This weekend saw Julie’s Dance Studio host the Solent Fitness and Aerial Arts Summer Showcase. The showcase is run every year to allow the students a platform to display the work that they have been putting in, as well as an opportunity to perform in a low-pressure environment. This year the showcase was run as a fundraiser for a local charity, Abby’s Heroes.
Photo edit courtesy of Sophie Bowers Photography
We know from our first ever blog with Julie just how full-time and full-on running JDStudio is! If you are a regular studio-attendee then you will know that the studio has just had a weeks closure... So just how does our studio owner spend the week when the studio is shut? We asked Julie to enlighten us on what she got up to in the recent break from her studio duties!
"Dancing is for sharing not comparing" started as a vision... I wanted to host loads of dance teachers together under one roof to bring all their different styles to the local children!
I set a status and asked all my choreographer friends if they would be interested in helping me get this off the ground, see if it is successful and then potentially run an annual event.
The response I got was overwhelming from both the choreographers and the parents! This vision was a definite!
I wanted 6 teachers to teach 6 different styles over a whopping 6 hours and that’s what I looked at organising.
We had 4 teachers travel from London and 2 local teachers join us for the day.
We managed an enormous workshop covering:
Lyrical hip hop
Commercial hip hop
After each 2 hour session I asked the children for feedback
Hayley teaching Vogueing – “the workshop was sassy and posey, it was amazing”
"Hayley is funny and kind, she made sure everyone got involved and looks pretty and smelled lovely”
Jordan teaching House – “it was hard and fast very jumpy and energetic”
"Jordan is funny and it went over it if we didn’t get it, he has good timing and rhythm”
Harry teaching Lyrical hip hop – “the workshop was amazing fantastic song choice and very energetic”
"Harry is kind and expressive and fun"
Hannah teaching Krumping – workshop was “sick and inspirational”
“Hannah is an amazing dancer and kind”
Olu teaching afrobeats –“the workshop was so different brilliant but different"
"Olu is so nice and explained all the moves it was very energetic"
Bismark teaching Commercial hip hop “the workshop was amazing, some bits were hard but we kept doing them"
"Bismark is so funny and happy, we learned loads"
I spent hours organising this workshop and every hour was worth it, It all came together to be a brilliant amazing day and what an opportunity for those children, I would most definitely organise another workshop – maybe over 2 days next time? Watch this space... I feel another vision on the horizon ☺
We've got a few different things on offer for adults at the studio this month, we have an aerial yoga taster session, a salsa workshop and our Ballroom and Latin classes are starting back with a six week course!
Read on for more information on all of these!
We have got 3 special events running here at the studio over the Easter holidays to keep the children entertained.
On the 11th of April we have a full day dance workshop called "Dancing is for Sharing not Comparing"
On the 12th of April there is a Disney workshop.
On the 13th of April we have an Easter activity day.
Read on for more information about these events!
Greetings avid blog readers! After a short break we have a new studio staff interview!
I'm sure that most of you will know our next interviewee! I sat down with the one and only Zorena to find out a little bit more about her and the recently renamed Solent Fitness and Aerial Arts!
Sunday the 19th of February saw the studio hosting the 4th Youth Aerial Hoop Competition, organised and run by Solent Fitness & Aerial Arts. For the full report on the event, please see the SFAA blog here.
Today we have asked Julie to give her thoughts on this event as well as others that her and her intrepid team of helpers run and have run here at the studio.
This week we continue our introductions for our regular studio hirers! JDStudio is such a hive of activity that you could come here every day and still not know everyone! Today we sat down with Charlotte from Charlotte’s School of Dance to introduce herself, her classes and to tell us a bit about the studio!
The next hirer to face the interview questions is Belinda! BDA classes make up a lot of the dance classes run from the studio so most of our blog readers will know Belinda or will have definitely seen the logo around! Read on below!
Staff and students of Julie's Dance Studio, based in Sholing, Southampton.