Poise + Performance

iON Featured Athlete: NFL Player, Joe Jones Jr, Appreciation of the Gift

iON Featured Athlete: NFL Player, Joe Jones Jr, Appreciation of the Gift

This is the second post in our mini-series we casually call "On Gifts". Appreciation is the theme here...In this one, I had a great chance to get a  few words from the son of one of my earliest mentors, role-models, teammates and friends Joseph Jones Sr.. Joe Jones Sr. was a legend in the mid-west track community in the 90's, and when he became my teammate at Purdue, it was awesome indeed. Not only was he a great friend and athlete, but also an example of illustrating Poise and Purpose. Not surprisingly, this passed down to his son, Joe Jr as well. Now a...

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Poise + Performance | Sugar's Dancer Subscription box gives dancers what they need to compete!

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Poise + Performance | Sugar's Dancer Subscription box gives dancers what they need to compete!

n this feature we share a great chat with Julie Santefort, the Founder of the go-to source for products to support the lifestyle of young competitive dancers:  Sugar! Sugar is the original dancer's subscription box   We have heard that Sugar was born from the care you have for your daughter in helping her navigate competitive dance. What were some of the most challenging experiences you had in helping her get what she need?  For us, it was time. There is no off-season with dance and with Brooke not yet being old enough to drive (as most competitive dancers), we are always...

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iON Featured Athlete: Dancer, Akua Noni Parker on sharing her gifts...

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iON Featured Athlete: Dancer, Akua Noni Parker on sharing her gifts...

Recently I had the great pleasure of meeting many of the amazing athlete/artists of the acclaimed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. This year the company is celebrating it's 60th anniversary. We had a brief chat with Leading Dancer, Akua Noni Parker about her gifts on and off stage! ~ a.d.  ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Acclaimed Dancer Akua Noni Parker  photo: Jim Lafferty, DIYDancer Magazine Issue #2   Did you always believe your gifts would lead you to where you are now?  A: I can’t say that I honestly thought about it in that way. I knew from a very young age that I wanted...

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Ailey Extension makes dance accessible for All

Ailey Extension makes dance accessible for All

Since its inception in 2005, Ailey Extension is making a global impact by making dance accessible to people of all ages, cultures and dance levels in a welcoming, non-competitive environment.  The program provides dance and fitness classes, workshops, student performances, and panel discussions with prominent instructors and live music. Over 100 classes are offered seven days a week in the morning, afternoon, and evening at The Ailey Studios

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iON Featured Athlete: Michelle Lee-Ahye| Sprinter | Belief, Trust & Faith

iON Featured Athlete: Michelle Lee-Ahye| Sprinter | Belief, Trust & Faith

What I admire most about Michelle-lee...her courage, strength, motivation and heart. I've seen several situations try to knock her down, but I've seen her get up 10x stronger than she was before. 

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