The Dallas Morning News, “Sharyn Fein, 52, dance machine”

Dallas Mornings News, Healthy Living, Profile in Fitness, June, 25, 2013
Sharyn Fein, 52, dance machine

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It’s Not Just a Floor, It’s a Promise

By Jenny Block

The New Year is upon us and the new floor is in. I know, I know. It’s just a floor. Except it isn’t. There was something really magical about dancing on our new floor at MoveStudio for the first time. It’s beautiful, all glossy and shining. And it’s perfectly smooth and free of dips.

Floors before and after

It’s also a promise. A promise to all of us who dance and play and workout at MoveStudio. It’s a promise that we will have a place to dance, a place to commune, a place to regenerate.

That’s a big deal any time. But it’s a particularly big deal in this, the New Year. Whether or not you made resolutions, you likely have a variety of hopes and dreams for the twelve months to come.

Whatever they are, they can likely be supported by this floor, both literally and figuratively. It can literally support us as we seek better health in the New Year. And it can figuratively support us as we seek strength and joy and community.

I look forward to spending lots of time on our new floor, dancing and spinning and stretching and playing. Whatever you like to do to feed your soul and exercise your body, I hope you’ll find the floor supports you in those pursuits.

It’s only a floor. Except when we make it so much more.

Party Pics!

Party Pics!


jennyblockJenny Block is a freelance writer and the author of “Open: Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Marriage” (2008 Lambda Literary Award). Among other gigs, she writes a weekly sex column for  Jenny holds a BA and MA in English and taught college composition for ten years. For more on Jenny, visit her website at

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The Hula Hoop

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It’s time to share the goodies!

Since we opened our doors in 2000, MoveStudio has received all kinds of press and coverage. We’ve been diligently archiving these nuggets of gold… it’s time to share!

We hope you enjoy our Scrapbook as much as we have enjoyed collecting these pieces over the years!


p.s. If you’ve got something, please send it to us- link, source, dated or with as much info regarding origins and we’ll add it to the collection!

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“The Nia Way” by Jenny Block

Originally published in American Way, 4.01.11

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“Jenny Block: New to Nia and loving it”

Originally published in Conscious Dancer, Spring 2011


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“The Hula Hoop: It’s Not Just For Kids Anymore” featuring Sassy Hoops

The Hula Hoop: It’s Not Just For Kids Anymore « CBS Dallas / Fort Worth.

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – It was all the rage in the 1950s and 1960s, and now the hula hoop is making a comeback. But this time, the children’s toy is not being used just for fun. Rather, the hula hoop is a key component to a new, high-energy workout.

Forget everything you remember about the old school hula hoop, and welcome to Sassy Hoops – a fun and funky spin on the favorite ’50s pastime. “I think it definitely speaks to your inner child,” said hula hoop class instructor Julia McPherson. “It’s not a bulky piece of equipment. It’s something you can keep in your house, take outdoors, do with your kids.”

McPherson created the high-energy aerobics class, which incorporates basic hula hoop movements, but adds some twists. “It’s something you can incorporate into your [everyday exercise] routine,” McPherson said. “It’s fun, entertaining, and it’s very creative. There’s no rules in hooping, which is great.”

In the Sassy Hoops class, participants hula hoop around their waists, go through the legs, behind the back, onto the arms – some of these tricks take time and practice to master. But once you find the rhythm, you’re on a roll. “At first, it was difficult to start because muscle memory didn’t kick in,” said first-time hoop student Liz Krudewig. “But after a while, you get into it.”

And do not be fooled. The hula hoop might be a kid’s toy, but this exercise is not child’s play. It is an intense, calorie-burning, sweat-inducing workout. “You can burn anywhere between 300 and 600 calories,” said McPherson, “depending on your hooping intensity.”

Despite the hard work, the fun aerobic activity has many people hooked on hooping. “It was lots of fun, and adding arm movements really got my heart racing,” said student Tammy Slauson.

“It’s fun! And you feel it in your core. And you can feel it in your legs,” said Krudewig. “It’s just a different kind of movement.”

McPherson makes her own hoops for the students, which are custom-made according to the participant’s height. And, the hoops are collapsible.

Click here to find a Sassy Hoops class near you.

Originally published on, 2.18.11

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