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 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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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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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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Pole Fitness: Reclaiming our sport and our bodies – by Izzy

Pole Fitness: Reclaiming our sport and our bodies – by Izzy

It’s reading week and as an English student this means one thing: being subjected to the horrors of daytime TV, trawling through Freeview, desperately trying to find a form of distraction, anything more entertaining than the mountain of books abandoned on my bedside table. Almost giving up and surrendering myself to the joys of 16th-century drama, something catches my eye on ITV’s This Morning. (more…)...
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6 Reasons to Cross Train!

6 Reasons to Cross Train!

6 Reasons to Cross Train! 1 - Injury Prevention Over use of certain muscles can happen if you focus solely on one thing - be it a move, a style or a sport. (That’s one of the reasons your instructors get you to work on both sides!) Cross training gives the body a chance to be challenged in new ways, work in new ways and create balance in your body. (more…)...
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My Aerial and Dance Adventure – By Anna

An Aerial Adventure! I began my degree in Anthropology at Durham University in 2012 which I enjoyed very much, but by my third year, among the dissertation and finals preparations my thoughts and aspirations began to wander. I've been a musician all my life and had intended to head off to London to pursue a career playing piano and singing in whatever realm of the music world I could. However, over the previous few years I'd found myself somewhat falling into the colourful circus and cabaret scene of which London's is particularly vibrant.  (more…)...
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Men Pole Too – By Keith Fusco

Men Pole Too Men Pole Too is a Facebook page that I started a year ago on the 9th October 2014 to help educate the world that pole dancing isn’t just for women and that a lot of men do it too. I also created it, in the hope that it could be somewhere that likeminded people could interact, share their photos and stories with everyone else. (more…)...
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World Pole Sports Championships 2015 By Anita

AKA “that time our jaws dropped so low we couldn’t see them” On July the 22, myself and my lovely partner (who is also a huge pole enthusiast) travelled down in our tiny Citroen C2 from Durham all the way down to London. This 7 hour journey, although filled with traffic, bad weather, and idiot drivers, was worth it as we were on our way to see World Pole Sports Championships (WPSC 2015) where the best pole athletes from all over the world gathered to show off their mad skills. And OH MY POLE, their skills are mad! (more…)...
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