GETTING TO KNOW JIM DAVIS: CLUB PRESIDENT & DEANNE DAVIS: PUBLICITY COORDINATOR [MajorKeys.org]

WEBSITE:   www.MajorKeys.org

FACEBOOK PAGE: Major Keys Square Dance Club

INSTAGRAM: majorkeyssquaredance

YOUTUBE:  Major Keys Square Dance

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IMG_2805 (2)What is Major Keys Square Dance Club?

We are a fun, friendly, non-profit social organization that has been in Whittier since 1973.  We are excited to share the love of square dancing with everyone and help continue the tradition of California’s official state folk-dance by teaching classes, holding monthly dances, doing demonstrations and special events.

Who are Jim and Deanne Davis?

Jim is the current club president for Major Keys, and Deanne is the publicity coordinator.  We have been with the club since 2010 and we want everyone to have as much fun as we do, and enjoy all the benefits of square dancing.

What are the physical benefits of square dancing?

It is great aerobic exercise, equal to hiking about 3-5 miles. It strengthens and tones muscles and loosens joints, but is low-impact with less risk of injury than other types of sports or activities.  It also improves flexibility, balance and coordination.  

What are the mental benefits of square dancing?

Recent studies show that square dancing reduces the effects of aging on your brain.  The combination of exercise with listening, learning, memory recall, quick reaction time, and social interaction uniquely stimulates the brain’s synapses and prevents the loss of white-matter better than any other type of exercise or mental activity tested.  Square dancing also reduces stress, enhances mood, induces laughter, and provides a mental challenge and satisfaction like solving a puzzle.  It helps develop listening skills, and sharpens your ability to focus and pay attention.  

What are the social benefits of square dancing?

In square dancing you develop a large circle of friends which provides an antidote to isolation or depression. You can forget your troubles as you “dance your cares away.” It develops teamwork and cooperation rather than competition.  It is an activity where family and friends of all ages can participate together. And it promotes a sense of community as people from all different cultures, backgrounds and demographics, whose paths might not otherwise cross, can interact in a fun way and build positive relationships.

What do you like about square dancing?

Jim: It’s easier for me than other types of dancing. It doesn’t matter so much where your feet go, if you start with your left or right foot, or if you are standing with your weight on your toe or your heel.  All you have to do is get your body to a certain place in the formation.  The caller tells you where to go, so you don’t have to remember the choreography.  The other dancers are really helpful too, and we all like to be goofy and have a good time.

How did you become interested in square dancing?

Deanne: When I was a little girl I remember looking over a railing to a plaza down below where a square dance was taking place. I could see the swirling colors and patterns of the ladies’ skirts as they twirled around, while the men seemed to magically float among them on a moving kaleidoscope ocean. The music was playing and everyone was laughing and clapping. I was mesmerized, and from that moment I knew I wanted to square dance.

How does someone learn to square dance?

We offer a beginner’s class on Thursdays from 7-9 pm, starting in September through Whittier Parks and Recreation.  No experience is needed, and no partner is required. It just takes practice. After 18 weeks, dancers are ready to “graduate” at the Mainstream level and will be able to attend dances locally and all over the world.  Some people choose to go on learning more advanced square dance levels.  Most are having so much fun they invite their friends and continue attending class on Thursday nights as “angels” to help a new set of dancers learn Mainstream.  Another beginner class will start in February.  If someone misses the first or second class, they can still join because the lessons are reviewed every week.

What problems do you see in society today?

Our society has become so isolated. People spend so much time connected to electronics and social media.  I wish everyone would just unplug those things once in a while and connect  to real people.  People are designed to live in community and interact with each other. We have so much to offer one another: a smile, a hug, a hand-shake, hearing someone say your name and give you affirmation.  These are simple things that we all need, yet we are starving ourselves of them, or looking in the wrong places.  Square dancing is a way to meet that need for connection in a safe, family-friendly atmosphere.

What could Whittier do to help promote square dancing?

Square dancing is so beneficial, I would love to see it offered in schools again.  It would be great as a college PE class, and a fun after-school program or activity for younger students. As a community, I would like to see square dancing taking place in parks or outdoor venues where it would be more visible and accessible to everyone, maybe at a street-fair, at concerts in the park, or at a shopping center.  I wish there was an old barn or building with a big wood floor that could be converted into a dance hall, that hundreds of folks from Whittier would be brave enough to try it and discover they love square dancing!

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GETTING TO KNOW LISANDRO PLANCARTE, OWNER OF “THE YARD” ~ TRANSFORMATION CENTER

THE YARD 1

FACEBOOK PAGE:  The Yard TC

INSTAGRAM:  theyardtcw

 

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What is your favorite thing about your career/company?

The ability to help people to feel better about themselves and live healthier lives.

What motivated you to start your company?

After working with a couple of gyms and experiencing some things that I didn’t agree with I decided to go off on my own. I started off only doing personal training, but after a few months of driving from client to client and to different gyms, I decided to stop doing that and start my own gym. I wanted to create an environment that was full of positivity, where everyone that came felt comfortable and not judged, but most importantly a place where they saw results. With the help of my wife we bought all the equipment I needed and turned my garage into a gym and The Yard Transformation Center was born.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

I would say my proudest accomplishment business wise has been going from my garage to a commercial location here in Whittier.

What is the best feature about your company?

The best thing about my gym is the fact that I have created an environment where people feel comfortable and not judged. They know we are here to help and encourage.

How would your friends describe you?

That’s a tough one… From what I have been told, my friends and clients have described me as social and friendly. Someone who cares and is always willing to help. Someone who is passionate and determined about accomplishing my goals and someone who doesn’t see myself above anyone else.

What are your hobbies?

I like going to classic car shows. I also like buying, fixing, and reselling classic cars. I figure that is the easiest way for me to own and enjoy every car I wanted as kid while having one pay for the next.

List two pet peeves.

Friday freeway traffic and when someone suddenly stops right in front of you as you’re walking and you almost bump into them.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

In five years I see myself already in a second location and having a staff who can run the gym so I can focus on more ways to provide our clients with a one stop shop type of environment when comes to their fitness needs.

If you could go back in time to change one thing, what would it be?

Honestly, I wouldn’t change a single thing. Everything that has happened has let me to where I am today.

If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be and why?

  • My Grandpa that I never got to meet but always hear cool stories about.
  • George Barris famous custom car builder/designer, because I love classic cars and I think it would be cool to be able to have a conversation with him and ask him about all the cars he built.
  • Gary Vee because, in my opinion, the guy is a business and marketing genius that tells it like it is, so he would definitely be able to help me grow my business.
  • Jeff Cavalier because I have learned a lot from him and agree with the way he views and focuses on educating/training people. He is someone I respect and look up to in the fitness industry.

 

GETTING TO KNOW THE OWNERS OF CROSSFIT RESOLUTE

 

 

 

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Owners:
• Jesse Gallegos & Silvia Aldrete
• Michelle Nunez
• Yvette Pasillas
• Nick & Lucy Spencer
• Alex & Vivian Villanueva

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WEBSITE: www.Crossfit-Resolute.com

FACEBOOK PAGE: Crossfit Resolute

INSTAGRAM: CrossfitResoluteWhittier

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BIO: We all come from very different professional backgrounds, but have all done CrossFit for years both together and individually. We love CrossFit and wanted to bring a new facility to the area that was like no other, that promoted a healthy lifestyle, that brought together the community in a positive and supportive environment, and that inspired people of all backgrounds to challenge themselves mentally and physically.

What is your favorite thing about your company?
Our Members are number 1! We are all avid CrossFit athletes and it excites us to share its many benefits with our community, while building a member base that treats each other like family.

What motivated you to start your Cross-Fit Gym?
After years of doing CrossFit both individually and together, we all came together to start our own box because we wanted to deliver the best CrossFit experience to our community. We all come from different professional backgrounds, but our love for CrossFit unites us in a way that is truly unique. We believe our Members are number 1 and we all work hard toward providing a well-rounded health and fitness environment that is supportive and inspiring.

What is your proudest accomplishment?
Opening our doors was our very first accomplishment. It was a tough job getting the facility ready and maneuvering through the unexpected hurdles. Today, we are so proud of the community that is forming. We reached our first target membership goal in only three months, and the word is steadily spreading about our facility, coaches, programming, and community.

What is the best feature of your gym?
There really are too many to pick one, but hands down our Members are the heart and soul of our box (gym in CrossFit)! We offer an environment that promotes a healthy lifestyle, positive vibes, encouragement to reach your goals, and support when the workouts get tough. Also, our coaches are amazing! They also come from different backgrounds, but their passion for CrossFit is unrivaled. You can count on them to teach you proper technique, correct you when necessary, push you to go harder, and ensure that you get the most out of every WOD (workout of the day). Lastly, we can’t leave out our kids area which we added because we know how hard it can be to find time to work out when you have little ones. The kids love the chalkboard wall, it’s filled with fun toys, and the kids are visible at all times!

What is CrossFit?
Whether you’re a beginner or an accomplished athlete, you’ll love our workouts! CrossFit is all about constantly varied, high intensity, functional movements, which can all be scaled to your personal fitness level, while under the supervision of our experienced coaches. Gain strength, power, endurance, get in the best shape of your life, and have fun doing it! But CrossFit isn’t only about coming in and getting a great workout. Have we mentioned our community yet? It’s extremely important to us! Not only can you expect your physical fitness to reach new heights, you may also find yourself competing in CrossFit competitions or Spartan/Mud Run races with us. We also host many events throughout the year that bring our members together from holiday celebrations, beach days, bbq’s, paint n’ sip parties, and much more! At Crossfit Resolute we are family!

What do we offer?
In addition to our regular Crossfit classes, we also offer Olympic lifting technique classes, RomWod (a class designed to help you rehab and recover your sore muscles), Fit Kids classes, and nutritional guidance. Also, we are still offering our introductory rates and offer additional discounts to military, law enforcement/first responders, medical professionals, teachers, and family! Call us to find out more.

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