Strictly school room for Darcey

November 01 2016

Redmaids’ High proudly hosted the Bristol launch of prima ballerina Darcey Bussell’s new dance fitness class – Diverse Dance Mix (DDMIX).


Redmaids’ High proudly hosted the Bristol launch of prima ballerina  Darcey Bussell’s new dance fitness class – Diverse Dance Mix (DDMIX).

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The Strictly Come Dancing judge visited at the invitation of her former Royal Ballet School friend Dawn Clark, who is a teacher and dance instructor at Redmaids’ High School.

 During her visit, students and staff were invited to asked questions at ‘Audience with’ sessions with Miss Bussell. 

In answer to the question, "Did you always want to be a dancer?" Darcey said that she was a serious swimmer when she was younger and nearly went down the professional athlete route.

She also described how it's taken mental as much as physical strength to overcome the obstacles (mainly injuries) that she has faced during her career.

A small group of girls from Miss Clark’s ballet club gained the incredible experience of giving a short performance for Darcey.

One student, Aya,  said: "I was so excited to perform in front of Darcey. Afterwards she made some really positive comments, which I hadn't expected. I still can't believe that this incredible opportunity came my way."

The visit culminated in a special one-off preview of her DDMIX dance fitness class attended by junior and senior school students.

Darcey said: “The idea of DDMIX is to provide a full body workout that feels like having fun rather than exercising. It combines 'flavours' of many different dance styles in one programme, with up-to-date choreography and an authentic soundtrack.

“Girls as young as seven took part but everyone threw themselves into it which was wonderful to see. I’m really hoping that Bristol gets behind DDMIX,” she added.

Dawn Clark said: “We are always looking for new opportunities for our girls at Redmaids’ High, and being the first Bristol school to try out a fun and innovative workout hosted by one of the nation’s favourite dancers, certainly generated a buzz. 

“We are all so thankful for her time and are excited to put all her good advice for dance and life in general into action.”

Darcey Bussell is looking for dance teachers, fitness instructors and ex-dancers to become accredited DDMIX instructors in the Bristol area.

Primary and secondary schools can also introduce DDMIX into their PE curriculum. Schemes of work exist for KS1, 2 and 3, and DDMIX can either teach current staff members or offer their own peripatetic instructors.

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Miss Clark hosts a Saturday ballet club at Redmaids’ High Junior School  for girls and boys aged five to to 11.