Really? What is going on? Snow, rain, sunshine, drizzle, wind, blizzard. Bright, dull. Hot, cold. This weather is freakish but you know what? Despite four seasons in one day my loyal class members are always there. It makes me smile from inside.
Would love a bit of consistency though. Especially as Spring is such an exciting time. New beginings.
March, in particular, has been such a busy month for me. Events, classes, birthdays, detox planning, wedding planning. Some days I have no idea where I am or where the time goes.
I do forget sometimes that I live in such a vibrant city. I need to get out more. The wheel is here at the moment and we have a new ultra-cool shopping centre just opened. I hope the wheel hasn’t gone by the time I venture in to the city.
So many people come up north for weekends, shopping and nights out and its right here on my doorstep and I don’t take full advantage. Basically, what I’m trying to say is Watch out Leeds I’m coming!!! My new goal is to take full advantage.
This weekend at IFS I am meeting up with my Bessie friend and chief bridesmaid, I am so excited to be going over wedding bits and bobs. I am also very lucky to have a wedding planner, another fab friend, who is currently organising my hen do. She has been here 5 minutes and already has some wicked suggestions. The race’s is currently front runner. All ideas welcome. What did you do for your hen ladies?
Class numbers are stabilising themselves again which is good to see but you must never let your foot off the gas when it comes to promoting classes and advertising. My gym classes are busy at Virgin Active and Trugym. I only do 3 classes in clubs and the rest are community.
I am looking to organize a Zumba day/dance aerobic event again in the summer, would you guys be up for it? It would be in Leeds.
I am also presenting on a Funk Raiser event being organised by Nikkie Riozzi on Saturday June 22nd In the Midlands. Check out the event on Facebook. I will send out more details on how to book through justgiving nearer the time.
Its Hot season!
IFS2013 is here! It all kicks off on Friday with 3 days of inspirational, innovative, incredible classes.
I am so excited to be presenting there again it will be my 13th year. I have Lyrical Jazz, Street dance and Step Sista team teach with the gorgeous Sava Assenov from Germany, who is making me dress up in fancy dress, haha, I love it really.
It is faaaaaantastic. 3 days of brain busting. New programs, news choreography, networking, catching up with old friends and making new ones.
I will do my own classes plus join in others. I love to learn and see what’s new in the industry, I also need to stimulate my brain too! It’s getting harder as I get older haha! Next year will be the 10th Anniversary so BOOK your place now
Mission Clean & Lean
Well Spring Clean 7 day detox is in full flow and they are doing great 🙂 Everyone is loving the new smoothie recipes we have added into our meal plans. We have another Spring Clean detox starting Monday 25th March if you are game for cleaning up your food habits and hitting some work outs you can book now via our wonderfully new and sparkly website www.missioncleanlean.com
We had a wonderful day on Tuesday cooking all the new dishes to feature n our healthy detox ebook. I had to prepare some dishes for photographing and make them look attractive, which any normal person can do but I struggle with making my cooking look pretty. I love to cook but it’s not something that comes easily to me, it always tastes nice but does not always resemble that picture perfect look ha ha!
Needless to say the ebook ROCKs!!!
DVD update… Bestsellers
My Strictly DVD’s and my Back II Basics 2 DVD’s are flying out!!! The Strictly DVD has ballroom and Latin dance content and the Back to Basics DVD is full of ideas for instructors for their dance aerobics classes. Perfect for an experienced teacher or brand new qualified teacher. You can purchase them from my website www.joparry.com
Have a wonderful weekend… Blackpool I’m coming to get ya! Woooooooohoo
High five to waking up and feeling like a sniff of Spring is finally in the air. The clouds are lifting, people are smiling, the nights are getting lighter. Despite reports that snow is on its way again I definitely feel that winter is coming to an end *big sigh of relief*
My classes have been good this week. Not overflowing but steady. I always get a surge of motivation to do some extra promotion when I get a ‘steady’ week so I have been out and about flyering and chatting to folks in our community. Local businesses are always willing to help push ventures and the more you chat the more scope there is for contra-deals.
I have noticed that my Zumba classes attract a more regular crew whereas Street dance always gets new people, my venue is based in central Leeds so that might be an influence, I also think this style is very much the ‘in’ thing at the moment.
Hope the arrival of Spring is putting some bounce into your classes.
Mission clean and lean
What a great first week our newbie’s are having. The first week is always the hardest, I think, as you have to so much to get used to; withdrawal symptoms, uncertainty about how you should be feeling, getting used to a new type of training etc. However, my crew have absolutely smashed it ! Already they are feeling better, clothes are baggy, food tastes better and they have bundles of energy.
I love that we bring back the value of food to a lot of people. Eating clean really is a life changing transformation.
We have had so much feedback about launching a 7 day Spring clean detox so we are thrilled to announce that will be starting on Monday 18th March for £18.00 plus we have our regular 21 day detox also starting on Monday 18th March for £49.00
To book your place go to Shop on www.joparry.com
The Spring Clean is mainly directed to previous MCL members who need a pick me up and a kick in the right direction again although anyone can join it.
If you want up to date info follow me on twitter for all my #chat @JoParryLeeds
WOW what a 2 week of events I have been lucky enough to experience.
Fitness Fiesta was at Windsor 2 weeks ago a wonderful 4 star fitness event with UK and International presenters from all over the world giving it large under one roof. The atmosphere and energy was incredible. The classes ranged from Zumba, Bokwa, Fight Klub, Step, Aerobics, Street dance, Pilates, Yoga, Aqua and Ballroom. What a diverse and wonderful industry we work in. All classes were off the hook busy giving delegates the opportunity to participate in classes they probably don’t get at home.
Last weekend I returned to my event home from home Pontins, Camber Sands along with a jaw dropping 1700 plus people.
This weekend was INCREDIBLE. One of the best ever. Great energy.
Did you see the infamous Armageddon Harlem Shake. Genius. 300 plus people going hardcore in Richard Calenders Armageddon class, 300 plus Fight Klubbers kicking butt in the fun factory! Body combat was rammed to the rafters and Zumba with Donna Giffen rocked. The weekend was packed and the energy was infectious. Spinning classes were hot, sweaty and rammed, dance classes were inspirational to the next level.
All the presenters were outstanding but my personal highlight was the fancy dress on Saturday night, you had to come as something beginning with the letter C… Charlotte Carlton and I were of course Chav’s!
We partied alongside cabin crew, cave women, crash test dummies, men in the Closet, Cruella Deville and Coco cola bottles. We had a great night!
I was a step junkie delivering beginners and level 2 freestyle step and I loved every minute. On stage with the lovely Jeni and Michelle we put on our spangly numbers for Disco Dancer and Lyrical jazz and Strictly fit completed my weekend. I met so many instructors there, its so good to know that there is new talent coming through and lots of you are continuing your professional development as well as having a good giggle. Welcome to the fiesta family!
All in all the best Camber in my 10 years of presenting there. Woah, did I just say 10 years!!!
As a busy teacher and presenter I am always in need of new kit and I got some great steals from Serena Step n Pump at the week end. The website is www.stepnpump.com and it really is every teachers dream collection from lycra to baggy to girlie to casual plus trainers, dance shoes , Zumba shoes and flip flops. At the top of my wishlist is a pair of jazz shoes due to all the Lyrical Jazz I am teaching now.
Plus www.bordonisport.com Patricia has some beautiful aerobic tops, dance wear and going out accessories on there to.
Right, I’m off to check on how we are getting on with this Spring malarkey. Happy days!!!
Until next week, be good!
Love Jo x