45 minutes. 45 hours. 45 days. 45 years. These are statements of time, many of which become the markers of change. For me, this is what 45 represents. It is the time it takes to work out during a single class. It is the time it takes to fly around the world (in a straight, non-stop path around the equator). It is the time it could take to close on a new house. Or, in my case, the years it took for me to open a dance, fitness, and wellness studio. 45 years. I once thought about embarking on this venture after I trained a multitude of dancers through their formative high school years and on to college teams and professional dance aspirations. At the time, I could explain the mechanics of a switch side leap, and I could also demonstrate one. I doubt this is the case now because at age 45, my body can’t move the same way. It’s understandable. Fifteen years ago, I retired my dance sneakers in exchange for raising a family, and fostering the growth and independence of three children is a whole different kind of exercise. It’s just as vigorous, but there is less focus on proper stretching and no one has got a handle on precisely the right technique. Ever. So, I did what many people do when the paradigm shifts: I gave up my personal dedication to fitness and wellness to focus on the health and well-being of those who needed it more. This year, I’m turning 45. As a result, I have started to think about my past, present, and future. What is it that sparked my joy? What is it that I am truly good at? What can I do to give back to a greater good in the remainder of my lifetime? This is the inception of Le Studio 45.