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For 20 years LOTL readers have been tapping their toes
with dance instructor Jeanette Webb.
"The classes were originally the brainchild of two (of
my) friends, Ros Gray and Cheryl Hunt, who had a grand
vision of hosting large, formal dance events for women
and wanted them to be able to jive, waltz and rumba
together," remembers Jeanette. "That's where I came
in!"These formal dances would take place at local town
halls and proved so popular that Jeanette found herself
hosting classes several nights a week and rehearsals on
weekends. Soon a booming business was born. Jive with
Jeanette will celebrate 21 years in the biz this October.
All of this long before So You Think You Can Dance made
terms like the paso doble and pirouette commonplace.
So why does Jeanette think dance has become so
popular? "Dance brings joy to people. It's food for the soul
and the best medicine for a bad hair day," she quips. "It's
playful, invigorating, challenging and rewarding all at the
same time. Women come into my classes saying, "I can't
dance" or "I've never done this before", and leave with
a spring in their step, feeling like they've really achieved
something. It's hugely satisfying and motivating for them
For more information about Jive with Jeanette
classes, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Plenty of people can say they made a new friend on
Facebook, but how many can say that they met their
life and business partner on the social networking
Whilst Valentine's day is approaching it's not so
much Belinda Mills' and Kat Nughes' love for each
other that we're here to discuss but rather their busi-
ness venture, REP -- More2Fitness, a unique personal
training and tness business that Mills says delivers
more than just a ser vice -- "we live and breathe the life
journey with our clients from the beginning."
Mills and Nughes profess to o er a "new and fresh
holistic way of looking at living healthy lives." Mills
says, "You can change anything if you just have the
right people there to support and give from the heart."
Nughes, who is a quali ed physiologist as well as per-
sonal trainer, adds, " ere is 'more 2 tness' than just
exercises: it is about knowing and understanding how
each individual client operates; their stress levels; their
nutrition; their physical activity; their psycholog y;
their sleep cycles; all these things either positively or
negatively a ect a client's ability to reach their goals."
e pair are both vehement that it's time this na-
tion of overeaters got healthy. "If we don't keep focus
on this we will be consumed into the statistics of the
most obese country in the world. So, it has to start
with what is close to you and that is your community.
You need to give your time and heart to bring edu-
cation, fun and above all the commitment to excite
people about health, lifestyle and tness."
What makes REP -- More2Fitnesss stand out
from the crowd? Mills believes it is their honesty
and expertise whilst Nughes is quick to proclaim
that it is their philosophies: "Our training philoso-
phies are not about 'smashing' people. It is about
nurturing and understanding the individual physi-
ology of each client and training them as individu-
a l s ."Lest you think tness is their only passion, Be-
linda is also quick to point out that Kat is a edg-
ling DJ and if you want to hear her spin some tunes
you should check her out in the NMG DJ comp.
And why not? Dancing is, a er all, great exercise...
Belinda Mills and Kat Nughes
Working up a sweat
If your biological clock has started ticking into
overdrive and you've decided to take the plunge
to become lesbian parents and bring your own
bundle of joy into the world, then you may want
to head to this workshop on lesbian families at
the Penrith Womens' Health Centre. The workshop
runs for two hours and kicks off on February 17
at 6:30pm. The session will include information
for prospective lesbian parents on pregnancy
and parenting. Organisers hope that it will be an
Bookings are essential. Call the Penrith Womens'
Health Centre on 4721 8749 for more information
or to make a booking. Supper will be provided.
A Night of Kings
LOTL, in association with Mardi Gras, have united
with Nash Hill and her team of drag kings to present
A Night of Kings -- a fundraising performance event
to help raise money for research into endometriosis.
Hill (who suffers from the disease) has managed
to even lure DIVA award winning drag king Hans
Sparrow out of retirement for the event, which takes
place at the Red Rattler in Marrickville on Thursday
February 25. The line-up includes Rocco D'Amore,
Steph(en) Sands, Mista Meanor, Leo De'Lush, Ripley
Waters, Bust Herr, and Mytee Max.
Entries close for DJ Spin-Off
The closing date for entries in the DJ Spin-Off
competition for this year's Sydney Gay & Lesbian
Mardi Gras Festival is Friday January 29. All entries
must be received either by post or in person at the
Mardi Gras office by 5pm on the closing date.
The four best girl and boy submissions received
will go forward to the next round and play live in
the finals at the Supper Club on February 20. The
two winners will then have the once-in-a-lifetime
experience of playing a set at the world-famous
Mardi Gras Party on March 6.
Girl DJs are particularly encouraged to enter
the competition, as the girls have been under-
represented in the past and NMG want to
encourage the girls to give it a go!
Entry forms can be downloaded from the New
Mardi Gras website at mardigras.org.au/djcomp.
TALKING SHOP with JIVE WITH JEANETTE
Shop 2, 234 Brunswick St
Fitzroy Victoria 3065
ph 03 9415 6000
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