Ok as promised we are going to introduce our wonderful instructors over the next couple of weeks! The first instructor in our all-star lineup is Julie! Now most of our regular students will know Julie as the studio owner/beating heart of the studio, flying in and out of the studios with endless energy and a wicked giggle, but not everyone will know her as SFAA instructor Julie… Read on to find out more…
Julie has been dancing since the age of 8 and her main background is Break dance where she made the world finals in 2010!
Julie presently has qualifications in the following genres: Break Dance, Street Dance, Disco, Freestyle, Slow, Boogie Bounce, Pole Fitness, Circus Arts and Aerial Hoop and has recently passed the Spin City Stretch and Flexibility course too!
Julie got her first premises back in 2009 with just one dance studio… She then moved to her present studio in 2012 which boasts 3 fully mirrored dance studios and a licensed bar. Running the studio is Julie's full time job which can sometimes mean working in excess of 60 hours on some weeks. The studio runs over 25 children's classes per week and over 20 adult classes per week!
In terms of her life as an SFAA instructor, Julie started Pole dancing back in 2006 as a hobby and time out for herself but soon began helping the newbies and enjoyed teaching so much that she became an instructor which led to her opening her very own pole school - "Julies Dance" in 2008. This was later renamed, and had aerial hoop, and lots of other fitness classes added, and became Solent Fitness and Aerial Arts and is now run by Zorena. Julie is still a huge part of SFAA as one of the regular class instructors but no longer takes care of the management of SFAA (however this doesn’t stop her getting all the emails meant for Zorena! :P)
Julie has had a varied and exciting pole career! She started the Solent Pole Competition back in 2012 and has also had an Instructors course affiliated by the PDC! She is one of the PDC’s 4 star registered instructors, which means she “exemplifies excellence in teaching quality and has extensive pole fitness industry experience.” (PDC website: http://www.poledancecommunity.com/join-us) In order to obtain this status, she had to provide her pole CV and have references from at least two other PDC approved instructors!
You will rarely see Julie in a pair of shorts in class these days as she enjoys teaching the fitness side of Pole and enjoys coming up with new and fun fitness ideas that revolve around (sometimes literally) the pole.
Julie is presently training to be an Alexander technique practitioner under Oxford University for her continual professional development.