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Cinema Burlesque and 2015 Dreams

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10896295_10200103825075855_4899557169396153180_oWe can’t believe it’s already 2015, and what better way to start the new year than with a show! That’s right–the girls have teamed up with Yadi once again to put on a burlesque spectacular of cinematic quality in the Cinema Burlesque, happening this Saturday at the Yost Theater: http://www.yosttheater.com/arts-entertainment/

We will be showing our crowd-favorite Cell Block Tango and debuting a new number (hint: think Christina Aguilera).

But wait! Valentine’s Day is right around the corner (I know, right?) and the Atomic Cherry Bombs have yet another special treat for you. Stay tuned for more details.

What else do we have in the works? Nothing I can officially say yet! But the bright lights that set Elvis’ soul on fire sure are pretty…;)


How a Cherry Bomb throws a Very Vintage Holiday Party!

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946730_10152125392778784_635859998_nToday’s blog post brought to you by Miss Magnolia!

Theme parties are one of my absolute favorite things, and this the perfect time of year to plan one. So if you’ve been thinking of getting your friends together for a little vintage soiree, here are some tips from the Cherry Bombs to make sure your party is a hit.

 Food: A fun part of party-planning is figuring out a menu that fits the theme, but with a vintage-y party you want to find a balance between interesting and edible. People created some very odd fancy foods in the 1950s/60s (shrimp aspic, an1506773_10102338759563913_1929716343_nyone?), but if you do a bit of searching you can find plenty of snacks that are still popular at parties today (like chex mix!).

·     Drinks: And to drink, I always love sherbet punch – both easy and delicious in a variety of flavors (alcoholic or not), it’s been popular at parties for decades! Here’s one quick recipe: put 1/2 gallon of lime or pineapple sherbet in a punch bowl, add 1 (64 oz) can of pineapple juice, add a 2-liter of ginger ale.

886786_10201891642791743_1006234515_oActivities: Depending on the crowd and the amount of space you have, you may want to plan some games to keep the party going. Charades is a classic for a reason, and you can ask your guests to write down clues that fit in certain categories to go with the theme of the party. Also, this is the perfect time of year to make snowflakes, either free-form or printed from online in pre-set shapes. All you need to provide are scissors and paper! ·

Music: Even if you don’t have the space for dancing, a good playlist can help set the mood of any party. For a vintage holiday party, I can recommend several CDs of 1940s/50s/60s Christmas music – Christmas Jump & JiveChristmas with the Rat PackElla Wishes You a Swinging ChristmasA Motown Christmas, and A Merry 1940s Christmas1501619_10201891637071600_207511647_o

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Most importantly, remember to have fun!

ACB Dance Movie Marathon

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Today’s post brought to you by Ava J Jaye!

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Time to shake off that tryptophan-induced Thanksgiving coma and MOVE! And what better way to get inspired to move than by doing what we Cherries love to do best- dance?

There are thousands of dance movies out there. Some fantastic. Some heartbreaking. Some…. cringe-worthy. But here are just five of my favorites, which have brought me to tears (or tears of ridiculous laughter in some cases). Either way, they always make me want to get up and DANCE.

I’ll start with a heavy hitter: Pina (2011). Rotten Tomatoes says: “Pina is an immersive, gorgeously shot tribute to the people who express life through movement.” I couldn’t agree more. Be prepared to be very affected by this unbelievable film. It honestly changed my outlook on dancing and even on life.

And after that emotional drenching, you should be ready for a guilty pleasure: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (1985). This is a silly, fun quintessentially 80’s movie. The dancing isn’t even all that particularly good  (SJP was more of a gymnast than a dancer, but they did what they could), but again it’s just fun.

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ACB’s performing Singin’ in the Rain inspired number

Now it’s time for a classic: Singin’ in the Rain (1952). I could fill up a list of Gene Kelly movies alone, but this one is a masterpiece. Funny, smart, and such aesthetically pleasing dancing that your eyes (and feet) will thank you.

If you’re looking for a truly wonderful movie that will charm you and make you both laugh and cry, Billy Elliot (2000) is the way to go. This one tugs easily on my heartstrings every time.

And finally, something fluffy to round us out: Burlesque (2010). This one falls into the (very full) category of Movies Created With The Sole Purpose of Showcasing Celebrities/Stars And Their Singing or Dancing Prowess But Have Little Other Redeeming Value Whatsoever (see also: Honey, Stomp the Yard). But I do love this one, whether it be for the gratuitous diva songs or the fabulous showgirl costumes. And of course, I HAD to include this one in my list.

Why? Because your very own Atomic Cherry Bombs are currently working on performing a number from this very movie at our January 10th Cinema Burlesque Show! Don’t miss it (or our TWO brand new routines coming up at our December 11th Tease the Season Show)!

And finally, a great montage of movie dance scenes to REALLY get you up and moving. Come on, let’s shake it! https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=448454134695

Cooking with Cherries!

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This blog post brought to you by Miss Magnolia

With the holiday season just around the corner, this is the perfect time to get in the kitchen and make something delicious to share with friends and family. Here are two of my favorite desserts featuring cherries, and they’re sure to be crowd-pleasers!

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Ingredients:

– 1 can of cherry pie filling (21 oz)
– 1 box brownie mix
– # eggs required by brownie mix + 2 more
– 1/2 cup vegetable oil
– 1/4 cup water
– 1 package cream cheese (8 oz), softened
– 5 tbsp butter, softened
– 1/3 cup sugar
– 2 tbsp flour
– 3/4 tsp vanilla

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Directions:

– There are 3 parts to this recipe. The brownie, the cream cheese filling, and the cherry filling.

– First, follow the directions for the brownie mix. Spread the brownie mix in the bottom of a greased pan.

– Second, beat the cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add sugar, 2 eggs, flour, and vanilla. Spoon mixture over the brownie batter in the pan.

– Third, spoon cherry pie filling on top. Swirl a knife through the batter to slightly mix the layers (and because it looks pretty).

– Finally, bake at 350 degrees for approximately 50 mins, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

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Ingredients:

– 1 cup butter, softened
– 1 1/2 cups sugar
– 4 eggs
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– 2 1/2 cups flour
– 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
– 1 can cherry pie filling (21 oz)

Directions:

– Cream butter and sugar together until fluffy, then beat in egg and vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl, then stir into the creamed mixture. 

– Pour 3/4 of the batter
into a greased large baking pan. Cover this layer with the cherry pie filling. Pour the rest of the batter over the cherry pie filling.

– Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 40 mins, until top is golden. 

 

Both recipes need to cool completely before serving. If you just can’t wait that long, try putting the baking pan in the fridge for 10 minutes. And be sure to check back in the upcoming months for more cherry-recipes sure to sweeten your day and put a smile on your face! :)

 

Links to the original recipes:

Cherry Bliss Brownies. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/cherry-bliss-brownies/

Cherry Cake Bars. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/quick-and-easy-cherry-bars/

The ACB’s of Costume Organization

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Today’s post brought to you by Charlotte Shortcake!

Hello there again Sweet Tea’s!

Miss MagnoliaIMG_7191 and I have been bustin’ our beehives organizing the Cherry’s costume closet. With as many performances as we do, a Cherry certainly always needs to look her best! Have you ever wondered what’s inside those closets in the Annex at Atomic Ballroom? Well now’s your chance to find out!

Many costumes have multiple pieces. To make sure we know where each piece is, EVERYTHING is numbered and labeled. Can you believe all of the routines we have? We’re always learning new ones too, so oIMG_7192ur closet is continually growing. Some costume pieces need to be hung, and we’ve been making sure every bow is tied and every button is polished!

But what’s behind Door #3, you ask? We have a box of items that we sell at soIMG_6263me of our performances! We have cookbooks, playing cards, and custom hair flowers made by Moxie Gold herself! Aren’t they just the bee’s knees? Cherries also make jewelry, hair bows, and even lip balm. Now I’m great at organizing, but I’m about as crafty as a cartload of chickens. I’ll leave the other girls to do that!

 

Until next time, Honey Buns,

Charlotte Shortcake

 

How a Cherry Gets in Shape!

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Ask Fifi!

10517676_10154597739240204_2128741834344908853_nCherries do so much dancing! With all the glitter and glamorous costumes it’s easy to forget that we are also athletes.  Just like athletes, we need to condition our bodies to be prepared to handle any new choreography and to prevent injuries.  As a personal trainer and Pilates instructor, I get asked all the time for fitness and diet advice.  I’m so excited to get to answer some of your most common questions here!

Q: Should women weight lift? I want to but I don’t want to get bulky, I just want to tone.

A: This is probably the most common question I get and the one I feel most passionately about.  Unfortunately, many women believe that lifting weights or strength training will make them bulky or turn them into steroid-taking body builders. So instead, they waste hours on the treadmill or doing billions of shoulder circles with 3lb weights.  If you are nervous about this, rest assured this is only a myth.  Women don’t have enough testosterone or the specific type of muscle fibers to get really big from weight lifting. You would have to lift extremely heavy weights for a very long time and possibly take steroids to get really big and manly looking. On the contrary, when women strength train, they actually develop a smaller and a more sculpted physique.  Weight lifting properly can actually enhance your feminine curves!

And on the term “toning.” This also is a myth perpetrated by women’s magazines.  There really is no such thing as toning.  You cannot tone a muscle.  You can however build muscle and you can burn fat, which will create a nice lean body.

Strength training has so many benefits for women.  The more muscle mass you have, the faster your metabolism is.  This means you can ease up on the diet a little bit! (foodies rejoice!).  Weight bearing activity also strengthens the bones resulting in reduced risk for osteoporosis and arthritis.  By strengthening the muscles that support the knee, shoulder, spine etc… we can also reduce the risk for injuries.  But in my opinion, the greatest benefit of strength training is the feeling of empowerment is provides.  There are often many situations in life where we feel weak or helpless (maybe you lose your job, get dumped, lose a loved one etc…). Especially for women, we are constantly bombarded by messages to be weak, small, dainty etc… Strength training can be your way to regain control over your body and seek your full potential.

Q: Can I strengthen my feet and ankles to make dancing in heels easier?legsacb

A: Yes you can!  But, these muscles are smaller and will take a lot more patience and diligence to see results.  I myself have a painful ankle injury, but I have learned some great exercises.

Here are my favorite exercises:

–       Negative calf raises: You can do these on the ground or find a step to get a deeper stretch.  Start with straight legs, quickly lift up to your toes/balls of feet and then descend back down very slowly.  By slowing down the descent (or eccentric part of the movement) you strengthen the muscle quicker while also encouraging that muscle to relax and lengthen.  Once you’ve completed a set, do the same exercise but with bent knees.  Keep the same angle in the knees the entire movement.  This will work the soleus muscle, which is below the calf and closer to the Achilles tendon.  If you’re doing these on a step, let your heels drop low to get that nice stretch and a fuller range of motion.  Progression: Try doing these on one leg at a time

–       Resistance Band Flex & Point: These resistance bands are great for a variety of exercises and stretches.  If you haven’t seen these, they look like giant rubber bands and are very inexpensive.  They also weigh nothing, which makes them great for travelling with!  For the feet, place your toes in the middle of the band.  Point your heel, focusing on moving from the ankle rather than the toes, and then point the toes.  On the way back, flex the toes, and then flex the heel.  By separating the movement, you can isolate the muscles of the ankles, foot and toes much better.

–       Balancing exercises:  Find a Bosu ball (they’re round on top and flat on the bottom) or stability disk (they’re squishy circles).  You can stand single-legged on these (make sure you are close to a wall or friend in case you lose your balance) for 30 seconds each leg.  You can also perform various types of lunges or squats on to them to increase the stability of the foot.  If you enjoy yoga, you can even try your tree or dancer pose on them.  The next time you try those poses on the ground, you’ll notice a big improvement in your balance!

And don’t forget to stretch those achy feet and calves!  Tight calves and soleus muscles can cause all sorts of problems from Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis to shin splints.  You can stretch your calf by placing your foot at the corner of a wall with heel on the floor and toes on the wall.  Lean and place your weight forward into the wall until you feel a stretch.  Hold for 30 seconds. You can move the stretch down to the soleus by simply doing the same stretch but with a slightly bent knee.  The more you bend your knee, the deeper the stretch, so go slowly.

To stretch the bottom of you feet, simple sit in a kneeling position with your heels up, toes flexed on the ground and your tush resting on your heels.  Make sure all your toes are flexed and flat on the ground.  If some are curled, use your hands to straighten them out.  This stretch will hurt a little, especially if you’re tight here.  Once you can relax a bit, try to move the heels back to get a deeper stretch.

BONUS! Find a tennis or lacrosse ball to massage out any knots or tightness in your calves, shins and arches.  Think of this as a free, home-made massage!

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A: Ok, maybe this is the most common question I get.  While you can’t change the genetics that gave you your unique shape, you can do exercises that will strengthen and lift your tush.  Here are my favorite 3 exercises:

1)   Squats: Yes, squats do target your quads but they also work your glutes  and hamstrings.  Because they work so many muscles at once, squats are a great time-saving exercise for any program.  You can also change up your squats to emphasize different muscles or movement patterns.  You can perform squats just with your body weight, with dumbbells, a bar on your back.  You can place your feet wide or narrow.  You can wrap a resistance band around your thighs to activate your hip rotators and outer quads.  You can even do jump squats to better prepare for landing those lindy-hop aerials! Make sure you have proper form.  Keep heels down, hinge from the hips sending your glutes back making sure to not push your knees forward.  Also pay special attention to your knees!  Try to get them to move the same direction as your toes.  Don’t let them cave in or out.  This is especially important as women because our hips are often wider than our knees.  This is also crucial to people who are bow-legged or knock-kneed

2)   Deadlifts:  This old-school move is another great multi-tasking exercise that will benefit you for the rest of your life. Deadlifts work your hamstrings, glutes, lower back and depending on which handgrip you use, the muscles of your upper back and shoulders.  They can also prevent you from injuring yourself when you bend down to pick something up as you will be able to recruit your muscles better.  Just like the squat, there are many different ways to do a deadlift.  You can do them with bent knees, straight legs, wide legs, single-leg, various handgrips. Again, make sure you have proper form as this exercise can be risky if you have poor posture or have tightness in certain areas.  If you are a beginner or are unsure about how to perform a deadlift, please ask a personal trainer or physical therapist to help you out

Andrews Sisters red3)   Hip Bridges: Lie on your back with knees bent and feet flat on the ground. Squeeze your glutes and hamstrings to lift your hips up.  Again, there are many ways to perform this exercise.  Start with your feet and knees hips width apart and engage your inner and outer thighs to prevent your knees from caving in or falling out.  If this is challenging for you, you can place a yoga block in between your knees or tying a resistance band around your outer thighs.  To make this exercise more challenging, try them with one leg up or placing your feet on a foam roller, Bosu ball or Stability ball.  Bonus: With feet on a foam roller or stability ball and legs straight, lift just the hips up by squeezing the glutes.  When your hips are still up, bend your knees to curl the roller or ball in towards you.  You can do these with feet parallel or turned out in a “V.” But just make sure to bend your knees the same direction as your toes and hips.  I guarantee your butt will be kicked with these moves!

Now, who am I and why should you listen to me? 

I am a certified Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise and have been teaching Pilates for a little over a year now. My fitness journey began back in my first year of college when I gained the freshmen 15….ok freshmen 20.  I was overweight and didn’t even know it until I saw pictures of myself.  I needed to make a change but couldn’t afford a personal trainer.  I started cooking at home, researching exercise and diet techniques.  There is so much bad information out there so I made it my mission to seek out science-based information.  Ultimately I was able to lose 22 lbs and keep it off!  I did it without having to cut out carbs, gluten, alcohol or dairy.  I didn’t have to to buy any snake-oil products to help me. I truly believe in a balanced and simple approach to controlling one’s weight.  If you have any other dying questions or are interested in personal training, please don’t hesitate to contact me!

 

ACB’s Teaser of the Addams and Friends Halloween Show!

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Today’s post brought to you by the beautiful Ava J Jaye!

“Don’t torture yourself, Gomez. That’s my job”  -Morticia

Your beloved Atomic Cherry Bombs have been brewing up a little something extra special for our Halloween season performance. If you’ve ever felt conflicted about how you should feel while watching these lovely chorus girls….if you’ve never experienced the cute joining with the strange, the simultaneously titillating and weird, here is your chance. We have a surprise in store for you, our Atomic Cherry Fans, and we can’t wait to show you.

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But wait, that’s not all! Because some of the ACB’s are participating in not one, not two, but three numbers in the Addams Family Show. Jeepers! We daresay you will be thrilled.

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