Testing, Testing, 1,2…

Contemporary Stretch
6:15 pm - 7:25 pm
December 13, 2018

Anyone listening? I’m often asked about things at class that I include in my weekly catch up and when I say “that information is in the email I sent you” and (for the past few weeks) I often get, “well I didn’t read that far”, or “I didn’t open it”.

I know time is precious (mine is too). I feel that speaking to you this way is the most time efficient way for all of us and it takes just a couple of minutes to read (less some times). Please take a minute or two to read my messages as whilst it might not all be relevant to you, much of it is!!!

Today Sarah and I will be pulling together your class requests and formulating the Summer Class Schedule. We aim to have it to you by Wednesday. If you want to throw your hat in to the ring regarding your class requests please do as some classes are literally one request away from either running or not.

On Sunday Karen (Smith) and I went to my old stomping ground of the 80’s (and a few times since)   – Pineapple Dance Studios (it turns out Karen was a regular Thursday night attendee!). They held a free Open Day and young dancers (plus me!!) were queued around the block… it wasn’t raining and was quite good fun, so we embraced the moment chatting to other dancers in the queue. It reminded me of the big audition days where queues for dance jobs, agency positions etc. went around the block. We had a blast and as Louis Spence says “still got it, never lost it”!

I spoke with an older lady who I think was surprised to see a more mature dancer (35 plus vat & well, you know the rest) attending these classes. She said she loved to dance but was too shy! Shy of what I thought – what others think? Who cares? I mean really, who cares? As long as you don’t get in each others way then in my experience (which is extensive!), most folks are only interested in their own dance or fitness experience, and if they are not then they are not focused sufficiently or working hard enough, so more fool them!

I dance for many many reasons, physical health and fitness, mobility, posture, strength… dancing keeps me sane and happy and, mostly, because I love it. Why on earth would I deny myself all of that because of someone else’s (prejudiced or ill informed) opinion of my age, size, ability?

So whatever your “thing” is, if it makes you happy and healthy then keep doing it!

‘We do not stop dancing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop dancing’

This week we have a full class timetable incuding ‘Barrre Fit’ on Wednesday 7.30pm and ‘The Perfect Summer Solution’ on Friday 6.30pm.

Here is the summer booking request form so you can cast a late minute vote today!

Summer Booking Form 2017


Health giving home made lemonade!

Great taste, curbs apetite, boosts immunity…

  • 2 cups cold, filtered water
  • 2 tablespoons of, ideally, raw local honey
  • 10 drops of lemon essential oil
  • 2 lemons, peeled
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 handful ice


  • Blend all ingredients, except ice, in a high-power blender until smooth.
  • Add ice and blend again until smooth.
  • Serve your homemade lemonade over ice.

Have a fab week and I hope to hear from you

Helen xxx







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Lifecoaching - Helen has been an amazing support and inspiration to me over the last year.  She exudes positivity and has enabled me to see life for what it was and how it could be.  She awakened me to new possibilites and inspired me to make some positive changes to my life.  I now feel that I have dropped all the excess baggage I was carrying and I have renewed vigour and determination to live life to the full and reach my full potential.  Thank you Helen, you are a star!
Julie Tzivanidou Cove