Why not me?

Why not me? We have all at one time or another suffered from 'imposter syndrome'. Maybe you look around at others in the same line of work as you and think that you're not in their league and that you are out of your depth. Maybe you sometimes think that you should do something else rather than what you love because you're 'just not good enough'.Our minds can often work against us, coming up with so many excuses to prevent us doing what we want to do. I was a secondary school teacher, I had trained hard to become a teacher getting a degree in my late 30s, teacher training at 40 and I was a very good teacher, I loved my job. But then I went to my first Pole class at Tempest and everything changed. When I first bought Tempest Dance studio I was embarrassingly new to Pole so I said to everyone '...but I definitely won't be teaching'. I...
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How to find a good Pole Instructor

How to find a good Pole Instructor First of all Pole is not the cheapest way to keep fit but it is one of the most fun and addictive ways to keep fit. Going to pole is not like going to the gym; with the right instructor even group classes will be tailored to YOUR needs, making it great value for money. Here at Tempest Dance & Fitness all of our Instructors are highly trained, qualified and appropriately insured to work to your requirements. A good Pole studio will give you excellent quality of instruction, value for money, a great experience and a sense of family. If your Pole instructor is not qualified or not experienced you could become disillusioned, disinterested, poorly trained and even worse injured. Start your Pole journey - things to consider 1. Is your Pole Instructor established and qualified? Tempest Dance & Fitness has been established for many years and all of the Pole Instructors are all highly qualified with Xpert, Spin City and Pole Passion to an advanced level. Beth...
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Spotlight on Silks

Spotlight on Silks by Gemma Slough (Tempest Aerial Instructor) I first saw silks adverised at Tempest Dance & Fitness just a few years ago. It looked so pretty and graceful. I went along to a workshop they held and absolutely loved it. I saw a few guys who had obviously tried it before and had amazing strength just whizz up to the top of the silks and do some really fancy tricks. I was amazed and awestruck and I wanted to do that!!! I did just that and now I teach it. As a beginner we start on a knot to get used to the silks so we don't particularly need any upper body strength to start off with, and we build it up as we go along with conditioning designed to improve strength and stamina. I suggest wearing cotton leggings and a t-shirt which covers your armpits. Cotton slides less on the silks and some moves we hold the silks in our...
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Blind Ambition – Teaching Visually Impaired Aerialists

I would like to share my experience of working at Tempest Dance & Fitness with pole and aerial students who are visually impaired, in the hope that it will help other instructors to have the confidence to seek out these mutually beneficial relationships. Discussions with student First of all discuss your student’s visual impairment with them. What, if anything can they actually see? Have they always been unable to see? Can they make out shapes or colours? Each student’s needs will be different and may change each lesson, so have an ongoing discussion of their abilities. For example, consider which part of the room you are teaching in that day, maybe it’s not a good idea to teach directly in front of a window or maybe that could be the best place for them. Try to understand their sight loss as much as you can. Do they want music? Some students will want background music as it helps with the movement and flow,...
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Mental Health Awareness and Suicide

5 Suicide Warning Signs That Indicate It's Time to Get Help Although suicidal thoughts can happen to anyone at any time, they are more likely to occur in individuals who are struggling with depression or stressful lives. Are you worried someone close to you is considering suicide as an option? If they’re considering suicide, they’re probably displaying warning signs to look out for that indicate they may need professional help. Making preparations Someone who is considering suicide usually starts to make preparations for when they’re gone. They might begin to give away their belongings or visit friends and family members to say goodbye. They could also visit a solicitor to make a will to ensure their possessions go to people close to them when they’re gone. Cleaning up their room or house may also be a warning sign. One of the last things they may do while making preparations is writing a note to say goodbye. If someone close to you is showing signs...
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Why I slept under the stars to support CEO Sleepout Durham 2018

I was scrolling through Facebook one night in January when I came across CEO Sleepout UK. My team of amazing Tempest students and instructors had previously raised money for DASH who support those at risk of homelessness in Durham, so without thinking too much about what I had to do I signed up. Then came the fun part; I realised that I had two challenges ahead. To raise a whopping £1000 in donations and to actually sleep outside (I detest camping). However, as I contacted Bianca to confirm my place and to ask if some funds I raise may go to DASH alongside the other great charities in Durham, I realised there was no turning back. At Tempest we had raffles, secret auctions, a ghost hunt, a play day and other fund raising events. Team Tempest, along with family and friends, were so generous in their giving and as far as I can tell, with offline donations and gift aid included, we...
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Team Tempest were more generous than the ghosts!

Our first Charity Ghost Hunt took place last night, in aid of Durham homelessness charities and we were left high in spirits despite Vane Tempest Hall lacking in spirits! Armed with torches and a good sense of humour, twelve intrepid amateur ghost hunters gathered at 9pm in the sports hall to do a group call out. The spirits at first seemed to be very responsive to our questions, until we realised the taps we were hearing were actually drips of rain into a bucket!! A few of us witnessed a figure in white on the door to the kitchen area which we couldn’t explain, and it seemed to go in and out of focus.  We also had the distinct feeling of being watched; CCTV has been recently installed. In unit 6 we attempted to contact the spirits via a Ouija board and we appeared to contact someone called Ed. Could it have been someone called Edward?  The glass only seemed to move...
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Student Spotlight March – Andrea

Andrea was nominated for Student Spotlight by her best friend who said "Andrea is always enthusiastic and constantly helps me with any moves that I struggle with. Her journey in pole encouraged and inspired me then her sister and our other friend. It is because of Andrea that all four of us come week in week out." Why did you decide to start pole/aerial? I was in the navy and had to keep fit but hated the gym, so I googled fun fitness classes and pole fitness was at the top of the list. So I thought why the heck not, what have I got to lose, so I went and had an absolute blast. Then when I came back to Darlington I found Tempest Dance and Fitness and couldn't wait to go again. Did you do any other dancing/fitness before starting pole/aerial? Nope I have no dancing skills what so ever!!! How long have you been taking part in classes at Tempest? I’ve been at Tempest...
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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT DECEMBER – KES

Kes is one of our most regular members at Team Tempest, she joins in with everything. We have loved watching her grow in strength and confidence and she's a great asset to our team. Why did you decide to start pole/aerial? I only like exciting activities with an element of risk. I was playing the extreme sport of roller derby but having had several concussions and having broken my leg (twice) it was time to hang up my skates. I needed to find some form of exercise that did not involve too much impact on my leg but that wasn't boring. I used to dance and do a lot of gymnastics and I found this studio online that did pole dancing and aerial and I decided I needed to try it out. Did you do any other dancing/fitness before starting pole/aerial? Yes, I danced as a child and I did acrobatics and cheerleading in my teens and early twenties. I also trained as a...
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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT OCTOBER – KATY

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT OCTOBER – KATY

Katy has been attending lots of different classes at Tempest for over 7 months, she has a positive attitude and always helps out at the start and end of classes. Why did you decide to start pole/aerial? I wanted to do something that combined exercise with fun and that was a bit different. I saw a friend's pictures on Instagram and was desperate to give it a try. Did you do any other dancing/fitness before starting pole/aerial? I previously did ballroom, Latin and classical dancing. I also do Pilates and had done some TRX workshops. How long have you been taking part in classes at Tempest? I joined Tempest in March starting with Aerial Yoga and Strength and Conditioning classes. It’s been just over sixth months now and I have loved every minute. What has kept you interested in pole/aerial? I have tried lots of different courses to try and work out which style I prefer. I find though that I learn something new each week and love...
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