But first, a review of 2016. What a year! I reposted a blog yesterday which laid out all the changes I made this year and I said I would review how those changes went, so here are some of this year's key moments:
- I dropped all things which were no longer serving me, even things which had helped me learn a lot
- I became focused (unlike the "fart in a colander" I have a tendency of being)
- Body Positivity became more prevalent in my world (and I got riled up endlessly by people/companies claiming Body Positivity whilst selling weight loss)
- I set up my own event and have sold out both times
- Some absolutely wonderful, strong, inspiring women agreed to collaborate with me
- I became an Ambassador for MyGroupFit & Body Image Movement
- Strutology® InStrutter Training launched and I partnered with Pure Energy to produce my first mix
- I've been blessed enough to meet hundreds of fabulous women over the year who have thoroughly enriched my work and personal life (cos lets face it, those lines are blurred)
- I've moved more in one direction in the last year than I have ever done in my career before and I have never been more driven.
I still have so much to achieve and to learn along the way. I can't wait to see what 2017 holds for School of Strut®... And that brings me neatly onto the main purpose of this blog post. The first few months are properly chocca - please get involved and join me wherever you can.
I APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT SO MUCH!
The future's bight: the future's coral!
1. FitCamps Retreat at Champneys Forest Mere
6th - 8th January 2017
If you kicked off 2017 with a bit of a bang and if you're still recovering from Christmas, you may need some R&R with the FiCamps team. Join us at the secluded lakeside spa, Forest Mere in Hampshire for a weekend that will nourish your mind, body and soul.
Lydia Campbell, the renowned fitness expert, and Director of FitCamps, has created a unique break with Champneys designed to empower your energy and self-worth with a fascinating exercise programme at this great price.
Prices from £239pp (based on 2 sharing a standard room) Call 0843 5611943 to book a FitCamps reserved room for two
2. Screening of Embrace in Streatham
18th January - 18:30hrs
The body positive documentary is finally coming to the UK and I'm super psyched that as Body Image Movement Global Ambassador I will be hosting a screening at the Streatham Odeon on Wednesday January 18th.
In the film, Taryn traverses the globe talking to experts, women in the street and well-known personalities about the alarming rates of body image issues that are seen in people of all body types. She says...
" “EMBRACE is a social impact documentary that explores the issue of body image. The project has been supported by nearly 9000 Kickstarter pledgers who responded to a fundraising trailer I released in 2014, which has now had over 25 million internet views.
"The image, which embraces body diversity, was seen by over 100 million people worldwide and led to hundreds of interviews and articles. But I soon realized how restrictive 4-minute TV interviews, 800 word articles and 140 characters on Twitter can be. This issue needed a louder voice on a bigger platform, so the idea of creating the documentary EMBRACE was born.” - Embrace Director Taryn Brumfitt
Unlike a traditional movie showing, due to the CROWD-FUNDED nature of the film, my film screening requires that 43 more tickets need be reserved by 6th January in order for the screening to occur. Please don’t miss this. I’d love to see you in the audience, with your daughters, sons, friends, families etc,. Spread the word, please send this to anyone you think would want to know about this and let’s do this together
3. FitJAM at Alton Towers
20th - 22nd January
School of Strut® is back at FitJAM Alton Towers for a 4th year!
Fit JAM is an events company promoting health, wellbeing and fitness. They always have the most fun and interesting fitness brands from the UK & around the world and the atmosphere is always off the charts!
The event is fully booked so unless you already have your tickets I'm sorry to say that you can't come! However they will have another event in a new venue in Birmingham in October, so keep your eyes peeled for that.
4. MASH IT UP meets SCHOOL OF STRUT!
Milton Keynes - 29th January
I'm so happy to announce a long overdue collaboration with the fabulous Alicja Blachut of Mash It Up Fitness: An afternoon of Dancehall, Raunch & Strutology to help you feel fine and funky on Jan 29th, Milton Keynes.
- SUPER Early Bird till 2nd January - £20
- Early Bird till 14th January - £25
- Regular after 14th January - £30
- At the door ( if not sold out ) - £35
CORAL, RED, GOLD & GREEN - the perfect antidote to the Winter Blues!!!
5. Unity Fitness & Dance in Wales
3rd - 6th February
Two great events in one fun packed weekender - Salsa & Fitness
Classes include: Cuban/New York & LA Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba, Reggaeton, Merengue, Argentinean Tango, Indoor Cycling, Bootcamp, Pound, MIU Dancehall Fitness, Buti Yoga, Zumba, Bounce DanceFIT, Soca Fitness, Insanity, Afro Beats, F.I.T Body Workout, + much more….
I will be teaching Raunch®, Strutology® and more School of Strut® styles.
The vibe of this event is so laid back but the energy in class is crazy! A wonderful experience all round!
6. Struology® InStrutter Training
Towards the end of 2016 I launched the InStrutter Training to a handful of super sassy dance fitness instructors who are planning their launches for early 2017. I'm currently working on the launch of the new School of Strut® website where you will find information such as where classes are running. Keep your eyes peeled for that.
I'm also currently looking for venues to hold the courses so if you would like to run Strutology® classes at your studio get in touch - email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you a DANCE FITNESS INSTRUCTOR who's sick of being made to feel like you should be super-fit, super-slim, super-toned and super-human?
Are you fed up with the Fitness Industry shoving weight loss and HIIT training down our throats as if this is the only way for our members to feel good about themselves? Do you want to provide classes which are going to allow your attendees to feel confident, sassy and powerful without having to drop a single pound of weight and without having to do a single burpee?!
Join me for the body positive STRUTOLOGY® INSTRUTTER TRAINING
7. Strut Summit 3 in London
This year I decided to start my own event and after 2 sell out afternoons I'm now up to the 3rd one, and already a quater of the tickets have been sold - and there's still 5 months to go!
Everyone who came to both events said the first was fabulous but the 2nd was even better and I plan on making this next one even better still.
An afternoon of EMPOWERMENT, SASS & STYLE for all women, all shapes, all sizes... something for EveryBODY to help you FEEL FABULOUS!
Get your tickets now as they increase in price at regular intervals. At the moment they are £30 plus booking fee.
8. My First Trade Show - MoveFit at Excel
10th - 12th March
I'm so excited!! It will be my first time as an exhibitor with School of Strut® and I want to make a big impact! I've got a tiny stand but I reckon the message of Strut can exceed the 3 sides of my designated space!
MOVE FIT launches for the first time as a celebration of fitness and all the things you need to complement your active and healthy lifestyle. Co-located alongside MOVE IT, the UK’s biggest dance event, MoveFit will be a high energy festival of fitness.
I NEED YOUR HELP!
I will need a demo team, flyerers, data collectors, question answerers and general support. In return I will be able to get you free access to both MoveFit and Move It. If you can make it even for some of it please let me know: email me: email@example.com
9. Strutology® Music Mix Available
Strutting into shot and making its debut on the Pure Energy catwalk is Strutology® Volume 1. This fiercely feminine mix is packed more tightly with dance diva anthems than Kim K squeezed into her waist trainer! The mix includes supreme legends like Queen Bey, Scherzy, Fifth Harmony and Ariana. YASS! Get it! The mix starts at 100bpm and struts up to 110bpm with 4 finale tracks at 106bpm so you can master your heels! WERQ!
The mix is not only reserved for InStrutters, anyone can enjoy the sassiness!
This album is exclusively available as high quality 320 MP3 download, it is not available on CD.
10. "Work It Like A Diva" Confidence Course
I joined forces with Tanya and Claire of Wise & Gorgeous to create a fabulous mini course which has launched on Udemy, a platform for online learning. The point of the course is to help build self esteem through movement and I'm super proud of it!
If you can't make it to any of my live events this is a must have! And if you come to all of my live events this is your homework, to keep up the strength of your confidence!
Please have a wonderful end to 2016 and a FREAKIN FABULOUS 2017!