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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.

Reflecting….

Had a few days reflecting over the past years of danzfusion and looking at what it is I do, have done and accomplished so far. I absolutely love my job and wouldn’t change it for the world. I’m looking forward to expanding on what I do and branching out in different ventures and paths along the way but it will ultimately all fall back to dance.

I started off as a youngster totting around in a little pink leotard never knowing where it would end up and that it would ultimately be my career! I am eternally grateful to my first dance teacher mrs Palmer as without her I would have not have continued as a hobby for all those years, then studied at college, gone on further trainings and do what I do now. Although what I did back all those years ago is very different from what I do now it gave my the confidence, drive and love of all things dance.

Its so I’m important to remember your roots and where you came from, as without that you essentially wouldn’t be where you are now. Everyone should always strive to improve and better themselves whether it be in work, personal life, dance or any activity, but appreciating and respecting how you got there is vital to continue this process. I hope that my work through danzfusion classes and opportunities does just this for my students. I want to give people who attend my classes the fundamental building blocks that they can look back on and say that’s how I got to where I am now. I give the advice, tools and teachings and it is up to each individual person to run with those. How much work, effort, practice and focus they put it will ultimately determine how far they will get to what goals they achieve.

I have so many girls who have danced with me for years being loyal and determined members of Danzfusion who have grown into mature and driven young people. This past year has seen me having to let go of some amazing potential who I know will succeed if they keep their heads in place and work as hard as they have done since they started Danzfusion. I wish them every success in university, colleges or whatever they decide is their next step in their journey. Look back at what you have achieved, how you’ve grown and be proud!

I don’t claim to be the best dancer out there, far from it. As a teacher it is imperative to keep learning and never be comfortable. Always push and challenge yourself as this is the key to personal growth. Being humble is by far the most important trait a person can have. No-one wants to work with someone who knows it all or slates what they used to do. It’s all part and parcel of who you have become; a very valuable lesson to remember.

My main aim and reason I set up danzfusion was to inspire and have an impact on the people who participate in my classes. So even if it’s an increase in confidence, weight loss or improved fitness or just the enjoyment of dancing if someone gets something from what I do I have completed what I set out to do.

Keep pushing, being respectful and keep working hard! xx

Encore 2013- UDO competition

This weekend I took a group of danzfusion students to encore 2013, a dance completion run by the UDO. It was the first one of its kind that the UDO have put together in that it offered competition in various genres of dance rather than just a street dance championship which they are know for.

The competition was split into street and cheer, jazz and modern, musical theatre and tap and ballet and contemporary. It was fantastic to see such a diverse range of styles under one roof. There was such incredible talent there from some as young as under 10 categories.

Encore was more than just a competition. It was a whole weekend that also offered a number of workshops with the judges and industry professionals so that all dancers could also learn from the experience or even try out something new.

Im so pleased with our result for our first competition together getting through the the finals and coming away with medals and a trophy placing 4th in the street dance category ( Hex Crew) and 5th in the contemporary (capture). Again it’s all about learning, progression and personal growth.

Nothing that’s is worth it ever comes easy so putting in the time and the hard work will bring results. Don’t be disheartened or put off if something is difficult or not achieved first time, keep at it and it will come. I will take what I’ve learnt from this experience and put it into the next one to achieve higher, something that everyone can do each time they dance at a class or event. Events like this one are not only to enter and win but to become a better version of you by soaking up the experience and above all enjoying what it is dance brings.

So…..number 1 Set your goals, 2 strive towards them in class, rehearsals and personal practice, 3 grab opportunities with both hands and 4 keep dancing!!!

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Musicality workshop with Turbo

This weekend I was lucky enough to arrange a workshop with none other than Turbo!! Turbo has been working in the dance industry for many years but came to the public eye with Got to Dance 3 years ago. Since then he has judged at many UDO events and appeared as a regular judge on CBBC’s Alesha’s street dance stars.

He ran a 2 and a half hour musicality session teaching the students about how to listen to and merge with the music. Hitting music and fitting with the beats and accents is what we all work at when we dance but taking it further and becoming at one with the music to achieve musicality is what we aspire to. He taught the children about listening to the separate parts of the music; the foot kick, high hat and snare, and how to interpret them into movement.

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Not only was it informative but thoroughly enjoyable. The girls had smiles on their faces for the entire time (even when doing press ups!!) Turbo is a friendly, outgoing fun person making everyone laugh throughout with his personality and teaching style.

Again I really hope that this session achieved my goal as a teacher- to inspire my students to progress and be the best they can be. For me dance is not only about learning a skill but helping to grow in confidence so with each class, workshop or show its about personal progression so that we can look back and say this is where I started and this is where I am now!

Heels workshop

Today Danzfusion were lucky enough to welcome Frida Svensson to Peterborough to teach a hip hop in heels workshop. Frida is a very inspirational choreographer and teacher who certainly knows her stuff!! She taught heel techniques and a fierce routine to give everyone the chance to let go and to really live in the music.

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The session was not only about learning dance steps but developing in a personal sense to help build confidence. It’s certainly important to do this first to then allow us to grow physically as a dancer. Classes are about learning, trying something new and pushing yourself to achieve your own goals, which is exactly what Frida focused on.

I absolutely loved today, having the chance to let go and just enjoy the freedom of the style. The session in a few words was intense, fun and fabulous!! Here is a little clip of the choreography.

Annual show

A massive congratulations to the whole cast of this years Danzfusion show ‘Brit Beatz’. This years show was a tribute to all things British from events from the news from the last year to icons in music and film from this country. The show included not only street dance but contemporary and acrobatic dance also to give the audience a nice variety and show the different talents of the students.

Brit Beatz was a great success with lots of amazing feedback from the families and audience who watched the show. This is why I do the shows; not for fame, money or recognition but for the friends of families of the students I teach to see what they have learnt and accomplished. For me its not about having the most flashy and expensive production but simply seeing the children of all ages get up on stage and perform. It can take a lot of courage to get up on stage so its a huge achievement in itself to perform in front of a large audience. I am so unbelievably proud of everyone for their work and hope everyone who watched is too.

This was our 7th annual show!! Some of the cast have been with me right from the first one so its brilliant to see their progress over the years and how they’ve grown and developed into great young people and dancers. On the other end of the scale for some it was their first show with Danzfusion ( and hopefully many more to come!) It is lovely for the audience to be able to see this spectrum from the small 4 years olds and how they will work up over to years to become one of the seniors in shows to come.

It has to be said that the shows can be somewhat stressful shall we say in the weeks leading up to it, but its all worth it at the end to see they finished result! This year I was happily able to organise getting the show filmed so that parents can buy a DVD as a memento of the show. They are being made as we speak so I hope you enjoy them when they arrive.
Now all thats left to say is enjoy your summer holiday and if I don’t see you at one of the workshops over the next few weeks I’ll see you back in September,

Jenna xx

Some like it hip hop

Today I went to watch Some Like It Hip Hop at the Peacock Theatre in London. Written by Kate Prince and Felix Harrison of ZooNation the show is a story of love, mistaken identity and revolution, in a city where books are banned, and where women are kept subservient to men. The story revolves around two central female characters, Jo-Jo and Kerri. When they are discovered breaking the rules of the city, they are thrown out. They decide they have only one option – to return to the city dressed as men. It doesn’t take long for the two women to prove their worth, and it also doesn’t take long for Jo-Jo to fall in love with Simeon, the only educated man in the city. If only she wasn’t wearing a moustache. . . It takes all their efforts to maintain their disguise, find love, and change the world.

Influenced by themes from the classic movie Some Like It Hot, the hit US TV series Mad Men, and Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, a complicated comical tale of love, mistaken identity, cross-dressing, gender stereo-types and revolution are played out in ZooNation’s trademark style of Hip Hop, comedy and physical theatre.

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One word describes the show….PHENOMENAL! With a small cast of extremely talented dancers, singers and musicians I was entertained from start to finish. With a clean and effortless flow the show had a great variety if hip hop styles not to mention it included a great balance of drama, comedy and emotion. I was blown away by the choreography with how it was cleverly put together and the pure imagination of the pieces. One of my favourite scenes included dancing to acoustic guitar as it was particularly creative with the lyrics in the song. I also loved the inclusion of beat boxing and audience participation at the end of the show. There are literally too many highlights to talk about them all! Maybe a better way is to look at this link to the trailer clip on YouTube and see for yourself: http://youtu.be/U4Vlh1aSiAE

I’d highly recommend anyone going to see this show. I can quite easily say it is the best show I have seen to date and I would go back to watch it again in a heartbeat!

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Yesterday was Danzfusion’s second UDO exam session that saw 30 students from 5 years through to 16 take their syllabus exam. From pre primary to grade 2 all of the students did a great job and came out smiling! Results will be in very soon so fingers crossed for everyone.

Our examiner this time was John Graham, a performer and choreographer. He has so many dance credits working with the likes of Beyonce, Justin Beiber, Fergie, Rihanna and Mariah Carey to name but a few. He was great at making the students feel at ease and gave me some great feedback afterwards.

In the session itself the candidates have to dance various styles within the street dance genre including house, breaking, hip hop and locking as well as set choreographies. They are marked not only on remembering exam content but musicality, style, performance and knowledge of the foundations. The syllabus is a great way to help build dancers technique and give them a real understanding of what are the backbones of street dance. It helps them put these into performances, which in turn will help them become a great and well rounded dancer in the future.

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I highly recommend the syllabus class for anyone wanting to see a progression in their dancing and help track this progress with certificates upon completion. New classes for September can be seen on the UDO syllabus page of to website. Please contact me to put your child’s name down for a place on the new cycle.

Dance Onboard Show

Yesterday marked another show for the Danzfusion squad groups, who performed in a local variety style dance show. The annual show, Dance Onboard, showcases local dance schools in the city and gives the opportunity for them to perform together in one production rather than competing against one another. It’s great for the audience to see a variety of dance styles from ballet to tap to street and musical theatre.

Like my annual shows its a great way for my students to gain confidence in performing and improve not just individual but also as a collective group. This year we showcased 3 routines; a street dance, a commercial piece and a contemporary dance. I wanted the audience to see different sides of what we cover in class which is why I decided on this particular range of pieces. Below are some snapshots of these 3.

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I’m once again very proud off all who danced and represented Danzfusion!! I had some great feedback from audience members saying how much they enjoyed watching it. It’s made my upcoming show all the more exciting and something to really strive towards in count down to July. Keep up the hard work everyone xx

Adults acrobatics workshop

I recently ran a children’s acrobatics workshop and thought why not do a version for adults?! So last weekend I ran my first ever adults acrobatics session. The response was great, so much so that I’m running another one next weekend!
As you become older flexibility becomes more difficult to maintain and doing skills such as handstands that you could do so easily as a child on the playground can be an immense task. With regular practice they can again become second nature. Within the session we covered basic acrobatics skills and looked closely at the correct technique to do them so that everyone really focused on body lines and the muscles working to their maximum capacity. We looked at variations or rolls, backbends, handstands, splits and cartwheels. There is so much more that I’m really looking to covering in the follow up session including balance work, floor work and partner work. The benefits are not only just visual but also over time will help to improve strength, flexibility, agility and body awareness.
It can be hard to fit practice in at home around everyday life and schedules. I’m hoping to make this workshop a more regular occurrence so that participants can see a real progression. Keep your eyes peeled for more news!

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Studio 68

So having a day off the other day I thought I’d make the most of it and go to London to do a few classes myself. Although I love teaching its so nice to take classes so I try to do this as often as possible and put myself in the ‘student’ position. Not only does it help to keep the mind and body active to different styles but helps to keep you fresh and current, as well as allowing to see other teaching techniques and approaches. As dancers is always great to adapt and involve.

I’ve been to pineapple countless times and so thought I’d try out going somewhere different. After meeting and having Lukas run our workshop last week I thought going to Studio 68 where he has a weekly class was the perfect choice. It was a small but welcoming studio that obviously had a close community if dancers within it. I took a contemporary class with Lukas, which was amazing as expected 🙂 To my surprise Kimberly Wyatt was actually there too taking the same class!!! It was very challenging but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

After this I did a hip hop in heels class, which can only be described as FIERCE! I absolutely loved it. It was great to do something different that I don’t get the opportunity to do regularly. The teacher was fab in her attitude and passion for what she taught as well as helping understand the style. She really focused on the persona and vibe of the dance rather than the choreography to help us with the confidence within us individually. As well as all of this it was one mighty workout with loads of stretching and ab work. I woke up the next day with lots of aches and pains to show for it! Overall a great afternoon and I’m looking forward to my next visit…..when I next get another day off 🙂

Lukas Mcfarlane Workshop

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting this years Got to Dance winner Lukas Mcfarlane. I admire his style, passion, emotion and obviously incredibl technique from following his journey on TV. I spoke to him about the possibility of coming to Peterborough to do a workshop with my students, which he gladly accepted. Yesterday we were lucky enough for this to happen, where he came and did an hour and a half class with a group of my pupils.
For the workshop he focused on the intention and emotion of a dance, which he is widely recognised for in his performances and spoke about the importance of dance being about the individual being able to express themselves and let go through the music to really convey a feeling. 

Lukas also performed at the end of the session to enhance his teachings and show the passion he uses within his pieces, which even brought some students to tears! Lukas is not only an extremely talented dancer and performer but is also a great teacher. Although it is a given that a teacher ‘teaches’ not all do. Some get carried away within what they are doing themselves and forget the teaching part, but Lukas took the time to talk about each movement in its physical sense and the meaning behind it as well as link it intricately to the music.
All of the pupils absolutely loved the session and took something away from it that they can hopefully translate into their dancing and help them progress as dancers and young people. I’m so glad that I could bring them this beneficial opportunity and hope it has been an experience that has inspired each and every one of them.

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Hello web!

Hi, so I’m new to the world of blogging! Let me tell you a little about myself and what I do.

I started up my company Danzfusion in 2006 teaching a few after school dance clubs. I soon found it was my niche and what I was meant to do so I started to expand and add more and more classes. I now have over 15 dance classes a week from street dance to acrobatics and love every one of them! I love seeing my pupils gain confidence, develop as dancers and individuals. If I can share my knowledge and enjoyment for dance with them and it add to their life in some way then I’m happy 🙂

I’ve now been teaching Zumba for a year and a half and now wouldn’t be without it, but I’ll save that for another blog. I feel truly privileged to have a job that is not just work but my passion and feel very lucky to be able to do it each and every day and hopefully inspire people along the way.

Jenna xx
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