Dancing Queens: The Jazz Dancer

Michelle Spencer, 34
Architect and design consultant, Chicago
“After I had my baby, my legs felt big and my arms were flabby,” Michelle recalls.


Michelle Spencer, 34
Architect and design consultant, Chicago

“After I had my baby, my legs felt big and my arms were flabby,” Michelle recalls. “Everything had shifted.” When a dance studio opened in her neighborhood a year ago, she resumed the jazz classes that had helped her sizzle through high school. “The discipline of ballet, the abandon of hip-hop—thats jazz,” she says. Within a month, she felt more svelte. “I called my friend and said, ‘You know what? My big legs are no longer big legs; theyre strong legs.”

Since then, dancing has not only helped Michelle lose her 7 stubborn postbaby pounds, but its also injected more heat into her marriage. In fact, she and her husband have added a date night to their monthly schedule. “Weve fallen in love all over again,” Michelle says. Jazz has also helped her cope with the stress of her sons terrible 2s: “When hes crying because he cant get the candy he wants, it doesnt bother me as much.” Whats more, Michelle doesnt even notice that shes getting a great workout three times a week. “Dancing is so much fun, its easy to stick to it.” For that hour, “nothing else matters. I walk out of class feeling complete.”

Dorothy Foltz-Gray
Last Updated: July 08, 2008

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