#MotivationalMondays- Black Swan Workout

Natalie Portman is proof that professional dancers pin their livelihoods on the dancing donkey and if they don’t hit the bullseye, they fall off stage and die. (literally)

As a young dancer myself, I was privy to the competitive integrities and KILL TO WIN attitudes.

Like most children, I had the snow globe dream of dancing my heart out with a premium troop. That dream was slowly withered away by first hand witnessing of the vicious Stalin-esque motives of the teachers and the superficial treatment of their students.

The movie, Black Swan mirrors my journey with ballet minus the Jekyll and Hyde transformations, girl on girl action, and violence. (Whoops, did I give to much away? It’s been out for two years, so add it to your Netflix!)

I often experienced many more downs than ups during my brief stint as a young dancer. Luckily, I was able to resist the Black Swan before it ever had a chance of swallowing me whole.

The upside of this story is to “never give up on something you can’t go a day without thinking about.” To be honest, my significant other may be jealous of that statement…because my mind pairs him first and dance second. (a competition within itself)

With that being said, I created a combination of dance and stretch moves for one of my workouts this past weekend. (I advise you to warm up 3-5 minutes before.)

If you couldn’t tell, I am in love with Halloween fonts and Picmonkey. (life and time saver!)

Have you ever tried dance as a form of exercise? 

Peace, love, and black swans!


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10 Responses to #MotivationalMondays- Black Swan Workout

  1. Miz says:

    Ive zumba’ed and that’s it.
    THIS LOOKS AWESOME and I do need me some variety in my workout.

    • choc3178 says:

      yes, zumba, zumba, zumba! Although I must admit I’m way less coordinated at zumba-ing than ballet-ing! thanks for reading Miz! 🙂

  2. I’m in no way even close to being a dancer but I LOVE Barre. The ballet inspired moves kick my booty!!!

    • choc3178 says:

      Truth: I have yet to take a barre class. When I find a money tree and a studio that offers it near me, that’s happening! Thanks for reading 🙂

  3. ooh I like this! Lots of my favorite ballet/Pilates-inspired moves. Nice, pinning.

  4. Love barre so much and I contemplated being Black Swan this year for Halloween…but even though I have the time to do this awesome workout, I do not have time to buy all the parts for the costume haha!

  5. I didn’t know you danced! I’ve not yet seen that movie…okay okay, I’m adding it to my list! :p

    • choc3178 says:

      just a warning…it’s very disturbing! At times I was kind of sick to my stomach, but it shows the darker side of a dancer’s life. Yes, I danced up until I was a junior in HS. Giving up dance is probably my number one regret in life! I’m getting back at it though and feel completely redeemed lately!

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