HOW CAN I HELP YOU?

Do what you love. 
Love what you do!
Wayne W. Dyer 

I began my group exercise and fitness journey back in 1996 teaching aerobics, body conditioning, and step classes. Many years later, due to a back injury, I had to take a long break. 

 

In 2016, having found fabulous corrective treatment, I began my new journey back into the fitness industry and fell in love with dance fitness. At the age of 46, I finally felt I was where I wanted to be for so long and this was all thanks to Katy Harris and SOSA Dance Fitness. 

 

I remember our conversation like it was yesterday. I was so nervous after such a long break from teaching, the fitness industry had moved on and I was that much older! I had recently developed permanent tinnitus and had lost a lot of confidence. I didn't have a single ounce of dance experience but had retrained in Level 2 ETM and with a bucket load of enthusiasm, I was eager to learn to dance. 

 

I absolutely love teaching and sharing my love of dance within my community. Doing what you love develops passion which makes it much easier to stay committed to achieving dreams and goals. SOSA Dance Fitness gave me inspiration and motivation to become the person I am today. I've had to learn to dance, and in the process, I have learned so much about myself and I am now very proud to be part of the SOSA Pro Team ... dreams can come true at any age!

 

I also teach functional fitness particularly for those of us in our prime years (50+ and proud of it!). Functional fitness is so important as it helps with carrying out everyday activities safely and efficiently. Helping to improve flexibility & mobility; core stability & posture; strength & balance. It promotes relaxation and increases overall health, well-being, and confidence.

How can I help you ...

As a fitness professional, I know that starting any type of new group exercise or dance class is usually the hardest part for many people. I know it can make you feel nervous at the thought of walking through the class door for the first time and then not knowing what to expect during the class. I also know there will be many questions running through your head ... Will I be the only beginner? Will I be able to keep up? What if I cannot perform an exercise or a dance step? What if I feel or look silly?

This is all perfectly normal, and as an instructor, I have been in that position too, so I know exactly how you will be feeling. I'd actually go so far as saying that there will be questions running through my head before I come along to class to teach you too ... Will I remember the routine? Have I downloaded the music correctly? Does my bum look big in these leggings? Believe me, it's all true! 

 

This is where my classes will offer you an extremely warm welcome, not only from me but from the other like-minded class participants so that you immediately feel at ease. We are a friendly bunch! We are all of different ages, shapes, abilities, and experiences and we have loads of fun! 

And please don't worry about being the beginning! Everyone is a beginner at something, at some point, and that's not a bad thing! This is one of my favorite quotes: 

You can learn new things at any time in your life if you are willing to be a beginner. If you actually learn to like being a beginner, the whole world opens up to you.” -Barbara Sher

 

My classes help you grow in your own time and at your own pace so that you are not left struggling at the back. I am there with you every step of the way from walk-throughs and explanations of exercises or dance steps; verbal and visual cueing; modifications and adaptations; reassurance and motivation, even ice pops on a very hot day! 

 

My classes are fun and for enjoyment; to help you improve, grow and learn new skills; to build belief and confidence in your abilities. You can feel comfortable arriving at my classes being the beginner, the one with two left feet, or lack of coordination, all without being judged.

Classes are tailored for beginners and intermediate levels of fitness and offer low impact with low, mid, and high-intensity options, depending on the class. If you are looking for high intensity and high impact, sadly my classes will not be best suited for you, but I am more than happy to help you look for another local instructor so that you can find your own happy place!  

As a side note, low-impact exercise can be underestimated. You will be pleasantly surprised at the results they can provide. Low impact is joint-friendly and can still improve your cardio fitness by using the right amount of physical effort (intensity). These classes still tone and shape; help you with fat loss; loosen and unstiffen muscles and joints; improve flexibility and posture ... just a few of the many benefits of physical exercise and dance.

Please let me invite you to become part of an incredibly special Move Dance Fitness family! Nothing would give me more pleasure than to welcome you through my class doors for the first time so that I can help you to achieve your dreams and goals and keep you smiling!

If you have any questions, please drop me a message. I'd love to hear from you.

Love Mel

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I am registered with Exercise Movement & Dance UK (The National Governing Body for Group Exercise) and a Pro Team Member and Ambassador for SOSA Dance Fitness & Seated SOSA Dance Fitness.

Industry awards include:

Active IQ Award Level 2 in Exercise To Music 

YMCA Level 3 Award in Adapting Exercise for the Active Older Adult.

Accredited CPD class format courses include:

Move It or Lose It (FABS) 

SOSA Dance Fitness

Seated SOSA Dance Fitness

Purestretch

Fitsteps Original & FAB

Zumba & Zumba Gold

Paracise

GroovX Fitness

FLexercise

Other CPD training includes

Care Knowledge Certificates in Safeguarding Adults; Mental Health; Dementia and Learning Disability along with recent upgrades to First Aid; COVID-19 Awareness and Long COVID-19 Rehabilitation Awareness training. 

Wherever you go,
Go with all your heart!
Confucius