Tuesday, 29 April 2008
The evening started at 7pm with the singing of Jerusalem then grace followed by supper. I have to admit that I didn't know the words to Jerusalem and my pathetic attempts to sing along were not good. Supper was fantastic, the ladies had been working had to produce a beautiful meal of chicken breast wrapped in bacon accompanied by carrots, peas and gravy. I opted for a very small salad as a large meal before a pole performance usually results in vomiting, not something that would be a good advertisement for fitness pole dancing. After the main course the ladies tucked into strawberry meringue (see below right) and then straight onto the the agenda, minutes from individual parish meetings and then me.
I was introduced in a very positive way and had decided to perform first then speak (In hindsight this may have been a mistake as I was very out of breath when I started speaking!). I danced to a classical piece of music as I thought it would be inoffensive and would allow me to demonstrate the strength and flexibility involved with pole dancing. It wasn't my best performance as I was extremely nervous ( my performance nerves do not seem to improve, if anything they are getting worse) and the wobbly pole succeeded in scaring the hell out of me throughout my performance (note the dodgy parallel handstand near the end of the routine!)
I am unsure how long I talked for but the ladies were full of valid questions about competitions, the condition your skin needs to be in and peoples perceptions of pole dancing. The main thing the ladies seemed to appreciate was how we are using pole dancing to empower people. Pole dancing is creating social networks, boosting the confidence of individuals and allowing me to work with children to help them to achieve self respect and achievement.
In many ways the aims if the art of dance are similar to those of the WI, we both carry out charity work, we both arrange social opportunities and we both aim to educate those around us. I think that the WI educated me about the valuable work they do and proved to me that they were not outdated but were a fighting force carrying out a fantastic role within society. My deepest thanks go out to the ladies from the WI for receiving me so warmly, also thanks to my mum who attended the meeting with me and of course to Liz Moir for inviting me and to her husband Steve for helping me with the stage. I hope I will catch up with the ladies again in the near future. Also check out the beautiful floral table displays below that adorned each table - truly gorgeous.
Quickly onto news from Rosanna on her latest adventures, she is back on the podium and looking hot, check out her latest video of her perfomance last Saturday at Berties in Newquay. Hopefully Rosanna will be offering some podium / street dance classes in our new studio (soon to be completed), I haven't actually asked Rosanna about this subject yet but no doubt she will read my blog soon! Check out her dance at the bottom of her latest blog.
More news to follow including details of our new Friday night pole classes in Plymouth as well as details of my pending holiday (prepare for smugness),
Monday, 28 April 2008
To get the project off the ground Jojo has been looking for platinum, gold and silver level sponsors to ensure the success of the theatre production. Local Business's, such as world renowned Cap'n Jaspers, have come forward to sponsor the venture and we at the art of dance are proud to be silver sponsors of 'the man in the red scarf'
The decision to sponsor a theatre production coincides with our acceptance into Equity, finally pole dancing has acheived the performing arts status it truly deserves. Jojo is pictured here receiving the cheque from me. We at the art of dance wish Jojo every success with his production.
For any of you waiting on news from my performance at the WI last week I am still waiting on video footage from the event so will update you as soon as I have the edited footage.
Good News from Caradon District Council who have invited me back to work with their youth group teaching 15 year old's at Lux Park Leisure Centre, I am really looking forward to catching up with the girls again.
A quick bit of health and fitness news courtesy of the lovely guys at Body weight culture, here is your guide to the Car Workout, use you car as your gymnasium!
WI vid to follow tomorrow,
Saturday, 26 April 2008
There are so many things I want to share with you, so I will be doing some serious blogging in the next few days to catch up on everything, in particular about the fantastic evening I had on Thursday with the Women's institute - video and pictures to accompany that story.
So prepare to be bombarded with blogs over the next few days but in the meantime,
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
Sunday, 20 April 2008
Friday, 18 April 2008
As promised, news on world champion Thai boxer Christi Campbell pictured let with her trainer Sid Remmer (my lovely husband!). Today I had the pleasure of spending a few hours with Christi as we were doing a photo shoot with Chris Trent from global eye photography. Despite Christi's aggression in the ring outside of it she is calm and friendly and is more mature than most 15 year olds I know. Check out Christi's blog for pictures of her tyre pulling workout!!
In addition to sponsorship from the art of dance and M.P Jones solicitors Christi has just got additional sponsorship from IELC (If you are a student or teacher then the IELC website is well worth a visit). Sponsorship enabled Christi to travel to Thailand last year and now hopefully she can return again this August to defend her title. After all of Christi's hard work and determination she really deserves the opportunity to further what is already a remarkable Thai boxing career. Remember that Christi is now fighting adults in her weight category even though she is only 15.
Her new website has been launched this week and gives Christi a new platform to promote herself and her skills. Next year will be an important year for Christi as it will be GCSE year ( I assume that they are still called GCSE's?) so fights will be kept to an absolute minimum to allow Christi to focus on getting good grades to help her in the future.
I would like to offer my praise to Christi for being a fantastic individual and role model to others and to Sid for being a great Trainer to Christi and giving up much of his free time to develop her website and further her Thai training.
Some quick bits of news - firstly thanks to all the irresponsible pole schools and teachers out there, due to your acts my public and employers liability has doubled this year and when I tried to contact other brokers and agents I was told that they no longer insure pole dancing schools due to high risks of injury and bad practice by school owners. Now I am paying for the mistakes of others.
Congratulations to Suzie Wong for the great article in Dance magazine - nice to see good press coverage and a great picture of Suzie doing 'The Knees'.
More news to follow on another sponsorship topic but off home now to enjoy a much needed night off work, Oh and if Amytree is reading this I haven't forgotten I owe you £2 - don't think I gave it to you last week - sorry x
Wednesday, 16 April 2008
Onto some really positive news for the pole dancing industry, Thanks to some hard work from Genevieve Moody from the Flying studio it looks like us pole dancers finally have official recognition from Equity. This move means that performing pole dancers will get cheaper public liability, medical cover and many more benefits. To read more about the equity meeting please read Puss's blog. I will be attending the South west Equity meeting on Sunday 8th June a 2.30pm at the Athenaeum Theatre.
A small comment on buying eggs, obviously if you are lucky enough to have your own chickens then you know all about the benefits of having fresh eggs but for those of you who don't and who can't get to a farm to buy them then I recommend Clarence Court Eggs. They are stacked in most supermarkets and are part of "a small cooperative of family run farms throughout the country". The eggs taste divine and the Cotswold legbar eggs are a particularly pretty shade of blue.
News on champion Thai fighter, Christi Campbell to follow
Monday, 14 April 2008
Friday, 11 April 2008
Next onto some serious news from the Daily Mail that blogging can be detrimental to your health and can even lead to suicide. Apparently us bloggers are prone to depression as well as feeling pressured into writing, this does not apply to me as I enjoy writing my blog however depression may set in after reading that most bloggers get about £35,000 per year for their blog whereas I get paid £0 (Maybe I should grovel to Neil at the herald, note that Neils last blog is the 16th March - no pressure to write or anything Neil!).
A brief comment on diet, I have eaten rather well this week with lots of meals consisting of half a jacket potato with what can only be described as rainbow salad - freshly chopped Basil, Avocado, grated Carrot, Fresh Beetroot (not pickled or sweetened), Olives, Tuna and a smidgeon of blue cheese for indulgence. Thanks to TJ's sandwich bar in Dale Road for the jacket potates fresh from their jacket oven. The idea of eating lots of different coloured food is not a new one and the concept of the rainbow diet has been around for some time however this could be misinterpreted: eating a Burger and chips with Tomato Ketchup and letuce may look colourful but might not be quite what the dieticians were intending! Basically all you should do is try to get some fresh food into your diet and think about your 5 a day.
Breakfast on Wednesday Morning was particulalry divine as my husband and I treated ourselves to a meal at Bistro One, if you have not been before I highly recommend it, the restaurant is run by local wine connoisseur Stephen Barrett and is renowned for fresh local produce. In the evenings the restaurant has the most amazing specials board but during the day (10.30 to 2.30) the place has a more informal feel and a deilicious yet reasonably priced Breakfast / Lunch menu. Here is a picture of our food, breakfast huffkin roll at the back and poached eggs, mushrooms and Salmon shown front.
Many of you commented on my recent topic of kitchen fighting as well as suggesting a Kitchen fighting masterclass. My husband has declied the offer but has agreed to film some examples of Kitchen fighting, Sofa fighting and hall fighting (Hall fighing usually arises when both myself and my husband decide we both need to use the toilet at the same time and the race to get there first erupts into a bout of Hall / Bathroom fighing). We do not recommend trying any of these activities at home unless you are completely mad like we are.
Well it is nearly time for me to teach so I will sign off for now, off to do half an hour's practice before teaching three lovely ladies for a private lesson. Have a wonderfull weekend,
Wednesday, 9 April 2008
Here is a video I have just been given by Rosanna of my performance last year at the Face of Exeter competition. You can view Rosanna's performance on her blog.
Today I wanted to give credit where it is due, Firstly I want to say a huge thank you to Mia, Mel & Penny for the very thoughtful gift of an acupuncture session, it was a most generous gift and meant a lot to me - thank you ladies!
Next I want to thank the staff at the Plymouth Garden Centre for providing excellent customer service, I visited them recently to purchase some new plants for the gym- pictures to follow- and the staff were helpful, polite and friendly, I also want to thank my brilliant mum for helping me to install the plants into their new home.
My next thank you goes to the gorgeous Gordon Sparks for having me on his show yesterday, Gordon is a great sport and kept me Laughing throughout the interview as well as giving me the opportunity to share some health and fitness advice on air.
Finally news on kitchen fighting, my husband seems to have invented a new rule which allows him to slam my head into any hard surface he chooses leaving me to rely on my strong grappling technique to protect myself, However if all fails there is always a vulnerable part of his body to target especially if he is wearing his dressing gown - I win!!
I have two more videos to upload, should be tomorrow.
Sunday, 6 April 2008
Friday, 4 April 2008
Thanks to Sarah, Sarah & Amy for this great picture of them practising the flamingo on their x-pole, keep up the good work ladies.
If any of you are up and about at half 8 next Tuesday morning, 8th April, then please tune into BBC Radio Devon to hear me gabbling about health and fitness, not sure how eloquent I will be at such an early hour but I am currently writing a small training programme to keep presenter Gordon Sparkes on his toes - quite literally!
Next onto a scary bit of fitness advice from the brave guys at BWC, I am not sure about the health and safety aspect of this workout by I may give it a go anyway! If you want to see the full article click here. I think a safer way of conditioning the wrist would be to do basic knuckle press ups against a yoga mat so as to strengthen the wrists without the risk of ripping your knuckles open. I did find a few other videos of knuckle press ups on you tube but there were some really bad techniques including one guy who was seriously dipping his back whilst doing the knuckle press up therefore putting unnecessary pressure on his lower back. I will let you know how I get on with the knuckle press ups later and may also test them out on Gordon next Tuesday!
Here are a few dates for your diary if you fancy raising a bit of money for charity:
April 11th, The Junction, Mutley Plain - Ray, whom I know through Keren at Bella's pet shop,will be having his hair and beard shaved off to raise money for the Primrose Unit at Derriford, the unit deals with breast cancer and has been threatend with closure on sveral occasions throughot the last few years.
April 18th: Grand buffet dance to raise money for the Lord mayors chosen charities of St Luke's Hospice and the NSPCC, The lord and lady mayoress will be in attendance for this black tie event with the Royal Air Force Asociation Big band signing with the lady mayoress herself. Tickets can be bought from Raffles bar, 5 Ermington terrace or by calling 01752771946.
More news to follow,
Wednesday, 2 April 2008