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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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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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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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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What’s in My Dance Bag by Lizzie

What’s In My Dance Bag? Every dancer (or instructor) gets to a point in their dance career where they have too much dance related stuff to just fit into their handbag when they go to the studio, and their ‘dance bag’ is created. There’s been quite a few blogs of this style lately from pro pole dancers and ballet dancers, and I always think its fascinating to see what everyone takes to their respective classes, so I thought it’d be interesting for you to see what one of your instructors at Tempest takes with them! I’m also frequently asked where I get some of my ballet clothes so I’m including links to anything you might find useful. (more…)...
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