Archive for the ‘Dancers’ category

The Dance in Santa Fe♡

June 16, 2018

“I almost wish we were butterflies and liv’d but three summer days – three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain.”

-John Keats, Bright Star: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne

Advertisements

Wickedly, Tragically Beautiful

October 4, 2014

Wicked was unbelievable. It was amazing. I loved the symbolism of dark and light/good and bad/love and hate behind this version of the story. I would like to complete an analysis of the symbolism of this Broadway hit. There were such depth to the storyline, but for tonight…I’m tired. Another day!
~~~~~~~~~~~~
“To attempt the destruction of our passions is the height of folly. What a noble aim is that of the zealot who tortures himself like a madman in order to desire nothing, love nothing, feel nothing, and who, if he succeeded, would end up a complete monster!”
~~•Denis Diderot

image

Deadpool Shredder

July 21, 2014

Ohhhh!!! Ohhhh!!! Here is my new Deadpool tee shirt before and after the gym shred. He is a Marvel Comics mercenary who loves weapons. Deadpool is an anti-hero inked by Rob Liefeld and given life by the writer Fabian Nicieza. He is a flexible, magical, being with superhuman stamina!! A perfect gym icon!

image

Gypsy Festival in Madrid

June 8, 2014

Some of the gals and I spent the afternoon gypsy watching in Madrid. There was an interesting little festival in the bustling village you get to via the Turquoise Trail. The historic village of Madrid sits in the Ortiz Mountains and has deep roots in coal mining.

I got a henna tattoo on my front delt that didn’t take because I’m to dark. I bought a California white sage smudge stick, had a very interesting tarot card reading, and then made a wish at the wishing well. I met a beautiful belly dancer and photographed others. One demonstrated how she used her “wings.”

We had a really good time before Brit and I got busted and landed up in the Madrid jail!! Buahahaaaa

image

image

image

image

Anthony Sansone: A Godlike Businessman

February 17, 2014

image
*••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••*
American Adonis: Tony Sansone, The First Male Physique Icon~ an interesting find on the counter in the bathroom of my gym.
*••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••*
*
*
It seems like I am always finding interesting things~ especially in the bathroom at the gym. I decided I needed to create a new category on my site titled “interesting finds” because of this mysterious phenomenon. I only wish I had taken pictures of all the random things I have seen over the years…some funny, some scary, some cool, some strange, some which sparked my curiosity, and all…well very interesting!

Last week I walked into the bathroom to find a hardback book with the photo of a ripped man on the cover. Yeah…not really that strange right? I mean it is a gym for God’s sake, but when I opened the book I did blush. Someone had randomly dropped a huge book on the counter with nude photos of Anthony Sansone. Ok…well that’s a little strange isn’t it? I mean he is a famous male physique icon and it was in a gym bathroom…but still.

I was interested in learning more about Mr. Sansone, whom I had heard of but knew little about. The book is available through Amazon and is titled American Adonis: Tony Sansone, The First Male Physique Icon (New York: Universe, 2004). The book is by John Massey, an art historian and details on Amazon say “nowadays nearly everyone is a member of a gym, and perfecting the body beautiful is taken to the point of obsession. This phenomenon can be traced back to one man: Anthony Sansone (1905-1987), the first male physique icon and the most admired bodybuilder of his time.”
image
*••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••*
Physical Culture Magazine
January 1924
*••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••*
*
*
It is said that “images of Sansone’s body spurred the physical culture movement that would sweep the country. Through innumerable reproductions of his photographs, his fitness program publications, and the three gyms he founded, Sansone set and shaped the physical ideal that a whole generation of men would follow.” He was known as “a charismatic figure” who touched both physical and mental realms.

Sansone was born in the United States of America to his parents, who were “immigrants from Sicily.” Years later, the man with a “sculpted, godlike body” owned three gyms in New York. He associated with artists, fellow bodybuilders, dancers, actors, and photographers. He was also the “protégé” of Angelo Siciliano, better known as Charles Atlas, a bodybuilder, business man, and circus strongman.

So I did take time to learn more about a man who inspired and still inspires people to train hard. It was a bit of a strange find, but I’m glad it sparked my curiosity. Mr. Sansone deserves to be remembered…not only for his flawless physique, but for his ability to morph himself to shape physical and mental worlds. He was a bodybuilder, a dancer, a model and an intelligent business man.

An anonymous donor felt that documentary fragments of Sansone’s life justified the use of acid free folders and boxes. That says something. In 2009, a collection with Sansone as the subject was dropped off at the San Francisco Public Library. This turned out to be a very interesting find.

**********************
*************
*******
****
**
Sources:

1) Amazon.com

2) Biographical and Historical Note~ Leonard Laton Collection of Anthony (Tony) J. Sansone Photographs (Collection No. GLC 62), James C. Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center, San Francisco Public Library

An Addiction Beyond Addictions

January 19, 2014

Last Thursday, I went with one of my friends to Zumba class. It was my 2nd workout of the day. I had blasted a 700 rep workout of shoulders, traps, abs and lower back for lunch. I also ran a mile on the treadmill. That night I found myself realizing I am indeed an exercise addict. The night before Zumba, I watched a late night special on Nightline titled Exercise Addicts: Pushing Ourselves Too Far?.
image

It is so sad to think that this special said we really can’t win when it comes to fitness. Being out of shape will kill us and being in shape will kill us. I had a blast sweating away to the beat with the other Zumba nuts, though it would never replace the weights in the gym for me, it was indeed a super fun workout. I did get sore in some places I have never been this time. My hips??

At this point in my life, there is really no going back. Today I ran indoors at the GCCC. There were two new moms running on the track with me. They were running with baby strollers and doing lunges too! I was so impressed! That’s what I should have done!!! I took a picture of them. Tomorrow is a holiday and I am off from work. You know what that means right? It means an *extra* long workout in the gym!!

I love fitness. There is no way I can picture my life without it. I am ohhhh so focused!! I will probably die from this necessary addiction. I guess I have consciously made the decision to die a healthy death with weights in my hands. Lay me to rest with my Nike football gloves and the iron grips!!!
image

A Zumba class in Santa Fe, New Mexico at Heart & Soul Dance & Fitness Studio.

Inner Strength: Fit for Life

January 26, 2013

Inner Strength

~~Barbara Massey~~

~~Barbara Massey~~
Bodybuilding Competition in her mid 40s.

It isn’t everyday that I get a chance to interview someone while I am in the gym. With a short amount of time and so much to do it is difficult if not impossible to even speak! I almost always opt to deliver a quick wave “hi” to those I know while my headphones blast into my ears. One day last week I took the time to have an interview with Barbara Massey. She mentioned that she had recently won an award, so I thought she should be acknowledged for that. While we huffed and puffed on the treadmill, I tapped into the hidden history of this inspiring woman.

For over a decade I have know Barbara. Honestly, since I do very little talking at the gym I have never had a good chance to get to know her on a more personal level. I have been using my web site to feature people who I feel have an interesting story to tell. This is a great way to bring personal stories to a collective audience in a unique way. While I was a journalist, this was always the kind of writing I enjoyed most. This gives me a chance to learn, while honoring the accomplishments of those who deserve to be recognized. And so begins the story of Barbara Massey who recently received a part-time staff Excellence Award from the Santa Fe Community College.

~~Barbara Massey~~

~~Barbara Massey~~
Bodybuilding Competition in her mid 40s.

Barbara is a personal trainer here in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I see her almost everyday as she attempts to whip men and woman into shape. I think that her awesome personality has made her a good fit for many of her clients. She is easy going, but teaches her clients about strict form and proper nutrition. It is no surprise that this former California surfer girl also ran track, pushed through marathons, studied dance, and fought real fires. The epitome of inner strength and fitness, Barb competed in her first body building competition when she was in her mid 40s. She was almost a decade older than I am at that time and so it is short of amazing that she was in such beautiful shape.

The first personal memories I have of Barbara are tied to Body Pump. Several years ago a group of Santa Feans decided to take classes to become certified Body Pump trainers. I guess we had a wild hair! The weight-based program has a focus on group fitness. The program is sponsored by Les Mills International, but was created by Phillip Mills in 1991. The classes are 60 minutes long and work eight muscle groups while listening to predetermined music tracks. The classes were instructed using free weights and barbells, so Barbara was a natural fit. I don’t believe that Body Pump had anything on her American Council on Exercise (ACE) Certificate, and her American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certificate.

~~Barbara Massey~~

~~Barbara Massey~~
Mandrills Gym, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Excellence Awards are given to people who are excellent for a reason. Barbara Massey is genuine a model of inner strength and fitness. For a woman in her 60s she is a cut above the rest. Not only does she strive to enhance the lives of her clients, but she also makes every effort to improve herself. All of these things make Barbara a special woman who is worthy of our recognition.