Student Georgia found a love for dance at an early age!

Déda's Zumba classes are suitable for all levels and are a great way to improve fitness whilst having plenty of fun.

University of Derby Journalism student Georgia introduces herself and her hopes for her placement at Déda.

"Hi! I’m Georgia, a BA Journalism student at the University of Derby. As part of my Work Based Learning module I will be taking part in a placement here at Déda.

Here’s a little bit about myself…

I have always had a passion for dance and when I was around 7 years old my mum finally pushed my shy younger self to join a Dance School. Throughout my years there I tried many styles of dance such as Ballet, Tap and Jazz/Modern as well as Cheerleading. And I was also examined under the National Association of Teachers of Dance.

It was then during Secondary School that I found a love for Street/Commercial Dance and I began dancing in a team called A-Typical and we then went on to win the The Rock Your Body competition in 2013! Here I am in pink...

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After this I continued to dance until the stress of A-levels meant I had to make a very hard decision and that was I had to put a hold on dancing as I couldn’t be as committed as I wanted to be.

Although, as I’d always been very active I couldn’t completely stop everything so it was here when I begin to go to various fitness classes such as Zumba and circuit classes to keep myself fit.

Therefore, when I discovered that Déda would potentially offer a placement for work experience I thought it would be the perfect fit for me due to my dance and fitness background, so I got emailing straight away and here I am!

My placement began with a tour around the building (which after around a fair few visits I’m still getting my head around as there are so many rooms!)

Me and my mentor Heather then discussed my aims and what I wanted to gain out of my experience here as well as how I could help Déda as an organisation.

Throughout my placement I will be taking part in various classes to gain more of an understanding of Déda and the types of classes they have to offer.

As Zumba was the first class I was going to try, I did some market research to see what other Zumba classes were on offer in the local area and how much they were priced.

I then went along to Zumba (which is held on a Wednesday evening at 6pm) with my mum.

In my opinion the class is perfect for all abilities, if you have never done Zumba before or if you’ve been doing it for years you definitely won’t feel out of place. Also, there is a varied age range of people who attend the class.

There were a few moves that that I found a bit trickier than others but if you attend the class a couple of times then I’m sure they would be very easy to get to grips with, as it was clear there were some regulars that knew all the moves!

The class was great in the fact that it wasn’t too intense so you could do all the moves and didn’t need to stop every minute for a break. Other classes I have previously been too were so intense that I felt like I couldn’t carry on after 10 minutes.

I loved Zumba because even though I still worked up a sweat, I was too busy enjoying the music and having fun to even realise I was burning lots of calories!

It’s great class to go to with family and friends for an enjoyable time and fun work out but also great if you want to get fit alone.

I will certainly try Zumba at Déda again, but next on my list may be Contemporary dance as this is a style that has always interested me but I have never tried.

Over the next few weeks I will also be collecting some market research in the student community to see what it is that students want out of dance and fitness classes.

I am also very much looking forward to seeing Africarmen presented by Tavaziva in March!"

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