Posted on: September 17th, 2013 by Ben Gonzalez
Can you dance? I sure as hell can’t. But I think I can. This delusion, of course, is largely to the detriment of my loved ones. You’d have to see it to believe it. I get really into it too. From my epileptic hip ‘swinging’ for salsa and samba, the drunken shuffling of my bachata, to the lunatic flailing of arms ode my “modern hip-hop” choreography, no family or friends’ events are safe from the disaster of my overconfidence. It’s better than going to the gym with my exercise mat…for me anyway.
Little would you know, but I am actually a fairly accomplished musician. This, however, does not help me dance in the slightest. Not well at least. Something to do with the stiffness and lack of communication between my limbs. Also, facial expressions… yikes! Luckily, I’ll be taking dance lessons soon.
Before I set foot in one of these places, I was really imagining something along the lines of a nice, rich mahogany floored studio space with a beautiful Spanish instructor teaching me the ways of romantic dance in front of a Mylar mirror . I was excited! Would I finally fulfill my long lived fantasy to be the foremost competitive dancer/lover in the world? No… not at all. I set foot into what seemed like day care. Matlay Dance floor, I thought, but instead… primary colors! PRIMARY COLORS EVERYWHERE! It also didn’t help that I was at least 12 years older than everyone else in that class! The teacher might have actually been younger than me too! I’m not even 30!
After swallowing my pride and getting a little comfortable, a simple waltz was guided by a map of
Poly Pads feet laid out across the floor to guide my (very clumsy) feet. After about an hour of waltzing, I decided never to return to the dance class unless it was required by law since a) I realized that flailing is more fun than being proper and b) I think I broke their toilet just before I left the establishment.
Moral of the story is when it comes to dancing, do YOU!
Posted on: March 5th, 2013 by Ben Gonzalez
A quick look in the mirror today reminded me that Iâ€™ve been schlepping off on my workouts. I was in a pretty bad car accident mid November of last year which immobilized me considerably and effectively kept me away from the gym for the last 3 months or so. When youâ€™re on a tight schedule and your gym is not at home, getting to and from work with a gym in between becomes damn near impossible. Yes Iâ€™ve seen athletes pull it off, but Iâ€™m no athlete.
Looking at my pasty self in front of that mylar mirror made me think of Black Swan and all those skinny dancers. Not because I bear a striking resemblance to Natalie Portman,I do, but because of how damn skinny I am! Which leads to me to this rant: Dancers. HOLY CRAP! Have you seen a male dancer? In full get-up and all?? They are INSANELY fit! I guess youâ€™d expect that from anyone that has to balance their body on their toes while gracing across the matlay dance flooring. Flexing and holding impossibly painful, yet strangely beautiful, poses in front of glassless mirrors. Arousing many a curious patron with their grace and flexibility while practicing on their ballet bar.
It was then and there that I think I needed to get into classical/ballet and dancing. My slender figure would benefit greatly, as would anyone elseâ€™s, from the intense workouts and discipline required of a ballerina. A tutu wouldnâ€™t be half bad either.Â Now I’m off to get my first piece of dance equipment for home.
Posted on: November 2nd, 2012 by Chris Aviles
Christmahanakwanzika is coming and Iâ€™d like to tell you guys about my favorite products.Â Unless youâ€™re a gymnast or dancer yourself, you might not know what things to look for- let me help!
My most favorite product is by far the Mylar Mirror.Â They have the most clear reflection (better than a regular mirror) and they donâ€™t reflect a lot of light which makes those duckface pictures in the mirror so much easier to take, since the flash doesnâ€™t bounce back at you! Just kidding!! If youâ€™re a dancer you know that the reflection of a light can obstruct your view of yourself, which makes rehearsing in front of a mirror kind of pointless. There are also no ghost images. Â So if youâ€™re standing further away, you wonâ€™t see a blurry or double image of yourself.Â I also really like how light these glassless mirrors are. Whether you have them on rolling frames or mounted to the wall, they are easy to maneuver or reposition. The other cool thing about them being so light (especially if you have school and you need multiple mirrors) is that whether you purchase one or six, shipping cost will stay the same.
My next favorite product would probably be the Softwood or Soft Floor Interlocking Tiles.Â The wood ones I really want to put in my living room. Every once in a while I want to lie on my stomach and watch TV, but I donâ€™t have carpet so itâ€™s not very comfortable.Â Having these foam tiles would make it much better.Â Since they look like wood I wouldnâ€™t have to worry about putting them away- this speaks to my laziness.Â A lot.Â The colored ones are great for kids playrooms, the Soft Rubber Tiles work amazingly in work out areas or washrooms where youâ€™re potentially standing on your feet for a while. Over all the Soft Floor Tiles are very versatile.
The Matlay Dance Floor is another product I wish I would have known about when I used to dance. I canâ€™t tell you how many splinters Iâ€™ve gotten from trying to dance on wood, and you certainly canâ€™t tap on wood, or tile for that matter. The Matlay floor is a smooth, and strong, material that allows you to move smoothly and protects any floor if you happen to tap.Â One other great thing about Matlay flooring, if you tap or have people in your house that do, is that it helps muffle the sounds.
Lastly, I like the Folding Exercise Mat.Â The fold in half, which makes storing them and taking them out very easy.Â They might come in handy this weekendâ€¦Iâ€™m having a party and there are always people that are too..uhâ€¦tired to go home so I could just pull out a mat from my closet or under a couch and let them sleep there.
Posted on: October 8th, 2012 by Alex Miller
Thinking about Setting up a Ballet Studio?
Weâ€™ve got you covered from the Marley Flooring to the Ballet Barre to the glassless Mylar Mirrors. Â I have been selling the Marley Flooring for over three years now and have had nothing but positive feedback and repeat orders. Â It is used for everything from tap dancing to ballet. Â Our wide selection of Ballet Bars will allow you to teach people of all ages. We have wall mounted units that can be adjusted for kids to adult classes. Â In addition, we have portable bars that can be moved when not in use. Â The Mylar Mirror we sell come in a variety of sizes and can either be mounted on the wall or be mounted on moveable frames. Â They are also easily stored when not in use.Â Â
We can not only deck out your whole studio, we have some of the most competitive pricing in the market. Â We are also very capable when it comes to helping you figure out the best sizes and styles that would work best for your home or studio.Â You may even want to look at our extensive yoga mat
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Posted on: June 25th, 2010 by Charles Pruett
If you have a child who is in ballet, and would like to enable him or her to practice at home, then you really need to look into buying a portable ballet barre [bar]; the types of stretches, and exercises, such as plies [pronounced â€œplee-yayâ€] can only be executed correctly at the barre, and the portable model shown here is really the way to go. Wall mounted ballet bars are also available for installation, in either home or studio.
Weâ€™ve recently enrolled our kids in summer dance classes [hip hop], just to give them something to do other than stare at LCD screens for the next 2 Â½ months. I think the increased talents will do them good with poise, confidence, and even some social interaction.
Another great item to go along with the portable barre is either a glass or Mylar mirror so your dancer can scrutinize postures, positions, and movements. These are but a few of the basic essentials youâ€™ll be investing in if you have someone with a serious commitment to ballet or other dance forms.