The voices behind the company

I wanted to do a little montage so rather than it coming from me you could hear straight from the children. I simply asked for some photos and clips of what they love about dance and Danzfusion and it literally made my heart melt as they came in ❤️ dance is so much more than just learning a piece of choreography. Take a look and see for yourself…..

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Home workout

Personally for me I love the buzz and feel of a class with that social element and feeding off of the energy in a group exercise environment. I do appreciate that it’s not always easy to find the time to get out to a class or the gym or even find something you like that fits your personal schedule. This doesn’t mean that you can’t still workout as there’s things you can do to still add exercise into your daily routine. I also know the sofa can easily call you or a distraction of jobs to do or a TV programme can make you think oh I’ll start next week……Setting yourself just 20-30 minutes aside can still really benefit you. Why not this quick workout at home. No equipment needed just yourself and some space 🙌🏻

Make sure you do a quick warm up to start and stretch to finish. One will be added to my YouTube channel shortly. You can subscribe to follow me https://www.youtube.com/user/DanzfusionJennaTudor

Set yourself interval times of work then rest between each exercise for example 30/30 or 40/20 seconds work/rest.

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Life is a journey 💚

Following a wonderful bank holiday day by the sea creating memories with my family it has led me to reflect a little on the journey home. Looking back over the past year so much has happened in my work and personal life. Aside from the obvious life changing event of having my little boy so many things have changed for me personally from my outlook, future goals and aspirations to personal health.

I’ve always been massively into my health and fitness but have found a new appreciation for a wider spectrum of this incorporating elements of mindfulness and a deeper interest in nutrition to improve my wellbeing. I’ve added elements of personal development into my life to help me learn and grow daily and become a better person. This I know is down to finding Herbalife a little over a year ago. I started with Herbalife initially after finding myself very unhappy in my body, lacking confidence and feeling like I’d lost a part of me after child birth. Although I’d been given the most wonderful gift of love, the magnitude of which I never knew I could feel, I knew something wasn’t as it should be and I needed to take action to make a change. I needed to find where I was happy again within myself but never imagined what it would lead me to experience, achieve and ultimately discover.

In just weeks of being Introduced to Herbalife I noticed a change in how I started to feel in my energy, which shortly developed into physical and mental changes. A few months down the line the opportunity to become a promoter was presented to me and initially I thought my life was too busy and chaotic enough to even consider it. Something however twigged my curiosity for me to take a look at the opportunity, which I will now be forever greatful for. I was in two minds to begin with; I feared I wouldn’t have the time and wouldn’t be able to do it and was scared of something new. Something told me though not to ignore it as the products had made such a change to my life that I needed to learn more. The idea of being able to create more time freedom and set a future for my family was what ultimately made me look further. When I saw how I could help others feel the way it had helped me was just as the say the icing on the cake!

A year on I LOVE the affects I have seen on clients lives with their health and happiness. I love the community I’ve been able to grow through it and that I am now sharing the business opportunity to other people to be able to help them make a change for their future. I love how it has enabled me to meet so many people, cut back on my workload and create more time to enjoy my baby growing up and not missing those magic moments. Life is too short to be stuck working doing something that makes you unhappy. Dream big and with the right mindset you can achieve whatever you set out for in any aspect of your life 💚 xx

Worlds here we come!

So a little late in writing up after the regional competition earlier this month but a little post to congratulate all of the squad teams for their amazing results. All 4 teams qualified for the worlds championships later this year placing third in their categories. I’m immensely proud of all of the students hard work not only on the day but in classes rehearsing up to the day. The passion and performance that each one of the girls gives is so rewarding to see as a teacher and I feel they are a real inspiration to other students in the school.

As well as the teams we had a number of duos and some solo’s also qualify which is an amazing achievement. I can’t wait for the world championships in the summer (hotel already booked I’m that excited 😆) and know the girls are buzzing to get stuck into rehearsals too.

We will be holding a fundraising family fun day very soon so keep your eyes peeled for news of that!

Again congratulations girls, you are all superstars 🌟

Hello 2018

So farewell 2017 and thanks for a great year!! There’s been some downs with our little B being poorly and in Hospital a few times and some challenging moments along the way but all in all you’ve been a cracker of a year!

So many personal highlights like hearing my baby say his first words and taking his first steps but also some new ventures with my work life. I’ve become a herbalife promoter after finding and falling in love with the products. They allowed me to get back into shape post pregnancy and create some lasting healthy habits so I now feel the best I have in a long time. Because of this I decided to add this string to my business and help others become happy and healthy too. It’s been an amazing journey so far seeing lots of clients improving their health and not only feeling good but looking amazing too!

It feels fantastic to be back in full swing with Danzfusion too after a short break for maternity leave. On top of the regular highlights like our end of year show seeing so many students achievements in and out of class Is an incredible feeling. I’d like to welcome new members who have joined this year; Danzfusion is continuing to grow stronger and stronger.

So I leave you with a huge thank you for your continued support. I’m so excited to move into 2018 with some big plans and build our community and Danzfusion family even more….. so dream big and aim higher than you imagine and who knows what you’ll achieve 💕 Danzfusion – Uniting people and dance

Celebrating achievement

A lovely little post to close the year with positivity here are some stories of achievements from some students of Danzfusion this year.

Mia Hope 12 and Tamera christie-Beddington 10 found a friendship through the Danzfusion as they were paired up as duo partners in 2016. With hours of practice both in class at in their spare time this paid off as they racked up a number of trophy’s at various competitions over 2017, including achieving two 1st place and a 3rd place at competitions across eastanglia which securing them a place at the UDO world championships and nationals.

Tamera has also had some amazing solo achievements too where she has earned 1st place at 3 competitions. I’m really looking forward to seeing what 2018 bring for the girls as it’s beautiful to see not only their dance talent grow but a beautiful friendship blossom too.

Next I would like to congratulate Maisie Watson who has been a part of Danzfusion for 10 years. She is on the completion team as well as additional weekly classes and also helps with one of the younger groups. She has just gained a place at Addict Dance Academy based in Leicester for September 2018. This is a BTEC extended diploma is performing arts and dance that works in partnership with Loughborough College. It is a full time course following from her GCSE’s as full time further education that consists of Jazz, Ballet, Commercial, Tap, musical theatre,choreography and business studies. I wish Maisie all the best when she begins this new exciting chapter and have no doubt she will go far pursuing her passion for dance.

Next we have Poppy Bevan, a younger member of Danzfusion who is part of #fuse competition team. Poppy took part in the 1st William Law’s Got Talent at her primary school. She adapted a dance Jenna had choreographed in class and came 3rd out of over 300 entrants. Poppy loves to dance and was extremely happy with her achievement.

Moving onto Nicola Gregory, another long term student and member of LLD competition team. Nicola Was recently awarded an Outstanding achievement in performing arts for year 11 in 2017. She achieved full marks and 2 A* for her GCSE dance and drama. Nicola is such a hard working, focused mature young woman who I know is going to succeed in whatever she puts her mind to. Over the years her dancing ability and passion has improved tremendously and is beautiful to see reflected in moments like these. Congratulations and keep up the incredible work.

A little different for this next student Leah Bennett who entered a competition from a post I forwarded on earlier in the year to become the face of Ratchet clothing for 2018. From hundreds of applicants Leah made it through to final rounds where she recently travelled to the head offices in Nottingham for a photo shoot. She had a great day and we can’t wait to hear how she gets on when revealed in the New year. Good luck Leah!

Thank you 2017!

Wow what a year it’s been! After having Blake last year it’s been a very different year for sure juggling family life and work, but this year has seen me take on new challenges and develop into a whole new person. I’ve learned to adapt in ways I would never have done before (get by and function on a lot less sleep for one!) but I think without realising it’s changed my perception and outlook.

….I would definitely say I appreciate things more and am grateful for what life brings. Life is too short to not enjoy each day so with certain events it’s taught me to stay positive even when things can be difficult or challenging. This year literally flown by and so much has happened in my personal life that’s it’s important to always keep at the forefront of your mind that to be truly happy focus on what you want and make it happen! That way there’s not any ‘ifs’ or ‘buts’ or that ‘what could have been?’ question. So with this I encourage you to have goals, follow your dreams, do what you love and find your happiness 💕 Merry Christmas Everyone xx

Be Kind Campaign 

Following ITV’s this morning’s Be Kind Campaign I wanted to bring the Be Kind message into Danzfusion and reinforce the important of how simply being nice to one another can make a huge change in a child’s life. 

This Morning initiated the Be Kind Campaign to offer key advice and an anti-bullying message following recent powerful interviews focused on bullying and the experiences faced by children and their families. It was launched after the huge responses the programme received when 2 mothers shared their tragic stories of how their children committed suicide after being bullied.


The national campaign will urge viewers to pledge to watch the moving interview via the ITV website with their children so that they know they can ask for help and how important it is to be kind.

I sent this video to all of the parents asking them to show their children and help them understand the effects that verbal and mental bullying can have and highlight how this has grown within social media recently. Various social media channels are a huge part in a large percentage of peoples every day lives, and more and more children’s lives so at Danzfusion I want to use the power of instagram, Facebook and twitter to spread a good message that simply being nice to one another can make all the difference to someone’s day and week. 

We will be doing various activities as part of classes to keep reinforcing the Be Kind ethos that I have always supported within Danzfusion. My dance classes are a place where children come not only to learn new skills and dances but to gain confidence, build friendships and most importantly have fun. I strive to provide a safe and happy environment where students feel comfortable with who they are and let them develop that. So everyone smile, be happy and keep being kind 💕



Happy New Year!

Hi Everyone! It’s been a little while since I’ve written an entry. Since my last post I’ve hand my hands kept busy looking after our new addition Blake. It’s crazy that its been nearly 5 months already since he was born!

Over the last term I tried to pop in and visit everyone as much as I could but now Christmas and new Year have passed I will be back teaching the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday classes each week. Nadine will be continuing with Mondays and Tuesdays and also has some new classes added to a Wednesday at a brand new venue. Please check this timetable to see these.

I’m looking forward to seeing you all back and what 2017 has to bring for Danzfusion. This year we have competitions lined up for the squad teams, some events in planning and the annual show has been booked for July with a slightly different theme this year, so keep your eyes peeled on the website and social media pages for info.

So with new year it often bring new resolutions of what to give up. For me I try not to do this of things but look to things on a positive side of goals I would like to achieve. Maybe you could set yourself a challenge of something you would like to accomplish this year? Whatever it is dream big and do what makes you happy. Whether its becoming more confident in yourself, becoming a better dancer, enjoying social time or getting fitter enjoy your dance classes for you every time you come.

See you all soon xx

End of year showcase

Thank you everyone for a fantastic year. Having our annual show earlier this year we finished the year off with a small showcase giving rise all students the chance to perform choreography from this terms classes. As always it makes me so proud to see you all get up and dance showing your individual personality and passion through dance. It’s wonderful to see people’s confidence grow and swag emerge! 

A huge well done to the whole school but as an addition we completed the showcase with a few awards that were given out to students to recognise giving that something extra this year.


I’m going to miss everyone tremendously next term but I’ll be back in the new year with our newest Danzfusion member ready to join the family. Until then I’m on the end of the phone or email if you have any queries. Enjoy the summer xx

Welcome….

So I’ve not written an entry in a little while as its been a busy time recently, which leads me nicely into the content of this new post. Please welcome the newest member to the Danzfusion family who will be joining us in September ❤️👶🏻

  
Tony and I are over the moon and can not wait to meet you! See you in 6 months hopefully dancing your way to us 🤗

MIU Fitness

  

Dance has been a part of my life since I was 5 years old and 26 years on I still love it every bit as much now as I ever have. It’s a part of my soul and is what makes me truly happy being able to let go and feel free in the music. I appreciate so many different styles and was so excited when I came across the Mash It up training as another genre to add to my list of qualifications.  

The thing I connected with most about the mash it up concept is the fun essence of the class and the idea of everyone relaxing, letting go and being themselves as feel di vibe!! Alicja captures the true culture of dancehall and has cleverly created a programme that anyone can join in with. I feel that with my dance and teaching experience MIU training was a very natural step for me that felt comfortable. I’ve always loved dancehall music so to now to able to teach this class is a dream. 

The training weekend itself was a jam packed weekend of learning and fun. The passion of the master trainers was infectious and a great inspiration for all of us to look up to. The trainer team were only too happy to help and pass their knowledge in any way possible to in turn share their love of dancehall. Although there was a lot of moves and information to get to grips with in a short space of time I loved every minute of it. Ive already had a practice and the reception was very positive. I can not wait to to start teaching and spread the #miulove further. Thank you to all the MIU team ❤️

Jeffrey and Turbo Workshop

So we’ve just had the pleasure of welcoming Jeffrey and Turbo to Peterborough to deliver a hip hop and house workshop to a group of Danzfusion students. As expected it was brilliant! The guys brought their energy and personalities to deliver a top class session that all of the girls absolutely loved.

 

 The session started with warm up and basics in the two styles to get the girls comfortable before challenging them with 2 different pieces of choreography. What I loved was that no matter what the children’s age, ability or experience they all gave it their best and danced with enthusiasm. Sessions like this are all about learning, progression and just having fun! It doesn’t matter if something isn’t perfect if there is passion, effort and determination to improve and get there in the end. Both Jeffrey and Turbo brought such a happy vibe and fun to their teaching that it is impossible not to be inspired. 

It was great for me to watch as the students developed in such a short space of time as their confidence grew. Dance is all about passion, expression, living in the music and being you. Don’t try and imitate others. Learn from them but most importantly dance like you with your own style and groove!  I hope that everyone takes something from today that helps them to continue their dance journey. 

Again a huge thanks to Jeffrey and Turbo. We can’t wait to have you back again! 

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More than just a dance class….

I’ve noticed more than normal this week the growing relationships of students within my dance school. As well as the children’s ability and confidence growing, friendships are blossoming in front of my eyes. It’s so nice to see children mixing with others and becoming friends that they not only look forward to seeing at class every week but now have friendships outside of class too. Some really valuable support can also be seen with older students helping younger students and becoming real role models for them to look up to and aspire to be like. They may not realise how important their role is and what they are doing for these young people but I can clearly see the impact they are having and it’s hugely positive effect.

Within class, along side teaching choreography and technique, I like to set tasks where I can sit back and observe. I can see personalities emerge, provide guidance and step forward giving ideas when previously they would have sat back and followed along. It all relates back to what I’ve said hundreds of times with dance helping to build confidence but it really is true! Sometimes the hardest thing can be dancing in front of your peers so having the bravery and confidence to do this in a close intimate environment can only be a good thing. I believe that performing in front of and watching each other is an intergral part of learning and development. To learn from others attributes and inject it into your own progress is something so simple but priceless and the key to propelling forwards at a fast rate.

My motto when setting up Danzfusion was to unite children and dance, to show how dance can enrich children’s growth and development, as well as be a part of their life that they enjoy. Now I look upon what I have created and can see that Danzfusion has clearly done this and much more by uniting the children together. As cliche as it may sound I am very proud of my “Danzfusion family”. I hold the bonds I have made with my students and parents close to my heart and appreciate every one of them. I look forward to everything the future has to offer and vow to always strive to give my best to continue the upward spiral that’s has been close to a decade of Danzfusion.

UDO regional qualifier

Congratulations to my crew LLD who competed today at the UDO Midlands regional and placed a fantastic third place! Not only is this a great achievement for them as their first time competing together at a UDO event, but it means they have qualified for both the worlds and European championships next year.

I couldn’t be more proud of the girls when the talent there today was of such a high standard. With the team name LLD, Live Love Dance, I can see that days like today bring this to life. The girls loved every second performing to the crowd and judges and I equally love watching them grow I front of my very eyes each time they train and perform. Music and dance can be a powerful thing that let a person express who they are and create a real natural high. Everyone should have some of it in their life, whether its a class or just around their living room!!
Now the training really begins working toward the championships and even get thing the mums ready for the parent team 🙂

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Danzfusion, the journey.

So where it all began……

Once I’d completed my dance training I decided I wanted to go down the teaching route rather than performing. Although I love dancing on stage I knew I would find real satisfaction in teaching and inspiring others the way I had been when I was growing up and taking classes. I have always had a real passion for dance and knew I wanted to share this with others as it can bring so many positives to peoples lives.

I began teaching within schools as part of primary school curriculum classes and then GSCE dance sessions. Although I did enjoy this I knew it wouldn’t be something I would do forever. I wanted to set something up that I could put my mark on and call my own. This brought the creation of Danzfusion. I started with just 4 classes a week at schools that I had been working in. Over the years this grew and grew as I added in more and more classes in different locations.

Over the years Danzfusion have put on an annual shows, local demos, competed in competitions, performed in London as well as have top choreographers come and visit to deliver specialist workshops. I believe that providing a variety of opportunities that will help children, whether it be in their confidence, physical dance ability or with their social skills is massively important in helping them develop into successful young people. I am all about a class being fun. If it’s not enjoyable then whats the point?!

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So where is Danzfusion now?…. I am still every bit as passionate now (probably even more so!) as when I set out with my dream of creating a successful company. It is hugely important to me that every single student benefits from attending classes. I pride myself that I have built a Danzfusion family where I know all of the children and family. I like to be able to speak to parents at class and keep in regular contact outside of class. I could expand on a much larger scale and hire teachers so that I could triple my classes and size of the company but then I wouldn’t see all of the children. Something that I think sets me apart from other schools in the city is that I personally teach the classes rather than just run the school. I personally want to see the children’s progress. All of the images and footage on the website is from Danzfusion so you can get a real essence of what the company is like. What is the point in seeing images lifted from the net that don’t really represent a true picture.

Part of this years additions is that I plan to hold end of term demos and feedback sessions so that parents can get more insight into their child’s progress and what they need to work on for the next term. I have so many exciting things that I want to do with Danzfusion so this year is full steam ahead with lots of things in the pipeline! keep looking at the website and social media to keep updated 🙂

The Danzfusion annual show Iconic

Last weekend saw the culmination of the past 10 months of work all come together for the annual show performance. Although it is a massive amount of work, preparation, organisation and stress the annual show is always something that I very much look forward to. It marks the end of the year and highlights all of the progressions the students have made from last year. I have seen a huge improvement across the board from the really young children right through to the teens, which was truly magical to witness. My job is to teach techniques and choreography but also to inspire and be a role model. Looking at the excitement and pre show buzz through to the children’s face’s as they come off stage smiling from ear to ear Its clear to see I have done this.

From the outside people may not see or realise what goes on behind closed doors to make a show possible. From costumes, to lighting design, editing music, paperwork and hours upon hours of choreography it is a long process that ultimately lies on my passion for dance and giving opportunity to my students. My main goal each year is to give all of the children who attend danzfusion classes the opportunity to get up on stage and show their friends and family what they have learnt and accomplished. My one wish is that children feel a sense of pride in what they have achieved by simply being a part of the show. Performing on stage takes a lot of courage to get up in front of so many people and put yourself out there saying “look at me”. I’m so proud of each and every person who did this, and did it with such gusto. One comment from one of the parents was how she noticed that this year so many more children seemed to ‘dance’ the routines much more than previous years rather than go through the steps. This was so great to hear as ultimately dance is all bout letting yourself go, expressing what you feel and using your body to show this love of dance through the music.

Saturday was a long day from rehearsals to the actual show. The children were beautifully behaved right through the day and were a credit to me. I would like to share this to all of the parents and just say how pleased I am that your children represented Danzfusion in such a positive way. The cresset were very impressed with the professionalism of Danzfusion and ease and flow of the production.

I’ve had some wonderful comments and feedback that I will be sharing on the testimonials page shortly so you’ll be able to read this for yourselves and see the effect Iconic had on so many people. I would like to thank everyone who is part of the Danzfusion team. It may sound cliche but at Danzfusion it is like one big happy family where children make friends and share these experiences that help mould them into the young adults they will become over the next few years. These years are precious and the confidence that is built from attending classes and being part of a dance company is priceless. I appreciate all your continued support and would like to say as a final note a huge CONGRATULATIONS! Another fantastic memory created for the Danzfusion archive. Keep up the hard work everyone xx

My BODYCOMBAT™ journey

The past 6 months have a crazy whirlwind of achievements and progressions in my professional career. I have taken lots of steps to develop myself in terms of training and qualifications; the most recent becoming a body combat instructor.

I have always taken part in many of the Les Mills programs in various gyms and always thought I’d love to be on the other side teaching it to inspire other people the way I have been inspired by others to work hard and reap the benefits. There are lots of benefits to all the Les Mills programmes, each in their own right as good as the next. A major pro is that whatever gym you go to in whatever country there is standardisation where the same release, choreography and structure are being followed and participants can be united and be a part of something global.

Not only does body combat get you fighting fit and looking ripped, it improves heart and lung function and reduces the risk of heart disease. As you tone your muscles and physique it develops co-ordination and agility of a mixed martial arts. Bone density, posture, core strength and stability can all be improved through dedication and regular training.

So what exactly is it? Les Mills defines BODYCOMBAT™ as the empowering group fitness cardio workout where you are totally unleashed. A fiercely energetic program that is inspired by mixed martial arts and draws from a wide array of disciplines such as karate, boxing, taekwondo, tai chi and muay thai. It uses uplifting powerful music with role model instructors that push you to your limits as you strike, punch, kick and kata your way through calories to superior cardio fitness. Like all the LES MILLS™ programs, a new BODYCOMBAT™ class is produced every three months with new music and choreography, designed by BODYCOMBAT™ Master Trainers and mixed martial arts experts, Dan Cohen and Rachael Newsham.

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My journey started on an intensive weekend training course where we has to complete lots of technique drills, teach choreography, work on coaching skills, complete challenges and be assessed in the fundamental components of becoming an instructor for the program. To say the weekend was hard work physically is an understatement but worth every drip of sweat! My trainer was incredible. You know when you look at someone and are like WOW, I want to be like them! That’s what I felt when I listened to and watched Michelle. Her hard work and dedication and technique are that to be commended. If I can show just some of the qualities she posses then I will be very happy! I left the weekend passing my compulsory elements and took the good news back to my club where I had to then work on learning the rest of the current release and practice live teaching. Once I’d done this for a few weeks the next step was to record myself teaching a whole class and submit it to the Les Mills team for assessing. It didn’t take long for me to hear back that I’d passed all sections with some great feedback. I was feeling a mixture of emotions; exhilaration, happiness, relief and nerves for having a full ‘real’ class to teach the following week. Those nerves soon faded as once I put the mic on I was in the role and ready to release the inner warrior!

A month after passing was the launch at my club for the new release and I was one of the instructors asked to lead it. All of those mixed feelings came up again. Sheer excitement for the moment I had been looking forward to, to the butterflies of being up in front of everyone leading them through the new choreography and getting it right. I’m glad to say it was a success and left me with a huge high after the infectious buzz and atmosphere that had been created. This is exactly one of the reasons I love group exercise. A shared feeling of self empowerment, satisfaction and accomplishment.

I’ve now landed myself a permanent class that I start in a fortnight that I can’t wait to get my teeth into. I just hope that I can inspire people to work hard and get results whether it be gaining more confidence, changing themselves physically, stress relief or just put them in a better state of mind and ready to attack the day ahead. For anyone who hasn’t tried BODYCOMBAT™ I urge you to take the plunge and do it, and soon!!

UDO championships

What an amazing day! I’m still on high now as I’m writing this blog entry.

Today I took my newly formed crew ‘fusion 8’ to our first UDO regional street dance championships held here in Peterborough. We entered into the under 14 beginner category as it was our first competition together as a crew and placed an awesome 4th from a large category of 14 schools, which means we qualified for the worlds championships later this year!!! I think I speak on behalf of all of the group when I say we are super excited at the prospect to represent the UK at this illusive event.

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Im so proud of all of the girls hard work and commitment over the past 9 weeks training really hard in and out of rehearsal.  It goes to show hard work pays off, but this is the start of much more hard work to come to take it to the next level.

As a teacher it was such as amazing feeling to hear how much they enjoyed dancing to the crowd and the judges as they walked off of the dance floor, but then to see the look on the girls faces when our name was called to collect our medals and trophy was truly priceless. The excitement running through the group was electric and it certainly took some time to sink in. It is the rewarding moments like this which is why I create these extra opportunities outside of class to really help the girls develop as dancers and ultimately make them feel inspired to go further.

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Here’s to the next step and start of what I hope will be a memorable and progressive experience for my little Danzfusion family. Well done girls, you smashed it!!! xx

Aqua Aerobics

I have completed another qualification this weekend- this time in aqua aerobics to broaden my skill and teaching level so I can continuously offer more to people that come to my classes. I believe its so important to always learn and improve so I’m taking every opportunity I can to do just this!

As I’m loving the addition of aqua Zumba into my weekly timetable I though why not add aqua aerobics to my belt. There is a misconception that water aerobics is only suitable for pregnant women and the elderly. But water aerobics when done in the right structure and form can be an intense workout providing significant cardiovascular and strength training benefits. This is a form of exercise that is appropriate for all ages and fitness levels — even for professional athletes who are cross-training. Water aerobics is essentially performing aerobic exercises in chest-deep water and is a combination of cardio work and MSE exercises using buoyancy, resistance and hydrostatic pressure properties of the water for a training effect.

Points to think about:

* When engaging in water aerobics, it is best to wear a comfortable and modest swimsuit to prevent unexpected wardrobe malfunctions and more importantly feel comfortable.
* Before engaging in any aerobic activity it is important to do basic stretches and warm up (this should be incorporated into the beginning of a good and well structured class anyway) above
* Don’t forget to hydrate. Just because you are in the water it doesn’t mean that you aren’t sweating as much. Your body temperature is cooler than that on land and you are training in a different way. You are using the water as a tool for the resistance and therefore getting toning benefits as well as CV work.
* like any other class don’t always go for convenience. Some people choose a class purely because of time and location and not because of the actual class or content. It is important the class and instructor suit your needs and that you are getting what you want from the class.

Health Benefits- there is a long list of health benefits of aquatic exercise. Here are just a few:

*According to the American Council on Exercise, water buoyancy reduces the “weight” of a person to 90 percent. This reduces the burden on stress-bearing joints and muscles. For this reason, water aerobics will less likely cause injury and muscle soreness. If you are having difficulty performing certain body movements on land, you may find relief when performing them underwater as the water acts as a support. That is why water aerobics is excellent for those with arthritic joints or those recovering from painful injuries because of the reduced impact.

*Your heart rate when exercising in water will be 17 beats per minute less than land-based workouts. Though your heart rate may indicate that your workout is too low, you will actually be working out quite intensely. Pay attention to your body and not your heart rate when engaging in water fitness.

*Water aerobics also increases muscle strength. Instead of weights, the water provides a natural resistance to your movements. Being in the water also increases your lung capacity since your lungs are forced to work harder from the pressure of the water. Being underwater will give you a wider-range of motion and improve flexibility in the joints.

*When exercising in water, you work against 12 times the resistance of air. Simply cupping the water for example with the hands increases the intensity of an arm action and forces the muscles to work harder with helps contribute to muscle development. Increases in intensity, whether its progressions in propulsion, range of movement, lever length or direction change in relation to water turbulence, translate into a higher metabolism resulting in a healthier and leaner body.