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Life gets busy and we don't always have as much time as we'd like to make time to exercise. Some days you have busy mornings and evenings too! But don't worry we have some quick ideas that will help you squeeze a little workout in on your lunch break! Even a little bit of exercise will help break up your day, release endorphins and make you feel better.

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Craving something sweet? Try these healthier alternatives before reaching for that cookie!

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As most of you know I have some pretty severe bunions from my professional dancing days. Some of you may have seen me stuff my tennis shoes with toe garb before Groove. Or perhaps you have witnessed me in one of our cardio classes not being able to jump throughout the entire hour. Well I have finally had enough of this foot pain standing in my way of my favorite thing in the world (movement and exercise) and decided to have bunion surgery. This is how I prepped:

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We could all use new ideas when it comes to quick, simple and nutritious meals. Here are a few of our instructor's favorite dinners for busy weeknights. Share your favorites in the comments!

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The weather is heating up and it's the perfect time to introduce fresh new habits just in time for spring. Here are a few easy tips to spring clean your daily routine.

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Bikini season is almost here so we went to a professional for some tips! Kandice Pelletier was a Radio City Rockette with Jennifer & went on to become Miss New York! She's also got her own pageant swimsuit line- Kandice Pelletier Swimwear. We asked her to share some of her favorite bikini tips with us!

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In a rut with the same classes? Variety keeps things fun, fresh, and will help you avoid hitting a plateau in your workout routine. Did you know that Dancers Shape offers 13 different classes?! We have gathered some of our clients to tell you their favorite aspects of each of these classes and why they love them. Read what they have to say and let them help inspire you to try something new!

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When diving into extreme sports such as marathons, triathlons and crossfit competitions, there always needs to be a cross training plan in place to help prevent injuries - before, during, and after the event. The goal is to create an efficient body so that biomechanics move smoothly and in turn, the body is able to support the optimal shock absorption position which is a neutral pelvis and spine. With the Austin Marathon right around the corner (February 14!) and many extreme sports competitions coming this spring, I’m offering my tips to stay healthy and injury free during the training process.

For marathon running, focus on strengthening the core (shoulder girdle to hip girdle), hips, and knees for best results.

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‘Tis the season for holiday parties, family gatherings and work functions. With a packed social calendar, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. No need to let the stress of the holiday season leave you looking drab and run down. Try these quick and easy, no hassle, hairstyles brought to you by the DS team. No matter what the occasion, you’ll be able to celebrate in style with these fun and festive holiday hair-dos!

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There is nothing like New York City this time of year to get me in the holiday spirit. The chill in the air, decadent window displays, dining at Balthazar, bubbles and cocktails at Del Frisco’s…then throw in some of the most creative and talented people in the entertainment industry (who just happen to be some of my closest friends) on opening night of The Radio City Christmas Spectacular - and whoa la, the magic happens!

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The winter season presents us with shorter, colder days, and with the holiday shopping and planning, stress naturally builds. Deadlines come with the concluding of one year and to-do lists are formed with the beginning of a new one. It’s natural to fall into a winter funk and let things become chaotic. But what if we could take steps to avoid this?

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The holidays are creeping up and it's time to think about buying gifts. We love supporting other local Austin businesses in our neighborhood so today we're sharing some of our favorite places to stock up. Do you have any to add? Feel free to comment- we'll use any excuse to shop!

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Self-care is commonly defined as any intentional actions we take to care for our physical, mental and emotional health. Sounds great, right? Who can argue with taking care of oneself? So, if it’s as non-controversial and agreeable as momma and apple pie, why are so few of us practicing it?

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We're excited to welcome the newest face to the DS family: Jennell! She's on the schedule currently teaching Shape. Come try her class and say hello.

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I can’t believe it has been five years since I first opened Dancers Shape. The personal and professional growth I’ve experienced in the last five years is hard to put into words. I am beyond grateful to all who have helped me make my dream and vision a reality. In celebration of Dancers Shape’s five year anniversary, here are five things I’m thankful for in year five:

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Join us in welcoming our newest DS instructor Rachael Hulse! She's currently on the schedule teaching Shape. Sign up for one of her classes and say hello!

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Privates are special to me as an instructor because I get to see bodies improve. We did a quick Q&A with my private client Rebecca to see how she feels taking privates regularly. I’ve seen a huge change from the time we started working together in her quality of movement, precision, efficient movement patterns, strength and control. - Jennifer

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Tired of your ponytail falling out during cardio classes? Or an uncomfortable hair tie pressing into your head as you lay down for ab work? Well, we have the solutions to keep your hair out of your face and feeling comfortable while still looking presentable and stylish after class. Here are a few super cute hairstyles for the girl on the go!

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When Dancers Shape opened it’s doors 5 years ago, there was one yoga class on the schedule. Over the years interest in yoga has grown and we are excited to be adding our 4th class!

Our new class, called Recovery, draws from both the ancient practice of Yin yoga and myofascial release. It is a wonderful class to rejuvenate the body and is important to add to any workout regimen. Both disciplines explored in this class focus on the soft tissue of the body and will liberate the joints from tight muscles.

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Do you look into your workout wardrobe and see some items that you haven’t worn in a while? Maybe there are some items that just don’t look quite like they used to. Here are some tips from our instructors on ways to freshen up your look and make use of those items sitting in your closet.

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A single day can leave us exhausted. Yet so many of us toss and turn at night recounting the events of the day or even going through the next day’s to-do list. Our bodies and minds hold on to so much from day to day. It is important to take time for self-care. Incorporating these few yoga poses before bed will calm your nervous system and release tension to relax the body and mind, and therefore, lead to deeper, more restful sleep.

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As we head into the last month of Summer, and unpack our suitcases from our final summer vacay, it’s easy to feel a little blue about those grueling fall schedules right around the corner. Why not keep the summer spirit alive for just a bit longer, and have all that vacation fun right here in our hometown? (The weather will most definitely be warm for at least another few months!) Kick those “back to school blues” with these fun warm weather staycation ideas.

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We recently hit our first triple digit days of heat here in Austin and boy does it feel hot! There is certainly nothing glamorous about sweating your foundation off before a night on the town, but if you are a girly girl like me then you have no intentions of going a la naturale. Instead of completely ditching your favorite products think substitutions. Here are a few of my favorite heat proof summer products that keep me feeling great - even through the Texas summer scorchers.

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We all experience mornings differently. Some of us identify with the label “morning person” and others have a very different view of those first hours of the day. However you handle mornings, some morning yoga can help you get a jump start for the day. Tuning into your breath as well as moving and stretching your body will aid in the transition from a night’s sleep to the start of your day. Here are 5 different poses that will give you a boost before that first sip of coffee and it only takes about 10 minutes!

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If you're looking for a great snack to have before or after you exercise, choosing something high in protein is the way to go. Protein helps with muscle recovery, gives you energy, keeps you full, and helps to even blood sugar levels. Here are some of our favorite go-to high protein snacks!

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