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FRIDAY FAVORITES

Friday Favorites December 15, 2017

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Welcome to another installment of my Friday Favorites!

I’m sharing five previously listed items first then the most current list of favorites below that! If you want the newest list of items delivered to your inbox be sure to subscribe to this list!

Previously Listed Faves

Ozark

Need something to watch on Netflix? Check out Ozark!

Flirty Girl Fitness

Are you curious what Flirty Girl Fitness is? Check this out!

The 5 Second Rule

One of my all-time favorite books! The 5 Second Rule is a game changer!

Return To Prayer

I bust this book out at least once a week! Return to prayer.

The Purple Purse

An excellent resource for women who are in abusive relationships and feel stuck!

Current Faves

Class Schedule

Training with friends is always so much fun! I’ve added a few Yoga classes in the New Year and decided to post my class schedule. I am still teaching Fierce Flex classes but my focus is dance and yoga. If you’d like my complete schedule please shoot me a message. 

New Year Carb Queens

Early bird registration for my January Carb Queen program is almost over! Get in where ya fit in!

Dream Dictionary

If you don’t have this book yet GET IT. The Illustrated Dream Dictionary makes an awesome gift too!

Nutcracker

If you haven’t heard I’m going to be Mother Ginger in the Nutcracker Ballet! Tickets are only $10. The show is Saturday, December 16th at Northwood Church in Keller. You won’t want to miss this!

Thanks for checking out this week’s list!

How icreate

How I Create Choreography

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I’ve been teaching dance fitness workouts for almost a decade. One of the most frequently asked questions I get is how I come up with choreography.

Do I make it up? Does it come to me easily? How do I find the music?

I do have a process and it’s evolved over time. I definitely have seasons where I feel blocked and unable to come up with anything new too!

I start with the music. This is the easiest part for me. I know what I like and I know what I don’t! You’ll RARELY, if ever, hear a Pitbull song in my set list. Nothing against the Mr. Worldwide I just don’t care for his music. Sorry if you’ve ever put in that request and heard crickets. I just can’t. Might I redirect you to ANY and every Zumba class?

My class set list is full of songs you won’t typically hear on the radio. I find most of my music on Spotify. Spotify offers a “Discover Weekly” playlist with similar songs of the music you already listen to. They change up the playlist every Monday which I love! Typically when I find a new song or artist I really like I’ll listen to that song or artist “radio.” I go deep into the rabit hole and find some really cool stuff.

Once I have a song I always check to see if there is a music video on Youtube. I can usually get choreography ideas from the video. Then I’ll search to see if anyone else has already created a dance to the song I’ve selected for inspiration. Or I’ll straight up use their choreography! If it ain’t broke don’t fix it! A few of my favorites are The Fitness MarshallDance Fitness with Jessica, and Cardio Dance with Berns.

I study the lyrics and melody of my music too. It’s nice to know what the song is about, how many verses, chorus, and breaks are in the song. This is really helpful for building choreography and knowing when to repeat moves. Not to mention musicality! If you know your music front and back you’ll be a lot more confident dancing to it!

I try to start most of my dance workouts with a simple two count move like a slide or step tap. This gives me an opportunity to preview what’s coming and build confidence in the class. I want everyone to leave feeling successful!

I totally use notes and yes I totally throw a song into a class from time to time and wing it. I don’t recommend doing this very often and definitely avoid this method if you’re not comforatble with creating choreography on the fly. Because when you bomb you bomb hard. If you’re lucky the moves will come naturally and it will ROCK. If you’re okay with possibly eating some humble pie then go for it.

Most of the moves come to me while driving! This is what we call CARography. Once I have my music, moves, and notes it’s time to test it in class. I’ll usually preview the moves of a new dance the first few classes. Once the class is confident with the dance we record it and post the video to Youtube!

These are typically the steps I take to build a class. An hour long class is usually around 14-15 songs so you can imagine the work that goes into each set! It’s a labor of love and driving passion of mine. You can workout with me anywhere! Click here to subscribe to my Youtube channel. And do me a favor… when you see a new upload please leave a comment and show my homies some love!

Coconut Chia Pudding

Coconut Chia Pudding

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I’ve been working on the perfect chia pudding recipe and this one is pretty dang close! I posted a chia pudding recipe not too long ago here. Then I had a chia bowl at First Watch and had to figure out their recipe because it was DELICIOUS! It was clear they were using canned coconut milk so I adjusted my recipe and BOOM… magical perfection.

This recipe is so versatile so don’t be afraid to experiment and play around with it. Enjoy this delicious meal ANY time of day! Easy on the go too!

400 Calories
Carbs 54g
Fat 21g
Protein 13g

FRIDAY FAVORITES

Friday Favorites December 8, 2017

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Welcome to another installment of my Friday Favorites!

I’m sharing five previously listed items first then the most current list of favorites below that! If you want the newest list of items delivered to your inbox be sure to subscribe to this list!

Previously Listed Faves

Clicklist

So many grocery stores are offering a version of Clicklist. I personally shop at Kroger and love this feature. It saves me SO much time!

Diva Ring Light

If you’re serious about taking good videos you’re going to need good light! 

Ruby Rebel

My favorite online boutique! Her stuff is so rad! Ruby Rebel

Foam Roller

A must-have tool for anyone who exercises.

Screen Cover

I drop my phone a lot. This thing WORKS!

Current Faves

Passion Planner

So I’ve tested out a few other planners and systems for tracking my day over this past year and I’m going back to my tried and true trusty Passion Planner. Bring on the new year planning!!! If you purchase a Passion Planner feel free to hook a sister up with a referral! You can use my email: embernevill@gmail.com Smooches!

 

 

Yoga Joes

I recieved the coolest Christmas gift from my friend Jenn! Check out these little Yoga Joes! I’ve been using them in my yoga classes by putting them about 4-5 feet in front of my peeps for them to focus their gaze on during our balance sequence! Fun!

131

I’m working toward a personal weight loss goal and immersing myself into a nutrition course along the way. I joined the 131 movement and am so excited to share my learnings with my Carb Queens!

Dang Coconut Chips

I put this stuff in my smoothies, oatmeal, and chia pudding! Oh Dang!

Wonderwall

I am totally digging this Wonderwall cover!

Thanks for checking out this week’s list!