Dance Salad + Soli Beat bloopers

This post is extra exciting to me because I finally get to tell you about DANCE SALAD.

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Please keep in mind that I have some challenges telling real jokes, and explaining inside jokes is next to impossible, but I’m going to go ahead and give this a whirl anyway. If you don’t find it as amusing as we did (orrrr still do), don’t say I didn’t warn ya.

So when we were still trying to name our dance DVD, we ended up calling it dance salad. We’d goof around and say things like “Welcome to our kitchen. Today we’re going to make a dance salad.” We were actually going to make a full blooper trailer, until we realized there actually is something called “dance salad” so that fun was taken away from us πŸ˜‰ Since we started the little joke, everything began to be rated in “crispness.” We’d brainstorm for ideas, or Grant would show us something awesome with the editing and filming plan,and  the response was immediately, “Criiiiiiiisp.”

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The final result ended up being niiiice and crispy πŸ™‚

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Of course, we were still giant goofballs on set, and Grant and Matt took some fun footage of the in-between stuff.

Here’s a little blooper video: 

Some random behind-the-scenes facts:

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-We did two days of filming (one day for the instructional option and one night filming the dance workout portion with the drummers), but filmed each dance in once take. Grant likes to do it this way (unless we severely screw something up) because it keeps the energy HIGH. Everything could be edited since he had 7 cameras of footage.

-Each dance segment is about 8 minutes long, and the Pilot, our timekeeper, would give us the signal when we had one minute left. By the time he told us we had a minute left, we were all dying, so we looked forward to his cue.

-Before filming, Sash and I picked up Beyond Bread and water for everyone,

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and Sara surprised us all with fresh juices.

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-After filming, we went out and had the best Bloody Marys of my life. I dream about them.

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-We were fortunate to film all of the portions of the video at the Movement Shala here in Tucson. It’s a gorgeous space, and the owners, Alok and Jade, are incredible to worth with. They gave us full access to the studio when we rented it for test shoots and the actual filming, but we were only asked not to touch or move anything around the Buddha shrine in the back. So of course, during everything, we were horrified that something would happen to it. Nothing happened, but “Watch out for Buddha!!!” was heard often during set-up.

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Soli Beat is now available on OpenSky! We have a low pre-order price of $19.99 -you have a week and a half left to pre-order!- and my good friends at OpenSky offered a $10 coupon code to use for future purchases if you pre-order. Check it out here!

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Here’s the official trailer if you missed it last time: 

Thank you so much for all of your amazing support with Soli Beat. We are so thankful, and hope you enjoy dancing with us πŸ™‚

Have a wonderful morning and I’ll see ya later today!




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  1. Jackie on September 4, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    I’m a terrible dancer but I’d love to try this!

    • Fitnessista on September 4, 2013 at 12:54 pm

      you don’t have to be a good dancer- you just have to like dancing and moving πŸ™‚

  2. Paige @ Your Trainer Paige on September 4, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Haha! That’s awesome. And I’m pretty sure I want to be friends with Sasha πŸ™‚

  3. Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite on September 4, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    This looks like so much fun! And I’ll bet that bloody mary was exxxxxtra tasty πŸ˜‰

    • Fitnessista on September 4, 2013 at 1:05 pm

      it was amaaaaazing

  4. Tom T. on September 4, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Awesome outtakes. Looks like this was really fun to make. Good luck with it!

  5. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on September 4, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    I’m sooo excited for Soli Beat! I hope you’re having a great vacation!

  6. Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves on September 4, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Bloopers are the best part of any production, and it looks like you all had some fun laughs! I find it amusing that you guys rated things by crispiness πŸ™‚ Congrats again on such an awesome DVD!

  7. Emily @ Emily Rocks the Road on September 4, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    That looked like so much fun! Friend projects are always a blast.

  8. Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat on September 4, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Bloopers are the best! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Tammy on September 4, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    For those of us who have pre-ordered the DVD, when can we expect them to ship? Can’t wait to get it!

    • Fitnessista on September 4, 2013 at 3:54 pm

      we should have them by the end of next week at the latest, ready to ship out on the 16th or sooner! πŸ™‚

      • Fitnessista on September 4, 2013 at 3:54 pm

        thank you so much for pre-ordering πŸ™‚

      • Tammy on September 4, 2013 at 4:17 pm

        Yay! So excited! You must be thrilled!

  10. Taylor @ Single-tracked Mind on September 4, 2013 at 3:17 pm


  11. FitBritt@MyOwnBalance on September 4, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    I am so excited for your DVD Gina! I can’t wait until it arrives!

  12. Leslie W on September 4, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    “I want to paint you.” LOL! I’m so using that line.

  13. Haley @Cupcakes and Sunshine on September 4, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    This looks like too much fun!!! Dance Salad! Hahaha! lololol-ing (:

  14. Brooke @ on September 4, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    This looks like so much fun!!
    You must be really excited πŸ™‚

  15. april on September 4, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    the trailer looks amazing! i’m not a dancer, but you make me wanna shake my booty! πŸ™‚

    and i bet your bloody mary was suuuuper crispy πŸ˜‰

  16. Elissa on September 4, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Hi Gina,
    I’d like to preorder, but open sky doesn’t ship to Canada. Is there a way I can order it?
    I just started zumbaing at my gym and love it;) Thanks! Elissa

  17. Alissa on September 4, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Pre- ordered on the first day, and the blooper reel makes me even more excited!! I miss doing cardio workout dancing. I have been doing TON of kickboxing & martial arts, which I love but miss dancing too!

    P.S. now I really want to visit my in-laws so I can get some Beyond Bread!

    • Fitnessista on September 5, 2013 at 2:26 am

      thank you so much!! πŸ™‚
      beyond bread is amaaaazing

  18. Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs on September 4, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Sounds like such a cool experience! Love the bloopers πŸ™‚

  19. Marysa on September 4, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    I put your DVD on my Hanukkah wish list, so excited!!

  20. Maria@TheBrooklynFig on September 4, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Love this post- it’s rare to see the behind the scenes of workout DVDs and I enjoyed learning more πŸ™‚

  21. Kate @KateMovingForward on September 4, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Looks like so much fun!

  22. Kim on September 5, 2013 at 7:35 am

    My 4-year-old, upon seeing the preview clip “They’re shaking their booties really fast!”

  23. Amanda on September 5, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Crisp! Love it!

  24. Kaycee St. Pierre on September 6, 2013 at 8:30 am

    Hi Gina, is there any way to get the DVD shipped to Canada? I just tried to order on Open Sky but they don’t ship outside the US πŸ™ sad face.

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