Archive for July, 2010

Dance aerobics with Louise stapel at WorldClass Nybroplan

Last saturday we’ve danced an old dance aerobics routine. While others were laying on the beach, we gathered in a beatiful white studio at WorldClass Nybroplan. Fortunately it was raining all the weekend in Stockholm so we didn’t bother missing a few sun hours.

We were dancing two classes this afternoon:
First one with Louise Stapel (Lollo) – dance aerobics.
And second one with Eroll Dobreva (Eloli) – house.

Louise Stapel coaching her dance aerobics classEroll Dobreva after house dance class at WorldClass Nybroplan

Louise’s dance session was requested due to an earlier youtube recording of the dance to Britney Spears – 1 2 3. I still get amazed of what Internet can do nowadays. I mean, this is truly one of the best examples of using the internet. What you share here becomes public and persistent i.e. can be discovered, associated, remastered, improved and experienced over and over again.

Britney Spears coreography – January 2010

As I previously have danced Louise’s Britney Spears choreography, I was able to relax and enjoy the atmosphere of the event by studying peoples reaction, Louise’s instructing, her coaching and play with the class.

Britney Spears coreography revisited – July 2010

Being an instructor puts your different shoes, places you in the frontline, forces you to work hard, makes you inventing feel-good moves and expects you to put everything together to the right music, in order to get that right feeling. Who said it was easy task, especially when dealing with a large group of skilled and groove hungry dance animals? This might get you a little crazy causing you to become a perfection hunter.

A couple of questions hit me after the class:

– what makes people co-work in the group?
– when is this so called “fitness magic” occur?
– what will I keep in my memories from this moment?

Les Mills has a special word – a coaching goal – Fitness Magic and I think this is exactly what Louise’s classes are about. Training with focus on the quality and fun together.

It’s all about noticing other people and working closer, as a single entity – as a group.

Louise Stapel summer dance 2010 at WorldClass NybroplanLouise Stapel summer dance 2010 at WorldClass NybroplanLouise Stapel summer dance 2010 at WorldClass NybroplanLouise Stapel summer dance 2010 at WorldClass Nybroplan

Now, let’s look at what our wonderful instructor Louise have actually shared with us, during the dance session. Look at the photos and faces of the same person. It’s amazing to notice how many expressions and moments can be captured in the photo.

I think images reveals many qualities of a persons work. Honestly, how many people do you know that can be happy and angry and yelling and coaching and amazed and wondered and funny at the same time?

Not many ha?

Oh wait I forgot the movies and theaters? Right, where people are completely isolated inside their role bubble, hiding their real personality behind a manuscript? Is it really a genuity?
Can it simply be the excellence of being an artist, promoting an alternative personality, building up a personal trademark, creating the fan club and eventually making money of it?

Well, I’d rather prefer simplicity and genuinity (yes I am not alone to invent this word).

I believe genuinity is a part of a star quality – to be able to share everything with your participants including your own misstakes, without any regret.
We tend to push ourselves too often into the perfection trap, focusing on our misstakes and forgetting about all the good stuff that we create.

Just reflect on How much do you value the ability of being genuine?

Showing off a perfection will get me wonder: What’s wrong with that person? Since nobody is perfect, something must be wrong and I just can’t find what it is.

So even if you didn’t nail your coreography perfectly (like their do on So you think you can dance), it doesn’t matter. What you have accomplished will matter, much more. In the end of the day it’s what people will remember of you – your genuinly shared work and memories of those magic moments you’ve spent together on a rainy day.

Enjoy my movies from the dance classes. This time, I’ve tried to capture the essence of the moment rather then focusing on the coreography. Hope you like it.

Eroll’s house coreography – Eroll: you are awesome, man!

Track list from Eroll’s house class
Sebo K – Spirits (drum version)
Young August – common lose
Manoo – Kodjo
Jerome sydenham – koko
Boddhi satva – Punch Koko (ancestral remix)
Masters at work – Shake dat booty
Model 500 – starlight (original mix)
Kerri Chandler – Coro
Ralf Gum – All this love for you (spoken mix)
Iz & Diz – Mouth
Mike Dunn – This here is house music
Mr.V – Circle track
Karizma – All teched out (pt 2)

Try to capture the moments folks and make sure to memorize them.
Vladi at Louise Stapel Summer Dance event at WordlClass Nybroplan

Update: Unfortunately I had to remove some photo URLs due to disagreement with Johan Rosén on the copyright issue. I chose to replace photos with my owns even though it’s not illegal to link tome someones photos. Word of advice: try to use your own photos as often as possible and remember to inform readers about the copyright of your images.


Lite snabbsummering av veckan som har gått (2010-07-19 – 2010-07-23)

Åsa Fornander performing street class att Nike Convention 2010Louise Stapel at MindOver Matter event 2010-05-21Jessica Clarén at Nike Convention 2010Per Markussen at Nike Convention 2010

Åsa Fornander fortsätter att rapportera om sin träning och karriär i New York, tipsar ny bra musik och ställer en fråga vilken musik som inspirerar och jag tycker Robyns musik och grymma remixar av hennes senaste platta är helt klart värda att ha med i sitt träningspass. Louise Stapel skrivit hur mycket musik från Michael Jackson inspirerat henne och jag kan inte låta bli lite nostalgisk.

Jessica Clarén har äntligen kommit igång och börjat blogga hos svenska Fitness Magazine och spontant kommit med en del insiktsfulla inlägg, sånt gillar jag och rekommenderar varmt. Ta en stund, läs och reflektera.

Jessica delar även med sig sina synpunkter om träningskonceptet från Patricia Moreno från New York. Jag av något underlig anledning tänker genast på Misty Tripolis klass som hon presenterade på Nike-konventet för ett par år sedan. Hennes koncept är udda, nytänkande och befriande på något sätt. Minns ni?

En tankeställare: varför är det så vanligt att amerikanska koncept blir ibland överdrivna så att de nästan kan uppfattas som ett sekt? Är det andel använda motivationsord som tenderar divergera i ren hjärntvätt som gör det? Skulle vilja få höra era sypunkter.

Per Markussen har också kommit med sitt gästbloggande hos Fitness Magazine och berättar om sina träningsresor utomlands samt tipsar hur man smugglar förbi saker i säkerhetskontrollen.

Vladimir and Rebecca Blomstrand at BodyJam 53 release 2010-06-17
Jag håller igång min träning och i torsdags skulle jag rockat med Rebecca Blomstrand, mina instruktörskollegor från WorldClass, inbitna Jam-fans från Eskilstuna och våra fantastiksa Södertälje-bor på ett BodyJam 53-pass. Rebecca var helt slut efter veckans jobb så jag fick köra solo och deltagarna gav järnet trots extra svåra steg som jag lagt på – maximal utmaning för klassen – det är Södertäljes motto. Nästa vecka börjar vi blanda in äldre koreografier, så att våra deltagare får njuta av sina favoriter.

Vladi after BodyJam class - 2010-07-22

I helgen ska jag med på ett dansevent ordnat av Louise Stapel på WorldClass Nybroplan lördag 24-07-2010. Dance aerobics á la Britney Spears utlovades samt en gästad House-klass. House är min absoluta dansfavorit vilket jag inte vill missa.
Jag ska ta med min system- och video-kamera och lägger så klart upp allt jag fångar upp på min Youtube och min Flickr så fort jag hunnit redigera och konvertera.

Favorit i repris som vi ska köra i helgen

Veckans kanske roligaste nyhet är att jag äntligen kommit med min hälsoblogg, ett mål som jag gått och burit på i över tre år.

Hoppas ni fortsätter att njuta av solen, bad och träning.

Let’s kick off with some quality blog writings, shall we?

BodyJam 54 DVD kit cover

BodyJam54 cover

An introduction of me as a person and a brief description about my training and instructors skills will come later.

This is my first blog post so please, bear with me. All tips and hints on writing are pretty much appreciated.

I am reading with an excitment Glen’s blogpost about track listings of the upcoming Les Mills programs for Q3 2010. And it’s really fun to investigate.

I am a certified BodyJam instructor since Janury 2010 and being a fluent participant of the program since september 2006. I also love new stuff and laying ahead with fresh news. So imagine my level of excitement for the new release of BodyJam 54 – Yes! I am an addict, live is too short, what a heck, =)

And the reason this release is so special because its presentation as super querterly event in Sweden – Super Saturday, which will be held in one of the biggest arenas in Stockholm – Globen, 4th of September 2010. Fitness party gathering instructors from all over of the scandinavia and some of the baltic countries. This year Super Saturday is also visited by Gandalf Archer – program director of the LesMills BodyJam.

So back to the track list of BodyJam 54 and my opinion on the music, suggested breakdowns and dance styles:
1. Jump (Jump Smokers Remix) – Flo Rida (Feat. Nelly Furtado)

2. Make My Heart – Toni Braxton

3. Cantina – Starkillers
4. Natural Born Hustler feat. Pitbull – Crookers
5. Bombtrack – GhostHunter

Tango – isn’t this obvious?
6. Objection (Tango) – Shakira
7. Whole Lotta Love – Amber Luck

8. Girlfriend (Pied Piper Remix) – B2K

Club house
9. Everybody’s Free (2009 Rework) – Global Deejays feat. Rozalla
10. Cooler Couleur feat. Yelle – Crookers
11. I Will Be Here – DJ Lotus

I’ll be damned if this isn’t a phat remix of Tiësto latest release “I Will Be Here”. Interesting to note that the same song is used as Track 7 of the upcoming release of the BodyPump 75. If you listen to the album version this song you might notice it’s a little too soft being chosen as a final song for the BodyJam release. Final song is always lifting, making participants bursting out in their energy level. I am sure Gandalf & co did a good job to not disappoint us on this. Let us comeback and analyze this later, whenever I know more. I bet sizzler for BodyJam 54 is soon on its way.

12. Put It In A Love Song – Alicia Keys featuring Beyoncé Knowles

If you are a Spotify user, I’ve compiled a quick playlist of the BodyJam 54 songs to start to learn the beats. This is how we instructors catch up with the program, by starting to learn the music.

Many of my instructing collegues will now probably argue with me saying:
“Come on, isn’t this too early, do you really need to know all the details now, don’t you want it be a surprise, so you can enjoy it later?”

and my opinion is:

Shut up and let me enjoy it in my way. I want to master the program I love and I don’t mind to listen to it hundreds of times – that’s the way I am, 😉

Ok party people, enjoy Travolta boombastic BodyJam 53 while it lasts or your own mix or whatever program you are dancing to. This week I am doing BodyJam 53+ and teaming up with my wonderful dance collegue Rebecca Blomstrand.

Here is another fantastic BodyJam instructor – Åsa Fornander, presenting BodyJam 53:

Don’t you want to dance with us? at WorldClass Södertälje – Thursday 18:15, just send me a note.
Vladi after doing BodyJam 53

Me after last thursday BodyJam 53 class