My fourth presentation – of some of the excellent instructors you will have opportunity to experience at our Dance & Training Trip this fall – is of a fierce woman that I’ve mentioned many times before when I’ve been in New York.
Ms Nadia Zaki.
I first got to know her through her sister, Susanne Zaki – that’s also an amazing dancer, instructor and former swedish Nike Trainer.
Nadia’s originally from Göteborg – but have been living in NYC for ever and she’s teaching both at Crunch and Equinox – as well as doing her own awesome events, retreats and trips all over the world.
She’s also been to the NIKE BLAST in Stockholm, several times and NIKE BLAST Helsinki as well.
She’s not just an amazing dancer, but – like I’ve wrote many times before – also a great teacher, that really want her participants/students to learn and progress.
No matter what kind of class she’s teaching.
Besides dance, she’s teaching yoga, and then she’s also have her own classes/concepts like Inner Strength – which basically is a strength/technique class for dancers, and Inner Warrior that’s a fusion of yoga and martial arts.
I get emails and questions all the time from people that are traveling to NYC and want recommendations of classes/teachers they can try and I always tell them to go take one of Nadia’s classes.
NYC is lucky to have her I’d say.
Nadia is teaching at Crunch Lafayette on wednesday evenings – and have done for a long time – and hopefully the schedule stays the same for the fall season.
Apparently I haven’t taken any good pics of Nadia so if you wanna se what she looks like – check out her website.
My “home club” at SATS is Fridhemsplan.
The shabby, smelly club next to McDonalds on St Eriksgatan, with no ventilation what so ever. But with an awesome atmosphere and great energy.
How ever – the very same club have been closed the main part of the summer due to a longed for renovation and today I taught my very first class there.
No more shabbiness. Instead – fresh, clean and very nice. With a brand new hot yoga studio. Definitely worth paying a visit.
At SATS, the fall schedule starts on august 26th and at House of Shapes it starts on august 19th.
This is how my weekly class-schedule will look like for fall-13;
It’s time for a female instructor don’t you think.
Not any one – but the awesome, fierce Kristin Sudeikis.
When I was hired at Crunch gym for the very first in time in 2008, my boss told me that I should take Kristin’s class, because he thought that I’d like her energy in class – since that was about the same energy I creates in my classes.
I take that as a phat compliment – since I did take her class and discovered she’s amazing.
Energy! Fun! Strong! Super talented! Gorgeous! Extremely humble!
Eight words that describes her very well.
Since then I’ve taken her classes many times.
Of course I recommended her to Lina as well – and she’s been in Sweden for the NIKE BLAST, 3 years in a row.
Last time she also taught a guest class at House of Shapes.
Her specialty is lyrical/contemporary classes – but she’s also rocking the girly hiphop-style.
Besides Crunch, she’s teaching both at Peridance and Broadway Dance Centre.
And, at Crunch she’s teaching both lyrical/contemporary and hiphop.
Her friday night class, 18.30 at Lafayette is a pure dance party and I’d be really surprised if that time slot would’t stay the same for the fall.
Me and Kristin at the NIKE BLAST Stockholm-13.
2012 she, me and (the just wonderful) Åsa Eriksson presented a team class at the NIKE BLAST; Femme Fatale.
Here’s a clip from that.
Do not miss the opportunity to take her class if you’re joining our trip.
Yesterday it was the annual inspiration day and kick off for SATS; SATS Nordic Convention. We were the swedish fair in Gothenburg.
I believe it was about 2000 employed participating in classes, lectures and then the awards dinner in the evening.
From Stockholm it departured a train only for SATS-crew at 5.36 am.
I presented BODYJAM® as a master class on the main stage, along with my awesome fellow trainers Dorotka and Kimmo.
BODYJAM® is new on SATS from the fall semester-13, and we’ve had several initial trainings for the SATS-instructors during the spring, and the energy in the room was awesome.
We had excellent back up from four of the instructors that we’ve trained this spring, Charlotte, Rebecca, Therese and Katrin. Thanks guys for rocking that (huge) stage with us.
The mandatory sweaty ‘after class pic’ – Dorre, me & Kimmo.
We presented release 66 #makethecrowdgo, which is the same as I will present at Super Saturday in Globen along with Gandalf – the program director from New Zealand, Phil – trainer from UK and Sarah – my fellow nordic trainer from Denmark.
I’ll teach BODYJAM at SATS Fridhemsplan – tuesdays 16.30
Hope to see you there.
So the second awesome Crunch-instructor I’m gonna introduce to you (who’s joining our trip) is another fierce and talented guy, Derek Mitchell.
I took his class back in 2006 for the very first time. At Crunch Union Sq.
Then I’ve taken his classes at Broadway Dance Centre several times.
He actually left Crunch for a while but the members really wanted him to come back, and begged for it – so he did.
The past few years I’ve helped Lina (that’s in charge of the NIKE BLAST here in Sweden) with suggesting – and the booking of – dance presenters and he was one of the presenters I tipped her about for 2013. He taught two great classes, street jazz and contemporary.
He’s been choreographing for S.Y.T.Y.C.D Ukraine for several seasons and he is traveling a lot teaching and doing workshops.
He’s fast, fun and I just love his style – both choreo – and teaching wise.
Check out his latest street jazz choreo from class here.
Last season he taught at Crunch Lafayette – just like Craig. That’s the club where they have most street/hiphop-classes. Don’t know his exact time slots for fall-13, but my guess is that he’ll be at the same location.
So – for you (who’s joining our trip) to get to know some of all the amazing NYC-Crunch-instructors a bit better – I’ll give you a minor presentation of them.
One at a time, here on the blog.
First out is Mr Craig Smith.
I first met him several years ago in Holland when I was there for the NIKE Rockstar train-the-trainer-session. He was our trainer. 🙂
Craig is an amazing dancer, choreographer, teacher and instructor.
He’s been performing with several artists, like Beyonce, Rihanna and Brandy to mention a few of the most well known.
He’s been working with NIKE for many years in the US and been presenting at conventions in Asia a lot.
2012 when NIKE FINLAND asked if I had any great tips for them I suggested him, and they brought him there.
2013 we invited him to NIKE BLAST Stockholm and he presented two awesome classes.
During 2013 he’s been on a promotion tour as a Hard Candy Master Trainer to promote Madonna and her gym chain Hard Candy – as she’s gone world wide with it.
He’s teaching ‘funk’ at Crunch which basically can mean any style within street dance.
I always takes his classes when I’m in NYC, and it can be dancehall or hiphop – old school or new school. It’s a lot of variety in his classes, and he’s just awesome.
The past seasons he have been teaching at Crunch Lafayette tuesday nights, 18.30 – and when I asked him a few weeks ago he thought the time slot would stay the same for fall-13.
August is here, two more months until our Dance & Training Trip to NYC is about to happen.
If your vacay is over and you need something to look forward to this might be it.
It’s gonna be a week of dancing, training, inspiration, energy-boosting and of course good times.
There are still some spots left – but they are not unlimited and we will close the registration. Not quite yet though.
Besides daily classes with me and Jonas – everyone that joins us will get a temporary membership at Crunch gym that’s valid from oct 7th – oct 14th and it will give you unlimited access to all their clubs.
Crunch have 10 locations in Manhattan. Check out their website to see exactly where they are.
You can not book classes at Crunch (not even their ‘all year-members’ can do that) so it’s all drop in.
Heads up – if you’re checking the schedule now already, remember that it’s still summer schedule with reduced amount of classes.
If you’re in to dance classes you have some really fierce classes to look forward to.
With awesome dancers/teachers.
Many of them teach both at Broadway Dance Centre, Peridance and Steps etc. as well.
I was thinking that it would be a fun idea to give you a closer presentation of some of all these awesome instructors – and tomorrow the first one will appear here on my blog.
Here’s a preliminary schedule of our (me & Jonas) classes;
Jonas: Broadway Basics
Jonas: Urban Funk
Åsa & Jonas NTC (Nike Training Club) in Central Park
Åsa & Jonas Yoga/Flexibility
Åsa: Girly Groove
Jonas: Urban Funk
Åsa: Street Jazz
Jonas: Broadway Basics pt II
Our classes will be in a separate studio – we can not give you any exact location for that just yet. It’s a bit to soon to reserve, and it’s also depending on how many that will join us. But most likely somewhere in Midtown which is easy and quick to go to no matter where in Manhattan you’re staying.
Then – we will pic a class everyday for all of us to attend together.
Like a common activity, for those who’s up for that.
You’ll get an exact schedule a couple of weeks before departure.
We are so looking forward to this trip.
If you want to sign up – or just ask a question or two, don’t hesitate to email me:
Here’s me – participating in the anti gravity yoga class that’s been a real success-class at Crunch the past years.
Taught two classes wednesday; AfHo® and BODYBALANCE®.
As I’m doing an instructors training in AfHo® in late august I had an awesome crew of instructors that tried it out, and I can’t wait to spend an entire weekend with them.
Today I’m teaching a guest-jazz-class. 17.30 Gasworks Studio. If you’re near by – come and dance with me.
Not all work though…
Yesterday I joined Jonas for his sing-a-long show that he’s hosting in “Folkets Park”
Siri and Mr B rode with style to the park. Chillin in the limo.
August 1st – a good day to write a blog post.
I don’t know if I have any readers left though. Ha!
Some day I’ll write a book about this past year, not necessary for other to read 😉 Even though it would make a good drama.
But for now I’ll try to write a blog post every now and then. With focus less on drama – more on work.
So fun stuff coming up the nearest future;
* I’ll be back as a blogger for Fitness Lifestyle.
Within a few weeks I’ll start blog for them again.
* SATS Nordic Convention – the internal inspiration day and kick off for all the SATS staff is about to blow off in Göteborg for the 2nd year in a row. I’ll be presenting BODYJAM® this year. Better start learning the choreo 😉
* Three AfHo® instructors trainings are booked, Stockholm, Göteborg and Malmö. Check out ‘news’ here on my website to see the exact dates. If you wanna read what Aftonbladet thought about my concept when they tried it – check out this link.
* Super Saturday, the event of the year if you’re into Les Mills.
I’ll be presenting BODYJAM®66 and I’ll be filming BODYJAM®68.
* Do not miss our very own dance & training trip to NYC.
Extend the summer feel – cause the beginning of october can be really nice and warm.
Daily dance classes with me and Jonas – and a temporary membership at Crunch gym. How cool is that? Email me to sign up.
* Finally, it’s august 1st.
The summer is not over. It’s not fall. Just cause your vacay might be over.. so let’s enjoy the summer for at least one more month.
I’m in Malmö for a few days – and if you’re in the hoods I think you should come and take my jazz class tomorrow night at the Gasworks Studios.