I learnt to teach ballroom dancing in 1997. Ballroom is divided into smooth and rhythm dances. With smooth dances we move forward leading with our heals eg Fox Trot, Waltz and Tango. Rhythm dancing we move forward on the balls of our feet eg the Latin dances (Salsa, Rumba, Cha Cha, Merengue) and American social dances such as East Coast Swing, Jive and Hustle.
After teaching in various Dance Studios for many years I decided to start my own classes. In 2008 I created and added CardioDance to my existing portfolio. I wanted a dance routine that didn't require a dance partner and could also deliver a sustained exercise program.
I've taken lots of basic steps from Salsa, Rumba, Cha Cha, Merengue, East Coast Swing and Hustle. Ive also added an aerobic element to the mix by keeping the pace constant and adding lots of arm moves to increase the heart rate throughout the class.
This a total body conditioning routine. It's a scaled down version of part of my daily exercise plan. I like to start with the abdominals and hit them while they're fresh. I find exercises that work the upper, lower, internal and external obliques and the core and pelvic floor muscles. I also include the lower back as having a strong back goes hand in hand with having a strong core. Your core muscles and lower back (erector spinal) are the powerhouse and engine for every exercise we do. Eighty percent of the population will suffer with back problems in their lifetime. We can reduce our own probability by keeping our abs, core and lower back conditioned.
Teaching and practising Supple Strfength has radically enhanced my life both phusically and mentally. Modern day technology during recent years has drastically reduced our physical fitness. Many of us in the western world roll out of a comfortable bed, drive to work, sit all day, drive home and then spend the evening on a comfy sofa. Hense as a culture all of these have contributed to the demise in our posture and general health.
This is an all out body blast workout lasting between 30 and 45 minutes maximum as it's high intensity. Just bring yourself, no weights or apparatus needed as it's all body resistance movements. This means we are using only our own body weight to resist gravity eg (push ups, sit ups leg lunges).
I would welcome anyone to the class as long as they're feeling physically fit and free from injury, no different from attending any other class. Once again we adopt the High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) approach. The session includes strength, core and cardio or aerobics training. During the strength phase we'll work the upper and lower body with a barrage of exercises from push ups to power squats, cardio blasts using on the spot sprints and high speed jumping jacks and various plyometric jumps.
Couch to 5K this is a beginners running program of 3 sessions per week that will have you running 5K in 9 weeks. For any age and targeted at beginners, it's a great moral booster.
This is jogging for anyone whose's just starting out. Any age, any weight or any fitness level. We start out by walking with very short running intervals 30 seconds to start. As the weeks progress we increase the time we run and decrease the time we walk ever so gradually. In approximately 8 to 10 weeks you'll be running a 5K.
Step CardioDance incorporates Step into my CardioDance class.. For all you original 80's "Steppers". The class starts with a Step warm up and then we go into 20 minutes of basic, fun and effective step moves. Burning lots of calories which will shape and tone your legs. This is truly a dynamic workout that will give you an initial aerobic blast followed by our CardioDance routine. (Please see class content).
Step Aerobics is primarily a total leg workout that will leave you dripping with sweat in a matter of minutes. It's fast paced and will also work the muscles in your abs, shoulders and arms.
Do you struggle with mobility issues? Are you confined to a wheelchair? Then this workout's for you! As the name implies these exercises are to help and enable anyone that might be suffering from a variety of ailments due to age or injury. Notwithstanding anyone can perform the routine. I came up with the idea while driving on long car journeys of up to 4 hours. Some of these exercises can be done while sitting at your desk or watching TV. Many of the movements can be carried out with simple but effective extension and contraction of the muscles (bending and straightening of the arms and legs).
On this truly life changing occasion wouldn't it be great to add a memorable dance to the day. Once again I've taken my love of Latin & Social rhythm dances and formed various routines. With as few ar three lessons I can choreograph a fun, basic and easy to learn wedding dance. My specialty is working with couples without any dance experience. There's no need to be shy, just let you inhibitions.
A great class with attitude! Let the funky Latino squat class raise your heart rate. If you’re looking for a fun, high-energy and alternative cardio workout, then this is the class for you. All levels of fitness and coordination welcome!
With these routines I've taken squatting to the next intensity level. Latino is done using Dumbbell's and Latina we use Kettlebell's. We start our warm up with a Latin dance routine for one dance track and then move into an extended squat session. Depending on the fitness level of the group the squat attack might be anything from 15 to 30 mins.
Squataholic is a high energy cardio routine of at least 2000 squats minimum. The aim is to burn lots of calories using big muscle groups in your gluteus muscle group (bum), quadriceps and hamstrings (thighs front and back).
Come along and learn all the basics of East Coast Swing, Hustle, Rumba, Cha Cha, Merengue and Salsa. Two dances showcased at evey event with at least an hour of freestyle dancing where you get a chance to practise "what you got".
This is an opprtunity to blast your body and assault it with exercise until you literally drop. These camps are held outside and last a mininum of an hour and can go on for an entire day depending on participation. Most of the exercises will be done using body resistance exercises, eg jumps, sprints, push ups, squats, lunges and stretching.
We will also also use High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT).
Here's a chance to vent all your rage on the punch bag. It's a great upper body workout for you arms, chest and back. Lots of jabs, crosses, hooks and uppercuts. I've also included some unconventional punching techiques to add a little variety and to work the various muscles slightly diffferently.
Hugh Grant will take you through an intense kettlebell workout combined with latino dance that will not only work every part of your body, but is also sure to get your heart beating quickly too. Think of it as your go-to for building muscles and burning calories, all in one shot.