A Guest Blog by Becky Stevens, Dance2Tone.
I’ve been dancing since I was just five-years-old and, as a professional dancer and choreographer, I have worked throughout Europe and the United Kingdom. For many years I performed with dance troupes across Tenerife until I formed, choreographed and managed my own troupe, Dancesation. We enjoyed dancing all over the island until we moved back home and now perform around the UK and abroad.
I have also had the fantastic opportunity to collaborate and dance with tribute acts, dance at Disneyland, Paris, and choreograph and perform in many shows for holiday parks across the country. I am a qualified and experienced Zumba, Zumba Kids and Fitsteps Instructor, holding classes throughout Sussex.
My recent venture has been to design my new dance fitness classes for children called Popsteps. Popsteps is a fantastic dance programme where the children get to dance to their favourite songs, freestyle, learn routines and be creative and choreograph their own routines. There is a huge sense of fulfilment teaching the children and seeing them succeed while having great fun! Ballet2tone for adults is also something I have developed using all my training, knowledge and experience. This is a great fitness class designed to tone and sculpt the body using ballet technique.
FitSteps is the result of a collaboration between ‘Strictly Come Dancing’s’ professional dancers Natalie Lowe and Ian Waite and Britain’s most successful swimmer Mark Foster. It is a mix of the graceful steps of Ballroom and the up tempo steps of the Latin dances to create a really fun, energetic and effective way to stay fit. It is the first time that classic Latin and Ballroom dances have been brought together with proven fitness techniques and principles to create not only a programme that can have extraordinarily wide appeal but one that also has the potential to make a real and lasting impact on the health of the nation. We’re proud to say that we have had people from the age of 9 to 74 participating, all of whom loved the experience!
I love being an instructor and enjoy seeing the smiles on everyone’s faces as they participate in my classes. It is amazing to see how much their confidence rises every week as they dance, have fun and keep fit to the beats. You can see a demonstration of the classes I run at the Lindfield Arts Festival on the High Street, on Saturday 17th September and join in the workshops in the URC Church too! Bring your dancing shoes!