Friday, April 4, 2014

Later Gators....

I feel like i only just saw husband,
its funny how seeing him a month ago counts as recently....

At any rate its my turn to go and visit him.

In the Galapagos Islands.

A once in a life time trip.
I will cherish these amazing times i have to travel at the moment
and explore these exotic far off locations
with husband.

Funnily enough,
currently both husband and i have 
both day dream about settling down 
and just staying in one place the two of us.
Feet firmly on the ground.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Pain in the back....

I always thought that when i stopped dancing all my aches and pains would go away.
Turns out its not that easy.

For the last year and a half i've had aches and pains all over!
some of it is my body adapting to a new life style,
others are left over problems that i never properly sorted out.

Mainly i've been having re-occuring back pain.
It comes and goes some days i'm bedridden and other days its back to norm.

Coming from my dance background it s very hard for me to teach without getting physically involved myself.
my husband always tries to tell me that i should take it easy when i teach, no demonstrating full out to 2 year olds! i explain to him they are the worst culprits for needing to be taught visually.

after a bout of back pain recently that just frustrates me more than anything
(im used to being in pain)
the physio finally persuaded me to go to the Doctor and have a scan.
So thanks to husbands private work medical insurance,
i very speedily got a MRI done.

Unfortunately it did show up some disk degeneration and bulging,
but fortunately nothing that has affected the nerves or bone as of yet.

So i feel so releaved to have some actual proof that my back pain isnt just me whining like an old lady all the time.

Looking at all these pretty ballet pictures at the moment 
just makes me think of their poor spines!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Adventures in the ballet class....

Once a week i teach in a nursery
where the class are more of a dance/drama
based class as opposed to pure ballet.

I find these classes great fun,
and love trying to find out new ways to incorporate 
different stories into our dance adventures.

To make it more tricky the classes are predominately 
filled with little boys.
When i've taught this style of classes before
it was easier to think up stories as
you can pretty much just go through the Disney Princessess.

So lately we have been on a visit to the Dinosaur museum
where we have marched like scary T-rex's
and flown like pterodactyls.

We have been pirates looking for lost treasure
being chased by crocodiles,
and on safari in the deepest jungle.
we have sky-dived into Australia and
jumped like the Kangaroos and spun like the Tasmanian Devils.

These little boys have a lot of energy...
it keeps me on my toes first thing in the morning,
in fact the only way i think i am able to make
it through without going crazy
is from having been the older sister to 5 crazy younger brothers.

Now i've got to think of more Adventure stories....

Sunday, March 23, 2014


What have i been up to lately.
Teaching, teaching, teaching.
Pilates,Pilates Pilates,

Teaching -

I've changed ballet schools and i'm really enjoying my new school.
Its a very different environment,
the students at my new school have more professional
aspirations (even at a young age)
so i can treat them like young professionals,
and they actually responding well to it,
so rather than thinking to my self all the time,
are they 'having fun' are they 'being stimulated'
i can focus on
are they learning? are they progressing? are they improving?
hopefully the learning and improving is what stimulates
them and makes it enjoyable,
i know thats what ballet always meant to me
and thats what i want ballet to be to my students.

Last Sunday I volunteered at a charity gala held by the
school at the Royal Opera House
where the children performed and auctions were held.
They raised over £300 000 to be used for dance scholarships.

It was just parents watching week...
i hope i survived it....


I'm thoroughly enjoying my teacher training with Alan Herdman Pilates.
I know some of the other students on the course struggle with
the style of teaching, but it suits me to a T.
Every week i come away feeling i ve learned so much.

I worry about when i have to go out and actually start finding a job,
its a whole new industry to me,
hopefully i can make the cross over.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Been and Gone....

So husband has been and gone...

10 days.
10 busy days.
When husband comes he likes to fill up his social calendar with every
 Tom, Dick and Harry he can think off....
i reign him in a little, but i also enjoy seeing what a good friend he is to those around him, 
even though he only has a few days in the Uk a year he 
wants to make sure that he phones and
 meets up with everyone he cares about.
 (It upsets me when i see people dont realise what an 
effort he is making and give him the cold shoulder)

Bonus points....
my Dad decided to drive down to London whilst he was here 
and brought my three youngest brothers to visit us...
unbonus points, 
he was being spontaneous and didnt inform us first or
 he would have realised that we werent actually in London but in Dorset!
bonus points
 he made an extra effort and drove the boys down to spend the 
day with us in Dorset. 
It was great to see them. I hadn't seen them since
my wedding a year and a half time flies....
and somehow i'm not as good at my husband as 
making time to see loved ones. 
My little brothers are not so little anymore...
nearly towering above me!

We had a great time taking them to the tank museum in Dorset.....
hree boys in a museum for 3 hours...
we could hardly get them out...
they loved it!

Husband and i also had a weekend 
getaway from London at Windsor....
where we went to visit the Queens house and also went to Ascot.

Ascot was sooooo much fun...
i tired my hand at betting on the horses (only a pound a race!)
 and lost nearly every time....
Gambling is a fools game...
why would you do it! 
i tried lots of different techniques for wining,
choosing horse by best name,
best outfit,
best odds,
worst odds,
eventually i won a race and made a wooping £1.25
(but was still way in the minus)

as my father always taught me, 
its not gambling if you know your going to loose...

It's always hard when husband leaves...
and London seems so much brighter when he is around,
in fact it actually was brighter when he was around this time.
After weeks of rain the sun shone nearly every day....
he was wondering why i keep complaining about the British weather

enjoying the changing of the guard a little too much at Windsor  Castle

My little monkey of a borhter enjoying hanging around at the tank museum

Thursday, February 13, 2014


oh my goodness, how have i never heard of Ski ballet before,
apparently it had a brief Olympic life back in the 80's...
oh the 80's

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Little things....

today whilst teaching 7 year olds classical walks in ballet.

me : 'Wow! you guys! 
That was so much better, you did it so good this time round.
I'm so pleased with you.'

Little Girl puts her hand up : 'Miss Rebekah, I think we were much better because you
told us about the magic diamonds on our shoes'

Sometimes it good to know that the crazy things you 
say actually go in one ear and not just other the other.