THE GOSS

7 Things to Know Before You March

The Women’s March on Washington (and many affiliated city marches) is quickly approaching and we are puuuuuumped. It’s refreshing a-f to see so many men, women, gnc, and transfolks standing up for each other, standing up for themselves, and calling on our country to stand up for ALL us

So you’ve got your posse. You’ve got your sign. You’ve got your determination to let The Man know that you won’t take injustice for an answer. Now you’ve got to get prepared. Whether you’re marching in DC or your hometown, here are some important tips to keep in mind.

#1 Read. Read the Women’s March defining principles. Read all the free resources they’ve made available. Read why people are marching. And read why they’re not. #EducateYoSelf

#2 Write down important information. Should you find yourself in a danger, in need of a ride, or in confrontation with police, it’s important to have critical info on hand. Think: emergency telephone numbers, local police department (not 911), your immigration number, and your home address.

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

The ACLU recently partnered with Law 4 Black Lives DC and Black Lives Matter DC to help protesters do their thing in a safe, law-abiding manner. Read the full guide..

#3 Stake out a rendezvous. Think about your last Bonnaroo adventure. Remember how your phone almost never worked, and it took ages to find Sally, and Daniel kept running away from the group? A concentrated crowd wreaks havoc on cell phone towers. Don’t expect that text to go through any time soon. If you’re going with a group, decide on a specific meeting place to reconnect if you get separated.

#4 Know your rights—and the right way to activate them. Refer to the ACLU’s guide to learn important resistance phrases like “I wish to remain silent” and “I do not consent to this search.” They’ll also tell you what you should not do. (Hint: touching a police officer’s clothes or equipment are big no-nos.)

#5 Pee before you get there. And take care of any bodily functions that may arise. (Super leak-proof tampons anyone?) Like any major gathering, port-a-potties will be crowded (and likely, disgusting). Cut down on caffeine the day before, pee before you leave...and memorize the padlocks on all the nearby Starbucks locations.

#6 Develop a transportation plan...or two. Road closures. Parking tetris. Crowded busses. Swamped metro cars. It’s going to be one giant (progressive, radical) mess out there. Give yourself the flexibility of a plan B, both to and from the event.

#7 Dress for the weather. Unless you’re marching in SoFla or a similar spring break destination, it’s winter. Like, January winter. Cold, dreary, windy, winter. You’ll likely be outside for hours, and you may spend long periods of time not moving or moving slowly. Consider wearing a thermal base layer and wool socks (in addition to your coat, hat, leggings, and gloves). 


In DC during Inauguration/Women's March Weekend? Check out our Women's March-themed ((305)) classes with guest instructor HD, all the way from New York City. 

THE LYFE

4 Things You Can Do NOW to Protect Reproductive Rights

#StillWithHer

#StillWithHer

The new presidential administration is coming and it’s scary AF. The potential for rolling back hard-fought reproductive rights or an end to Roe vs Wade ain’t a joke or a reality we want. There’s a lot of uncertainty around the future of women’s reproductive rights, health clinics and centers, and health care coverage and access under a Trump presidency.

As we’ve seen already, the new President-elect (ugh) will go at any length to shut down media, avoid fact-checking, or apply common sense logic to key issues. This will impact the resources prioritized for women like us, so it’s important to know your rights and to continue to rally and fight for the issues that matter.
 
Posting on social media and complaining won’t get you far. Here are the 4 things you should do NOW to know and protect your reproductive rights:

 
Donate Your Money & Time Put your money where your mouth is and sissy that walk! There are lot or organizations, including non-for-profits, health clinics, crisis centers, whose missions are to support women and their overall health rights. Donate money to causes like Planned Parenthood to help further their missions, especially when the political climate may seem uncertain for them. No money, no problem! Donate your time by volunteering for these organizations onsite or at community health fairs. You can also use your time to help lobby for groups, like RAINN, for when cutting of federal aid assistance is being proposed (again and again).

Donate Your Money & Time

Put your money where your mouth is and sissy that walk! There are lot or organizations, including non-for-profits, health clinics, crisis centers, whose missions are to support women and their overall health rights. Donate money to causes like Planned Parenthood to help further their missions, especially when the political climate may seem uncertain for them.


No money, no problem! Donate your time by volunteering for these organizations onsite or at community health fairs. You can also use your time to help lobby for groups, like RAINN, for when cutting of federal aid assistance is being proposed (again and again).

Contact Your Elected Officials Do you know who represents you in Washington? Get familiar with your Elected Officials and know how to contact them, the bills they've introduced or supported, the committees they serve on, and all of the political contributions they've received. Make your opinion known to these Officials and why you believe they need to be supporting your reproductive rights! Call, write, or tweet to them and let your voice be heard. Find your elected officials here.

Contact Your Elected Officials

Do you know who represents you in Washington? Get familiar with your Elected Officials and know how to contact them, the bills they've introduced or supported, the committees they serve on, and all of the political contributions they've received. Make your opinion known to these Officials and why you believe they need to be supporting your reproductive rights!

Call, write, or tweet to them and let your voice be heard. Find your elected officials here.

Bust Those Anti-Abortion Myths The next time you encounter an angry anti-choice rant on social media, with family members, or outside a health clinic, come correct with FACTS. Be ready to dispel any exaggerated lies about the medical procedure and help to humanize the women who seek abortions. Keep up with reliable data and health sources, like the Center for Reproductive Rights for when you need to debunk a zealot real quick. Who knows, you may change a mind or two!  

Bust Those Anti-Abortion Myths

The next time you encounter an angry anti-choice rant on social media, with family members, or outside a health clinic, come correct with FACTS. Be ready to dispel any exaggerated lies about the medical procedure and help to humanize the women who seek abortions.

Keep up with reliable data and health sources, like the Center for Reproductive Rights for when you need to debunk a zealot real quick. Who knows, you may change a mind or two!

 

Get to Know Other Reproductive Rights Issues Abortion rights are just one of the many, many reproductive rights affecting women across the US. Other important issues that are being discussed include forced surgeries, criminalization of miscarriages, and abuse of pregnant inmates. Check out the National Advocates for Pregnant Women to read more about the full spectrum of women’s reproductive rights. Start getting familiar with these important topics because we guarantee these will also be brought up in the larger political discussions involving women’s health.

Get to Know Other Reproductive Rights Issues

Abortion rights are just one of the many, many reproductive rights affecting women across the US. Other important issues that are being discussed include forced surgeries, criminalization of miscarriages, and abuse of pregnant inmates. Check out the National Advocates for Pregnant Women to read more about the full spectrum of women’s reproductive rights.

Start getting familiar with these important topics because we guarantee these will also be brought up in the larger political discussions involving women’s health.


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The Women’s March on Washington is happening 1/21 in DC and it recently released its official policy platforms around the key issues that it’ll be rallying around.

305 will also be hosting “Women’s March” benefit-themed classes on 1/21 in NYC and DC for those who can’t travel to the bigger event but want to still support!

THE GOSS

Not Your Mama's Feminist Book Club

You’re sitting there, scratching your head, wondering how to be a better human in the world. We hear you. 2017 hears you.  

So you start with a personal inventory: 

  • Working hard on the bod?  
  • Twerking hard on the floor?
  • Being kind to your fellow dancers (and neighbors and coworkers).  (and )
  • Keeping up on feminist literature to show up for your sisters and brothers when their rights and freedoms are challenged? Che...well. Almost.

Never fear, we’re here to help. ((305)) founder Sadie Kurzban shares her favorite feminist books for every age.


when you're not a girl, not yet a woman

                  The Babysitter's Club Best for: The Elementary School Kween   The gist: Ann. M Martin cooked up a rag tag bunch of girls who band together to form a small business in their suburban Connecticut town. Throughout a series of novels, they tackle the challenges of growing up, becoming women, and learning how to be true to themselves.  From Sadie: "I'm so happy I grew up with these books. A group of diverse girls, with a variety of personalities, socioeconomic and racial backgrounds all working to run a successful business. These books emphasize female friendships over relationships with boys; they prioritize work ethic over beauty standards." 

          

       The Babysitter's Club

Best for: The Elementary School Kween  
The gist: Ann. M Martin cooked up a rag tag bunch of girls who band together to form a small business in their suburban Connecticut town. Throughout a series of novels, they tackle the challenges of growing up, becoming women, and learning how to be true to themselves. 
From Sadie: "I'm so happy I grew up with these books. A group of diverse girls, with a variety of personalities, socioeconomic and racial backgrounds all working to run a successful business. These books emphasize female friendships over relationships with boys; they prioritize work ethic over beauty standards." 

            Full Frontal Feminism Best for: The Just-Got-Her-License Teen The gist: You don’t have to burn your bra to be a feminist. (But you totally can if you want to.) Jessica Valenti, founder of feministing.com, wrote this book to introduce aspects of feminism to not-yet-subscribers who aren’t familiar with the many ways feminism affects our lives. From Sadie: "This was the first book that turned me on to feminism. I supposed I was always a feminist at heart, but this book gave me the language I needed to voice my feelings at 18. I read it after my first boyfriend dumped me. Predictably, like many broken-hearted, Brown-bound 18 year-olds, I chopped off most of my hair. I love Jessica Valenti. 

            Full Frontal Feminism

Best for: The Just-Got-Her-License Teen
The gist: You don’t have to burn your bra to be a feminist. (But you totally can if you want to.) Jessica Valenti, founder of feministing.com, wrote this book to introduce aspects of feminism to not-yet-subscribers who aren’t familiar with the many ways feminism affects our lives.
From Sadie: "This was the first book that turned me on to feminism. I supposed I was always a feminist at heart, but this book gave me the language I needed to voice my feelings at 18. I read it after my first boyfriend dumped me. Predictably, like many broken-hearted, Brown-bound 18 year-olds, I chopped off most of my hair. I love Jessica Valenti. 

       Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women         and the Rise of Raunch Culture Best For: The College Student The gist: What do you get when you mix competing political theories, years of female oppression, and a confusing sexual revolution? If you ask Ariel Levy the answer is “raunch culture.” And we are loooving it.  From Sadie: "I read this back in college and it's really stuck with me. It's a book that has totally shaped the way I view myself and my sexuality and also, was a huge inspiration behind ((305)). A really empowering book that makes a clear distinction between being proud to own your sexuality versus continuing to put your sexuality on display for the male gaze. It made me see things in a totally new light."   

       Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women         and the Rise of Raunch Culture

Best For: The College Student
The gist: What do you get when you mix competing political theories, years of female oppression, and a confusing sexual revolution? If you ask Ariel Levy the answer is “raunch culture.” And we are loooving it. 
From Sadie: "I read this back in college and it's really stuck with me. It's a book that has totally shaped the way I view myself and my sexuality and also, was a huge inspiration behind ((305)). A really empowering book that makes a clear distinction between being proud to own your sexuality versus continuing to put your sexuality on display for the male gaze. It made me see things in a totally new light." 

 

When you want to do that grown up thang

                                          Lean In Best for: The Young Professional The gist: Sheryl Sandberg is the yuppy millennial's fairy godmother. She knows a thing or two about shattering glass ceilings—and she knows it isn’t easy. Her playbook for raising your voice and leaning into the conversation will have you outlining your next move ASAP.  From Sadie: "I know there's been a lot of controversy over this book. But I'd like to throw Sheryl Sandberg a big bone here. This book is incredible. It needed to be said. No, Sheryl Sandberg is not speaking to all women in Lean In. She is speaking to her experience, which like mine, is an experience of racial and socioeconomic privilege. But I adore the message which is this: lean in. Demand a a seat at the table. Work your ass off and make yourself known. I adore this book and the simple message was very powerful for me as I was graduating school." 

                                          Lean In

Best for: The Young Professional

The gist: Sheryl Sandberg is the yuppy millennial's fairy godmother. She knows a thing or two about shattering glass ceilings—and she knows it isn’t easy. Her playbook for raising your voice and leaning into the conversation will have you outlining your next move ASAP. 

From Sadie: "I know there's been a lot of controversy over this book. But I'd like to throw Sheryl Sandberg a big bone here. This book is incredible. It needed to be said. No, Sheryl Sandberg is not speaking to all women in Lean In. She is speaking to her experience, which like mine, is an experience of racial and socioeconomic privilege. But I adore the message which is this: lean in. Demand a a seat at the table. Work your ass off and make yourself known. I adore this book and the simple message was very powerful for me as I was graduating school." 

                                            BabyGate Best for: The Soon-To-Be Working Mom The gist: Dina Bakst knows that new moms face plenty of challenges, what with your body doing contorting to host another human for nine months and everything. She also knows it’s hard as hell to be a working mom. Her straight talking guide will have you making plans and taking names (and not just from the baby name book). From Sadie: "With so many books out there on parenting, this is one of those rare no-bullshit books on how to navigate being pregnant or having a child while also navigating your career. Is it totally f*cked up that it is 10x harder for a mother to pursue her career than for a father? Yes, it is! This book at least helps you understand your rights as a new parent. It's a great read for anyone generally interested in how we can make the workplace more friendly for moms, too."  

                                            BabyGate

Best for: The Soon-To-Be Working Mom

The gist: Dina Bakst knows that new moms face plenty of challenges, what with your body doing contorting to host another human for nine months and everything. She also knows it’s hard as hell to be a working mom. Her straight talking guide will have you making plans and taking names (and not just from the baby name book).

From Sadie: "With so many books out there on parenting, this is one of those rare no-bullshit books on how to navigate being pregnant or having a child while also navigating your career. Is it totally f*cked up that it is 10x harder for a mother to pursue her career than for a father? Yes, it is! This book at least helps you understand your rights as a new parent. It's a great read for anyone generally interested in how we can make the workplace more friendly for moms, too."

 

when you're all about that grace

                                      Bad Feminist Best For: Adult Women of All Ages The gist: Author, writer, feminist badass, and social commentator Roxane Gay will make you laugh. She’ll make you think. She’ll make you mad as hell sometimes, and that’s the point. Her book of essays covers many grounds of intersectional feminism and will leave you thirsty for more. From Sadie: "I loved these essays. They were funny, entertaining, and honest. I found myself relating with a lot of the ways that I "show up short" as a feminist."   

                                      Bad Feminist

Best For: Adult Women of All Ages
The gist: Author, writer, feminist badass, and social commentator Roxane Gay will make you laugh. She’ll make you think. She’ll make you mad as hell sometimes, and that’s the point. Her book of essays covers many grounds of intersectional feminism and will leave you thirsty for more.
From Sadie: "I loved these essays. They were funny, entertaining, and honest. I found myself relating with a lot of the ways that I "show up short" as a feminist." 

 

                             I Feel Bad About My Neck Best for: Mama or Grandma The gist: The anti-aging industry is alive and well, but is so Nora Ephron’s spirit. Her hilarious tale of aging into the wonder-woman storyteller she came to be will have you laughing, crying, and thinking a little less harshly about those laugh lines. From Sadie: "Nora Ephron was one of my all-time heroes. Her words are disarming, painfully honest, and wonderfully funny. There are no politics per se in this book, but it's an honest, real take on what it is to be a woman and to age."   

                             I Feel Bad About My Neck

Best for: Mama or Grandma
The gist: The anti-aging industry is alive and well, but is so Nora Ephron’s spirit. Her hilarious tale of aging into the wonder-woman storyteller she came to be will have you laughing, crying, and thinking a little less harshly about those laugh lines.
From Sadie: "Nora Ephron was one of my all-time heroes. Her words are disarming, painfully honest, and wonderfully funny. There are no politics per se in this book, but it's an honest, real take on what it is to be a woman and to age." 

 

THE GOSS

We Didn’t Expect to Fall In Love With Nick Viall on The Bachelor

Image from ABC

Image from ABC

Will you accept this new season of The Bachelor? We ‘dolphinately’ can’t wait to see what’s gonna happen to the new Bachelor Nick Viall and all the dates, drama, and craziness that will ensue as he finds “The One.”

Whether you’re a “Tierra”, “Courtney”, or an “Ashley S.” from seasons past, there's a new batch of 30 contestants vying for The Bachelor’s heart and we are ready to see it all go down!

Here are our First Impression Roses 🌹 of the new season and why we’re soooo essited:

 
Shark or Dolphin? 🤔

Shark or Dolphin? 🤔

  1. Fourth Time’s a Charm - Like taking ((305)) for the first time, you gotta keep coming back before you get into the groove. We feel ya Nick! Also who doesn’t love a good redemption storyline?
  2. Awkward AF run-ins with your past hooks-ups are TOO REAL - How many times have you had a "Liz and Nick"-style run-in weeks or months after a one night stand? Ugh too real, too awk. We’ll be watching to see how their past get together is going to play out as long as Liz is still in the running!
  3. We also love a good hump - ‘nuf said. We stay ready for the Fantasy Suite!
 

We’ve never felt this way about someone before (JK LOL). We’ll definitely be tuning in each week until he gives out the Final Rose to one lucky lady.

What are your predictions for this season? Share with us in the comments!

THE PEEPS

Sarah Massey: Showing Inauguration weekend who's boss

The upcoming presidential inauguration is causing some...stress. To say the least. To say the very, very least. The ass-kicking folks of DC-and-beyond are taking this stress out in different ways. Some are knitting pu$$Y hats to wear to the Women’s March on Washington. Some are getting glammed the f-up to go to the Peace Ball at the (new, sparkling, divine) National Museum of African American History and Culture. While others are getting down with a good old fashioned, stick-it-to-the-(orange)-man protest

Sarah Massey is doing something a little different.
 
Sarah is PR maven with a penchant for strong cocktails and a dedication to leadership that would take Michelle Obama’s breath away. She is volunteering her PR skills to All in Service DC, an alliance of DC restaurants and businesses that plan to donate profits from Inauguration Weekend to charities that provide critical services to the community. (PRAISE YE, PLANNED PARENTHOOD!) Sarah took some time out of her hustle to chat with us about the project.


"This is the first time in modern history that a woman has this much liberty, and I want to take advantage of it. "

 
Sarah Massey: one of the organizers behind All in Service (and the boss you wish you had).

Sarah Massey: one of the organizers behind All in Service (and the boss you wish you had).

 
I’m so pumped about All in Service. How did this come about?

Two incredible women in the service industry came up with the concept. Hundreds of thousands of people are coming to DC for the inauguration (and anti-inauguration events). It’s going to be standing room only, and profits are going to be high. They thought it would be a great way for the service industry to demonstrate support for the DC community. They started reaching out to folks like me who could help them organize.

What do you do first thing in the morning?

First I list five reasons I am grateful for my life and why. Then, I write a creative piece of art, every day for an hour, before I try to put my mind around what the rest of the day is going to be like. Then coffee and go!

What role have you played?

Projects like this are my bread and butter. I own my own PR company (Massy Media), so I volunteered my company to publicize, do media relations, and handle logistics. We’ve gotten so many businesses on board, and the list is growing every day. All In Service DC is all volunteer-based, and it’s all woman-led. 

 

How did you decide who would benefit from All in Service?

We wanted to bridge the connection between industries of service. The idea is that food and beverage service industries, like DC’s amazing restaurants, would be giving back to nonprofit services, like Planned Parenthood and Ayuda, that are so critical to the DC community. 

 

I love this description from the website: “The events of the inauguration present a vital opportunity to serve our nation’s capital by creating inclusive spaces, in service not only to our guests, but also to our community.” Why do you think inclusive spaces are so important right now?

For us, inclusive spaces is about demonstrating our love and care for our community. People are hurting. People are fearful. This is a hospitality industry. We can create a space that says “you’re welcome here.” These businesses really care—they’re putting their money where their mouth is.

How do you blow off steam?

I’m a biker with and without motors. Two wheels are my favorite things in the world. I also dance—I do Zumba twice a week. And I’m SO excited to try ((305)).

This seems like such a good way to bring people together at a time when, let’s be honest, things are feeling pretty divided.

It is! Service industry business owners can’t check people's political IDs when they open the door. All in Service DC is a way to show off DC’s booming restaurant scene AND benefit charities in the town where we live, work, and receive care. So far there are 45 restaurants planning to give back to these nonprofits.

All my favorite places are on the list of participating restaurants. What’s your favorite?

Ahhh I love them all. Probably Room 11 for their cocktails—

What’s playing in your ear buds?

Pandora’s Indie Dance Radio station. I listen to it all day. And sometimes hard rock—anything guitar heavy.

Oh hell yes. Room 11 cocktails are the best.

Agreed. I also Mandu because I love Korean food. And how could you not love Marvin? They are so awesome.

Let’s talk a little more about you. This project is amazing. You must be amazing.  

Well I’m almost 43. I own two businesses. I love, love my Harley Davidson. And I’m actively involved in Capital Pride and Baltimore Pride.

So yes, amazing. What is your other business?

It’s a company that creates aphrodisiac experiences, called Yes Please More Please. It’s a place to build connections and try new things in a comfortable space.

I’m literally in love. Closing remarks: what does it mean for you to be a woman business owner?

Not only am I woman business owner, I’m woman leader. I’m a boss. I own my own condo. I own my Harley. I can get gay married or regular married and get divorced or have a baby or not. 2017 affords me every opportunity to do these things. This is the first time in modern history that a woman has this much liberty, and I want to take advantage of it. 


Want to show your support for the community during Inauguration Weekend? Head over to allinservicedc.com to find a restaurant in your hood that supports critical services that are in danger of losing funding (cough, Planned Parenthood, cough) Is your company looking for Sarah's magical PR touch? Catch up with her at massey-media.com.

THE LYFE

4 Winter Food Switch-Ups

Today’s post comes from ((305)) Junkie and Chinese Medicine practitioner Debra Ruffalo Ross, MS, L.Ac, Dipl OM. Learn more about the Droge Clinic for Transformational Healing.

You are what you eat and what you eat affects ERRYTING in your life. Whether you’re fueling up pre/post ((305)) or eating the latest foodie crazes for the ‘gram, it all can impact your energy level, digestion and overall mood.

As you go into the new year getting healthy AF, take a moment now to think about how the food you eat makes you feel.  In Chinese Medicine, experts believe in consuming warm, cooked foods most of the time, not just seasonally. Warm, versus cold foods, can better influence your gut health & digestion, which impacts your overall immunity.

For the winter months, peep these 4 food switch-ups you can make to improve your health:

 

Breakfast

Image from anita.co

Image from anita.co

Trade your acai bowls, smoothies & juices for gluten-free oatmeal bowls, while keeping similar toppings

Cook your favorite oatmeal in your favorite non-dairy milk alternative, like almond or hemp milk, or water and mix in cinnamon and goji berries which plump up deliciously when cooked.

Then add your favorite toppings: hemp seeds, chia seeds, nuts, granola, coco nibs, almond butter, etc. and enjoy!

Trade in your greek yogurt, dairy yogurt, or yogurt parfaits for coconut yogurt

We’ve been a fan of  Anita’s Coconut Yogurt when we we’re craving that creamy delicious goodness. Also their yogurt is full of healthy probiotics, and are dairy and soy-free. Mix in your favorite topping and enjoy.  Yes, it’s cold and not warm but it is a great switch if you need more choices in your breakfast routine.

 

Lunch

Image from sweetgreen

Image from sweetgreen

Trade in your salads for soups or cooked grain bowls

If you are a salad everyday type of person (hand raised emoji), btdubs - the raw cold nature of the salad can be harsh on your stomach.  You can still be super healthy and not eat salad… seriously.

Great lunch options include soup (any type, without dairy) as the cooked veggies and stock allow your body to receive all the nutrients without being overwhelmed by loads of uncooked, raw veggies.

Also, some of our fave spots like sweetgreen or Roast Kitchen offer cooked grain bowls instead of salad.  They steam veggies, add protein and place it over quinoa or rice. It’s basically a warm, cooked salad that will satisfy your cravings. Spots like Dig Inn also offer warm plates and sides options which can help you fuel up properly, too.

 

Dinner

Trade in your starches for more greens

Image from Spoon University

Image from Spoon University

If you work late or meet up friends after work, you’ll probably be fuel up with not-so-healthy happy hour or dinner options. Remember - enjoy everything in moderation.  If you want a steak or a hamburger, go for it.  Try your best to eat organic, grass fed meat and balance it out by skipping the carbs (buns & fries) or go gluten-free bun by switching to lettuce bun or having a salad.

Obvi, it’s all good to indulge in your fave junk foods - just in moderation, boo!

TL;DR - Download our quick winter food tips to start your 2017 resolutions off right!


THE LYFE

10 Resolutions You Can (Still) Make

Ahhh we made it. 2017 you are looking fresh to death and we are FEELING IT. Now that the New Year Hangover has finally left the building it's time to get down to those resolutions...right?

What? What’s that you say? Instead of spending time idealizing your self improvement plan you were out getting your glitter on? Of course you were. You're one of us. 

We got your back. Here are ten ((305)) approved resolutions you can actually keep.


1. TWERK MORE AUTHENTICALLY

 

2. BE TRUE TO YOUR GLUTES

 

3. BE KIND TO YOUR NEIGHBOR (IN CLASS AND IN LYFE)

 

4. HONOR THY HIGH-WAISTED LEGGINGS

 

5. LOOK BACK AT IT IN CLASS

 

6. LOOK BACK AT IT ON THE BUS

 

7. NEVER STOP LOOKING BACK AT IT

 

8. SMILE (IF YOU WANT TO)

 

9. DON’T SMILE (IF YOU DON’T WANT TO)

 

10. GET YOUR A$$ IN CLASS*

 

*What are you waiting for? Register now: DC classes and NYC classes are calling your name.

THE PEEPS

Tell That Boy (Called 2016) Bye

The slow burning dumpster fire that is 2016 is coming to a close—finally. We should have wicked-witch-of-the-west’ed this bish a long time ago. All around the country, twerkers and toe tappers alike are planning out their last minutes of 2016. The ((305)) crew is no exception. 

We asked the ((305)) fam where we could find them at midnight this NYE. They’re keeping it lit, looking fresh, and slaying it on the dance floor—no surprises here. Read more about how ((305)) is saying BOY BYE to 2016.  


“With bottles and my ladies. Mwah!” — Tori Fyock, DC Instructor “In Miami, bitch.” — Deaton Jones, NYC Instructor “At a club, partying it up duhhh.” — Adam Yong, NYC DJ “Gettin lit.” — Dj FX, NYC

“With bottles and my ladies. Mwah!” — Tori Fyock, DC Instructor

“In Miami, bitch.” — Deaton Jones, NYC Instructor

“At a club, partying it up duhhh.” — Adam Yong, NYC DJ

“Gettin lit.” — Dj FX, NYC

 
“Twerking.” — Chris SantaMaria, NYC Instructor “On the dance floor. Having no idea the ball just dropped.”  — Katie Lakotko, NYC Instructor “With my shoes off cuz I'm twerking in the new year!” — Gabs Chang, NYC  DJ

“Twerking.” — Chris SantaMaria, NYC Instructor

“On the dance floor. Having no idea the ball just dropped.”  — Katie Lakotko, NYC Instructor

“With my shoes off cuz I'm twerking in the new year!” — Gabs Chang, NYC  DJ

“Feelin' grateful for my loved ones and feeling waayyy too excited about the new year/the fact the 2016 is over.” — Wisty Andres, Boston Instructor “Surrounded by friends and family ringing in the new year with nothing but positive energy around me!” — Ria Rodriguez (Ria), NYC Instructor "In a log cabin in upstate New York, cozying up with a new man friend." — Sadie Kurzban, NYC Instructor

“Feelin' grateful for my loved ones and feeling waayyy too excited about the new year/the fact the 2016 is over.” — Wisty Andres, Boston Instructor

“Surrounded by friends and family ringing in the new year with nothing but positive energy around me!” — Ria Rodriguez (Ria), NYC Instructor

"In a log cabin in upstate New York, cozying up with a new man friend." — Sadie Kurzban, NYC Instructor

“Casually slaying in sequins (also turnt).” — Danielle Gillyard, DC Instructor “In a mini dress.” —  Latoya Julce, NYC Instructor

“Casually slaying in sequins (also turnt).” — Danielle Gillyard, DC Instructor

“In a mini dress.” —  Latoya Julce, NYC Instructor


Are YOU ready for 2017?

Get your head (and a$$) in the game with a ((305)) workout in the New Year. Sign up now in NYC and  DC.

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Instructor Spotlight: Deaton "305 Kween" Jones

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He’s tall. He’s talented. He’s trained in (bad boi) economics. He’s Deaton Jones, and he’s here to change your life. As the Director of Client Experience, Deaton is the spirit guide behind your ((305)) bliss and a fan-favorite instructor. His balls-to-the-wall, high-energy class will break you down and keep you begging for more. 

Deaton took some time to share a little bit about the man behind the very, very tall mask. By the end of this interview, you’ll all be swiping right.


"I want everyone to unleash the inner Xenia Warrior Princess inside them, with a touch of fierce as f*ck ((305)) glitter, and a ton of sweat. I'm there with you the whole way, so get ready to lean-in and go crazy."

 

Tall drink of water? More like grande cappuccino, double-shot, extra-whip.

Tall drink of water? More like grande cappuccino, double-shot, extra-whip.

Let’s start at the beginning. Where are you from, and how did you end up in New York City?

I’m from Raleigh, NC. I went to Columbia for college, and double majored in economics and philosophy. 

NBD or anything…

Well it worked! When I was applying for advertising jobs out of college, my narrative was all about combining creative and business-minded thought processes. My studies also helped me personally because it allowed me to explore what is important in life and how to measure it in tangible terms.

Well, I’m sold. So how did you get involved with ((305))?

I took my first class two and a half years ago, and I knew that I wanted to be an instructor. For a about six months I participated in the work study program to keep my ass in class, and to learn more about the company and the brand. Then it was a tough process of auditioning and training, including a pulled hamstring and a fractured bone in my foot—and I don’t come from a traditional dance background either. When I finally started teaching classes, I was still working in advertising. In fact, I was at a brand new, manager-level job for three months when [305 founder] Sadie threw a curveball. She offered me the position of director of client experience.

How do you like working full-time for ((305))?

I LOVE my job. I am so fortunate that I get to teach and help build this amazing product—it motivates me through the other…more stressful stuff. I’m in charge customer services, in-studio operations, and marketing. We’re a small team and we’re hell bent on being the best. It can get overwhelming at times, but I'm so grateful to work in this environment.

Deaton in the Hunger Games:

“People are always like, “oh I’m Katniss.” First of all, no you’re not. Second of all, I would be Cato. I would literally cut you.”

I bet! What do you do to decompress from all of that?

I find peace in order, so getting myself organized is the first step. That way, I can at least build a plan. I also exercise. Endorphins make you happy…

 

...And happy people don’t kill their husbands?

You got it. And also sex. Sex helps. 

Preach! What other forms of exercise do you get into?

I love dancing and feeling sexy. There’s a pole class I go to that’s amazing. In general, I’m just a very active person—I’ve been that way my whole life. I used to play tennis at the elite level, and I’ve run four marathons so far. 

Deaton’s spirit animal:

"I would say a cougar or leopard because I can be fierce and strategic. But I’m also very empathetic and a huge extrovert, so I would rather say a wolf. I like that wolves travel in packs."

So, it’s safe to say you’re a little competitive?

100% I’m hyper-competitive. 

What’s the best competition you’ve ever won?

Recently I won an amateur strip competition in New Orleans. People were going HAM, but I wanted to win. The crowd was just going nuts, so I went for it. I did full frontal. I won $100 and spent it on more male strippers.

Aw! Like sexy karma. Okay, last question. Finish this line: "I don’t want no scrubs. A scrub is a guy who..."

...isn’t strong enough to carry his own baggage. You can have baggage, but you gotta be tough enough to hold onto it yourself.


Want more of Deaton? Of course you do... Catch your boy in class and follow him on the Gram.

 

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Instructor Spotlight: Tori "the Power Pixie" Fyock

What do you get when when you mix a razzle dazzle showbiz junkie with a hip hop goddess and hummingbird’s metabolism? You get a Tori "Power Pixie" Fyock. Tori is the Polly Pocket booty popper you need in your life. She’s fierce, she’s fun, and she’s not afraid to freak-a-leak all over the dance floor. 

Tori is a fresh face on the ((305)) DC scene, and we can’t get enough of her big-stepping, booty-shaking, high-kicking class. Keep reading to learn more about her journey to ((305)), her favorite Disney princess, and the reason she’s super bad at texting.


“I just hope everyone in my class enjoys being together. I want people to be as dorky and fun as they want to be. It should feel like a little piece of home.”

She got that twinkle in her eye, and that twerkle in her soul.

She got that twinkle in her eye, and that twerkle in her soul.

How did you first learn about 305?

I was on a plane…

...You were on a plane?

I was on plane. I was going on vacation and reading Shape magazine, and they were breaking down hot new fitness classes. ((305)) was part of the list. I was already teaching Zumba, and I had a pretty strong client following. When I got back from vaycay, one of my clients told me they had taken a ((305)) class and loved it.

Coincidence?!

Right? So I went and took a class. I immediately fell in love with ((305)), and I knew I had to be a part of it. 

What has been the biggest difference between teaching Zumba and ((305))?

The client pool for Zumba is so wide reaching, from babies to seniors. It’s an impressive scale, but it comes with some costs. They try to cater to everyone, and it makes for a disjointed experience across classes and instructors. 

Meanwhile in ((305))...

It’s way more dynamic. I really excel in a collegiate-type audience—people who show up to work super hard and get into it. ((305)) is more intense. It has a stronger dance vibe. And you totally rely on the DJs. They control the music. 

TORI'S CLASS IN 4 WORDS:

1) Energetic
2) Engaging
3) Community-based
4) You-time

So it's really a team effort? 

Exactly. I really like the control thing, so that was definitely something I had to get use to. Now it’s a huge burden off my shoulders that I don’t have to worry about the playlist. 

And the music seems so key to the ((305)) experience.

Definitely. There’s a dichotomy between movement and music that creates the hip hop we have today—and I like that ((305)) captures that spirit. I come from a very traditional dance background. Tap, ballet, jazz—all since I was a little kid. I always wanted to be a Rockette, and I still love traditional, razzle-dazzle showbiz. When it became clear that I wasn’t breaking 5 feet, that all shifted, and I fell in love with hip hop.

Oh verrry Save the Last Dance—I’m into that. So what are you up to when you’re not at ((305))? 

I’m business analyst for facilities management in Department of Defense.

TORI, IN DEFENSE OF BAD SWEATERS:

"The term Ugly Sweater Party is offensive. They aren’t UGLY. They’re just tacky. That’s not such a bad thing. I have a few “ugly” sweaters that I wear around the holidays. There’s something to be said for holiday sweaters..."

Sounds...intense. What's the office like?

Well I can’t use my phone when I’m there, which has really crafted how I’ve come into my Millennial-ness. I’m a terrible texter. Really, truly terrible. I’m not good. I have a Snapchat, but my count is low. Is "count" the right word? That doesn't sound right….

It definitely does not sound right. So where do you stand on dating apps?

I know what they are. Like I’ve heard of Bumble and Tinder. I just...I want to meet someone the old fashioned way: drunk in a bar on a non-holiday gathering, know what I mean?

Right, right, right. Okay last question. Which Disney character are you? And who is your Gender-Nonspecific Charming?

I’m definitely Lilo. She sees the good in things, and she’s super stubborn. She also prioritizes family, and knows that family isn’t dependent on bloodline. As for a prince…I’ll say Kristoff from Frozen. He’s funny.


Want more Tori?

We certainly do. Catch up Tori in a DC class and follow her on the 'Gram.

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Four Things You Need to Watch This Winter

Yo… it’s OFFICIALLY cuffin’ season and right now, you just wanna get into your comfiest 305 hoodie and sweats, crank up the heat, and get cho Netflix & Chill on.

Seriously, we’re all about snuggling up, getting in that body-ody-ody heat, and watching/making a movie with bae(s).

Peep our new 4-🍑🍑🍑🍑 rating scale to make sure you get in all the right bootylicious vibez for your next Netflix (or Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO Go, etc.) and Chill sesh.

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Macking Under the Mistletoe

The holiday stress has set in. The present buying pressure is on. And menu planning madness has taken over. Or so we’re led to believe.

These are real problems for real adults—who are taking a very real approach to the holidays. We appreciate that, we do. But some of us have our own set of priorities. We’re talking about the Christmas party conundrum: who’s tryna make out?

 

Mistletoe might be an antiquated tradition revolving around a plant no one has seen grow in the wild...but making out is very much of-the-now.

We asked the ((305)) crew who they’re looking to lock lips with this holiday season. Here’s a few of our favorite answers.

 

Anyone else tryna make out?

Who are you looking for under the mistletoe?

“JLO of course.”
DJ Ardent, NYC DJ

“My future ex-wife”
DJ FX, NYC DJ

“Chris Santa Maria and Tom Feeny...this girl needs both.”
Danielle Carlacci, NYC Instructor

 

 

“Every girl.”
—Adam Young, NYC DJ

“Thor”    
Latoya Julce, NYC Instructor

“Idris Elba”
—Jessica Edwards, Boston Instructor

“Brian Chesky (mmmm nothing does it for me like a hot entrepreneur)”
—Sadie Kurzban, NYC Instructor

 

THE GOSS

your next must-read to survive the holiday season

'Tis the season for way too much family time and horribly long travel wait times. If you need a less-than-boozy escape (no judgement when your wine glass is actually a full wine bottle, though) we're serving up some 2016 books we loved—for every personality! 

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INSTRUCTOR SPOTLIGHT: Ria "THE Siren" Rodriguez

 

She's got her head in the clouds and her feet on the ground. Ria Rodriguez, one of our newest instructors, has a sexy/fierce full-time dance career, and is also toothache-sweet and charming as hell. Ria's mesmerizing moves will inspire you, and her warmness will draw you in and make you feel like part of her big, loud Puerto Rican family. 


You have quite the dance background. Tell us about it.

I started dancing when I was 3 and took all kinds of dance - I love all styles and forms of dance. It is truly my passion. I was so fortunate to graduate from Joffrey Ballet School, and since then I've toured the country in the Broadway show Guys and Dolls, performed in fashion shows as a hip hop dancer, and even tried my hand as a showgirl in Reno for a bit.

Amazing! After the on-the-road, showgirl life, what made you want to become a ((305)) instructor?

I came to take a class and instantly fell in love!! I've always been really active, and had been toying with the idea of entering the fitness world. Finding a class that combines dance and fitness so perfectly was like a dream come true for me. 

So far what's the biggest difference between teaching and performing?

When I'm teaching I get to just be ME -- everything come from a genuine and real place - but when I am performing there is a character or role I need to embody. ((305)) is a place I feel safe being myself and that's what I hope to inspire in my class.                   

RIA'S MUSTS FOR GETTING THROUGH A TOUGH DAY:

1) Coffee
2)
A great playlist
3) Positive vibes

Did anything about instructor training surprise you?

Oooh... I would say it was letting go of the idea of a "perfect class" and instead just finding my own voice. It was surprising how much of what I learned in training is applicable not only in class but in life. Sadie has been such a inspiration in so many ways.  

Totally. What can we expect from your class?

An environment where your craziest, wildest self is wanted and encouraged and a drenched in sweat body is guaranteed.

What inspires or motivates you?

First and foremost, my family. They are so incredibly supportive and have so much faith in me. Also, JLo is my idol <3 She and other woman like Misty Copeland are so inspiring to me. They've had had everything working against them and have not only came out on top, but also made history. It reminds me that I have no excuse not to be my best self.

BEST SONGS TO DANCE TO IN YOUR UNDIES:

"Jenny from the Block" by JLo
"Bootylicious" by Destiny's Child
"Reggaeton Latino" by Don Omar.

Yaaas strong female role models! Love that. Speaking of your family, you have such an exotic look. What's your background?

I am actually 100% Puerto Rican! I feel like that becomes more and more obvious as you get to know me. My family is crazy and loud and extremely loving. And you can find a giant pot of rice and beans on my stove top at least once a week.

 

Si mamasita! Looking forward to some latin flava in your class. So where can we find you when you're not at ((305))?

You can usually find me at one of 3 places: at Broadway Dance Center taking a class, at Strand Book store in Union Square picking up a new read, or somewhere outdoors with my rollerblades handy.

 

Wan more Ria? You can catch her on Instagram @mariaalexiiis and at both our NYC locations.

 

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Winter Gear You Need Right Now

It’s cold outside, but you’re still looking like a ((305)) junkie, because a junkie NEVAH gets cold. (Thanks Cardi B for the pro-tip!)

But FUR-reals, with the temps dropping low, you gonna need that good ish to keep you warm! Peep these winter gear that you can shop RAH NOW - all without breaking your presh piggie bank.

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The Social Media New Year's Resolutions We should probably all make

Let's be real: Social media is the best and worst thing that has ever happened to us. It's a great way to keep in touch with people (and occasionally humble brag about how awesome your life is). But it's also a place where Becky* from your high school won't stop oversharing about her life or where Sophie* posts 18 Instagrams in one night. 

The truth is everybody acts a little annoying AF on social media. So before we ring in 2017, we should all consider trying on these resolutions for size. You'll double tap this shit for sure. 

1. I will stop using the Snapchat butterfly filter excessively

Dude, we get it. Everyone looks f*cking amazing with the butterfly crown on. That's the point of it. Shrek could rock the butterfly filter and look like Gigi Hadid. You're not fooling anyone with that faux flawless makeup and gilted crown of butterflies. You're an ugly MF... embrace it. 

2. I will not obsessively check my Instagram likes

Why is getting likes one of the most addictive and amazing feelings in the world?! Don't pretend seeing that little heart count going up isn't one of the best natural highs you've ever had in your life. You love the attention, baby. That's why you posted the damn selfie in the first place. Let's all vow to post and put down the damn phones. Those likes ain't going anywhere. 

3. I will not get into comment wars on Facebook

There are some people who post awful stuff on Facebook, usually to try and start shit because their lives are boring. Worst part is, they're probably quasi-related to you— your mom's 2nd cousin Todd or your sister-in-law's uncle who's wearing a Make America Great Again hat in his profile pic. You will want to comment sometimes. You will want to comment so badly because their moronic post is so infuriating it's physically burning your eyes. Don't do it. Resist. Engaging will only make you feel worse and open you up to so much more toxicity and anger.  

4. I will stop posting TBTs

Oh, you were a cute baby? So was I. So was everyone. The only people who really care about your childhood photos are your parents and yourself. Save it for the family reunion or go back to a time when posting TBTs was cool... about 4 years ago. 

5. I will delete friends on Facebook

No offense to Jenny from my freshman orientation group, but I gotta say goodbye this year. Here's a good rule: If you don't even know them well enough to write a quick Happy Birthday, it's time to purge. 

6. I will stop stalking my crush

You know those nights that start with a glass of wine and end with you about 152 weeks deep on your crush's Instagram, trying to avoid accidentally hitting like as though you're walking through a damn minefield? Here's an idea: Put the phone down. Stop being a creep. Go on an actual date instead. 

7. I will not Snapchat concert videos

Repeat after me: No one cares about your concert video. You won't even care about your concert video approximately 5 seconds after you post it. It's blurry, way far away, and probably features you warbling a Justin Bieber song like the drunkest girl at karaoke. And not in a good way. 

8. I will stop sharing photos of my food

We. Do. Not. Care. About. Your. Acai. Bowl. 

 

[*Neither name has been changed to protect the effing annoying. You know who you are}

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Instructor Spotlight: Ana "The Booty Whisperer" Clarke

She’s classically trained. She’s classy as hell. She’s Ana Clarke—and she’s coming to a new class time near you. Ana is one of the freshest faces on the NYC scene, and she’s going to make you (t)werk, (t)werk, (t)werk. When you sign up for class with Ana, you’re getting grade-A, dance professional, star-studded treatment. What are you waiting for


Tell me about your dance journey. Where did you start?

I’ve been dancing since I was a little girl. I would dance all around the house, and my mom saw that I definitely needed to be in dance classes. I didn’t take it seriously until I was about 11, before then I was acting. From age 11 on...it was all dance. Jazz. Hip hop. Street funk. I didn’t get into ballet until I was a teenager, and that was a huge transition.

Ana's here to party. And by party, we mean give you the best d**n workout of your life.

Ana's here to party. And by party, we mean give you the best d**n workout of your life.

Teenage years is pretty late for ballet, right?

Super late. But that’s when I really started to connect with dance and my own body. I went to Dean College in their associate program—and I finally understood ballet for the first time. I was in pink tights. Pink shoes. Leotard. The whole works. It was terrifying. 

I don’t have a “ballet body,” and was very self-conscious. I’m five-foot. I have a butt. I have thighs. It took a long time to stop comparing myself to the women in the room who had been studying ballet their whole lives.

That’s so intense.

I know! I had an amazing teacher who pushed me. It took a while, though. I stuck to it. I did my homework. And eventually I saw a difference in how my body was moving and changing. I was so much fitter and stronger. It was a beautiful, big, scary wake up call to work that hard.  

So how did you end up in NYC?

I knew I had to dance. I went to NYC and enrolled in the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA). It was the coolest thing ever. I was learning, dancing, singing, and acting. So I decided to stay in NYC, because that’s where it’s at!  

How did ((305)) get into the mix?

It is the funniest story. I work next door at The Ainsworth Midtown. It thought ((305)) was actually called “What’s The Password,” because it's the biggest sign you can see from the studio. One day I was looking for auditions on Craigslist, and I saw ((305)) had an open call. So I got my ass in gear and submitted my headshot and resume. I couldn’t believe it was right there the whole time!

UNEXPECTED ANA FACTS:

1) She loves pickle juice. She’ll eat a jar of pickles in two days.
2)
She’s quiet when you first meet her...but it doesn’t last long.
3) *She loves adobo seasoning and puts it on everything.

And when you finally took a class…

I was hooked. I took Tom’s class. He was so awesome, and his class kicked my butt. It was amazing. It was such an incredible experience and I knew it was something I wanted to be part of—for sure.

What’s the biggest difference between teaching a class and taking a class?

They are both exhausting...but teaching is even more tiring. The clients that come to ((305)) deserve an amazing class. I can have a s**t day, but walking into that room, taking command, and leading everyday people to just let loose is extremely inspiring to me. That’s why I give 110% every time. I love our 305 junkies they truly do inspire me and make me so proud. At the end of class I almost get emotional because I see how hard they worked—and how they’re still smiling.

ANA'S CONDITIONING TIPS:

I definitely foam roll. When I need something harder, I use a tennis ball on my calves. Sometimes I’ll even take a rolling pin to them. And cold showers….hate it, but it helps.

Where can we find you when you’re not at ((305))?

Under the covers! No really, I love to Netflix-n-chill. I take a nice hot shower and then turn on Wentworth. It’s so good, it’s like Orange Is the New Black, but Australian and more gruesome. I sound so boring…

That’s not boring. But...what other things do you do?

My goal is to one day be on Broadway, so I’m always hunting down auditions and open calls. I’ve been a back up dancer for artists. I’ve been in music videos, and I do some modeling. 

That’s a strong side hustle. Okay time to wrap things up. Think fast: if you had to create a motivational poster, what would it say?

The best steak you can have, is the one you cook yourself.