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Well can you not just shave?

Well can you not just shave? Nichola is one of our well loved Aerial students at the Washington studio; this is her story. I am Nichola. I am not normal. But what is normal? I live with PCOS. I have mental health problems. Bullied for my body’s hormone imbalance and there’s nothing anyone can do.…
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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) – updated 22nd March 2020 The studio is now CLOSED until further notice. We are carefully monitoring guidance issued by the UK Government regarding COVID-19. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page and/or in our private TEAM TEMPEST FB group. Block card expiry dates will be extended. You do not…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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