I was never cool enough to be good at PE in school. In fact, I think it’s the only lesson I ever bunked. I’d go hide in the school musical instrument cupboard instead. I’m a self confessed geek, with a fierce love for books and ballet, and I just didn’t have the sort of hand-eye coordination that makes sport teachers like you.
I had a pretty traditional dance background, taking ballet classes and exams since about four years old, and then later doing modern and tap, with some jazz, contemporary and musical theatre here and there as well. In 2011 I quit my nice, sensible, languages degree, and instead completed my Bachelor of Arts in Dance at the University of Roehampton.
My interest in Fitness began as a replacement for the daily dance classes that I used to take, but that gradually slowed down when I realised that I wasn’t going to perform professionally. I also really wanted to strengthen my back, which had been significantly weakened after undergoing spinal correction surgery in my final year at school.
I’ve since developed a strong interest in exercise physiology, particularly strength and conditioning for dancers, as well as ways in which traditional dance styles and exercises can be adapted to benefit the health and fitness of non-dancers.
…and everyone in between, hopefully. Roslyn Rachel’s flexfit dance is my (air quote) “company”. I’m a fully qualified Personal Trainer and class instructor, specialising in ante/post natal exercise, flexibility and exercise referral.
I’m not going to pretend to be a fount of all knowledge. There’ll be no inspirational quotes (and certainly no thinspirational quotes). No guilt trips into becoming vegetarian/vegan/paleo/raw/gluten free/[insert blank here]. Exercise videos, yes but gym selfies, no. Just some stuff about the things I find interesting but there’s no reason that you have to care about them too. I will talk a lot about how much I love dance and how much it can help people, so if that’s not the sort of thing you’re into then maybe this isn’t the blog for you.
Because for now, FlexFit Dance is exactly that: a blog. Nothing more and nothing less. It’s a way of documenting my own learning curve and, hopefully, making the fitness world more accessible to the underdogs who were as terrible at netball as me.
I teach a range of HiiT/TRX/Aerobics/Barre classes around London and I also offer Personal Training in studios, gyms or even your own home.
Questions, comments or just want to get in touch? Email Flexfitdance@gmail.com