Glitz and Glam FitSteps night…

Just having a little night of FUN celebrating one year at Brickhill Community Centre! Loads of my FitSteppers couldn’t make it as it’s half term break but in two classes that I’ve been doing (one evening and one morning), I’ve had over 40 people coming to my classes. I’ve made great friends and met amazig people. I have the nicest bunch ever! Here’s to another year of fun classes!  Cheers everyone!

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FitSteps at the Bedford River Festival 2016

Look at my FitSteppers now! They are performing people, performing!  Yes, and  infront of a big crowd after just a few months of doing FitSteps with me. We did a FiSteps dance demo at the Sports Village stage, and we were able to deliver the message we wanted to tell people about FitSteps and how amazing it is to dance. Wish all of my FitSteppers were on stage with us but I’m only allowed a few people to dance with me due to limited space on stage. What I love about my class is the mixture of levels/abilities/ages, and they just go for it. Some of them had background in dance, even a professional dancer, and others never danced at all, and it proved today that what matters most is that you are enjoying what you’re doing. That if you put your heart and focus into something you really love, you will shine in every way. To all my FitSteppers, THANK YOU! I am so PROUD of everyone, not just the ones who performed last week, yesterday and today, but EVERYONE who does my class! xxx

What an amazing weekend indeed!  Boiling hot, but brilliant!

My FitSteps classes in Bedford:

Thursday at Renhold Village Hall, 8pm  (£5 otd)

Friday  at Brickhill Community Centre, 9:am (£5 otd)

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FitSteps fun…

I’m very proud of my FitSteppers. I have the best ones in class and they are all really lovely. Thank you so much everyone. I’m loving every moment teaching you FitSteps. Some routines can be challenging but they are all good. So keeeeeeep dancing! 😀

My classes are every Wednesday at 7:15pm, and every Friday at 11am, Brickhill Community Centre, Avon Crive, Bedford. See you there! 😀

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FitSteps FAB is coming…

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New Year started with a bang! FitSteps training with the pros, Ian Waite and Natalie Lowe!  What more can I ask for? I had a great time learning the new FitSteps FAB that will be launched in March 2016.

FitSteps dance, not part of creative arts?

I was embarrassed when I advertised my Dance FitSteps on Creative Bedfordshire group on Facebook as I ended up asking myself, ‘FitSteps is not creative?’ The moment my Ad was posted, someone said that dance fitness is not part of creative arts, and that FitSteps has got no cultural potential or possibilities.

I was shocked by that reply that FitSteps is not part of creative arts. First, it’s obviously a dance fitness. It is a ballroom and Latin dance based dance workout. Dance is a major form of creative arts as it is self-expression, not just merely doing movements. It’s common knowledge that dance is part of creative arts, so as drama, so as singing.

This group did not specify what kind of creative arts they are talking about. You probably meant – crafts, pottery, painting, etc – but they were not even mentioned in the description. You need to be specific so you don’t mislead people.

Cultural potential/possibilities. Ok, let’s see. FitSteps is based on ballroom and Latin dance. Now when you hear Latin, that is not obviously of English heritage. So there is culture already just from the word LATIN. All ballroom dance came from different parts of the world. Tango originated from Argentina, Rumba originated from Cuba, Salsa originated from New York with strong influences from Latin America, Waltz originated from Vienna, Quickstep was actually danced first in the Caribbean before developed in New York, Jive originated from African-Americans in the USA, etc etc etc. So do not even start with me about cultural opportunities when it comes to dance. My Italian friends’ son is based now in Canada as a Principal dancer in the Canadian Ballet Company. I came to Europe because of my dancing/singing/acting ability, hired all the way from Philippines to do a musical, so do not even underestimate dance per se not being creative enough. All forms of dances are creative arts whether ballet, modern, contemporary, hip hop, tap, ballroom, FitSteps, Zumba.

Maybe you just need a better exposure to improve your ignorance about creative arts.

 

RACE FOR LIFE 2015

My first time to join RACE FOR LIFE this year and it was amazing! I ran 5K and I had the most wonderful time. Meeting people fighting cancer, people who lost their loved ones with cancer, and people simply supporting Cancer Research UK. Thank you to all my amazing friends who sponsored me. I raised £115 in total. I exceeded my target which was £100. Great day indeed! xx

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The Amazing LK…

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Marcia Carbonilla, is one of the professional pioneers of Philippine Baranggay Folk Dance Troupe from the Philippines, who has been training Lahing Kayumanggi Dance Company in London for so many years now. I have seen how these lovely people work so hard to promote our Philippine culture to the world, and it’s been an honour to have been part of the family since 2010, even as a singer (and sometimes dancer).  I admire how everyone devotes their Sundays to rehearse and do their best to master our Philippine Folk dances, and perform non-stop in the UK and all over Europe for the last 20 years. They have been seen on Paul O’Grady Show on TV, concerts, galas, charity shows, Philippine Embassy events, and have produced their big annual shows. They are performing in Manila this year to mark their 20th year anniversary. Lahing Kayumanggi, based on what I’ve seen and experienced, is the only ‘professional’ Filipino dance troupe in the UK that will warm every Filipino’s and British audience’s hearts with the graceful flick of their hands, the sensual sway of their hips, their warm smiles, colourful costumes and props, incredible music and chants, professional musicians from the Philippines, and the dedicated volunteers who work so hard every week to improve their dancing skills. Keep up the good work guys and always feel proud to promote our beautiful culture and heritage. The person behind LK is the Philippine Baranggay veteran himself, Ronnie Barrio, who dedicated his time in helping people and making LK a success!  To all the talented LKyans, well done!  So proud to have been part of this family! Happy 20th Anniversary! Mabuhay ang Pilipino! x

SAYAW

After our successful three shows in London last 30th and 31st August 2013,  SAYAW is going to be presented again in Milton Keynes this Sunday, 20th October, at The Venue MK, 7pm. This is a fundraising show for the victims of the recent 7.2 earthquake in Bohol and Cebu, to help buy foods and water. Please support ‘DANCES OF PARADISE ISLANDS’ in Milton Keynes (SAYAW).  Salamat po!  x

 

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25th Anniversary celebration of STARLIGHT EXPRESS – Bochum, Germany

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First of all, and before anyone raises their eyebrows, I did not do Starlight Express musical to be so excited in sharing my experience last Sunday. But the love and support that I have witnessed from this reunion was so moving, and I would like to share it with everyone. I have never seen a cast reunion like this. Everyone flew from different parts of the world, and you can feel how much they loved this show and each other. My husband was part of this show since it started in Germany in 1988. I felt my husband’s happiness being there, and for us being there with/for him. Our daughter was so lucky to see the show where her Mummy and Daddy met. I am thankful for this show because without it, I wouldn’t be with the man of my dreams. Starlight Express gave me the best blessing in my life.

I saw Starlight Express over a decade ago, after doing Miss Saigon in Stuttgart. I met my very good friend, Dolan Jose, in 1994 who was the dance captain of the show then, and he was the one who made me fall in love with this show. He was also the reason why me and my husband are together. 🙂
The energy on stage last Sunday was exceptional. It was like watching a concert more than a musical. Hundreds of old cast members were in the audience watching the new STEX cast. Every number was like a curtain call, non-stop applause from everyone. It was AMAZING! Even me who was not part of the show had goosebumps and was teary for them.

I remember auditioning for this show and I almost killed myself. I promised myself I will never dance again after that audition. LOL It was so hard! It’s the hardest musical on earth, believe me! So everyone who was part of this show should feel proud as it is a great achievement to be part of this incredible musical.  

Me and my daughter, Alyanna, are so grateful for having been able to support Garry, my husband. We haven’t seen him for weeks as he’s been touring with a show, and it was great to meet up in Germany and come home together.
We were so proud of my husband and everyone who did the show. I was speechless when all the cast from 1988 to present went on stage. I felt so happy for everyone. It was one of the best Galas I have attended. The Germans know how to throw a party for the actors. That’s why Germany will always have a soft spot in my heart. I will never forget my amazing experiences in Deutschland. Never. 

I would like to single out one amazing person who deserve a huge recognition for her hard work and dedication. To Ms Debbie Hearnden Mayer, congratulations for doing a great job for the last 25 years. You truly dedicated yourself for this show and that’s why it is as flawless as always. I have never met a person like you who is still as passionate about the show after all these years. I always felt your positive energy whenever you talk about STEX, and you are truly inspiring. Thank you for accommodating me and my family. We had a great time with you, and your lovely family. 

To all the cast, creatives, crew of STARLIGHT EXPRESS, Congratulations! May you continue inspiring yourselves to always do a good show, and love your work above all. You don’t know how lucky you are to be there. Thank you for the great experience you showed my daughter last Sunday. She will never forget this day.

To Mr Meinolf Muller, vielen dank fur alles! Thank you for this amazing treat you gave me and my daughter. You made all of us so happy. x

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Rocking Amsterdam!

Finally, a few days to spend some time with my hubby. Well not really alone because our girl is with us, but happy enough to have some family time.

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The last time I visited Amsterdam was 13 years ago, just before I moved to the UK. I lived just two hours away from Amsterdam.

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I missed their famous Patatja Oorlog, chips with satay sauce (or any types of sauces really, but for me, satay sauce is the best).
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I’ve been to this City a few times but I never got the chance to visit Anne Frank’s house/museum. We had a great time there, and it’s so different to see where and how she lived. My daughter had a great time and felt so blessed to be there.
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We had the chance to meet up with a great friend, Eladio, who happened to be there too in Amsterdam. We got to see him on the cruise ship. He’s the only Filipino singer in the ship. 🙂
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We also got to see the world arena touring production of WE WILL ROCK YOU musical, as my hubby works there. We had a party! A fellow Filipino actor, Mig Ayesa, plays the lead Galileo and he’s fantastic!
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