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SOSA Dance Fitness Newsletter September 2016

NEWS & GOSSIP! **LEISURE INDUSTRY WEEK - ROUND UP**

We had an absolutely AMAZING time at Leisure Industry Week (LIW) on 20th-21st September 2016 at Birmingham NEC, with the launch of our two fabulous new products, SOSA Dance Fitness U16s and Seated SOSA Dance Fitness


Check out our SOSA Dance Fitness U16's launch, 
aimed at engaging and encouraging girls aged 11-16 to be more active and get up dancing. Our very own fabulous Izzy Rose (age 16) led the demonstration and did us SO proud. What an amazing talent, definitely a star of the future :-)

Watch a clip of the SOSA Dance Fitness U16s demo on YouTube here


We also launched Seated SOSA Dance Fitness, aimed at engaging disabled participants and wheelchair users to enjoy the fantastic health and wellbeing benefits of SOSA. Created and led by our very own Sam James (an International Fitness Disability Specialist) and Lisa Nixon, (a Wheelchair Dance Specialist). Sam and Lisa were incredible and literally had visitors stopping in their tracks to watch the demo. SO proud of you both and so excited about what the future holds for this product. Watch a clip of the Seated SOSA Dance Fitness demo on YouTube here



 
**NEW INSTRUCTORS TRAINED**

We trained four fabulous new instructors in Billingham, Teesside last weekend, so watch this space for classes launching soon with:

  • Simon Keay at SpiriFit in Billingham. Teesside
  • Kelly Macdonald in Stockton, Teesside
  • Georgie Downie in Whitby, North Yorkshire
  • Sally Rowley in Whitley Bay, Tyne & Wear


 
**WOMEN'S SPORT WEEK - 3RD-9TH OCTOBER 2016**

Women’s Sport Week is an opportunity for everybody involved with playing, delivering, leading or working in sport to celebrate, raise awareness and increase the profile of women’s sport across the UK.

The week is being led by Women in Sport, supported by National Governing Bodies, DCMS, Sky Sports, the BBC, Sport England and supporters from across the sport sector.

SOSA Dance Fitness Instructors across the UK will be getting involved in this initiative by offering FREE or discounted classes for women in their local area to inspire them to get up dancing, feel confident and achieve their fitness goals without fear of judgement.

If you’d like to pledge your support to Women’s Sport Week and be the latest to hear about the plans and activities taking place please register here

Join the conversation on social media to by using #WSW16


  
**NEW INSTRUCTOR TRAINING DAYS ANNOUNCED**

We have announced three BRAND NEW instructor training coursedates on:

  • Saturday 8th October at Chester Music Theatre, Cheshire*LAST FEW PLACES REMAINING*
  • Saturday 22nd October at The Place Dance Studios, Euston, London WC1 *LAST FEW PLACES REMAINING*
  • Sunday 6th November at BODYbasics Studio in Frome, Somerset *JUST RELEASED*

SECURE YOUR PLACE TODAY FOR ONLY £179! Places selling out fast!


NEW CLASSES - LAUNCHING SOON

LEEDS, WEST YORKSHIRE **NEW CLASS LAUNCHING MONDAY 26TH SEPTEMBER**
 Instructor: Emma Cooper
Day Time: Every Monday at 3.15pm-4pm
Venue: The Edge Sports Centre, University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds LS2 9JT

To contact Emma directly, please click here
 
LEEDS, WEST YORKSHIRE **NEW CLASS LAUNCHING WEDNESDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER**
 Instructor: Emma Cooper
Day Time: Every Wednesday at 4.15pm-5pm
Venue: The Edge Sports Centre, University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds LS2 9JT

To contact Emma directly, please click here
 
LEEDS, WEST YORKSHIRE **NEW CLASS LAUNCHING FRIDAY 30TH SEPTEMBER**
 Instructor: Emma Cooper
Day Time: Every Friday at 11am-12pm
Venue: Cromer Terrace Fitness Studio, University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds LS2 9JT

To contact Emma directly, please click here
 
SILSDEN, WEST YORKSHIRE **NEW CLASS TIME FROM FRIDAY 30TH SEPTEMBER**
 Instructor: Lisa Hart
Day Time: Every Friday at 5.15pm-6pm
Venue: Eastburn Fitness Center, Unit 5 Eastburn Mills, Main Road,Nr. Steeton/Silsden BD20 7SJ

To contact Lisa directly, please click here
 
IRTHLINGBOROUGH, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE **NEW CLASS LAUNCHING MONDAY 3RD OCTOBER**
 Instructor: Carolyn Thorne
Day Time: Monday at 9.30am
Venue: Irthlingborough Methodist Church, College Street, Irthlingborough, Northamptonshire NN9 5TU

To contact Carolyn directly, please click here
 
KETTERING, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE **NEW CLASS LAUNCHING MONDAY 3RD OCTOBER**

Instructor: Carolyn Thorne
Day Time: Monday at 5.45pm
Venue: Millbrook Junior School, Churchill Way, Kettering, Northamptonshire NN15 5DP

To contact Carolyn directly, please click here

PETERBOROUGH, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE **NEW CLASS LAUNCHING TUESDAY 4TH OCTOBER**
 Instructor: Carolyn Thorne
Day Time: Tuesday at 10am
Venue: Barnwell Village Hall, Nr Oundle, Peterborough, Northamptonshire PE8 5QD

To contact Carolyn directly, please click here
 
KETTERING, NORTHMAPTONSHIRE **NEW CLASS LAUNCHING TUESDAY 4TH OCTOBER**
 Instructor: Carolyn Thorne
Day Time: Tuesday at 8pm
Venue: Southfields School, Lewis Road, Kettering, Northamptonshire NN15 6HE

To contact Carolyn directly, please click here
 
BILLINGHAM, TEESSIDE **NEW CLASS LAUNCHING WEDNESDAY 5TH OCTOBER**

Instructor: Simon Keay
Day Time: Wednesday at 6.30pm-7.15pm
Venue: SpiriFit, The Picture House, South View, Billingham, Teesside TS23 1BT

To contact Simon directly, please click here
 

NEW CLASSES – JUST LAUNCHED

PENRITH, CUMBRIA **NEW CLASS - JUST LAUNCHED**
 Instructor: Alison Evanson
Day/Time: Mondays at 7.45pm
Venue: Eden Healthy Lifestyle Studio, Suite 1, Cumbria House, Gilwilly Road, Penrith CA11 9FF
To contact Diana at Eden Healthy Lifestyle Studio directly, please click here

 
BIDEFORD, NORTH DEVON **NEW CLASS - JUST LAUNCHED**
Instructor: Anne Garside at Dance Fit Devon
Day/Time: Mondays at 6.30pm
Venue: Northam Hall, Fore Street, Northam, Bideford, North Devon EX39 1AW
To contact Anne directly, please click here

 
DARWEN, LANCASHIRE **NEW CLASS - JUST LAUNCHED**
Instructor: Mary Keating
Day/Time: Mondays at 6.30pm
Venue: The Heritage Centre, Holker House, Railway Road, Darwen, Lancashire BB3 2RG
To contact Mary directly, please click here

 
WESTCLIFF-ON-SEA, ESSEX **NEW CLASS - JUST LAUNCHED**
Instructor: Lorraine Wood at Active Women
Day/Time: Tuesdays at 9.30am *FREE CLASS*
Venue: The Balmoral Community Centre, Salisbury Avenue, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 7AU
To contact Active Women directly, please click here

 
AVOCA, CO.WICKLOW, IRELAND **NEW CLASS - JUST LAUNCHED**
Instructor: Laura Gannon at Laura’s Dance Fitness Arklow
Day Time: Every Tuesday 6pm-7pm
Venue: Avoca Community Hall, Main Street, Avoca, Co. Wicklow
To contact Laura directly, please click here

 
CHIPPING SODBURY, WILTSHIRE **NEW CLASS - JUST LAUNCHED**
Instructor: Carol Ramsey
Day Time: Tuesdays at 6.15pm
Venue: Chipping Sodbury School Sports Centre, Bowling Road, Bristol BS37 6EW
To contact Carol directly, please click here

 
CHELMSFORD, ESSEX **NEW VENUE - JUST LAUNCHED**
Instructor: Lauren Ellmore
Day/Time: Every Tuesday at 7.30pm-8.15pm
Day/Time: Moulsham High School, Brian Close, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 9ES
To contact Lauren directly, please click here

 
GUILDFORD, SURREY **NEW CLASS - JUST LAUNCHED**
Instructor: Carly McHugh
Day/Time: Every Tuesday 8.15pm
Venue: St Peter’s Catholic School, Horseshoe Lane East, Guildford GU1 2TN
To contact Carly directly, please click here

 
DURHAM, COUNTY DURHAM **NEW TERM - JUST LAUNCHED**
Instructor: Carol Booth at Carumba Fitness
Day/Time: Every Tuesday 10am
Venue: Waterhouses Village Hall, Station St, Waterhouses, Durham DH7 9AS
To contact Carol directly, please click here

 
STOW-CUM-QUY, CAMBRIDGESHIRE **NEW TERM - JUST LAUNCHED**
Instructor: Lisa Nixon
Day/Time: Wednesdays 8pm-9pm
Venue: Quy Village Hall Main Street Stow-Cum-Quy Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB25 9AW
To contact Lisa directly, please click here

 
OLNEY, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE **NEW CLASS - JUST LAUNCHED**
Instructor: Caroline Brown
Day Time: Every Wednesday at 10am
Venue: St John’s Ambulance Hall, Wellingborough Road, Olney, Bucks MK46 4BJ
To contact Caroline directly, please click here

 
LAVENDON, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE **NEW CLASS - JUST LAUNCHED**
Instructor: Caroline Brown
Day Time: Every Wednesday at 8pm
Venue: Lavendon Village Hall, 22 High Street (opposite School), Lavendon, Bucks MK46 4HA
To contact Caroline directly, please click here

 
BIDEFORD, NORTH DEVON **NEW CLASS - JUST LAUNCHED**
Instructor: Anne Garside at Dance Fit
Day/Time: Every Wednesday at 10am
Venue: Bideford Methodist Hall, High Street, Bideford, North Devon EX39 2AA
To contact Anne directly, please click here

 
MELTON MOWBRAY, LEICESTERSHIRE **NEW CLASS - JUST LAUNCHED**
Instructor: Judith Ewing
Day/Time: Every Wednesday at 7pm
Venue: Age UK, Gloucester House, 3 Norman Way, Melton Mowbray LE13 1JE
To contact Judith directly, please click here

 
BIDEFORD, NORTH DEVON **NEW CLASS - JUST LAUNCHED**
Instructor: Anne Garside at Dance Fit
Day/Time: Every Wednesday at 7.15pm
Venue: Bideford Sea Cadets Hall, Park Lane, Bideford, North Devon EX39 2QL
To contact Anne directly, please click here

 
LUTON, BEDFORDSHIRE **NEW CLASS - JUST LAUNCHED**
Instructor: LadyJ Smith
Day/Time: Every Wednesday at 6pm
Venue: Bushmead Community Centre, Hancock Drive, Luton LU2 7SF
To contact LadyJ Smith directly, please click here

 
HOCKLEY, ESSEX **NEW CLASS - JUST LAUNCHED**
Instructor: Lorraine Wood
Day/Time: Wednesday at 7.30pm
Venue: Hockley Public Hall, Bullwood Road, Hockley, SS5 4RA
To contact Lorraine directly, please click here

 
SALFORD, GREATER MANCHESTER **NEW CLASS - JUST LAUNCHED**
Instructor: Annelies Merrells
Day Time: Wednesdays at 6.45pm
Venue: Empowered Studios, 1 Hilton Square, Swinton, Pendlebury, Salford M27 4DB
To contact Annelies directly, please click here

 
STONE, STAFFORDSHIRE **NEW CLASS - JUST LAUNCHED**
Instructor: Ann Alston at AA Dance Fitness
Day/Time: Every Wednesday at 8pm
Venue: St Dominic’s Social Centre, Station Road, Stone, Staffs ST15 8EN
To contact Ann directly, please click here

 
ST ALBANS, HERTFORDSHIRE **NEW CLASS - JUST LAUNCHED**
Instructor: Gabriella Mauro
Day Time: Every Wednesday at 8pm
Venue: Fleetville Community Centre, Royal Road, St Albans, Herts AL1 4QL
To contact Gabriella directly, please click here

 
GOREY, CO. WEXFORD, IRELAND **NEW CLASS - JUST LAUNCHED**
Instructor: Laura Gannon at Laura’s Dance Fitness Arklow
Day Time: Every Thursday 7pm-8pm
Venue: Leinster Taekwondo Club, IDA Industrial Park, Courtown Road, Gorey, Co. Wexford
To contact Laura directly, please click here

 
WARWICK, WARWICKSHIRE **NEW CLASS - JUST LAUNCHED**
Instructor: Trisha Quinn
Day Time: Every Thursday at 8pm
Venue: Chase Meadow Community Centre, Narrow Hall Meadow, Warwick CV34 6BT
To contact Trisha directly, please click here

 
HOCKLEY, ESSEX **NEW CLASS - JUST LAUNCHED**
Instructor: Lorraine Wood
Day/Time: Thursday at 10.30am
Venue: Hockley Public Hall, Bullwood Road, Hockley, SS5 4RA
To contact Lorraine directly, please click here

 
BOLTON, GREATER MANCHESTER**NEW CLASS - JUST LAUNCHED**
Instructor: Annelies Merrells
Day Time: Thursdays at 7.45pm
Venue: St James’ Secondary School, Lucas Road, Farnworth, Bolton BL4 9RU
To contact Annelies directly, please click here

 
SALE, CHESHIRE **NEW CLASS - JUST LAUNCHED**
Instructor: Dee Owen
Day/Time: Every Thursday at 8.30pm
Day/Time: The Avenue Methodist Church, 12 Wincham Rd, Sale, Cheshire M33 4PL
To contact Dee directly, please click here

 
OLD TRAFFORD, MANCHESTER **NEW CLASS - JUST LAUNCHED**
Instructor: Maureen at Beulah Tempora
Day Time: Every Thursday at 5.30pm
Venue: Stretford Sports Village, Talbot Centre, Great Stone Road, Manchester M32 0ZS
To contact Maureen directly, please click here

 
DURHAM, COUNTY DURHAM **NEW TERM - JUST LAUNCHED**
Instructor: Carol Booth at Carumba Fitness
Day/Time: Every Friday 9.30am
Venue: Vitality Pilates Barre and Wellbeing Studio, Langley Park, Durham DH7 9XE
To contact Carol directly, please click here

 
DURHAM, COUNTY DURHAM **NEW TERM - JUST LAUNCHED**
Instructor: Carol Booth at Carumba Fitness
Day/Time: Every Friday 7.30pm
Venue: Neville's Cross Scout Hut, Crossgate Peth, Durham CIty, DH1 4PJ
To contact Carol directly, please click here

 
ST ALBANS, HERTFORDSHIRE **NEW CLASS - JUST LAUNCHED**
Instructor: Gabriella Mauro
Day Time: Every Saturday at 12.30pm
Venue: Marshalswick Community Centre, The Ridgeway, St Albans, Herts AL4 9TU
To contact Gabriella directly, please click here

 
SOSA SONG OF THE WEEK!
‘Shake a Tail Feather' by The Overtones

'Shake a Tail Feather' is a song originally recorded in 1963 by the Chicago-based group The Five Du-Tones, which was featured on the soundtrack of the 1988 film Hairspray. It has been covered by many other artists over the years. Ray Charles covered and performed the song during his scenes in the 1980 film The Blues Brothers in a version that included calls for various 1960s dances, such as the Twist, the Monkey, The Fly, The Swim, the Frug, the Mashed Potato and the Boogaloo This fun-packed Jive Twist routine is sure to get you shaking your tail feather in classes around the country this week! Listen to a clip and download it from iTunes here

DANCE FACT OF THE WEEK!
Did you know

The Twist is a dance that was inspired by Rock and Roll music. From 1959 to the early sixties it became the first worldwide dance craze, enjoying immense popularity among all people and drawing fire from critics who felt it was too provocative. It inspired dances such as the Jerk, the Pony, the Watusi, the Mashed Potato, the Monkey and the Funky Chicken, but none were as popular.

The use of the name 'twist' for dancing goes back to the nineteenth century when a pelvic dance motion called the twist came to America from the Congo during slavery in the 1890s. However, the true origins can actually be traced as far back as the early days of West Africa. Despite these early origins, the concrete history of the Twist dance begins in the 1950s when the original song was written.

The twist differed from many earlier forms of dance . It was one of the dances performed in unison, but without a partner and has translated in many ways to some modern forms of dance.

UPCOMING EVENTS

**FITJAM BIRMINGHAM – SUNDAY 16TH OCTOBER 2016**
Location: The Doug Ellis Sports Centre, 150 Wellhead Lane, Birmingham B42 2SY
Join us at FitJAM Birmingham for a special SOSA Dance Fitness® master class on Sunday 16th October 2016 from 1pm-2pm at The Doug Ellis Sports Centre in Birmingham, a brand new £7m leisure facility!
Get ready to DANCE YOURSELF HAPPY FitJAM!
For more information, please visit our website




**WDSA UK – Wheelchair Dance Sport Competition and First Inclusive Dance Festival, Saturday 22nd October 2016**
 

The Wheelchair Dance Sport Association (UK) (WDSA (UK)) is hosting the official Wheelchair Dance Sport Competition in the UK and the first Inclusive Dance Festival, taking place on Saturday 22nd October 2016.

This national competition and festival which will take place in Hertfordshire at Wodson Sports Park in Ware, is being sponsored and supported by The Unlimited Company from Simply Health

The day will be split into two sections the morning is an Inclusive Dance Festival open to anyone to showcase their talent! No matter what the age, ability or dance style, you can join in and perform on the day to show that we can all dance and be active, or just come along and watch.

The afternoon is the UK National Wheelchair Dance Sport Competition; including beginner level right up to the best the UK has to offer in the world of wheelchair dance and wheelchair dance sport.
 

Absolutely delighted to announce that Lisa Nixon will be hosting a Seated SOSA Dance Fitness demonstration at the event to inspire WDSA members and participants to share in the magic of SOSA (time TBC).


 
**RIBBY GOES SOUTH – National Community Fitness Day, 5th November 2016**

Location: Trowbridge Civic Centre, St Stephens Place, Trowbridge, Wiltshire BA14 8AH

Ribby Fitness Weekend has become an annual sell-out event in Preston, and now the magic formula is coming down south to Trowbridge, Wiltshire!

On Saturday 5th November, there will be a jam-packed fun-filled day of Fitness, followed by an evening awards ceremony with three course dinner.

SOSA Dance Fitness will be presenting a taster session in the Main Hall from 2pm-3pm hosted by Founder Katy Barrow. There will also be a Seated SOSA Dance Fitness taster session in Studio 1 from 12pm-12.30pm with the amazing Sam James.


For more information, please visit the Facebook page


**FITCAMPS @ RIBBY HALL VILLAGE, PRESTON – 11th - 13th November**

FitCamps was the first ever event of its kind, and they are still showcasing the best in the Fitness Industry, Motivating, Educating and Inspiring fitness professionals to fitness enthusiasts. This year is the 26th year of this fantastic event that you don't want to miss, set at the luxury Resort Ribby Hall Holiday Village in Preston, Lancashire.

Join us at FitCamps for special SOSA Dance Fitness® taster classes throughout the weekend (times to be announced shortly). For more information, please visit the website



 

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