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Cross-Blogenation Monday; What went on at Miss Erin’s DanceFit in October.

4 Nov

I have not cross-blogged in a very long time. Really, I haven’t been doing much blogging in general. I hope to change that over time. Baby steps, baby steps.

The first blog I started was in January of 2012. I thought it would be a great way to communicate with people from various parts of my dancing life; ballet, Zumba, then eventually Balletone and Pilates. I have students of various ages, and I have friendships with some of my teen dancers parents. I tend to post on Face Book about new posts on Like many others, my FB friend group includes family as well as friends and people I may work with professionally. In the blogoshpere I need a place shielded from parts of my family (not my immediate. We have a strong tradition of over sharing ’round these parts) and some people that, while I don’t feel the need to be someone I am not, may need a more personal introduction to the “off the clock” me. Hence, welcome2mycave.

Before I go into what went on in October I’m going to back it up a bit to September.

Last year was the first year that I participated in the annual Thrill The World event. It was a blast!


I swore I would never wear that ridiculous long gray wig again! I kept choking on strands of it and it kept getting my eyes. Not to mention it was hotter than Hell under it.

Well, we did it again this year. By we I mean members of my Zumba group that I teach 3 times a week and myself. This year’s event happened around the world on Saturday October 26th. But preparation began a over a month prior. All the work was worth it. All ready looking forward to next year’s.

Here’s what went on in October.

Hunting down holiday music.

Around this time of year I need to find music for holiday themed dances to set on my ballet students. In years past I have bristled and groused about this annual task. Last year I rolled up my sleeves and found as much as I could. I’m still feeding off it this year. Bonus- I have a great list to play at home over the holidays.


Pilates tips.

Over the last few months I have picked up some Mat Pilates classes that I instruct each week. I’ve been geeking out on Pilates technique on a pretty regular basis lately.

Dancehall; I’m gonna fake it till I make.

I love the Dancehall style of music and dancing. Hey, I may be a little rough around the edges, but I won’t let that stop me from lovin it up. Or from setting choreo for fun dance fitness routines for my Zumba classes.

So, that’s what went on over at Miss Erin’s DFit in October.

Hello November.

Thanks for hanging out and reading!


Cross-Blogenating Monday!

18 Mar

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Here’s what been going on over at my other blog Miss Erin’s DanceFit (


I’ve started a thing called Technique Tuesdays, where I give a short tutorial on one aspect or layer of ballet technique and alignment.

Technique Tuesday; Pelvic Alignment In 1st Position Plie.

This tutorial focuses on how the pelvis should be aligned throughout a plié in first position.

Technique Tuesday; Opening Up The Collarbone…

I was inspired to do this one because I have a pretty packed Beginning Teen/Adult Ballet class right now (super stoked about it too! They are a great group). Finding the proper alignment for the shoulder girdle and the ribcage, as well as the neck, can take a long time to settle into. And it can be somewhat frustrating as well for new students. So I wanted to create a preparatory exercise that was gentle, but also enlightening to how the shoulder complex can be held for ballet technique. I like doing the exercise myself.

While I don’t like to talk overmuch about my eating disordered past and my journey to overcome it, I think it is important to share wisdoms if ya got em. Especially since I work with young girls in a field sort of known for body image issues. And a great deal of time is spent in front of a mirror.

Who Is That In The Mirror?


More tutorials! And my Zumba wear affiliate code. Save 10% off Zumba wear by using it!

New Zumba Wear! Save With My Affiliate Code! And A Step Tutorial.

Savings and a fun dance step!

Look’in for some sexy moves? This post has some tutorials that I found. Booty popping galore!

Oh Yeah! We Be Twerk’in…


Currently I am busy choreographing a bunch of solos for some of the ballet students that I teach. They have a performance coming up in June. I can’t remember my choreography from day to day until I’ve worked with it for awhile. So I pretty much film everything I do. The storage on my Iphone can’t keep up! So I have started putting the videos up on Miss Erin’s. I’m looking forward to watching the progression of the dancers as we get closer and closer to performance time!

The first batches are here and here.


That’s all for now. Hope you have found something useful or at least entertaining!


Cross-Blogenating Monday.

18 Feb

Here’s some of what I’ve been doing over at


Stay Safe! Some safety tips for women.

A friend on FB had sent out a post filled with tips and information about what rapists tend to look for in a potential victim. An unpleasant subject, yes, but seriously important info to know!


Quadratus Lumborum {Do A Little Stretch/Say A Little Om/Get down Tonight…}

A stretch for the quadratus lumborum (part of the network of back muscles). Also, a bit about yoga concepts and a video I found, for your viewing pleasure.

Mondays are great for a laugh!


Thanks for hanging out and reading!


Do you have safety tips to share? It’s true- A candle is not dimmed by lighting another candle.




Cross-Blogenating Monday! “Thrift Shop” Song.

28 Jan

I’m crazy about this song…


Warning: Language!



So I made a dance fitness version to use in my Zumba classes (I found a clean version).



“Thrift Shop” Song

At the Barre with Miss Erin

An Honest Discussion About All Things Dance.

Charlotte Hammer

Finding God in Unexpected Places

fueled by vegetables

You say tomato, I say LET'S EAT!

The High Heel Gourmet

Authentic Thai Dishes Reimagined for the American Palate

Everyday Savings

Have more to spend with family and friends.


yoga lifestyle


Just a mom trying to keep her cavedwellers happy, healthy and sane.

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