Star of Glee Sitcom Gives Dance Tips

Heather Morris, star from hit sitcom Glee, provides dance tips in Esquire’s latest edition.

Known for her seductive but creative dance style, Morris shows others that dancing isn’t just about being cool, but being dorky and having fun.

Morris provides dance tips such as the 80’s cross turn, which was utilized by superstars such as Michael Jackson.

“You jump and cross your legs together at the same time, and then spin out of it. That’s it,” Morris says in the Esquire interview.

Morris also provided tips on the legendary moonwalk, another popular dance created by Michael Jackson.

She revealed the secret to executing the dance correctly: “You have to have slick shoes, or else your feet would get stuck. And you trick people. Your right foot pops, and you’re pushing your left foot back, and once your left foot lands, you do the same thing. It just looks like you’re gliding on air.”

Check out Esquire Magazine’s April issue to see more.

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Jogging: A Natural High

I will never forget my introduction to jogging.

It was the summer of 2007 and I was spending the summer with my family in Huntsville, Ala. before starting college.

My uncle Kenny, a seasoned marathon runner, invited me to run with him at a horse trail a few miles from the house.

I agreed.

At the time, I was 18 and he was 46.

“Louis, we’re going to run three miles there and three miles back,” he said. “Do you think you can handle that?”

“Yes sir,” I said confidently. “I hope you can keep up.”

Being a competitive person, in my mind, I viewed this as a subtle challenge.

My mistake.

All stretched up with my iPod in hand, I began running.

I was off to an excellent start, leaving my uncle in my dust.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t aware how long three miles was at the time.

I barely made it to the three-mile mark and gave in altogether after running an additional  half mile the opposite way.

As I stopped, I noticed my uncle running past me with a slight smirk on his face, which caused me to feel a sense of defeat.

He then stopped and assured me that would get the hang of it.

I knew then and there that I would learn the art of jogging—and I did.

Over time, I learned that it’s a technique to the exercise. One has to maintain a constant pace and breathe correctly to perform their best.

The next time I ran with my uncle, I finished without stopping once.

I felt amazing!

Now, 21, I jog at least three miles, five days out of the week.

It provides me with a natural sense of euphoria. I’m more relaxed and alert subsequent to completing my jogs.

Ultimately, jogging is more than a hobby for me, its a part of my life. Without it, I don’t know what I would turn to, to relieve the stress and frustration built up inside me. I’m definitely grateful that my uncle introduced it to me and more so, I’m glad that I learned its art.

I definitely encourage anyone to try it out.


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Bike Shop Good Without Social Media

Evidence shows that the social media bug hasn’t bitten everyone.

Some individuals involved with recreational activities in the Cooper-Young community said social media isn’t their main source to convey information to the public or draw traffic to their activities.

One of these people is Kyle Wagenschutz, the director of the Revolutions Community Bike Shop in Cooper-Young, as well as the city’s first bicycle and pedestrian coordinator.

Wagenschutz said social media isn’t something that the shop relies on, but they do have an online presence to appease those who heavily utilize it.

“Revolutions doesn’t need social media to survive and operate,” Wagenschutz said. “Social media hasn’t been a significant part of the shop’s growth. We personally don’t advertise on our site and we’re only open seven hours a week, so the Internet doesn’t have a major impact on our following.”

The shop is a ministry of First Congregational Church that provides affordable and reliable bicycles to city residents. Members repair their own bicycles with the assistance of volunteer mechanics that have received training and experience in professional bicycle shops.

Wagenschutz said the shop has steadily increased membership through word-of-mouth and not the Internet since its start in 2002.

Although the bike shop isn’t extremely active online, he said the shop is definitely open to getting more involved with social media.

“We’re up for trying new things, but at the end of the day, its not something that’s vital or critical to the function that we’re doing,” Wagenschutz said.

Ultimately, Wagenschutz—who is minimally active online—said whenever he visits a fellow bike shop blog or website, he’s looking for the average information.

“I would look for the location, hours and other operative information,” he said. “Of course it would be a site on bikes, so I would expect to see those, but I really would want to see what’s going on—I’m looking for what events are coming up more than content.”

Below is a small map showing how to get to the Revolutions Bike Shop from the University of Memphis. (Click the “View Larger Map” link below to get full view of the map, as well as directions.)

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