Sunday, 12 July 2020

Why you should learn to dance for your wedding day!

Everyone dances at a wedding right? 

Even if you don’t normally dance I bet you will get down and boogie at some point during the day. Whether you are the happy couple, the bridal party, or a guest; there will definitely be some shape throwing going on.

A wedding dance can be anything from a basic display of holds, spins and twirls, to a show-stopping, crowd whooping, multi-song mashup. Either way, it will be magical!
A low key wedding doesn’t mean you can’t learn to dance for your big day. It doesn’t mean you have to look cringe either. Your guests will be cheering you on and it will be one of the most memorable parts of the day; for everyone.

Dancing is a great way to gain body confidence, learn something new and bring out your personality before everyone else hits the dance floor. However, if dancing really isn’t for you, your partner could dance down the aisle; dirty dancing style. Or, your bridal party could perform a group dance, pre-rehearsed of course. Or perhaps a display of affection could be portrayed with a family member like a father-daughter dance.

I offer private classes in the comfort of your own home or at venue of your choice, if you need more space.
Each routine is choreographed and tailored for every couple or wedding party. It can be as simple or complex as desired but I know one thing for sure, it will not be boring!

These lesson are perfect for beginners; from a slow tear-jerking ballroom Waltz or cheeky Salsa, to an energetic jive or a more advanced routine, the possibilities are endless. Just remember to warn your photographer!

I have a created a checklist to help you with planning your wedding day dance on my Facebook page @Skdancesussex

Dance is for everyone!

Monday, 8 June 2020

Keeping you dancing - virtual classes during lockdown

Wiggle your bits, shake your bobs and grope your goods as exercise? Yes please!

Because it is addictive and invigorating, with a touch of madness, all at the same time. Is it exercise, or dance? Both actually, it’s called Zumba Gold and with the freedom to teach it my own way, each participant leaves a little cheekier from each sassy, upbeat and contagious Latin-flavour-filled class
“Zumba Fitness is a Latin-inspired cardio-dance workout that uses music and choreographed steps to form a fitness party atmosphere. While many of the types of dance and music featured in the program are Latin American inspired, classes can also contain everything from jazz to African beats to country to hip-hop and pop.” ZUMBA.COM

I set up my business to support people in the community. I wanted to create a fun and sociable environment for adults and children to develop skills and confidence, through dance. Everyone needs to move and particularly during this pandemic, we need to keep an active body and a healthy mind. As humans, we want to do more than just exist. We want to be motivated. We want to feel happy. We want to create achievable goals in order to grow.

It doesn’t matter how old you are, dance can play an impressionable part in your life. Some people go to classes to build up strength, fitness and stamina. Some go to learn a new skill, broaden their social circle and escape. I go because even an instructor, I have lots of fun watching everyone else have fun. There is a sense of family when we all get together. I run different types of Zumba sessions in different villages, with different types of people. But we all go with the same intentions – we leave feeling happy.

The steps are easy to follow, which means anyone can join in and no one judges you. The high intensity vs low intensity moves create an interval style workout, which means you burn lots of calories. Whether you dance Zumba original, Zumba Gold or Zumba seated with me, each class is like a party. I want to help you be more body confident and trust me, my classes are never boring!
As soon as my classes started to close, due to Covid-19 seriously approaching, I knew that was it. It was going to be a while before I saw any of my Zumba gang again. The cherry on the cake was when the government announced the school closures; that would be the end of my business for a while. Unless I acted now!

Straight away, I set up online classes and adapted quickly to the new virtual world. I wanted people to continue to be motivated, to have a sense of normality and have some sort of social interaction. I knew I definitely needed it too and as much as I love my family at home, I also need my Zumba family, now more than ever!

I currently teach classes in and around Worthing, before the pandemic anyway. However, instead of you coming to me, I now come to you. You’d be surprised the amount of people who have learnt how to use a computer so quickly, in order to keep their lives as ‘regular’ as possible.

Zumba Virtual and Zumba Gold Virtual classes are £3.50 , plus a small booking fee- booking via 
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Wednesday, 15 April 2020

Meet my Zumba Gold® inspiration -Joy

Zumba Gold® classes are full of different characters, with all types of backgrounds and experiences. They are one of my favourite classes to teach and I am thoroughly missing the connection with these gorgeous ladies.

I would like you to meet a truly amazing lady.

Her name is Joy and she has been coming to my Zumba Gold® classes since I started them, 8 years ago.

Joy features in most of my posters, social media adverts and promotional videos. She also joins in many local dancing events, like the Adur Sea of Lights, charity and community displays. She is an absolute inspiration, a loyal, committed dancer and has a cracking sense of humour. Joy is basically the face of SK Dance and if I was half as passionate as her, by the time I had reached her age, I would be so proud.

I had the pleasure of getting to know her better, a few weeks ago, This was just before the lock-down, so hopefully it wont be long before she is back in the classes front row!

Sarah; How long have you been dancing?
Joy; I was about 8 or 9 years of age.

Sarah; What is your favourite dance style?
Joy; All styles, I love all of them.

Sarah; How often do you dance?
Joy; About 4 or 5 times a week.

Sarah; If you could dance with any one in the world, dead or alive, who would it be?
Joy; Len Goodman, he has a sense of humour, he'd need it with me!

Sarah; You have a big birthday coming up?
Joy; In July, date is the same as ice skating star, Christopher Dean

Sarah; What do you like most about Zumba®?
Joy; Music exercise and dance.

Sarah; Did you meet your husband dancing?
Joy; My sister did his tetanus jabs, we met and then he came dancing with me.

Sarah; What is your favourite Zumba® routine?
Joy; Billie Eilish, Bad Guy, it's good fun.

Sarah; What is your top tip on staying so young at heart and active?
Joy; Keep dancing.

Sarah; If you were stranded on a dessert island, what 3 things would you take with you?
Joy; Bear Grylls, my hubby some music to dance to.

Zumba® and Zumba Gold® classes in and around Worthing. Activities for the young at heart.


Perfect For
Active older adults who are looking for a modified Zumba® class that recreates the original moves you love at a lower-intensity.
How It Works
The design of the class introduces easy-to-follow Zumba® choreography that focuses on balance, range of motion and coordination. Come ready to sweat, and prepare to leave empowered and feeling strong.
Class focuses on all elements of fitness: cardiovascular, muscular conditioning, flexibility and balance!


Saturday, 22 February 2020

Am I who I am, because of dyslexia?

When you walk into your dance space, leave every thought at the door. Forget about all your worries and stresses; lose your inhibitions and dance.

I dance to escape, express and energise.
One of the things I like to escape from is my own mind! I love to express through my body what I can not express in words. And I know that feeling energised makes me feel happy and accomplished.

I am creative and I ignore certain mathematical and scientific rules to reach my masterpiece. Where most people have to make time to do house chores, I have to make time to create something. From making wall art for Ezra's bed room, to painting pictures of flowers, to something as basic as homemade jam.

I panic with too much written detail. I recently visited Anne Franks House in Amsterdam and it was the perfect type of museum for me. Not too much to read, easily organised into rooms and they offered an audio tour which was easy to understand.

I struggle in social environments sometimes. I say inappropriate things, thinking that its OK to say them. I hate being Shhh'd.

My own mind tires me. I have to write things down in order to relax. I get frustrated when I haven't achieved everything on the list so I've now stopped making lists. My mind is always on the go, even while I sleep. I cant just sit and watch TV, I have to be knitting or doing something with my hands at the same time.

I remember all of these factors during my University years. I had a few social struggles and friendship issues, but I was there to get my dance degree and that was what mattered the most. When I was diagnosed, I told my friends I felt stupid. Thick was another word I used, but stupid that I had come so far in education and not known until now. This also made me angry and frustrated with teachers and left me questioning why they weren't trained to pick it up.
One memory was of one particular friend who had already been diagnosed quite a few years back and she took this comment personally. She thought I was saying SHE was thick, but this wasn't about her. She had the support already in place and had many years to get used to her condition.

School was also really tough for me. I was bullied there, as well as University and (now that I have started writing this) have come to the conclusion that it was because I was different. I thought I was sociable and outgoing, but I was also a bit quirky. I wanted my circle of friends to like me and so I did and said a lot to please them. Girls can be so mean, but I am a people-pleaser and it's in my nature to try and make people happy. I was an easy target, especially being was one of 5 children to get pulled out of class each week, for extra reading time!
And then there was dance.

I found this photo of my class from 2002 and I have very fond memories of this performance. These girls were amazingly supportive and were filled with talent. We were back stage and dressed as Geisha Girls, all in white so we could dance whilst a video was projected onto us. Wolverhampton University, Walsall Campus, Class 2000-2003.

Once I walked into that studio and stood in front of that mirror, I felt free. Creating dances, pushing my body to limits I didn't know I could reach and feeling the music only Contemporary teaches you how to feel. I also knew that 50% of my degree was bloody theory and I was rubbish at writing. Why couldn't they just let us do 100% practical?

I spent almost 3 years writing essays worth a maximum of a D. I couldn't understand why I never passed my written papers. I had to re do my dissertation to get a pass. Then just before my final semester, one teacher asked if I had been tested for Dyslexia. After a few tests and some guidance with my last ever essay, I was diagnosed with mild Dyslexia and bagged myself a B+ in my last assignment. They gave me £200 to get further help and I could have claimed more. I remember my friend got a laptop at the start of her degree, but I had nearly completed mine and wasn't planning on doing a masters. I pocketed the money and went on holiday with a friend a week before I graduated!

I had my cards read once. The white witch told me I was going to become a writer. I laughed and said 'I have just this year been diagnosed with Dyslexia so I doubt that. I choreograph dance routines, is that the same?' But I could tell that wasn't what she meant.

It's inspiring to know that dyslexia is common in well known people such as Stephen Spielberg, Pablo Picasso, Richard Branson, Agatha Christie and George Washington.

And Albert Einstein once said;

"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by it's ability to climb a tree, it will live it's whole life thinking that it's stupid".

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Friday, 31 January 2020

Running a successful business and becoming a mum

My dance company is in it's 9th year, which means SK Dance is going to be 10 next year! Wowsers!

After having my little boy back in September 2017, I wasn't actually sure if I would have a business to come back to. I found some wonderful teachers to run my classes in my absence and was just hoping I would break even during that time. My maternity came to an end in April 2018 and I was already straight back to it. 
I had my first wedding couple booked in when Ezra was 5 weeks old and I took him to their house for their sessions. Surrounded by a dog, and two cats there was me, swinging my baby in his car seat and working with this very sweet and understanding couple. I managed to create a fun, upbeat and showstopper style routine for their first dance. A wedding first dance teacher is one of my favourite jobs. I just love creating bespoke routines, personalised for each individual couple.
My classes came back slowly, after 3 months I got back to my Zumba Fitness and by 6 months I had returned to Zumba Gold and Zumba seated. I had even managed to pick up a few extra sessions where I had either found childcare for, or took baby with me!
I was determined to continue running the business as best I could, as I knew the competition around me in the area was good. That fear of missing out and losing my loyal customers if I had stayed away too long, was unbearable. I had spend 6 years building this baby up, I wasn't going to lose it. I knew it was going to be tough and although my new baby was more important, I had decided to manage both of them.
My clients embraced the experience, as did I. From timing a nap in the pushchair, to dancing with him in the sling and finally playing in the travel cot, this poor kid was learning to dance, whether he liked it or not. However, knowing it wasn't going to last forever, they were all very supportive and loved having him in the class.

 Eventually, it become more about my child and his well being, than it did about me and mine......or them and theirs. He had taken all their attention and mine and after a whole 12 months, he was ready for more time with the childminder.....and so was I.
That was 8 months ago and I thoroughly miss him. a dance teacher, I have my identity back. I have managed to continue most of the sessions and create new ones. I can now focus on each dancer in the room and they can focus on me! Every now and again I do still have to take him and its wonderful to see their faces. Seeing their reaction to him is heart warming and he acts so natural within that environment. 
He has some great moves and is very sociable, which I love, but would I do it again????