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18th ANNUAL BEAUJOLAIS FESTIVAL A NIGHT IN ST. TROPEZ

JM Kennedy Entertainment was asked to model at the 18th annual Beaujolais Festival hosted at the Providence Biltmore Hotel. Jennifer, Alaina, &  Hau dressed as 60’s Pin Up Model Bridget Bardot. They  modeled 3 beautiful outfits by LoLa’s Fashion Boutique located in Providence RI. Hair and makeup was done by Eden XO Salon located in Cranston RI.  

It was a beautiful event and JM Kennedy Entertainment was glad to be apart of it.

Proceeds from this special event support quality dual language education for the French-American School of Rhode Island.

Click here to watch Pink Pastie Burlesque Video

On July 24th, 2011 JMK Entertainment hosted their first annual Pink Pastie Burlesque Show at Roots Cafe located in Downtown Providence. We raised over $1,000 for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Thank you to everyone who participated in this event!!

We raised over $1,000!!!!

Thank you to everyone who attended and participated in our first annual Pink Pastie Burlesque Show. We raised over $1,000 for Susan G. Komen for the Cure!!! A Special Thank you to Catz Exotic Wear for donating a pair of pink heals that sold for $500.

More Picture’s and Video from this event coming soon

Post Pregnancy Workout for the Modern Women!

Being a Pole Fitness Mom, Before and After!

Kerri's before and After Picture

I am the first at the JM Kennedy Dance & Pole Fitness Studio to have what we like to joke about as a “Pole Baby”.  Yes, taking Pole Fitness classes made me feel sexier and then before I knew it… “Oops!”…here’s my pole baby.  I had my son in July and in September I was back in the studio taking classes.  By October I was ready to perform in front of an audience for our annual Halloween Show and by January I was teaching Pole Fitness classes for the first time.

For the ladies out there that may currently be pregnant, I do not recommend pole fitness as a source of exercise.  With the pregnancy, it limits the number of safe moves you can perform and it’s just not worth the risk.  There are many types of safe exercises you can perform while pregnant like walking, swimming and yoga. I also recommend using coco butter daily to avoid stretch marks.

I also recommend that you wait at least 12 weeks after having the baby before taking pole fitness classes.  It does take time to gain the strength back and get your muscles back into shape after giving birth.  Even the students out there that haven’t had a baby know,  if you miss a few months or even weeks of pole you’re not going to be as strong as before. Don’t get discouraged, your muscle memory will come back. I am living proof of that.

If you’re looking for a way to get back into shape and be the sexy mama you know you are, pole fitness is the way to go!

Kerri, Jennifer, and Matt at his 1st Birthday

This article was inspired by Jennifer Kennedy owner of JM Kennedy Dance and Pole Fitness studio and Mother of two.

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CHECK OUT OUR NEWEST VIDEO. THIS VIDEO WAS SHOT AT THE-HI HAT DURING OUR VALENTINE’S BURLESQUE SHOW… LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THINK

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Monday, February 14th – Valentines Burlesque Show @ The Hi-Hat

Join Us February 14th, 2011 at The Hi-Hat for our Valentine's Burlesque Show

Valentine’s Burlesque Show

Pawtucket, RI – January 28, 2011- JM Kennedy Entertainment is hosting their annual Valentine’s Burlesque Show Monday, February 14, 2011 at The Hi-Hat located in Davol Square.  It will Feature a variety of different performances that include Singing, Chair Dancing, Belly Dancing, and Pole Dancing. It’s a one of a kind show that everyone will enjoy.

The Hi- Hat will be serving a beautiful 4 course Valentines dinner. You have the option to buy Dinner show tickets for $55 for one person or $100 per couple. Show tickets are also on sale for $20. Tickets are being sold online at www.jmkennedyentertainment.com or at the door the day of the show for $25. Priority Seating will be given to those with dinner reservations. For Dinner Reservations please call 401 453 6500 or visit the website. Doors Open at 6:00 pm and the Show Starts at 8:00 pm.


Valentines Burlesque Show Monday, February 14th, 2011

Jennifer Kennedy, owner of JM Kennedy Entertainment, has been performing for over 30 years at different venues around the world. She started her Rhode Island based Burlesque Troop 3 years ago. What makes her show stand apart from other local Burlesque Shows is the use of the Pole. This unique art form, often associated with Cirque Du Soleil, combines the grace and beauty of dance with gravity defying technique.

Performers Include:

Ms. Maple Divine – She’ll slap her thighs and ladder her stockings – you never know what to expect.

Corinne Southern  – Our Sassy Singing Mistress of Ceremonies.

Stella Stellar  – Our Stunning Cabaret Chair Dancer & Femme Fatale.

Rhaya – Our Sexy Sword Dancing Circus Starlet.

Ms. Kandy Kane – Is a sweet as they come. This blonde hair, blue-eyed bombshell will make you want to come back for more!

Natasha Masters – Our True, Beautiful, Blue Collar Pole & Cabaret Performer.

Camellia Phoenix  – Our Luau Loving, Neo Burlesque Barbie.

Najwa – Hello Miss Kitty, Our Glamorous Girly Geisha.

Alicia  – Our Pin-Up Prima Polerina.

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What is Pole Dancing?

Pole dancing is a form of performing art, a combination of dancing and gymnastics. A similar pole (Chinese poles) is used in cabaret/circus and stage performance in a non-erotic environment, in which context the style and moves are very different. Advanced pole dancing requires significant strength, flexibility and endurance. Upper body and core strength are important to proficiency, which takes time to develop.[1]

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Pole dancing is now regarded as a recognized form of exercise[2] and can be used as both an aerobic and anaerobic workout.[3]

It is probable pole dancing started in America in the 1920s depression, with dancers in traveling shows using a tent pole as a prop.[citation needed] The relationship to Chinese poles is unclear, Chinese troupes performed in Barnum and Bailey’s Circus from 1914 but they did not perform on poles.[5]

Pole dancing gradually began evolving from tents to bars as burlesque became more acceptable in the 1950s.[citation needed] In the 1980s pole dancing and striptease became popular in Canada and then in the USA.[citation needed]

The pole

Standard pole

JMK Basic Pole Instructor's, Kristin & Kerri, playing on the poles

The standard dance pole typically consists of a hollow steel or brass pole with circular cross section, running from floor to ceiling. Affixing at the ceiling gives more stability, but is not always realized, especially at night clubs with higher ceilings or at transportable devices. In the United States, the diameter is usually around 5 cm (2 inches), allowing it to be gripped comfortably with one hand. In Asia, the diameter is usually slightly smaller at 45 mm or less.

Another common pole is the spinning pole; as its name suggests, it is similar to a standard dance pole but spins using ball bearings. The purpose of this pole is to create better momentum and higher rates of speed, in order to have a greater dramatic effect.

Home versions are available which may be used for practice or aerobic exercise. Materials of which poles are made include polished stainless steelchromed steel, brasspowder coating, and Titanium coating. Poles can also be made of acrylic glass which allows use of “glow poles” with LED lighting effects. Each material surface has different gripping properties. Polished steel is one of the slickest materials, which provides for a faster, more fluid dance; brass poles provide more friction, allowing for an easier hold with hands or thighs and creating a slow, sensual dance style.

Poles can be held in place by using threading to brace them against a ceiling joist. There are also poles that do not require construction and can be set up using tension. Stationary, rotating, and switchable versions are available.

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Show pole

There are now poles available for use in clubs that provide visual effects. These poles are made with clear plastics and contain water, glitter, and special reflective materials which stand out when used in conjunction with strobe lighting, as well as lighting hidden in their base joists. However, these poles are not favorable to a dancer wanting to achieve better pole tricks, as they bend slightly and have a tendency to create a friction burn when you slide down them with any sort of speed.

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Pole dance as exercise

Pole dancing has gained popularity as a form of exercise, with increased awareness of the benefits to general strength and fitness.[6]This form of exercise increases core and general body strength by using the body itself as resistance, while toning the body as a whole.

Pole dancing as an exercise is very similar to Mallakhamb, an Indian men’s sport with no erotic component, but there is no evidence of a link.

A growing number of men are incorporating pole dancing into their fitness programmes.[7][8] In Australia, the UK and the US, dance studios are beginning to offer classes just for men. And in China, 2007’s National Pole Dancing competition was won by a man. Dance instructor Zhang Peng, 23, beat a host of women dancers to the top prize.[9]

Pole dance competitions

There is a growing community who are trying to get pole dancing taken seriously as a sport and art form. There are local pageants held in venues such as Australia, France, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands and the UK. More recently, amateur pole dance competitions have been held. These are strictly non-nude and non-stripping, and focus on pole dance as an athletic and artistic form of dance and exercise. The first “Miss Pole Dance World” competition [1] was held in november 2005, and Reiko [2] Suemune from Japan won the championship.

A group of advocates are even pushing for pole dancing to be represented as a test event in the 2012 London Olympics.[10][11] But because this is a relatively new trend, scoring for competitions is not standardised, while names of the techniques vary among different clubs in different regions.[12]

In Australia, “Miss Pole Dance Australia” was started in 2006. Danielle Asher took home the first prize in the latest 2010 competition, and Kelly Choi was first runner up.[13]The first US Pole Dance Federation (USPDF) Championship was held on March 19, 2009, first place was taken by Jenyne Butterfly.[14] The 2010 winner of “Miss Pole Dance Canada” was Crystal Lai, who went on to win the People’s Choice Award at the worlds. [15]Miss Pole Dance World 2009, which was held in Jamaica and opened to all nationalities, was won by Australian Felix Cane.[16] The 2010 event will take place in Zurich, Switzerland.[17] Miss Pole Dance World 2010 which was held in Switzerland and opened to all nationalities, was won by Australian Felix Cane.

Pole dance in the media

Like other trends, pole dancing has its share of celebrity following. Actress Sheila Kelley was so taken with the sport, which she learned while preparing for her role inDancing at the Blue Iguana, that she launched her own pole-based exercise programme.[18]

Rima Fakih‘s victory at Miss USA 2010, including the fact that she had won a pole-dancing competition three years earlier, attracted media attention.

Article Source:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pole_dance

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Burlesque Weekend w/ JMK

Are you still trying to figure out what to give that special someone for Christmas??

JOIN JMK DECEMBER 11TH & 12TH FOR OUR BURLESQUE WEEKEND!!!!

Have you seen the Movie Burlesque yet?? If you have, this weekend is for you…

On Saturday, December 11th we are hosting a Burlesque workshop. Learn all of the sexy Burlesque tricks you saw in the movie.

And then on Sunday, December 12th we are having a Burlesque Pin Up Shoot!!!

Register for both events and receive a $10 discount on each event price. That’s a total savings of $20.

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Burlesque Workshop – Saturday December 11th – $150

12/12/2010

With Vintage Diva Miss Corinne Southern

Ladies! Are you looking for a little bit of naughty glamour this holiday season?

Has the new movie Burlesque sparked your desire for sequins and feathers?

Tired of just going to the same old holiday parties?

If you need a little bit of excitement this December then this workshop if for you!

Learn the empowering art of Burlesque! We will be going over all of the essential moves including:

The Bump and Grind

The Tempting glove peel

The Shimmy

The Look at my legs

I’m A Star

And to complete your transition into a Vintage Vixen we will be creating a stage name! Going over make-up tips and tricks! Learning how to work a feather boa like a pro! And the coup de grace…the Famous Fan Dance!

Come dressed to entice. Heels, stockings, fishnets, gloves, glitter!

Get ready to shake your stuff, laugh, and live life out loud!

Remember…it takes the legendary JMKennedy Entertainment to make you a STAR!

Burlesque Pin Up Photo Shoot – Sunday, December 12th

This is a pin up photo Shoot Inspired by the movie Burlesque…

JMK is now offering a unique twist to the ordinary “Pin Up” Shoot. Instead of emulating

the same old pin up pictures, poses and costumes we decided to create a pin up shoot

that emulates characters in a movie not pictures in a magazine. Its up to you who you

want to be…

What character in the Movie Burlesque are you?? Cher or Christina…

You can be Christina Aguilera, A small-town girl who becomes a star or Cher a big time

Las Angeles Burlesque Club owner and Former Dancing Legend.

Remember “It takes a LEGEND… to make a STAR!” both roles are equally as fierce…

You bring your costume. When picking your costume think about an outfit you saw your

Character wearing in the movie and then think about what  you look and feel sexiest in.

Your costume should clearly resemble something your character wore in the movie with

your own personal vintage vixen twist. We suggest taking the time to really think about your costume,

accessories, make-up, and hair (wig and/or hair style).

After the movie comes out we will be posting different pictures of the characters online

to help you pick your costume.

Photo Shoot Pricing:

$150/ per 30 minute shoot

*** Limit 2 people per Shoot***

Includes:

30 minute shoot

Professional Stylist Help

Professional Costume Help

Professional Modeling/posing Help

Fruit & Champaign

1 printed & Mounted 8×10

1 digital copy of the same picture on a disc.

Additional Options:

$12 /Each Additional 8×10 Print

Please Email info@jmkennedyentertainment.com with any questions or requests.

Burlesque Workshop  (All Day Workshop) – $150

Burlesque Photo Shoot – $150

**Register for both events and receive a $10 discount on each**

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Finding Healing in Tantric Movement

Finding healing in tantric Movement

Believe it or not moving slow keeps you healthy. I know some of you just read that and said to yourself, “yeah right, like I have time to slow down”. How can one move slow with crazy deadlines, managing a household, taking care of children, along with doing your best to keep your life in check especially now with the holidays quickly approaching. Moving slow along with climbing Mt. Everest seems like it should be put on your list of the top five most challenging things to do before you die. Trust me, I feel your angst.

So if moving slow is actually good for you, how can one begin to approach this concept in real life? Some would suggest joining a yoga class, taking up tai chi, or even a tantric belly dance class. “Oh no she didn’t, my schedule is already jam packed into next Christmas, now you expect me to do yoga and some tantric belly dancing?” “My body can’t even begin to do any of that stuff.” “What is tantric belly dance any way?” “Is tantric belly dance PG-13 at least?” Relax, there is nothing to fear. Tantric belly dance is safe and simple. If you have mobility in any or all of the physical faculties of your body, you and your mama can essentially do this. Tantric belly dance is the perfect marriage of hatha yoga and simple, rhythmic core movements of belly dance. This kind movement helps one to develop your physical nature and your psychic energy centers, also know as your chakras. Tantric belly dance can help you connect with your softer, sensual side as well as heighten your “female intuition” and bring more awareness of self.

There is substantial evidence in research that shows how slow movement along with mind, body awareness has astounding health benefits by itself and in combination with regular cardiovascular exercise. Some experts suggest that slow movement exercise increase the parasympathetic relaxation response, which in turn, reduces the stress response. This type of movement also promotes immune function that inhibits inflammation and stimulates healing. Something like tantric belly dance can help to expose any pain or trauma that our bodies may be holding, therefore activating your body’s own natural healing mechanisms to bring healing to those affected areas. Women from all walks of life could benefit tremendously from slow movement exercises like tantric belly dance. It fosters a creative experience in which you can learn to meet and recognize yourself and others through the exploration of your body through movement.

For me, dance and creative movement were always my healthy escape. Being that I was a child who witnessed domestic violence all through out my childhood, I used dance to take my mind off the trauma I was experiencing at home. I was a latch key kid and I was not allowed to participate in after school activities. Being that I was alone for a good four to six hours every day after school, the television was my companion in a sense. I would watch all of the popular music videos on MTV and BET (this was when music videos were still somewhat PG-13) record them, learn and rehearse all of the phrases of choreography featured in the video. So in a sense, the natural healing mechanisms, that I mentioned earlier, became active for me at an early age. This then stuck with me through high school into my early adult life in college. I was fortunate enough to be a principle dancer in New Works World Traditions Dance Ensemble at Brown University. It was there I learned more about structured choreography and how to create and combine modern dance with traditional African and other ethnic dance movements.

Fast forward to now I have since completed my 200hr yoga teacher certification, created my own home yoga studio and yoga consulting service called Yoga Selah. I have now coupled my love and passion for creative movement with my new found knowledge of yoga and created a wonderful workshop series called “The Art of Tantric Belly Dance”. The great thing about a workshop is that you can get a condensed, yet impactful, experience of connecting the mind, body and spirit through movement. This could be a good option for those who are not yet ready to commit to a weekly class series, but none the less know they need to get some slow motion in their life (lol). Everyone from novices to those with advanced movement experience can engage each other non- judgmentally and meet each other right where they are. I’m glad to announce that I will be hosting the first workshop at JMK Pole Fitness Studios in Pawtucket, RI on Saturday, December 11th. You can find out more info about this event by checking out my blog at www.trurootswellness.blogspot.com,www.yoga-selah.com, or www.jmkennedyentertainment.com.

This Article was written by Sata Jallah our Yoga Specialist. To Learn more you can visit her blog.

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