everything I was supposed to, that the set was … Continue reading

Dancing Queen

A brief tribute today to my friend Pina, who will hang up her sneakers today after 13 years of teaching Jazzercise. Our little stage in Stamford, CT, won’t be the same without her beautiful smile, upbeat attitude, terrific energy and amazing shimmy. When I first started taking Jazzercise classes 8 1/2 years ago, I went … Continue reading

Just dance. It’ll be OK.

Who’s dancing with me tonight at Stamford Jazzercise? I’m celebrating the third anniversary of the day I became certified to teach Jazzercise. Many pairs of sneakers later I’m still having the time of my life, even if it’s getting harder and harder to put together just one set of favorite routines. This remains the best avocation I … Continue reading

Flashback Friday — You Can Dance if You Want To

Flashback to May 1971 — and my only leading role: Narrator in the Park Avenue kindergarten play about counting. That’s me in the floral dress with all the smocking, my hair styled with the help of a night spent sleeping on curlers and pin curls. I don’t actually remember much about the day. A later … Continue reading

Flashback Friday — What. A. Year.

Having a few much-needed days off could be perhaps the best Christmas present of all. Briefly freed from the 5:30 am alarm clock, and the treadmill of tasks and chores, I’ve been able to catch up with friends, take stock and plan ahead, turn the events of the past 12 months over and over in … Continue reading

(Jazzercise) Center of the Universe

What a special treat to start this weekend dancing in a room packed full of people to celebrate the wonderful community my friend, Kristen, has created in Stamford. Yesterday, the Jazzercise center she dreamed and made reality closed. Next week, we’ll start a new chapter, under the auspices of Lori, one of our instructors who … Continue reading

Saturday Morning Fever — The most fun you can have in sneakers

How did you start your day? I got my Saturday moving the same way I do every week — with the 8:30 am class at Jazzercise of Southwestern Connecticut. Two nights a week, I’m in charge of the mic, but on Saturdays, I take my place on the floor with our fabulous customers and take … Continue reading

A word about occupational hazards

I’ve written before about my occupational hazards. Four years after leaving the newsroom, I’m still copy-editing every bit of writing that crosses my field of vision, and I’m still thinking up story ideas. Two years since becoming a Jazzercise instructor in my spare time, I’m listening to music in a whole different way – counting … Continue reading

Jammin’ in my jammies

It’s true I’m trying a resolution or two in 2013, but one thing will certainly not change: I will continue to embarrass Catherine (recognizing that this is often an innate talent of mine. No effort required). And there’s no better time than the present. We offered a special Pajama Party Jazzercise class today at the … Continue reading