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Living in Vivey at FlyBarre, Flatiron

Our second stop on the dance fitness tour took us back to the basics. It’s fun to see the rest of the nation is becoming obsessed with barre, so we had to resume our place. There are many derivatives of the Barre Method, but the goal is always the same: we want the long toned lines that we associate with dancers. And because we love a chance to hang with our own brand model, Shay Kostabi, starting with her class at FlyBarre in Flatiron was a no-brainer. My friend Pasha, who is a dancer in his own right, agreed to pay our girl a visit. When he asked what FlyBarre was, I realize now I may have been a  little too vague in my description:

“You know… like a series of conditioning exercises based on ballet barre…” He thought about it, nodded, and in we went for the FlyBarre experience.

When I kept getting evil glares from him between our sweating and low level grunting… I guess I deserved it. To his credit, he totally rocked it and Shay made us laugh through the work and grunting.

PEOPLE: ballet dancers have amazingly toned bodies because they work HARD! I know they make it look soft and easy but all the dancers I know are some of the toughest, strongest and most disciplined/diligent athletes I’ve ever seen.  If you don’t like concentrated and highly intense toning exercises that feel like they will never end, then this is probably not for you. If you like to feel a serious burn… go sign up.

Some notes on the Flybarre Flatiron Studio itself:
Coming from a grimey dance studio background, I was impressed with how polished and cool this space is kept. The reception is very professional, the slate maze-like hallways setup a serious and intense environment. They supply you with towels, water, great bathrooms, lockers; all you could ever expect from a quality studio. Added bonus: right as you finish class theres a clean-up crew that comes in on your heels and leaves the studio wiped down and spotless for the next group. Impressive!

The work is intense but the teachers are inspiring and keep the energy up even when you think you don’t have another leg-lift left in you to give. Shay was invested in our working hard and getting value, which I hear is common for the team here. You know you will work hard, probably suffer a bit, but the hour goes by fast and after it’s over your quickly laughing and enjoying yourself again. Well, until the next day at least…

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The Vivey team decided to take a little excursion to the Movement studio to try the workout class using Rexist360 resistance training system with Shay Kostabi recently. We just wanted to share the image that greeted us upon arrival. This is a great studio in NYC and we highly recommend it! What a fun way to get in shape, move, dance and stay positive with great people. Already looking forward to going back!

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Living in Vivey: Join the Movement

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LIVING IN VIVEY

As a fun way to celebrate the launch of our fall capsule collection, I decided to spice up my workout and share the experience with you all. Vivey is inspired by dancers and how they are effortlessly feminine… they have been doing the #Iwokeuplikethis look before hashtags existed. So in honor of my fellow dancers and ladies who inspire our collections, I invited my friends to join me and change-up their workouts this month with dance-moves instead of doing their usual gym run.
I was thinking along the lines of the new local Barre class, a little AKT action, Body by Simone, maybe some Physique 57… so I was a bit surprised when my friend Jihyun (and one of my models) said she saw a pole dancing studio near FIT, and she really wanted someone (aka-me) to go with her. Now, this wasn’t on the top of my list of dance workouts to try, but I’m not one to back-down from a challenge, so we signed up for their open-house event and recruited a few friends along the way. The studio (for all you nyc’ers) is Body & Pole at 115 W. 27th St, which offers great discounts on introductory packages, allowing you to see what fits best for you. http://bodyandpole.com/

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                            I should mention that I had my doubts about going into a Pole Studio, but this experience completely erased all my stereotypes. The reception as you walk in the door is high energy, friendly and helpful, while the studios: pristine, well designed and spacious. Lets just say you walk in and you feel comfortable from the start. As a group of friends, we took two classes back to back. I guess we thought since these were intro 40-minute classes, it wouldn’t be too challenging. Ummmm, yea, we were wrong. Our shaky muscles and dripping sweat quickly humbled our level of fitness (we took conditioning for aerial and then vertical barre). If you think that conditioning for aerial is your typical localized workout, please be warned. You will stretch, squat, jump be pushed and you WILL sweat. This class alone is enough to give you the well-balanced workout you seek to spice up your routine. By the end of conditioning we were weary of what we’d gotten ourselves into, but went straight upstairs for the Vertical Ballet Barre class. This class uses the infamous “Pole” but more as a prop for balance as you go through a series of ballet style exercises. You’ll be on your toes and achieving your dancers dream calves in no time. Needless to say, my thighs were trembling throughout most of this class… so be ready for a serious workout.

Some thoughts from my brave girls who joined?
Caroline says that after finishing our graduate degree at FIT, this is the place she will hit to revive her interest and excitement for working out. “It was a full body workout for sure. I was definitely surprised to be feeling sore for several days afterwards…” and Jihyun left the class beaming with a smile and a “that was great!”  Though as we were leaving the studio, she looks at me with her sweet innocent eyes and says, “but Celi, we didn’t actually do a pole class yet…” I brace myself, “what are you saying Jihyun, do we have to come back?” She knows me sooo well and says, “well, conditioning we can do anywhere… but… pole… well that’s unique.”
Ugh! I hate when my friends know how to hook me in.
So yes, we bought an intro to pole pass, meaning: this particular story will have to be continued…

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  the girls with vertical ballet barre teacher Allison. Celi (far left) is wearing the Vivey volume tank and Jihyun (on the right) is the volume tank in white.

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Fitness, Stay Healthy

A 5 Minute Workout for your Weekend Festivities

We all know you’re going to be eating all kinds of great summer party foods this weekend…if you haven’t already. Even though we’ve been detoxing and clearing out the old energies all last month with healthy foods and new habits, there’s no reason why we can’t enjoy a little patriotic celebrating among friends.

Just make sure to balance it out with some quick but intense workouts to enjoy the festivities guilt free.  If you feel like you don’t even have time for a trip to the gym or your usual spin class, here’s a no excuse 5 minute plan:

  • 1 minute of alternating walking lunges (add 10lb weights for a challenge)
  • 30 seconds jumping jacks
  • 30 seconds push-ups
  • 30 seconds burpees
  • 30 seconds squats
  • 1 minute alternating lunges
  • 30 seconds tricep dips
  • 30 seconds plank

Do all these exercises without rest between them and then let me know if 5 minutes isn’t enough to get a workout in! Then go enjoy all your 4th of July weekend favorites!

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Events, Happening This Week

Happening | June 30th – July 6th

Limon Modern Dance Class @ Bryant Park

Limon Modern Dance Class @ Bryant Park

Monday, June 30th

  • FREE Bryant Park FitClub: Pilates 7:30am – 8:30am

Join Pilates on Fifth for an outdoor mat pilates class open to all skill and age levels!

  • FREE HBO Summer Film Festival @ Bryant Park…Bring your picnic by 5pm / Movie starts at sundown!

A Soldier’s Story will be playing at sundown…

  • FREE Outdoor Strength fitness class hosted by Brooklyn Strength @ Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6 Promenade 7:30pm – 8:30pm

Tuesday, July 1st

  • FREE Yoga @ Bryant Park 10am – 11am

Join YogaWorks instructor Anna Hughes-Dioguardi for a blend of spirit, calmness, sweat and music for a satisfying practice. Mats provided!

  • FREE Opera @ Crotona Park Bronx 7pm

Mary-Jane Lee, soprano
Ginger Costa-Jackson, mezzo-soprano
Yunpeng Wang, baritone
Dan Saunders, pianist

Wednesday, July 2nd

  • FREE Bryant Park FitClub: Boot Camp 6:30am – 7am

Join The Rise NYC for a Boot Camp with rotations through exercises like crunches, planks, and push-ups. No equipment required, just smiles!

  • FREE Sunset Pilates hosted by Body In Balance Studio @ Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 5. Get your core to this intermediate class with your mat right before sunset!

Thursday, July 3rd

  • FREE Yoga @ Bryant Park 6pm – 7pm
  • FREE Yoga @ Prospect Park / Grand Army Plaza Entrance 7pm – 8pm
  • FREE Opera @ Clove Lakes Park Staten Island 7pm

Mary-Jane Lee, soprano
Ginger Costa-Jackson, mezzo-soprano
Yunpeng Wang, baritone
Dan Saunders, pianist

Friday, July 4th

  • FREE Booking Dance Festival Edinburgh @ Bryant Park 2pm – 4pm

A showcase prior to the dance festival at The Fringe in Edinburgh featuring eight dynamic dance companies from across the US, plus a special guest company from Martinique.

Saturday, July 5th

  • FREE Modern Dance Class @ Bryant Park 10am – 11am

Led by dancers from the world-renowned Limon Dance Company – open to all levels!

Sunday, July 6th

  • FREE Zumba @ Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 2 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Zumba with the Dodge YMCA fuses Latin and world music with aerobic interval training to sculpt the body and invigorate the soul! Fitness instructor Alma Bonilla’s classes are so much fun you’ll forget that you’re burning calories.

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Events, Happening This Week

Happening | June 23rd – 29th

Monday, June 23rd

  • FREE Bryant Park FitClub: Pilates 7:30am – 8:30am

Join Pilates on Fifth for an outdoor mat pilates class open to all skill and age levels!

  • FREE HBO Summer Film Festival @ Bryant Park…Bring your picnic by 5pm / Movie starts at sundown!

The Mark of Zorro will be playing at sundown…

  • FREE Outdoor Strength fitness class hosted by Brooklyn Strength @ Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6 Promenade 7:30pm – 8:30pm

Tuesday, June 24th

  • FREE Yoga @ Bryant Park 10am – 11am

Join YogaWorks instructor Anna Hughes-Dioguardi for a blend of spirit, calmness, sweat and music for a satisfying practice. Mats provided!

Wednesday, June 25th

  • FREE Bryant Park FitClub: Boot Camp 6:30am – 7am

Join The Rise NYC for a Boot Camp with rotations through exercises like crunches, planks, and push-ups. No equipment required, just smiles!

  • FREE Sunset Pilates hosted by Body In Balance Studio @ Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 5. Get your core to this intermediate class with your mat right before sunset!
  • Webinar: Mainstream Money for Underground Artists: The Best Practices for Establishing Your Work in the Digital World

This webinar is for artists of all levels who want to address and overcome the challenges around supporting themselves as a career based creative. By the end of the session you’ll have more clarity and confidence around what it means to charge for your creations as well as practical information about how you can make a living doing what you love. Check it out for tickets: http://www.synchcast.net/#!mainstream-money-for-underground-artists/c1u4x

Thursday, June 26th

  • FREE Yoga @ Bryant Park 6pm – 7pm
  • FREE Yoga @ Prospect Park / Grand Army Plaza Entrance 7pm – 8pm

Friday, June 27th

  • FREE Modern Dance Performance @ Bryant Park 6pm – 7:30pm

Modern dance companies performing on this day: TAKE Dance | Steps Repertory Ensemble | BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance

Saturday, June 28th

  • FREE Modern Dance Class @ Bryant Park 10am – 11am

Led by dancers from the world-renowned Limon Dance Company – open to all levels!

Sunday, June 29th

  • Athleta Sweat Series : Physique 57 with Alicia Weihl

WHAT TO EXPECT: This class is first come, first served, and holds approximately 20 attendees. Doors open at 9:00 a.m., class begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 10:30 a.m.

Address: Athleta Upper West Side, 216 Columbus Avenue at W. 70th Street

WHAT TO BRING: Mats and exercise balls will be provided. Bring a bottle of water. Grippy-bottom, no-slip socks socks and a small towel are recommended.

AFTER THE WORKOUT: We’ll linger to rehydrate together while the store’s closed for our private shopping pleasure until 11:00 a.m. And one lucky attendee will win a $100 Athleta gift card!

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Events, Happening This Week

Happening | June 16th – 22nd

Monday, June 16th

  • FREE Bryant Park FitClub: Pilates 7:30am – 8:30am

Join Pilates on Fifth for an outdoor mat pilates class open to all skill and age levels!

  • FREE HBO Summer Film Festival @ Bryant Park…Bring your picnic by 5pm / Movie starts at sundown!

Saturday Night Fever will be starting the season off!

  • FREE Outdoor Strength fitness class hosted by Brooklyn Strength @ Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6 Promenade 7:30pm – 8:30pm

Tuesday, June 17th

  • FREE Yoga @ Bryant Park 10am – 11am

Join YogaWorks instructor Anna Hughes-Dioguardi for a blend of spirit, calmness, sweat and music for a satisfying practice. Mats provided!

  • FREE Knitting @ Bryant Park 1:30pm – 3pm Yarn and needles provided!

Wednesday, June 18th

  • FREE Bryant Park FitClub: Boot Camp 6:30am – 7am

Join The Rise NYC for a Boot Camp with rotations through exercises like crunches, planks, and push-ups. No equipment required, just smiles!

  • Sunset Pilates hosted by Body In Balance Studio @ Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 5. Get your core to this intermediate class with your mat right before sunset!

Thursday, June 19th

  • The Ohio Players @ Metrotech Commons, Brooklyn 12pm

FREE event! Funk legends and R&B Hall of Famers The Ohio Players return to MetroTech to deliver their irresistible, white-hot grooves. Since making a splash in the 1970s with chart-topping hits like “Love Rollercoaster” and “Fire,” the ultra-tight veteran ensemble has helped define the classic funk sound, built on their driving rhythms, deep, slinky bass lines, and bright horn blasts.

  • FREE Yoga @ Bryant Park 6pm – 7pm
  • FREE Yoga @ Prospect Park / Grand Army Plaza Entrance 7pm – 8pm
  • FREE BAMcinemaFest 3 movies by Les Blank @ Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Harbor View Lawn. Event starts at 7pm

BAMcinemaFest pays tribute to Les Blank’s legacy with this outdoor screening featuring Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers (1980), The Blues Accordin’ to Lightnin’ Hopkins (1970), and Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe (1980). The event will also feature food vendors curated by Smorgasburg starting at 7pm and live music beginning at 8pm.

Friday, June 20th

  • FREE Modern Dance Performance @ Bryant Park 6pm – 7:30pm

Modern dance companies performing on this day: Stephen Petronio Company | NØA Dance | UnderOneDances | The Dash Ensemble

Saturday, June 21st

  • Summer Solstice! Longest day of the year!
  • Make Music New York. Enjoy FREE concerts in public spaces throughout the five boroughs of New York City! Excellent way to start Summer off if you ask me…

From 10 in the morning to 10 at night, musicians of all ages, creeds, and musical persuasions — from hip hop to opera, Latin jazz to punk rock — perform on streets, sidewalks, stoops, plazas, cemeteries, parks and gardens. Find what’s playing in your neighborhood here: makemusicny.org

  • Mermaid Parade @ Coney Island 1pm

For all info. http://www.coneyisland.com/programs/mermaid-parade

  • FREE Modern Dance Class @ Bryant Park 10am – 11am

Led by dancers from the world-renowned Limon Dance Company – open to all levels!

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