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. I have polycystic ovary syndrome and hirsutism. This affects 1 in every 10 women around the world. It causes infertility, obesity, excessive facial hair, mental health problems. At this moment in time there is no official medical help that works for me. I have a life of shaving every single day; chronic pain and those horrible little voices in my head every time I look in the mirror. Being bullied throughout school for the way I looked and at that time we didn’t really know why I was different. I didn’t understand why I could grow more hair on my face than the boys in my year. Imagine how...
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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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