We are often so busy that we don't get a chance to appreciate little things that happen to us. I have decided to start doing recaps as there is always so much happening and with me being so busy all the time I think it will be a really nice way for me to review everything that happened and take a moment to simply be grateful.
"It is not happy people who are thankful. It is thankful people who are happy".
TRAVELS & ADVENTURES
Snowboarding in High Tatras, Slovakia
I started my January very active. Two years ago since Nico was two years old we started a new tradition. We spend Christmas Day in Limerick and travel to Slovakia to spend the rest of the festive season with my family. After New Years we always go to the mountains for a few days - always the same spot in High Tatras. We spend five days snowboarding, skiing, eating great food and relaxing in a spa.
Even though it can be tiring as you're active all the time, I always come back feeling very motivated, full of energy and ready to take on the new year.
Surfing Weekend in Bundoran, Co. Donegal
Once again Sarah, Leah & myself road tripped up to our surf spot for a Valentine's weekend- Bundoran. It was our third time there but once again this weekend left me thinking "Damn I love this little town, these people, learning how to surf, being salty and how lucky I am to be able to do this".
It was a weekend full of good vibes, good energy, fun and positive people, surfing and lots of laughs.
Dance Greystones had a three weeks break over Christmas and New Years time. It was probably the longest break we had and I'm not gonna lie, I really missed our weekly rehearsals and dancing. But break is also sometimes needed and we kicked off 2019 in a big style. Our first term ended up being fully booked as we took on one of the most popular musicals 'The Greatest Showman'. And oh boy, we had fun. We jumped straight into the deep end and break-no break we went full on. Yes, we gave our bodies a bit of a shock after those three weeks of eating and not doing much exercise but we were all on the same boat and we all wanted to get back to a healthy routine.
"Endure the pain, enjoy the gain".
We rehearsed our two songs: From Now On & This Is Me for four weeks and as usual we shot a dance video at the end of the term. I've got to say the costumes are always amazing at each shoot but this time round they were absolutely breathtaking. I found myself having a hard time to recognise some of the girls. Well, have a look for yourself.
For our second term which started the first week of February we chose a song Trip A Little Light Fantastic from 'Mary Poppins Returns' and it was one of my favourites up to date.
As you can notice we love musicals. They have something special to them. The costumes, the story, the fun element. And they are all so completely different too, so why not?
We did our video shoot just last Sunday and as usual it was such a great day. It rained and it was cold, but it definitely didn't dampen our dancing spirit. Everyone did an absolutely amazing job and once again I was one very proud teacher.
NEW VENTURE - STAGE SCHOOL
I am absolutely delighted to start my new venture with Xquisite Dance School alongside amazing Nicole Kelly & John Nolan. Every Saturday morning I will be teaching the dance part of the stage school and I can't wait. The classes are for kids from the age of 4 up to teenagers. They will learn lots of different dance choreographies & also different songs with an amazing vocal coach Claire.
The classes run every Saturday morning at Xquisite Dance Studio at the Rink, D12 and they are open to everyone.
In July all stage school students will showcase their hard work in the theatre in Tallagh, Dublin.
With Xquisite Dance company continuously growing and the talent getting stronger, the show will be a spectacular event full of vibrant, entertaining dance routines, performed by our wonderful students. This show is an excellent opportunity to witness the great work, dedication and fun we have throughout the year. For more information about the classes, do not hesitate to contact me.
When I was writing my last blog (Q & A) and I had so many questions about when am I or if am I going to go back to Zumba®, it made me really miss it. It made me miss dancing to high energy music, letting loose and just shaking my booty :)
Every time I hear a song with a great beat I just want to dance. Since the New Year's I have been playing with the idea of starting Zumba® again. I have recorded two choreos (attached below) with some of the girls in the past two weeks and it was so much fun, it made me miss it even more!
That much, that I've decided to start Tuesday morning Zumba® class again.
I'm currently working on choreographing new routines so I can start the class on Tuesday 19th March and I literally can't wait to see you all.
The classes will run on Tuesdays at 10am in PureLight Dance & Yoga Studio (Shoreline Leisure Bray) followed by breakfast/coffee (optional).
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