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MOMpreneur Monday: Organic Movements

MOMpreneur: n. defined as a female business owner who is actively balancing the role of mom and the role of entrepreneur.

Happy Monday Modern Boca Moms! Welcome to our next installment of MOMpreneur Monday, highlighting Florida businesses and brands that were founded by female entrepreneurs and fellow Mommas.

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Today’s featured Mompreneur is the founder and owner of the Boca dance studio and private events venue Organic MovementsCourtney Mullen Francisco!


Courtney opened Organic Movements in Boca Raton in June of 2013.  After a professional dance career spanning more than two decades, she wanted to give back and create a caring center for quality dance education where students of all ages could develop confidence in themselves and their art in a natural, nurturing and supportive environment.

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Courtney’s love affair with dance began when she was 7, working in musical theater at local theaters like Jan McArt’s Royal Palm Dinner Theater, the Delray Beach Playhouse and Lake Worth Playhouse.  Through her theater experience and music training she was introduced to dance, and eventually ballet, where she fell in love!  From that point on, Courtney focused solely on dance, learning everything she could from the leading artists and teachers of today throughout the nation.

Now as a teacher and Mom to a beautiful daughter, Courtney’s desire to open a school of her own was solidified.  It took nearly a year to find the ideal location and almost that time to actually bring everything together to open.

“I was juggling teaching, a full-time job and being a new mommy.  It was definitely an exercise in perseverance, but every bit worth it!  We opened our [Organic Movements] doors officially on June 1, 2013 and it has been the most amazing, rewarding, and fulfilling experience every day since,” says Courtney.

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What makes Organic Movements unique?

“I think there are a few aspects that make us unique. We are not a competition studio; we are a classical conservatory style school which focuses on teaching and instilling a proper and technically sound foundation of and love for dance in each of our students, regardless of age.  We focus on learning to dance, rather than a dance,” explained Courtney.

Organic Movements also offers several dance, music and fitness opportunities for parents and adults that they can fit into their busy schedules! Amen!

There are classes that are offered concurrently with your child’s classes, classes MBMoms (MBAunts, MBGrandmoms!) can take WITH their babies/toddlers, as well as classes offered at multiple times and days throughout the week so that they can always fit something in…including NEW FXP Hoop Fitness (Tuesdays at 5:45PM) and my personal favorite Pound- Rockout Workout! (Monday/Wednesday/Friday at 6:30PM).

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I should probably explain what this great workout is all about…

Pound! is a full-body cardio jam session, combining light resistance with constant simulated drumming. The workout fuses cardio, Pilates, isometric movements, plyometrics, and Isometric poses into a 45-minute series. Participants burn between 600 and 900 calories per hour, strengthen and sculpt infrequently used muscles, and drum their way to a leaner, slimmer physique—all while rocking out to their favorite music!

It’s really fun, but prepare for some muscle soreness the next day or so.  So fun!  So sore!

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Coming up at OM…

On August 22nd, they will be hosting their 3rd Annual Charity Gala benefiting SOS Children’s Villages of South Florida, a local foster home community that houses up to 75 sibling sets who would otherwise be separated in the foster care system.  More information and tickets will be available on their website beginning in May.

I think this Organic Movements’ mantra is fantastic. Teaching children, having fun through dance/exercise AND giving back through business? I support this wholeheartedly.

Last, I always ask what you LOVE about living and having a business in South Florida?

Courtney answered, “both my husband and I were lucky enough to have been born and raised right here in South Florida—natives!  Our daughter was born and is growing up here as well.  There are so many things I live and love about South Florida—the heat(!), the  arts & culture opportunities from dance to theater, green markets and fairs, the melting pot of transient and transplant people bringing their own life and love to our area, the heat, beach, and most of all, people!  People in South Florida are creative, vivacious, artistic and passionate!  Also, did I mention I’m a big fan of the warm weather?”

Modern Boca Mom feels the same way…well, maybe not during the month of August…but most of the time!


To learn more about Organic Movements, click here: www.organicmovements.com

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MOMpreneur Monday: aquaBelly® Fitness

MOMpreneur: n. defined as a female business owner who is actively balancing the role of mom and the role of entrepreneur.

Welcome to MOMpreneur Monday on MBMom, highlighting businesses and brands that were founded by female entrepreneurs and fellow Florida Mommas!

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Today’s featured MOMpreneurs are…Samantha Bense and Kristy Wexler, co-founders of the South Florida chapter of aquaBelly®, water fitness for Moms & Moms-to-Be.  A great pregnancy aqua aerobics workout!

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The concept of the fitness program was born while Kristy and Samantha were teaching swimming lessons to young children. They noticed that expectant mothers had a hard time keeping up with their toddler-aged children poolside. This observation coupled with Kristy’s personal experience with high-risk pregnancy (i.e. being permitted by her Perinatologist to exercise in the water  because of the buoyancy and forgiving environment– she now has 3 little ones!) created the foundation of aquaBelly®.

Kristy and Samantha obtained their exercise credentials and soon offered water fitness classes to Moms and Moms-To-Be in Boynton Beach. In 2012, aquaBelly® expanded its target demographic to include classes like aquaBootyaquaBelly Baby and aquaGrand which not only focused on Moms and Moms-to-Be, but Active Adult Women as well (I like to call them the #modernbocagrandmoms).  Now, aquaBelly® is a national fitness and healthy living brand.

Wow!

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MBMom personally took an aquaBelly Baby™ class earlier this month with #dailybabyavery and we had a great time. Avery probably had even more fun than I did as evidenced by the 2.5 hour nap she took after class!

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aquaBelly® classes are unique because they are all conducted in the water (heated pool- check!) although you don’t need to know how to swim.  Classes mix yoga, pilates, dance and aerobic exercise to give students a well-balanced, full-body fitness experience each time.

I wore a Lycra exercise tank and shorts in the pool.  I didn’t have water shoes, but I would recommend getting a pair for a better grip on the pool floor.  Babies must wear a swimsuit and swim diaper.  A cute poolside lounging outfit is optional.

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This particular class would be great for moms easing back into exercise post-baby.  It is nowhere near as high impact as a Flywheel or Stroller Strides class which is especially helpful when you’re just starting out.  #dailybabyavery is very “squirmy” at her 11 months of age, so keep that in mind since the goal is to not only bond with your baby in the pool, but use him or her as a resistance weight during the class.  At least she looked adorable in her little swimsuit (and she clearly loved the colorful puppet Samantha used to demonstrate all of the moves in class)!

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I also really appreciated that the aquaBelly® instructor kept a close eye on the form of each student. Everyone received individualized attention in the safe, low-impact arena while getting a good workout (without the sweat).  Did you know water provides 12x the resistance of air?

I always like to ask my fellow Mompreneurs the tough questions: why should Modern Boca Mom readers participate?

Classes are conveniently located at the Boca Raton Peter Blum YMCA (no membership required), at the beautiful Canyon Springs Community and will soon be offered in Delray Beach and central Boynton Beach.  Tons of class times are available to fit any schedule and prices range from $15-$17 per class.

Kristy and Samantha even offer fitness evaluations, coaching, nutrition and meal planning, breast feeding coaching, as well as instructor training in case you have interest in becoming an aquaBelly® teacher!

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Pregnancy aqua aerobics

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Samantha and Kristy also LOVE working in South Florida.

They told me, “Not only do we live in paradise, but we also [get to] work in paradise!  We feel truly fortunate to get to work and exercise in nearly 365 days of beautiful weather.  Waking up to jump in the refreshing pool & feel warm breezes listening to the sound of palm trees is an incredible way to get a workout session in.  During the hot summer days nothing can top cooling off when you exercise.  South Florida moms are friendly and so many of our participants & their families have become lifelong friends!  Getting to know each of the mommies while they are pregnant and watching their babies grow up is priceless!”

I think so too. 🙂

I definitely plan to try an aquaBooty™ class in the future sans #dailybabyavery.  I’d like to fully experience the resistance that the pool can offer.  Plus, working with Samantha is a lot of fun!


Great news MBMoms!  If you’d like to try any aquaBelly® class for yourself, just mention “Modern Boca Mom” and your first one is FREE!
Contact aquaBelly® directly by clicking HERE.

Disclaimer: MBMom received a complimentary class for this review.  As always, all opinions and comments are my own.