Monday, 18 January 2010

Quick Update

Well I hope your New Year resolutions are going well if you made any and that you're all getting back into your training nicely after the break.

I'm trying to find time to keep up my own practise and managed to make it in to the latest pole jam. Tamar, Sam and I all achieved some new moves - and paid for it by aching for about 3 days afterwards! Here's a picture of me doing a Teddy Variation!

I'm in overseeing the next jam this Sunday 24th from 3-5pm so hopefully will see some of you then. Remember if you take out our 30 day membership at just £32 a month you get one of these sessions absolutely free and is only £5 for non members - bargain and a great opportunity to have a play around on the poles. (For full details of terms and conditions for the jam and memberships check out our website and you can also pay on line).

I'm looking forward to Exeter tonight as I have my lovely ladies in who I know are looking forward to more planks, shoulder mounts, yogini, name but a few evil moves!. I've also tweaked my new fun and energetic warm up seeing as last week's was such a success and my girlies on Thursday loved it so watch out for those grapevines!

I have some new ladies joining me tonight as well so I am looking forward to welcoming them all to the class and introducing them to the wonderful world of pole dancing. Don't worry if you're reading this and are new...I'll be gentle with you and guide you through an introduction to different aspects of fitness pole'll love it!

I won't be in on Thursday as I'm away training in Gatwick all week so I'm leaving my students in the capable hands of the lovely Tamar.

Have fun ladies and I'll catch up with you at the jam or my classes next week.


P. S Big hug to Sam's Mum. xxx

Sunday, 3 January 2010

Happy New Year!

Happy New year and Hello lovely people..can you guess what my new year resolution is!!!!! Start of a new year so thought I"d make a fresh start on my blogging!
It's been so long since my last update I'm not going to try and recount the last few months other than that I'd like to thank everyone again for all the flowers, get well cards and wishes from everyone when I was really poorly for a few months. It really knocked me for six at the time and took me several months to get back into the swing of things but thankfully I'm all fully recovered. A big thanks to all my lovely fellow instructors who covered my classes and in particular to Sam for looking after all the Exeter girlies.
I hope you all had a chance to get some well earned rest and enjoy the festive season and indulge in the extra odd chocolate or two! Mine was a bit different this year as my brother has recently just moved to Amsterdam with his job and is permanently living out there so for a treat to each other Steve and I decided to spend a couple of days with him over Xmas and Mum was also able to make it out there. It all worked out really well as we flew out on Xmas eve and woke on Xmas day to find it snowing quite heavily. We all made our way in the snow to the oldest cinema in Amsterdam to watch a Christmas Carol in 3D and then trudged back in what had by then had sadly turned to rain and washed most of the snow away! We then spent the rest of the day working out how to cook the turkey in the convection oven - it looked a bit like a "boil in the bag turkey" going round but it came out spot on and my brother did us a fabulous dinner. We then proceeded to have rather a few too many beverages in front of the tele for the rest of the eve. Here is a picture of us in front of my brother's tree that had been an item on my Mum's "to do" list when she'd arrived earlier in the week.

Well if like most of us tomorrow 4th January is your first day back at work - may I wish you well and hope it's not too stressful. I'm looking forward to it as January will be a busy month with my main job and I'm very much looking forward to getting back into Pole and working off that Xmas excess!! I'm also back in Exeter tomorrow at Sweat and Stretch from 7.15pm for the first Monday of 2010 so am looking forward to seeing many of my lovely loyal and fabulously hard working Exeter ladies as well as welcoming lots of new faces to the class.
I'm also back in for my usual Thursday night in the Plymouth studio so will catch you then and I'm hoping to get a few more choreographed routines together to teach you all during the year.

Take Care and Happy New Year!


Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Ciara & JT Routine

Hi Guys

Just a very quick blog from me as I thought you'd like to see the routine from Friday night. The girls did a really good job as you will see with only a few prompts from me.  I'm sure I'll get a chance to teach this another time for those of you who weren't able to make it in this time.

As you'll see Sam has been busy busy trying to get the second studio ready. Unfortunately I didn't make it in on Sat to help out so I'm sure Sam will have lined up some suitable punishment for me!!! Not for a lack of wanting to but like Sam I am snowed with my work commitments and am also away most of this week in Wolverhampton so time is just escaping me. It also means I'm not in this Thursday for my normal teaching night so Sam will be beasting you all. 

In fact I'm not in for the Thursday after as again this year I'm representing the Art of Dance at the Run to the Sun festival in Newquay over the May Bank holiday weekend. The pole dancing was so well received last year that Nixi and I had already been pre booked but as you all know poor Nixi is still nursing her dislocated knee so isn't able to join me. The lovely Hayley though will be making her debut there so we're frantically trying to get costumes and bits organised for the festival and will be heading to rehearsals a week on Thursday. It should be a good weekend although sadly the actual event seems to be less about VWs now but the evening entertainment and show is always a good spectacle.

Hopefully I'll catch up with you all in Plymouth soon or at some of the rehearsals for the 7th June event. Sam is quite right that we're all feeling the pressure. I'm busy at work, my weekends are full with gigs, kids and family commitments, away for a 10th wedding anniversary party so I'm rapidly running out of any spare time to put a routine together and still haven't yet finalised what I'm dancing to. Hopefully in between my manic lifestyle I"ll find some time to pull it all together. I'm really looking forward to it as should be a great show from both the instructors and students and a great night out so if you want to come get a ticket soon as they're selling fast.

Ta ta from me now and will keep you posted how things are working out.


Monday, 4 May 2009

Sadness and More Farm Antics

I'm starting my blog on a sad note as I attended a funeral of my DJ friend LLoyd Williams last Friday 24th April in Bodmin. I'd worked with LLoydie for 4 years in my dancing days at Destiny and was shocked by such tragic news of his death from a car accident. LLoydie was only 34 - a couple of months older than me it's hard to understand and take it in that suddenly he is no longer with us. He was a fabulous DJ, well respected and liked by all and this was so apparent at his funeral. Being a massive Liverpool fan we were all asked to wear either the football shirt or red and white and so many of LLoydie's friends and family turned up to give the "big man" a great send off. We went in to Rock DJ and went out on Littlest Hobo being the song he so often used to play out at the end of many a DJ night. The service was a fitting send off and his Mum and his family did him proud. My love and wishes are with all his family for losing such a great person with an infectious smile and laugh. Here is a great photo of just that smile... Rest in Peace LLoyd.

Well if you have read Sam's blog you will have seen we all had a trip to the farm last Saturday. I won't blog too much on this as Sam's blog filled you in with most of the antics and I know Sam is dying to add more photos and some clips of the falconry display that I managed to take. It was a fabulous excuse to be a big kid for the day and relax and enjoy some well earned time out with the rest of the Art of Dance team. We all had such a laugh and I'm sure the animals breathed a big sigh of relief when we left them in peace for the day. I'd had such a good time there though that I couldn't resist going back for a second time with Steve and his kids this bank holiday weekend making use of the vouchers Mark at Pennywell had kindly given us.
We'd obviously made an impression!!!! as he remembered us and had read Sam's blog so a big Hi to Mark and the team if you're reading this. 

Since the Art of Dance had visited the week before there had been some new additions to the farm - namely some gorgeous guinea pigs and some kids. Here are some photos of these. 

Sam I think we should have one of these babies as our new Art of Dance pet?!!!

The kids were so cute and there was also a tiny grey and white one fast asleep in one to the corners.

I'm pleased to report the piglet was still going strong and had grown slightly since we last saw him which was good news since he lost his brothers and sisters to a virus. Steve's children Morgan and Zoe really enjoyed their trip to the farm especially feeding the orphaned kids and lambs. Much to their amusement when we had fed our kid in it's pen and then cuddled a lamb, when we popped him back into his pen we discovered I'd managed to pick up the biggest and fattest one there!

Once again we were treated to a fantastic falconry display which was really spectacular as being a lovely sunny day we got to watch this outside with the amazing views for a back drop. I managed to get the barn owl in flight and the little kestrel was just as vocal as he had been the week before. Even the peacocks decided to treat us to a bit of a display.

Well we had to say goodbye to the farm but I'm sure we'll all be back at some point to see how all the animals are getting on. The rest of my bank holiday weekend was pretty chilled. Steve's best mate's birthday was on Saturday so we all met up for his annual beach get together on Sunday. We were hoping for a lovely sunny day and although it was, it was also a bit nippy when the sun disappeared behind the clouds and there was a fair wind. Despite the mile trek down to the beach with all our bits and pieces and forgetting the BBQ to cook our burgers on! we still had a very enjoyable afternoon. (We didn't starve as fortunately someone else was more organised than us and we got to use theirs and there was plenty of other food all round). It's hard work relaxing you know as by the time we came to leave Steve & I felt pretty tired so a night in on the sofa, DVD with a curry beckoned to us. We both had a pretty lazy start to Monday morning and I caught up on a few boring domestics like ironing! We both ventured into town early afternoon and caught up with Steve's Mum and bought a few bits in town. Steve had wanted to get a new book to read but somehow managed to find nothing that interested him while I came out with three. We then continued the bank holiday treat with late lunch/early dinner out before going home to start yet more work. 

Steve was off to Exeter to DJ and as I'm teaching a sequencing class this Friday 8th May at 6.15pm I thought it was time I started to put this together for you lucky people. I've got a minute so far and it's coming together pretty well so if you fancy coming along please book in as spaces are limited to 6 only so you have one pole each. It's to JT and Ciara's Sexy Love Magic so you never know you could be out impressing the crowds if you find yourself near a pole at the weekend. I keep the routines quite basic and dancey so all levels can have a go - beginner to advanced. It is good cardio work for you all and gives you ideas of dance moves to different songs as I know how you all love learning those body isolation moves in a normal class!! Hopefully I'll see some of you there on Friday and my normal Thursday night in Plymouth. I'll be back in Exeter on Monday night so will look forward to seeing my Exeter students then.

Catch up soon


Sunday, 12 April 2009

Routine & Update

Happy Easter All...I hope you've all been enjoying the lovely weather this weekend. My Mum in Bedford has not been so lucky and has had to put up with a grey sky and drizzle for the last three days. We've been especially enjoying the weekend sun as a couple of weeks back I decided it was time for a change and treated myself to a convertible car. Such a thrilling and fun experience putting the hood down and off you go. My Mum loved it when I visited her for Mother's day and took her out for a spin. Not only did I surprise her by turning up unexpected but with my new toy!
We had a really good couple of girly days together. I managed to make it up for the Friday night as I new she was visiting her Mum on the Saturday so I planned it for us all to go together. My Nan will be 90 this year and I don't get to see her very often so it worked out really well. Mum and I spent the day traveling from Bedford to Guildford to see her, then back through to Milton Keynes for coffee and Retail therapy and then on to the Snow Dome where we had dinner. We rounded the night off at home with a Man in Tucks...well Daniel Craig in Casino Royale! We then enjoyed a fabulous lunch together on Mother's Day before I headed off in the late afternoon back to Plymouth. I don't get to see Mum nearly enough so this really was some special time together.
Talking of time together, Steve and I hadn't seen much of each other over the last few weeks due to a hectic work diary so the only way we could see to remedy this was to take a couple of days out and get away from it all. We opted to go to Bath and Steve found us a wonderful hotel right in the town centre which did a great breakfast, dinner and room deal. I must say the 3 course meals were excellent. I'm not a great fish lover but I opted for the swordfish on the first night and was very impressed. I just about found room for dessert too!! Steve and I enjoyed a lazy couple of days there, wandering round the many wonderful streets and shops and stopping in one of the numerous coffee houses every so often. The weir in the town centre is pretty impressive and I managed to get Steve to pose long enough to get a photo. 

We went to the Thermae Spa on the Monday afternoon for a spot of pampering. I particularly liked the mint and eucalyptus steam room as it made me feel very cleansed and invigorated. The roof top pool was great although it reminded me of the scenes in Mary Poppins and I had a very strange urge to want to get out and go running across the rooftops! Just as well I didn't. The only down side was that there weren't many showers and considering we were there on a Monday which is the quietest day I'd hate to be there when it was any busier as the attendants said you would have to queue to use them and the other facilities..which surely defeats the object of going to de-stress! 
I think I must have come back from Bath on a mission as since then I've been working my students extra hard as several of you have come in displaying some spectacular bruises. Don't worry I've been giving myself some too. Sam, Tamar and I were in on Thursday before my classes and I still have lost skin on my feet and legs and bruises under my arms trying to work out various spectacular new moves. I think I'll be leaving the Dove to Tamar though...I couldn't even reach the pole behind me when I tried it lying on the floor and my poor back is still complaining now! I've also taught several of you a new routine to Anastacia recently which everyone has been doing really well at. I told you I was getting an evil streak as not only did I put a verse and chorus together for it...the lucky students got to dance it twice through! 
Here are some of my Exeter students (and me!) being put through their paces. Thank you to Karenza, Amy and Claire for being willing victims and letting me film them and to Jayne who was an expert behind the camera.
There are no classes in Exeter this week as the gym is shut for Bank Holiday Monday so I'll be back there next. I'm in the Plymouth studio Tuesday night this week as I'm away with work for a meeting on Thursday so see you all then!
Before I go though I must quickly say welcome back to Jo who is back in this week to assume her position as Lordette and also a big get well to Nixi who dislocated her knee whilst on her Uni field trip. Big hugs and kisses.

Monday, 2 March 2009

My performances from Saturday

As mentioned in my last blog, here are my videos from Saturday's Vestival:

Sunday, 1 March 2009

Vestival & Update

Wow! what a hectic couple of weeks I've had..I feel my feet have hardly touched the ground. Well mainly because they have been up the pole a lot practising this last week in readiness for my performance on Saturday in Plymouth city centre with Sam and Hayley as part of Vestival.

We were all really nervous about performing as well as having to deal with the cold, and a freezing cold pole! but I think you'll agree watching our performances that we all put on a fabulous show which was really well received. I managed to pretty much keep to what I'd hoped to put in and pull off as well! Jo was there cheering us on and giving out flyers, as was Nixi who managed to dash out in her lunch break to support us and of course my gorgeous fiance Steve. Sam and I roped him into doing the footage for us so check out Sam and Hayley's blogs already for theirs. I'll be passing Sam my footage from my camera in the next couple of days for her to publish on our You Tube channel and put on my blog as I can't get it to upload the files at the moment!

Not only have I had to find time to fit in a bit more practise (never easy when you already work full time and teach at at least 2 nights a week)but Sam also gave me some more "homework" to do. I won't give too much away but will say that it has involved studying a current music video to death (well 4 hours has been plenty and I now cringe when I hear the song come on!)to choreogragh a minutes worth of a routine to teach 3 members of staff from Plymouth Sound. We had our first rehearsal after my normal Thursday night classes last week and I have to say it went brilliantly. Considering none of them are natural dancers and the routine is very, very fast they pretty much were there. We've done the first 20 seconds so at this rate we'll have it in the bag in no time. I'll keep you updated with progress and I think the end result they are aiming for will look fantastic.

I've managed to have some time off though and Steve and I went away for a couple of days over Valentine's weekend to my Mum's. We had a day together shopping in Milton Keynes on the way through (although not very successfully as the music shop Steve wanted to visit had shut down and I didn't find anything I really liked) so we just enjoyed some time together window shopping before having a very enjoyable meal in a restaurant in the Snow Dome. I even indulged in a cocktail!

We turned up at Mum's late that evening and then had the day with her on Sunday. We were treated to a top notch meal at one of her favourite restaurants and then popped over to see my Dad's niece and her husband in the afternoon.

It was a fleeting visit as we had to come away from Bedford on the Monday as we were both working back up in Exeter that night for pole class and DJing respectively.(what a dedicated member of staff you have Sam! hee hee). I'm looking forward to this weekend as well as Mum is coming down here to stay with us for a couple of days so I'll get to have some me and Mum time!.

I've a busy week as usual as I'm teaching Monday night in Exeter and Thursday in the Plymouth studio plus I have a meeting in Bristol on Wednesday so will have an early start that morning. I'm hoping I'll stop aching after Saturday's performance as I really did feel exhausted from dancing in the cold. Steve and I had a relaxing evening over Chinese dinner at a friends house in Exeter on Saturday and we took his kids up to Badger Holt on the moors today to take advantage of the gorgeous sunshine and indulge in a cream tea - so I think i'm almost there now and ready to give the Exeter girlies a beasting tomorrow.

Toodle pip for now and look out for the videos.