What are your top 3 Cheerleading Company hen parties in London:
- Cheerleading hen party– POMS – need I say more?!
- Strictly dance hen party – dramatic tango, salsa dance and the hysterical ‘Pasa Doble’
- Single Ladies hen party – who doesn’t love Beyonce?!
(sorry I can’t narrow it down to 3!)
4. Burlesque hen party – I get to let out my inner burlesque star.
How did you get into cheerleading and teaching hen parties?
I first tried cheerleading at University and was instantly hooked on its lively cheers and high energy routines. It was also a great experience to cheer on your University team and inspire the crowds with our dance routines and chants. Following on from University, I moved to London was a member of the Pineapple Cheerleaders (Pineapple Dance Studios Professional Cheerleading Squad) and performed with Status Quo (on a boat in the River Thames!), during a F1 driver event at Wembley Stadium north London, and even got flown to Milan to provide entertainment as part of the Milan Fashion Week! I went on to qualify as a Cheerleading instructor with BCA and for the last 5 years, I have been teaching dance hen parties for The Cheerleading Company and love how the different dance themes and styles keep my own dancing fresh.
What do you love about being a dance hen party teacher in London?
The best part for me is that each dance hen party group is different. Some hens absolutely love the chance to run around and have girly fun with pom pons, while others want a dance lesson in order to learn a set dance routine so they can perform it later at the wedding. I always speak to my contact beforehand so I know what the group’s expectations are and this way the group can get the best out of their dance hen party. I’ve been emailed lots of amazing videos of the London hen groups performing dance routines I’ve taught them and it’s great to see how the girls have turned from nervous dancers into Beyonce-like performers by the end of the session!
I also love the effort some groups go to with their costumes. I’ve had a brilliant group of girls at a London hen party who all wore 50s clothing for their Grease dance party, a wonderful Beyonce bride-to-be, a whole troupe of girls in Strictly Come Dancing clothes (think tassels and sequins) and a group who were all wearing 80s style clothing. The 80s clothing certainly took me back and I think I even had the original ra-ra skirt that one of the girls had on!
Finally, I really love it when the mother of bride comes up to me and says how much she enjoyed the dance hen party lesson. Some mother of brides are worried that the dance routines won’t be suitable for them but don’t want to miss out on their daughter’s hen party celebration. I make sure that everyone is involved as much as they want to be and the dance party it’s a great bonding experience for all of the hens and gets everyone talking for the rest of the day before they head off around London. We always build in time for photos too and make sure everyone is included. It’s great that the hen party can leave with good mementoes (as well as some key dance steps) from their hen party session.
Who are your dance inspirations?
I am passionate about Tango and since 2007, I have been learning Argentine Tango and now dance exclusively ‘tango salon’. The tango scene is ever growing in London and so I will often go out tango dancing straight after my London hen parties. I am so inspired by the great ‘milongueros’ who danced during the 1940s (the Golden Age of Tango). Some of these dancers are still alive and dancing (even though they are in their 80s) but most of them rarely travel outside of Buenos Aires. You can however still go out in BA and see them dancing with each other in the milonga clubs. I recently visited Argentina to see them and it was an experience of a lifetime!