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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What is Aerial Yoga?

What is Aerial Yoga? Aerial Yoga is a form of exercise using a fabric hammock or swing suspended from fixed points in the ceiling. Designed to give an holistic form of fitness, it increases flexibility, strength, endurance and motor skills. Aerial yoga combines benefits for the mind and body with muscular and cardio fitness alongside aerial acrobatics. Who can take part in an Aerial Yoga class? Anyone and everyone! From those who would like more support in their traditional yoga poses, those who would like to deepen their stretches and hold their poses longer to those who would like a more vigorous acrobatic type session. Also those who just like hanging upside down wherever and whenever they can. Do I need to be fit to start? No, you do not need to be fit to start. Aerial Yoga is excellent for those that have no previous exercise experience as your weight is supported in the hammock and we can lower the hammock so that you...
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Student Spotlight September – KEITH

Why did you decide to start pole/aerial? I started pole dancing because my ex used to do it and she'd always be doing urban pole at the park. I thought it was fun and looked awesome to be able to do things like that, along with it being good for fitness. Did you do any other dancing/fitness before starting pole/aerial? I'd never done any dancing at all before I started pole and the only other fitness that I used to do was the odd bit of running and a bit of cycling too. How long have you been taking part in classes at Tempest? One of the oldest photos that I have, that was taken at Tempest, was dated the 4th October 2014. I'm not too sure if that was my first class or second, but it was definitely the end of September/October in 2014 that I started to take classes. What has kept you interested in pole/aerial? For me, it was the fact that no matter...
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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT – JULIE

Julie has been at student at Tempest for 6 months and has fully immersed herself into #TeamTempest life. Why did you decide to start pole/aerial? I'd contemplated doing pole for ages before I took the plunge. I'd heard it was a great way of keeping fit and developing core strength. I did a google search and found Tempest and summoned up the courage to give it a try. I'll never forget how apprehensive I was before that first class; I didn't know anyone and I was worried that everyone would be better than me. I need never have worried - it might sound dramatic but was a life changing moment for me Did you do any other dancing/fitness before starting pole/aerial?  I do quite a few other fitness activities - weights, running, spinning, circuits etc. However I always thought I was far too clumsy to do anything dance related. I've surprised myself and found that when my feet are off the ground I'm more...
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Student Spotlight – EM

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT - EM Meet Em. Em supports Team Tempest in every possible way - she attends and shares as many events as she can. She supports other members too and even her kids are #TeamTempest. We're very proud to present her as July's Student Spotlight. Why did you decide to start pole/aerial? It will have been over 4 year ago when myself and a group of friends decided to pile in my 7 seater and attend our very first pole class. We just wanted to see what it was about and have some fun....we had fun and lots of bruises! One by one everyone dropped out and so did I. I heard about Tempest and decided to give it another go. I watched all these other girls wishing I could be like them, however I felt I didn’t fit in and stopped yet again. I returned to Tempest again after the battle of losing weight and found it had a new owner. I...
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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT – CHERYL

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT – CHERYL

Meet Cheryl, one of our longest dancing members at #TeamTempest. Cheryl fills the room with her glitter, smiles and positivity every week and she epitomises the #TeamTempest spirit. We're very proud to present her as our very first Student Spotlight. Why did you decide to start pole? I wanted to do something that was dance based but a bit more than an adult exercise class, which can be more aerobics style. Also I thought I might be able to look slightly more glamorous! ?? Oh and I really like heights! Did you do any other dancing/fitness before starting Pole? I did a dance fitness class and since joining pole/aerial classes I have done burlesque and belly-dance and I also go to another County Durham dance school where I do street and tap! How long have you been taking part in pole? Probably getting close to eight years since starting pole! What keeps you coming back to Tempest? I really like how you can mix the different styles of dance for...
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Tempest in the news

Tempest in the news

Durham dance studio supports young people in need Raising money for: If U Care Share Foundation Studio owner Mandy Williams said: “Tempest Dance Studio in Durham is a supportive family and know the importance of being there for one another and how, in a difficult and challenging world, we all need help and support sometimes. “They are so committed to ensuring that this help is available to young people in need they organised a “Fundraising Sleepover” on the evening of Saturday the 3rd of September, for their members, with all money raised going to the If U Care Share Foundation, who offer 24/7 assistance to young people in need. “Many of us have personal experience of the pain and anguish experienced by family and friends struggling with emotional and mental health issues, some of us have struggled with them ourselves. Here at Tempest we understand the difference physical exercise can play in recovery and we have members who have spoken about this too. “If you...
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Your Dance CV and Performance Portfolio

Your Dance CV and Performance Portfolio

  There is no one correct template for a dance CV. Performers, agents and customers all have different preferences. Make it clear, professional, informative and honest. What’s the difference? A CV tends to be shorter and more formal. A Performance Portfolio tends to be fuller, include more background information and images of work you have done. (more…)...
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