Interview With Roslyn Bazzelle, Creator Of PIYOLET

While researching for an article I wrote on The Yoga Dance Connection for Bella Online’s Yoga Site, I came across several fitness programs and DVDs that fused dance with other body practices. PIYOLET in particular caught my eye because… well, it has an interesting name and because the creator of the program lives in Houston. Many of you know that I, too call Houston home so I couldn’t resist digging for a little more information!

What’s in a name?

PI – for Pilates. YO – for Yoga. LET as in Ballet. PIYOLET is a low impact fitness regimen for all ages, designed to diversify and keep the mind, body and soul refreshed and fit.

Creator Roslyn Bazzelle has been dancing since she was a young child. She continued her studies at Hampton University while getting her bachelor’s degree and then went on to study law here in Texas. She is a certified group fitness instructor with training and certifications in Yoga and Pilates. In addition to producing and directing her own fitness DVDs for the PIYOLET program she’s developed, Roz is a singer, songwriter, and a practicing attorney in the areas of real estate, corporate, and entertainment law. Believe it or not, she had a moment free to talk to Dance Advantage about dance, fitness, and source of her tireless motivation.

Dance Advantage: You are a busy lady! Why has it been important to you (or what drives you) to pursue growth and development in so many different areas?

Roslyn Bazzelle: To someone else, they appear to be completely different and so far apart, but, for me ….. they are all connected and allow me to serve my purpose on this earth. Growing up I was always involved in different activities. My mother figured if she kept me busy, she would keep me out of trouble (smiles). Piano for 11 years. Dance for 13 years. Choir in church and school, for as long as I can remember. All while maintaining good grades. Mom was a teacher so I had to represent well in school! Initially, I had a one-track mind – law – once I got out of law school in 1999 but, after practicing a few years, I found that I needed to be more and do more to live the life God planned for me. As a lawyer, I assist businesses and individuals with their legal needs. As a fitness instructor, I help individuals create a stronger and healthier body. As a singer I hope to motivate others to get through whatever situation or issue they are dealing through the joy of song, and I just fell into the production side of the fitness business through my creation and development of PIYOLET.

DA: Tell us a bit about your experience with dance growing up and what discoveries you made in your transition to college with the study of modern dance.

RB: Dance was a wonderful and amazing outlet for me to grow and learn. It was not just about the routines and choreography. It was the people, the students, the environment, the recitals, the teachers, the discipline — the experience over-all was such a huge part of my life growing up. I wouldn’t change a thing! I have to applaud my mom for selecting dance studios with directors and instructors who were kind, beautiful (inside & out) and who cared about ALL of the students. Transitioning to Modern was a little hard at first due to the structure I was used to, but, I found it invigorating and it really opened my eyes to the freedom you can have as a dancer.

DA: Why are Yoga and Pilates worthy, and perhaps essential, companions for dance technique?

RB: Yoga and Pilates, in my opinion, are absolutely essential in advancing a dancers technique and skills. The basic elements of Yoga allow you to grow mentally, spiritually, and the benefits to your body are phenomenal! Pilates is simply one of the quickest and easiest methods to strengthen your core which helps you with everything you do, whether you are sitting, walking or dancing, Pilates can take your body to the next level.

DA: Your DVD is for all ages, but what about skill level? Would even experienced dancers feel challenged by your DVD?

RB: The Original PIYOLET DVD was created for intermediate to advanced level dancers and fitness enthusiasts who were currently taking my Pilates and Yoga classes. I have received comments from personal trainers, dancers and fitness professionals who enjoy my workout and were absolutely challenged. After receiving many inquiries from those who had zero experience or training in Yoga, Pilates or Ballet, I decided to film the Intro to PIYOLET DVD a beginner level workout which is now available for purchase. The third addition to the PIYOLET DVD series is Body by PIYOLET which is the second level to the original PIYOLET DVD, and allows those who are experienced with PIYOLET to enhance their skills.

DA: How is PIYOLET different from other fitness fusion programs?

RB: PIYOLET is different because, it combines Pilates, Yoga & Ballet in a unique way which does not require a leotard, fancy footwear, a barre or any specific equipment. PIYOLET was created to allow people to experience and learn sequences and poses based on a combination of all three formats and gain the benefits, which include, core strength, improved posture & balance, flexibility, lean muscles and mind, body & spirit integration.

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PIYOLET Giveaway!

THREE Dance Advantage readers will win a PIYOLET workout DVD. Winners may choose one of the following to add to their workout library: Intro to PIYOLET (beginner level), Original PIYOLET (intermediate), or Body by PIYOLET (advanced).

This giveaway is now closed! Winners announced soon!

How to enter

If you are in the U.S. and 18 or older, place a comment on this post. That’s it! The three winners will be randomly selected via random.org. Please make sure you use an email address at which I can contact you should you be a winner. The giveaway will close to new entrants at Midnight on Sunday, March 28. The winners will be drawn and will have 48 hours to respond and claim their prize. If you have questions, check our giveaway policy.

Wasn’t that easy?

You can follow Roslyn on Twitter or become a fan of PIYOLET on Facebook. Doing so will not affect your entry in the contest, however, let’s thank her for offering DA readers a chance to win!

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Nichelle Suzanne began Dance Advantage in 2008, equipped with a passion for movement education and an intuitive sense that a blog could bring dancers together. Nichelle holds a BA in dance and is an instructor with more than 17 years experience. She covers dance performance in the Houston area as a freelance writer and balances daily life as a mom to two young children. In June 2012, Nichelle presented the whats, hows, and whys of blogging on a panel at the annual conference for Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance, to better equip artists and companies for engaging their audience and new readers through online communications and content.
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Comments

  1. Roslyn,very interested in learning more. As a studio owner/instructor I am always looking for new ideas to share with my students. I’m also in Texas and wonder if you are teaching somewhere in Houston or just doing DVD’s. Would love the experience of a class and I’m involved with a group that is doing a convention in the Houston area this summer. Maybe we could do something together to expose all of our attendees to your program. Let me know if that is something that would be of interest to you. Hope to win one of your DVD’s! Thanks!

  2. Deb Cecil says:

    Love the idea of a fusion workout.

  3. D-Ette:

    Thanks for your comments! Yes, classes are available in the Houston Area at the Jewish Community Center, Inner Me Studios, Yoga 1 Studios and the Houston City Club. The full class schedule is available online at http://www.piyolet.com. I am also in the process of completing an instructor training program and hope to get that completed within the next few months! I will contact you directly to discuss the event you are involved with this summer. If you have any additional questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me at roslyn@piyolet.com.
    Roslyn Bazzelle
    PIYOLET, LLC
    http://www.piyolet.com
    Find me on: Facebook, Twitter, Linked In & MySpace!

  4. I heart Piyolet and Roslyn. Since we moved to Cypress, I have been relying on my intro to Piyolet video to keep me toned and flexible. I’ll be coming back to JCC soon, but one of the new videos would be a great addition! Thanks!

  5. I am always looking for new things to try out. This looks like something I would really enjoy!

  6. I love this idea as well. Always looking for new and inspiring ways to motivate our students!

  7. Christine says:

    I would love to try PIYOLET and am also interested in the teachers training.

  8. Nichelle, You have done it again. Bringing us such wonderful informative ideas to broaden our knowledge and joy of dance and other forms of movement. Also enhance our understanding of our bodies. What a wonderful idea to combine Ballet, Yoga, Pilates together. I can’t wait to learn more about this way of moving. Isabelle

  9. This sounds so interesting! I would love to try PIYOLET! Thanks for the chance to win!

  10. That’s a neat combination for a workout. I have been reading about ballet workouts more recently and am already sold on Pilates and Yoga together. I wanted to ask if you thought the workouts had helped you in your music. When I exercise before playing piano I definitely notice the difference (as long as I don’t overdo).

  11. I began as a ballroom dancer then I noticed that I needed ballet to strengthen my body and flexibility. Then I noticed my instructor is well into yoga and she would incorporate yoga like stetches during class. Started a yoga but people there were not all dancers and the group class would not focus in the area I need work as a dancer. So your Piyolet seems to cover just what I need.

  12. PIYOLET sounds really interesting!

  13. PIYOLET ~ love the name and its origins! And it actually sounds like a form of exercise I could do without hurting myself and/or becoming bored to tears in a matter of minutes. Fantastic discovery!

  14. This looks so great! I am sure I could make some room in my apartment to be able to do this! What a creative and inspiring idea! Thanks for sharing this!

  15. Wow, Roslyn, what a great idea! I am a studio owner and teacher and am always looking for ideas for my Adult classes. One of the things that adults request is exactly what PIYOLET combines!

  16. I love this idea! It is the perfect way to use all forms of physical movement to enhance well-being. It sounds great for anyone working on their personal development, both physical, and psychological.

  17. I would love a chance at this prize! I think my oldest daughter would enjoy it as well!

  18. love this idea. I’m just now getting into yoga after feeling like I’m way to ADD for it for so many years. I love pilates, and obviously ballet, so this sounds like it would be a great workout to try!

  19. Congrats to Ginny, Maria, and Alyssa! The winners will have 48 hours to respond and claim their prize or I will move on to the next winners!

    If you are the curious type, you can go to http://www.random.org/draws/details/?draw=1769

    …enter your email, and see where you placed in the drawing! Thanks for your participation! And thank you Roslyn for offering your DVDs to Dance Advantage readers!

    Nichelle

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