Alethea Austin X-Pole Workhshop

I was lucky enough to get a space on X-Pole's Master Class workshop with Alethea Austin on Sunday 18th July 2010, held at Spin City in Bristol.  Spin City Pole Fitness (http://www.spincitypolefitness.com/ ) is run by the lovely Kate Johnstone, who is herself and incredible and accomplished dancer.

I was welcomed by her lovely team, and we then enjoyed (!!!) a 90 minute floorwork session, where we did extreme stretching, floor exercises, and were taught by Alethea how to use every muscle in our bodies to make beautiful shapes and move from pole to pole and around the floor.  It was intense but amazing, and I was surprised how much I enjoyed doing so much work without even touching a pole. 

We were also lucky enough to have Chantelle Pritchard (British Isles Champion 2009) in our group, and it was awesome to watch her pulling her toes over her head while some of us (me!) struggled with our splits training!

We had an amazing day, and I learnt lots and gained lots of new bruises.  I'm looking forward to doing further training, particularly with Kate and her team, who are fabulous!

Let me know if you'd like to be included in any future workshops at Spin City :)

Alethea and I

Chantelle and I

An exhausted team at the end of our 3 hours

Taylor's Retreat Cup 2010

The day finally arrived for my very FIRST competition on 10th July 2010.  The Taylor's Retreat Cup is in its first year, and I am in my first competing year, so I thought it was the perfect place to start!  I've been to Taylor's Retreat previously for an amazing workshop with Alesia Vazmitsel so it was nice to at least be familiar with my surroundings, if nothing else!

The whole day was absolutely incredible, and I was so pleased with my performance.  I placed 7th out of 10 which isn't amazing but, I didn't slip, fall or forget and those were my main worries!  I'm really happy, and am now practising for my next entry at the end of October in the Miss Pole Dance/Fitness UK Semi Pro category.  I may even have managed to persuade some students to compete!!

I am also lucky enough to be having an article published in Pole2Pole magazine's August edition, so you can get full details and photographs of my day out there!  Subscribe or buy a single issue at http://www.pole2polemagazine.co.uk/.

General Update

Hello ladies!  And firstly, may I apologise for the lack of posts on the blog - things have been absolutely manic and unfortunately the blog has suffered!

So, the biggest news is the launch of our newest venue in Caversham, Reading. We started classes there 3 weeks ago with a Thursday evening and Saturday daytime session of Tasters at the beginning of July. Classes began the following week, and are already filling up.  We've got a fantastic group of girls who are already progressing through Level 1 moves, and the classes continue to fill each week. 

You can check out the Club at http://www.clubchf.co.uk/, and if you have any friends or family members who might be interested in trying the class for FREE, please contact me at lucycropper@aol.com, or on 07899 722031. 

Watch this space for our next venue launch in Aylesbury!!