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Royal Wedding Inside Scoop: The First Dance!

Written on April 28, 2011 at 4:58 pm , by

Professional choreographer Staś Kmieć (in tux) leads the Royal Wedding Dance Workout at New York Sports Clubs. (Photo by Milena Bejouleva/ NYSC)

Professional choreographer Staś Kmieć (in tux) leads the Royal Wedding Dance Workout. (Photo by Milena Bejouleva/ NYSC)

We here at FITNESS have royal wedding fever! And what better way to celebrate than getting insider details about the most fitness-y activity of the day: the dancing.

To gear up for the big event, I spoke with ballet dancer and choreographer Staś Kmieć, who has taught the Royal Wedding Dance Workout at New York Sports Clubs the past few weeks, to learn about how to get in shape for a wedding (the season is upon us!) and how to feel confident on the dance floor. But he had even more to share, since one of his close pals is choreographing THE dance—that’s right, Will and Kate’s first dance at the reception.

What motivated you to develop this workout?

“There is such a fascination with the wedding, and as a choreographer, I wanted to put a dance spin on it. A British choreographer named Arlene Phillips is in the Broadway dancers society with me, and was able to give some insight into the actual royal wedding. We worked these details into the class!”

So can you tell us what you know about the royal reception?

“It’s kept tightly under wraps, but the last time I spoke with Arlene, she hinted that William and Kate would do a waltz to Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” for their first dance. So we do that in class as well!

There are actually two receptions: the first is more contemporary and fun, like William and Kate. I hear there is a ’70s and ’80s theme, which will include Kate’s request of Abba. The queen will attend the more traditional second reception, which Prince Charles is throwing.”

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Race To Erase MS “Rock & Royalty” Gala

Written on April 28, 2011 at 2:50 pm , by

Support the fight against MS by rocking this t-shirt at the gym for the month of May!

Support the fight against multiple sclerosis by rocking this t-shirt at the gym for the month of May!

Tomorrow is a glorious day in the land of wannabe princesses all over the country (me included). Watching soon-to-be Princess Katherine Middleton walk down the aisle to her handsome Prince William will be such an awe-inspiring (as in awww they’re so cute together!) morning for myself and so many other millions, maybe billions, of people watching. We’re all suckers for a real love story as good as this. How many of you plan to wake up early to watch Will and Kate say their “I do’s”? I do!

Tomorrow also marks the 18th anniversary of the Race To Erase MS gala—appropriately named the “Rock & Royalty to Erase MS.” At this celeb-filled kickoff event, in which Joan Jett and country music star Clay Walker will perform, the Nancy Davis Foundation will launch a new crop of royal-themed items (like t-shirts and jewelry) which give proceeds to research and awareness for this disease and the people suffering from multiple sclerosis today (check out the touching story of Jennifer Schuble on our “That’s The Spirit” back page in our May issue).

During the entire month of May, the foundation celebrates Orange You Happy to Erase MS with these following brands and famous faces that will do their part to give back to this very deserving cause. Check out this long list of awesome orange stuff you can snag to support MS research.

  • Proceeds of an exclusively designed shirt and a crown necklace, earring and ring collection from Peace and Love Jewelry by Nancy Davis.
  • 30% of the proceeds from any item purchased from the Peace and Love Jewelry by Nancy Davis retail website will be donated to the charity.
  • Beginning in April Harry & David will donate 20% of the proceeds from their Royal Oranges.

For the complete list of  give-back gear, read more.

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