@ninammfoto is a brilliant and talent artist. Working with her was one of the best experiences I had this year. Her vision, her creativity, her energy ….just amazing. Proud to be one of her models (also how fucking gorg is @ljmurphy527 !!!)

@ninammfoto is a brilliant and talent artist. Working with her was one of the best experiences I had this year. Her vision, her creativity, her energy ….just amazing. Proud to be one of her models (also how fucking gorg is @ljmurphy527 !!!)

Winding and grinding with Rick like old times #dancehallclass #danceclass #dancehall #reggae

My first magazine spread!!! #allyou #magazine #dreamsdocometrue #plussizemodel #curveswithmoves #fatshion #fashion

My first magazine spread!!! #allyou #magazine #dreamsdocometrue #plussizemodel #curveswithmoves #fatshion #fashion

Ready for spring…or at least today’s weather #ootd #plussizefashion #f21plus #fatshion #fashion #curveswithmoves #motd

Ready for spring…or at least today’s weather #ootd #plussizefashion #f21plus #fatshion #fashion #curveswithmoves #motd

My Newest Obsession: The Vixen Workout

Yes I’m Sexy, Yes I’m Fierce, Yes I Got This. YASSS!

Not only is this the ending phrase of an intense 60 minute dance cardio class, but this is also the motto of The Vixen Workout

Now normally I’m never “crazy” about a workout. Heck, I hate working out. Dancing is my only form of cardio and with practice 3 days a week, I felt like that was all I needed (or was willing to do). Many of my other dance mates often have some workout routine outside of dance like spin, soul cycle, zumba, and/or weight training. I’ve tried it all, but didn’t feel the need to want to do it again and again.

One day my dance friends were talking about how much we love to twerk and if it was a workout, we’d sign up right away (especially me). So my curious (and often ADD) mind googled “twerking class in NYC”. First hit was the vixen workout. I begin to watch the video and was immediately ready to sign up!!! How could you resist the club like atmosphere where a room full of women (no men allowed) can let down, drop it low, forget work and personal life and transform into their diva alter-ego?!

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(Meliza Fernandez leading the vixen army)

The class is set like zumba where you learn routines. But this is no zumba honey, this is what we call “sophistaratchet”. With moves named after sexy and boss like phrases such as “riding ‘round and gettin it” or “booty call” Vixen has you sweating as you squat into position and twerk your butt off. Started by the ever so sexy and talented Janet Jones, the class is a mix of high intensity dance moves and slow sexy stretches choreographed to the music of Rick Ross, Beyonce, Pitbull, Britney and more. Not only can you burn up to 1000 calories a class, but you also leave with a confidence and sexiness like no other. 

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Needless to say we took that first class and have come back EVERY week. Many women come glammed up with sneaker heels (increases your workout by 40%) makeup and sexy leggings. The class encourages selfies post workout to show that even though you are sweaty, you can still be fierce and have that post workout glow. I encourage you to search the hashtag #vixenarmy to see the many women who pose after class. 

I’ve been doing the class for about 3 months now and can tell the difference in my legs and ass! Beyonce legs coming this summer WHOOP WHOOP! You don’t have to be a dancer to do it and I’ve seen women from all shapes and ages come to twerk it out. Join the next class now at http://vixenworkout.com/new-york/. 

Dance It Out, 

Jessie

Sneak peek of upcoming choreo with @limlaunch

Ditch the Fear of Jiggles and Just Giggle!!!

I often talk about being a big dancer and how I’ve overcome obstacles…but today I want to take a more positive and celebratory route…join me in the passenger seat won’t you?!

I have been modeling for this AMAZING photographer, Nina Méndez Martí, for her project on dance as a form of insanity, joy, exhaustion, all sorts of emotions! Working with her I knew that I had to let go of all my inhibitions, my fears, my concerns, EVERYTHING. So there I was in her studio, dancing in a leotard, on a bed with all my glorious jiggle spots dancing with me…and for a moment….I didn’t feel self conscience or uncomfortable….for a moment…. I felt so….. FREE! I was having so much fun and embraced my leotard riding up and falling down. I let go because this wasn’t about me, it was about the moment! And as soon as you let go of the worries, you begin to realize, “Shit, I’m having a blast!!!”

In a time where we use Instagram, blogs and Facebook to record our everyday adventures, we get caught up in the “omg my arm looks fat here” or “ugh my face is a mess, delete!” we forget about the actual moment. So what your face looks a hot ass mess…it’s because at that moment you were getting low, having fun and didn’t care about posing for the camera phone. So I say post that picture where you think “omg my ass looks flat/huge/weird/etc…” and instead say “omg jumping on the bed for this shoot reminded me of jumping around with my sister when we were young! So fun!” 

Dance It Out!

Jessie

VIDEO: MY HIP HOP WORKSHOP

A HUGE THANK YOU again for all those who came out to my workshop. Video below. Please feel free to (daft punk voice) share it, like it, love it, tweet it! lol

Dance It Out!

Jessie

IF YOU ARE IN NEW YORK TODAY AND WANT TO DANCE IT OUT WITH ME, JOIN ME TONIGHT AT 7PM FOR AN AWESOME HIP HOP WORKOUT/WORKSHOP!!! 
ONLY $1!!! No need to break the bank, bring yo change and twerk it with me!! More details here!
Dance It Out, 
Jessie

IF YOU ARE IN NEW YORK TODAY AND WANT TO DANCE IT OUT WITH ME, JOIN ME TONIGHT AT 7PM FOR AN AWESOME HIP HOP WORKOUT/WORKSHOP!!! 

ONLY $1!!! No need to break the bank, bring yo change and twerk it with me!! More details here!

Dance It Out, 

Jessie

VIDEO: Nicki Minaj Monster Choreography

I’m so excited to share this video with you guys! About two months ago we performed on stage to a sold out 600+ crowd. Today I would like to share a piece of my choreography with you guys. These are only a few of the amazing dancers that lit up the stage in November. Please show some love and watch below!

WATCH IN HD

For those of you in NYC, come to my hip hop workshop class Jan. 13th!

Click here for more details!

Dance It Out, 

Jessie

Stay tuned…

Working on a dance video, coming in the new year! Reflecting back on everything this year, I can say that I’ve been so fortunate to do so many great things! I’m now at a point in my life where I want to push myself creatively. I was never the one who said, “Oh I can’t do that because x, y, x!” But this year in particular, I’ve pushed myself beyond what I thought I was capable of. 

Keep pushing everyone! If you have amazing ideas, pursue them! If you have talented friends and family, have them join in the fun! It will make the process more fun and worth doing.

Dance It Out, 

Jessie

Photo credit: Jermaine Blum

Sweated my ass off!!! Finally started choreo for auditions this season. So happy to be moving and dancing after being a chubby butt since turky day haha…let’s get it! #twerksoldiers #likeapro #thewizard #dance #auditions #reggae #hiphop #curveswithmoves #thickdancer #plussize #effyourbeautystandards #honormycurves

Sweated my ass off!!! Finally started choreo for auditions this season. So happy to be moving and dancing after being a chubby butt since turky day haha…let’s get it! #twerksoldiers #likeapro #thewizard #dance #auditions #reggae #hiphop #curveswithmoves #thickdancer #plussize #effyourbeautystandards #honormycurves

Monsters In My Head

:::Cue Rihanna music::: Wheeeereee haaaaveee yoooou beeeen? 

I know, seriously I’ve been rehearsing to that song and many others for our upcoming show! November 23rd at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, WOOO!

What’s been keeping me even busier is that I am choreographing a 15 person, 5 minutes piece in the show. I haven’t done this since 2009 (dang time flies). For this piece I chose to do something scary. The dance is called “Monster’s Ball” which features ‘monsters’ of our generation. I’m talking vampires, werewolves, zombies, Freddy Kruger, Beetlejuice (not to be confused with Mr. Thicke). Even some old favorites like witches, the Grim Reaper, mummies, bride of Frankenstein and more!  

The dance is full of BIG moves, hard hits and some pretty scary moments…but most of all, SUPER FUN to watch! It was also an emotional roller coaster for me.

I’ve auditioned 3 years in a row to become a choreographer for this dance company. The first year I didn’t make the cut, I was furious. After being a choreographer at my college for so long, I thought getting back in the game would be easy. Well, I let that get to my head and needless to say I was not so happy to be around during the first couple weeks of practice. I even dropped out of a piece because I had gave up all hope on really pushing myself to become better. I let the monsters in my head get the best of me.

The second year I was rejected I decided to speak up and ask for an opportunity to choreograph an interlude (small, short piece). The director gave me the ok and I was ecstatic!  I wanted to put everything into this short piece. Not only did I have to prove to our director that I was capable, but I had to prove it to myself that I still had it.

Well, needless to say, WE KILLED IT! The crowd went wild! And the next year our director approached me during choreographer’s auditions to tell me how impressed she was!!!

So here I am, in my 3rd season with the company, choreographing my first full piece! I’m so excited, nervous, anxious, thrilled and happy at the same damn time! If you are in New York, I encourage you to come. The show is full of variety- contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, tap and more. For more information visit: http://DanceWorksNewYorkCity.com/  

All photos taken by Jermaine Blum

Dance It Out, 

Jessie

Casual outfits from last week #ootd #wiw #curveswithmoves #outfitpost #plussizefashion #ladyswag #fashion #fatshion

Casual outfits from last week #ootd #wiw #curveswithmoves #outfitpost #plussizefashion #ladyswag #fashion #fatshion

Red hair season, oh yes, bad betch season. I seriously LOVE fall. All about layers, boots, cool breezes yassss. Hey Autumn girl, I’ve missed you, let’s party! #redhairdontcare #ootd #wiw #curveswithmoves #honormycurves #fatshion #fashion #plussize #party

Red hair season, oh yes, bad betch season. I seriously LOVE fall. All about layers, boots, cool breezes yassss. Hey Autumn girl, I’ve missed you, let’s party! #redhairdontcare #ootd #wiw #curveswithmoves #honormycurves #fatshion #fashion #plussize #party