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James Cannon and Rachael Hurton discussed Adam leaving

James Cannon and Rachael Hurton discussed Adam leaving the series after a nail-biting and close dance off with Angela Rippon and Kai – the Rumba is ‘very technical and known to take people out’.

On 6 November, Rachael Hurton, Director of Synergy Dance Outreach, talked all things Strictly with Radio Surrey about the latest dances and events on Strictly Come Dancing.

James Cannon and Rachael Hurton discussed Adam leaving the series after a nail-biting and close dance off with Angela Rippon and Kai – the Rumba is ‘very technical and known to take people out’. Rachael commented that Angela is a legend who brings style and elegance to her dancing. The dance off is always going to be a nerve wracking experience, but Angela approached it as a Pro. Angela is also proving it is never too late to start dancing.

Rachael believes that Angela who partners with Carlos, has really improved and she could be a contender for the final. Meanwhile news presenter Krishnan is winning everybody’s hearts. He has discovered himself through dance and is enjoying every moment. He has really improved, she believes, and will continue to work on his technique.

When the presenter asked about the “ones to watch”, Rachael recommended Annabel and Johannes, and Angela and Carlos. Meanwhile she feels Krishnan still has a lot to learn, being new to dancing. The strongest contenders are potentially Layton, Annabel, Angela and Ellie.

Rachael shared exciting news of Synergy’s latest awards for diversity and inclusion: Dance Activity Provider for all Ages. Since lockdown the company has been delivering both in person and online classes for everyone and the Strictly filming and visit in 2021 has led to enquiries for their services on a National basis!

Listen to the interview here.

To find out more about Synergy Dance go here. To find out more about Synergy Outreach go here.

Best All-Ages Dance Activity Company 2023

Synergy are delighted to receive our 10th Award to date. Best All-Ages Dance Activity Company 2023 in the 5th annual SME News’ 2023 Business at the Elite Awards. We’ve been working hard to provide activities for all ages and abilities.

The SME Business Elite Awardees for 2023 are handpicked by SME News Magazine and are based purely on comprehensive analysis and research undertaken by the wider group. Each year they celebrate those enterprises who consistently provide the best services and products for their clients, allowing them to stand out within their representative fields. Furthermore, they award those SME’s that are succeeding in their endeavours, innovating, growing and improving.

In addition to the above award, Synergy’s other recent awards stand for Digital delivery, Innovation, Inclusion and Diversity and the company was filmed by Strictly Come Dancing in November 2021. Our main goal is to help you reach yours and to get everyone moving!

Finally, a message from the founder – Rachael Hurton:

Best All-Ages Dance Activity Company 2023 is a wonderful award for Synergy to win and is recognition to the Synergy team, instructors and Ambassadors, for going the extra mile over the last year. Especially since, we have continued to expand our services, both on site and On Demand, from seated and standing to high and low impact programmes, for all ages. Our inclusive services cater for juniors, teens, adults and seniors and are our customers are from multiple sectors including:

  1. The disability community,
  2. Those with Special Educational Needs,
  3. Healthy ageing and low-impact programs,
  4. Those with Long Term Health Conditions,
  5. Visually Impaired and Blind,
  6. Deaf Community and Hard of Hearing (with captions)
  7. NHS Referrals

Likewise, our impact is now expanding rapidly throughout the UK via schools, leisure chains, care homes, Education and schools, charities, Trusts and more. As a result, we are making a difference and providing exercise opportunities for all ages – from young Gwho was having a tough time of it post covid to our elderly residents enjoying Synergy ParaStars Dance at the The Clockhouse.

Their stories inspire us to work incredibly hard every day….

G’s Story:

“Since starting his dance classes I, and school have seen a huge change in G. G has only been attending for a couple of months, but has grown hugely in confidence and made huge personal developments in his understanding and language. He is so keen to copy his teacher, firstly watching her perform the dance move, then trying to copy, and has even started to develop some language, copying her as she tells him what the dance move is called, Amazing!”

Hannah – parent

ParaStars Dance at The Clockhouse:

“The sessions have had an amazing impact, our customers and staff really look forward to them. The sessions create a lot of fun, and laughter and generally improve the sense of well-being within the group. They are truly an amazing opportunity to enable people to try something that is usually inaccesible to them”

Charlotte Lawrence – The Clockhouse (AGE UK)

Synergy Dance® provides innovative dance, yoga and fitness services for all. As a result of this, we are leading the way in inclusive fitness offering programs onsite, and on-demand via Synergy Active Online, with omnichannel fitness models for multiple sectors. Help us to reach more people like G by sharing this post or joining forces with us. Contact us today to help us get everyone moving or arrange a chat on admin@synergydance.co.uk

Find out more:

Synergy Active Online 

Synergy Demo

https://synergydance.co.uk

https://synergydanceoutreach.co.uk

Rachael Hurton, Founder of Synergy Dance, talks all things Strictly

Rachael and James talk Strictly Come Dancing

Rachael Hurton, Founder of Synergy Dance, talks all things Strictly with BBC Radio Surrey on the morning show on Monday 2nd October. Rachael and the presenter discuss the dance off, dancing couples to watch and the benefits of dance for ages.

The programme is a couple of weeks in.

Rachael commented that Les Dennis was the first celebrity to be voted off. Was he the right person to go? Whilst great at entertainment and a lot of fun, he did need to work on footwork. The Samba is a tricky dance that typically accounts for people going out.

Nikita needs to work on technique but has musicality, while Jody and Jowita struggled.

Technique generally is very high this year, and Rachael saw a lot of improvement this week. She was impressed with Amanda and Giovanni – Amanda has musicality and performance and nailed the salsa.

Angela Rippon is dancing with Kai. Angela has commented that dance is fantastic for an ageing population. She believes it is the best exercise for mind and body – and this is borne out by older Synergy clients, who relish the company’s dance, yoga and movement classes which are designed for all ages.

Angela Scanlon and Carlos did the jive this week and really stepped up – Rachael thinks they are a couple to watch. Bobby and Diane are popular too with their energetic routines.

Whilst on air – We were asked about the company. Synergy is a very inclusive dance programme, available both on demand and on site in leisure centres, schools, care homes and more. Synergy Active Online is also a public resource for learning dance routines On Demand at home. The organisation has won nine awards including Digital Dance and Fitness Provider of the year.

Rachael says, ‘We love dance and want to get everybody moving!’ Strictly Come Dancing filmed a Synergy class in November 2021 and the Radio show host recalled this exciting event.

Rachael encourages everyone to dance whatever their age or circumstances! Dance has proven benefits backed by scientific research, enables production of mood-boosting endorphins and can help address emotional and psychological challenges. Put simply, it makes us feel good! It can help reduce stress, build confidence, and promote emotional regulation and resilience. It can be enjoyed in class but also, once techniques are learned, practised at home to provide lifelong benefits.

Listen to the interview here: https://youtu.be/CXG48uyWjgk

Want to find out more, keep dancing or arrange for a standing or seated dance and yoga classes in your venue?

Contact: admin@synergydance.co.uk

Want to learn and practice dance anytime anywhere? https://synergy-dance-online.teachable.com/ for On Demand exercise 🙂

Surrey Youth Games 2023

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The Specsavers Surrey Youth Games 2023 is the biggest multi-sport youth programme of its kind in the South East, offering FREE local training for 7-16-year-olds, leading to a final celebratory event for the whole family.
The Games are for beginners who may not get the chance to attend clubs, or are inactive and put off by the thought of competing against others. The focus is on joining in, having a go and having fun, in order to learn new skills and boost confidence.
Free training started after Easter across the county’s boroughs and districts (excluding Tandridge for 2023), with all teams coming together for a family-friendly event at the Surrey Sports Park in Guildford on Sat June 17.

The SSYG is a chance for children of all ages and abilities to try out lots of different sports from basketball to inclusive dance, swimming to judo. It is held at the fantastic facilities in Surrey Sports Park which had a wonderful atmosphere and buzz on the day.

We have spent 6 weeks working on a fun dance routine, choreographed especially for this day, meeting once a week to practice. There were about 12 groups taking part from all over Surrey, split into two sessions (we were in the afternoon). This worked really well as it meant there was plenty of time to explore other events happening. We signed in and had a quick practice and pep talk with the group before taking turns to show our dances to the other groups, parents, siblings and event staff. It was a wonderful atmosphere and everyone was very encouraging (we were also very grateful to be in an air-conditioned studio!). After the performances, all the children were presented with certificates.

I also had a lovely surprise on the day – I saw one of the girls who I taught for this event last year! She enjoyed it so much that she returned this year to try some different events. It just shows what an impact a day like this can have on children and their families – Abigail Young

2023 is getting off to a cracking start

2023 is getting off to a cracking start, as the Synergy team celebrate 3 new awards.

The UK Enterprise Awards, spotlight the most hard-working companies in the United Kingdom, who go above and beyond to provide customers and clients with outstanding products and services. Synergy Dance has received in the UK Enterprise Awards 2023:

Digital Dance & Fitness Provider of the Year 2023

SME Diversity & Inclusion Award 2023

We are also celebrating – Specialist Dance School of the Year 2023 for the 3rd year running, which takes us up to 9 Awards in total.

We stand for inclusion, diversity and belonging and this is reflected in our digital and onsite services. We listen to our clients and make it happen. We have a dedicated team of professionals who always go the extra mile and will continue to expand our delivery to reach as many groups as possible who can benefit from regular activity and the joy of keeping fit, their way! We pay tribute to our loyal business partners who are sharing our services with their members, and the fantastic team who are making it happen every day.

Want to know more about our services or become a sponsor or partner? Email: admin@synergydance.co.uk

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ClubHub Awards 2023 – Finalists

We’re excited, proud and honoured to be ClubHub Awards 2023 – Finalists. We’re finalists in the following categories – 
Leader of the Year – Synergy Dance Ltd & Synergy Dance® Outreach – Rachael Hurton
Non-Profit Business of the Year – Synergy Dance® Outreach 
Entrepreneur of the Year – Synergy Dance Ltd and Synergy Dance® Outreach – Rachael Hurton
These awards come after having previously scooped up, and won awards at the ClubHub Awards in 2022.
We wanted to take this time to thank everyone who has supported both our company (Synergy Dance® Ltd) and our charity (Synergy Dance® Outreach) this year. These ClubHub Awards 2023 – Finalists nominations and past awards wouldn’t have been possible without you all. 
Congratulations to all the other businesses selected; we can’t wait to meet you and celebrate your successes at the ClubHub Awards Event in May. 
The Club Hub Awards are the only national awards for activity providers with entry by application form only, no voting. The awards are independently judged by a panel of expert judges, who shortlisted the finalists and will select the winners for each of the individual award categories. The judges will select winners based on their commitment to excellence, innovation and growth of their business, demonstrated through their business performance, achievements, brand values and passion for what they do.
The Club Hub Awards are offered across 16 categories. 93 finalists have been shortlisted from 420 applications, representing 215 businesses (Club Hub members). The standard of applications was very high and represented a diverse range of kids’ activities, clubs and related businesses. 

Award winners will be announced at the Club Hub Event 2023, Saturday 13 May, Macdonald Burlington Hotel, Birmingham. It’s a full day event designed to help kids activity providers to grow their business through guest speakers, workshops and networking.

“Huge congratulations to all our 2023 finalists, I can’t wait to celebrate all your achievements at the Club Hub Event in May. The children’s activities industry is so important to so many and it is great to showcase the best of the best to the whole of the UK”.

Tessa Robinson, Founder and Director of Club Hub UK

A Royal Event with Whizz-Kidz

Whizz-Kidz is the leading charity for young wheelchair users: Synergy Dance® Outreach offers their members seated yoga and dance sessions as a new partnership.

Both our organisations joined forces in Surrey to celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities in December in the presence of Her Royal Highness Sophie the Countess of Wessex.

Thirty-five young people attended the teaching sessions in Godstone, accompanied by Whizz-Kidz staff, trustees and corporate partners. Sessions included Wheelchair Skills Training, Seated Yoga facilitated by Synergy Dance® Outreach, a Drama workshop and an employability workshop.

Synergy’s signature yoga classes are designed to relieve stress and tension for those with disabilities. The benefits of the discipline include improved confidence and concentration, better breath control and relaxation due to gentle stretching and meditation. Synergy is proud to offer seated classes on demand so customers can exercise anytime, anywhere.

Her Royal Highness spoke to children in attendance including Charlie Oldfield-Bruton, 11, who suffers from a rare genetic syndrome. He was present to collect a new bespoke wheelchair and said, ‘It has power wheels so it will be much easier to get around in than my old wheelchair.’ Sophie Dearman, Whizz-Kidz’ volunteer officer, spoke about her determination to support other wheelchair users and their families.

One participant commented: ‘The Countess was really knowledgeable about disability and the challenges our youngpeople face and was very easy to speak to. I understand she does some yoga in her own time.’

Sarah Pugh, chief executive of Whizz-Kidz, commented that the organisation aims to make a difference for young wheelchair users. Their vision is a society in which every young wheelchair user is mobile, enabled and included. Synergy Dance® Outreach shares these objectives and offers support to those with a wide range of disabilities – with Synergy no one is left behind!

This partnership and collaboration will continue in 2023. Would your organization benefit from Synergy Activities?

Find out more: admin@synergydance.co.uk

Talk to us:  01483 954110

SEND Dance Day 2023

Today was our annual SEND Dance Day 2023 at Guildford Spectrum Leisure Complex. We were delighted to share a wonderful and inclusive routine with children from 10 SEND schools in Surrey: Carew Academy, Link Secondary, Bensham Manor school, Cornfield School, Portesbury School, Strathmore School, Abbey School, Freemantles, Woodfield School & Linden Bridge.

Not only did it make a huge difference to the children to celebrate the power of dance – it impacted our teachers too!

Here is what Rebekah had to say:

“Today @synergydanceoutreach put on a special education needs day of dance. What a fantastic day to be a part of. 10 schools arrived, and we all learnt a choreographed dance piece to the song ‘shine bright like a diamond.’ 100s of children enjoying the day and dancing with smiles on their faces. Home for lunch before heading out to teach Yoga classes in another school. I love what I do”.

We would like to pay tribute to our awesome and dedicated team who help us every day to make a difference.

Thank you to all the schools who took part, our wonderful Synergy teachers and special thanks to Abigail, for her choreography and creative talents in helping us to create a memorable, fun and inclusive experience for the children.

ForyYoga, dance, SEN events reach out to us for more info – admin@synergydance.co.uk

The benefits of Seated Exercise for all Ages and Fitness Levels

What can seated classes do for you?

At Synergy, we provide seated dance and yoga classes for juniors, teens, adults and seniors – our programmes are called ParaStars Yoga® and ParaStars Dance™. Each course is designed to suit a range of abilities and needs from those who are wheelchair based, to the visually impaired and those with sensory impairments, those with a long-term health condition (LTHC) such as cancer, heart disease, cerebral palsy or Dementia or these seeking to return to exercise after a break.

We recognize that some participants will have very limited range of movement which they are wishing to expand, and others may have some upper body and lower body movement.

Seated classes are not a soft option – they are fun, challenging, upbeat and innovative – they enable participants to increase resilience and fitness and many people feedback asking us to make them even harder – so we now have different levels depending on where you are starting from!

Feel the benefits…

The many benefits of our ParaStars Yoga® course is to provide improved posture, fitness, physical & motor skills, spatial awareness, balance, coordination and flexibility. We provide a stress relieving programme to increase confidence, range of movement & to enrich everyday life. These lessons include some exercises for upper body only and some exercises for upper and lower body to offer diversity and levels.

Research suggests that yoga is beneficial to physical and mental health. Traditional Asana practice can be a great aid to maintain/improve mobility, spinal health and flexibility as well as mental health benefits.

Why Seated Yoga?

During lockdown we launched our specialist programme ParaStars Yoga® for delivery both in person and as a digital resource.

Some participants are approaching yoga with perceived limitations due to age, illness, injury and other factors. Practicing yoga in a chair helps people to reap the benefits of yoga in a way that is respectful to their body, and effective in its benefits.

ParaStars Yoga® – the Synergy seated yoga programme adapts traditional yoga poses so they can be performed while sitting in a chair. ParaStars Yoga® is a moderate exercise that promotes flexibility and strength. It also encompasses the beneficial guided breathing and gentle movement which can help manage stress.

ParaStars Yoga® can improve proprioception and give you a greater understanding of (and therefore control over) your body and its movements. It can help lessen the impact of chronic illnesses and pain and being calmer can create a greater feeling of happiness and well-being.

Uncontrolled stress and anxiety may affect the perception of pain, as well as heart rate and blood pressure. Our seated Yoga’s guided breathing and gentle movements can help regulate stress cycles and reduce anxiety, which, in turn, helps manage response to pain, reduce heart rate and lower your blood pressure.

  • Practiced in a chair, our ParaStars yoga® remains excellent in working the muscles, softening the fascia and keeping people mobile. Different ranges of flexibility and mobility may impact the range of movement of participants who practice in a chair, but most will benefit from stretching and relaxing the musculoskeletal apparatus.
  • Increasing strength – our Synergy exercises in chairs can be very helpful in building strength, or even preserving it.
  • Our ParaStars yoga® can help correct and improve posture. Issues such as back and neck pain can commonly derive from incorrect posture, both seated and in normal daily life.
  • Our ParaStars yoga® requires participants to sit upright and work from a balanced seated posture.
  • Cardio fitness: depending on the pace and energy level of participants, the repetition of postures, and especially flowing sequences can stimulate cardiac exercise, and increase heart health.

 

Meeting participants where they are:

Teaching in chairs, with a mostly seated practice is a great way to include a yoga practice to people who might struggle to participate in mainstream mat based classes. This opportunity is usually met with enthusiasm, mixed with a little anxiety around their bodies and whether they will be able to participate in the class as much as they would like to. Fears can also include fear of injury, of looking ‘silly’, or of being left behind.

The principle focus of ParaStars Yoga® chair classes is ultimately that of meeting participants where they are: physically and mentally. Whether they are able to ‘perfect’ the moves is, less critical.

Looking, listening, and giving tools are central ParaStars Yoga® chair yoga classes. No class or participant is the same and we need to celebrate each person’s uniqueness.

Our ParaStars Yoga® classes break down barriers to exercise, with subtitles added for those hard of hearing, helping those with disabilities and/or long-term health conditions who want and need to get more active and rebuild confidence and motivation following the pandemic.

Our dance, yoga and fitness teachers qualified are delivering to these groups to ensure maximum benefit. Many people with disabilities and long-term health conditions were more negatively impacted by the pandemic from having to shield, suffering additional feelings of fear and isolation due to their conditions and need support to rebuild confidence, resilience, physical and mental health and wellbeing. To join our ParaStars yoga® programme as teacher, contact admin@synergydance.co.uk and claim a 10% discount quoted EMDCHAIR

Parastars Dance™ – Why seated dance?

 For our ParaStars Dance™ programmes, participants of all ages will improve flexibility, muscle strength & well-being, whilst seated at home or in a residential setting. Upbeat music and fun dance moves will boost resilience and fitness. Other benefits include stress reduction, aiding flexibility, toning and helping to boost the immune system.

The purpose of our programmes is to support the participants in developing a variety of skills. Classes allow all participants to progress, and there is a gradual increase in complexity each week appropriate to the age range.

The participants of our ParaStars Dance™ programme will:

  • Explore and experience different ways of moving.
  • Develop personal creativity and expression through movement and dance.
  • Practice coordination and rhythm through percussive and repetitive movements.
  • Gain confidence and enhance their wellbeing through fun and engaging dance classes.

Many of our service users are people with special educational needs, disabilities (“SEND”) and long-term health conditions (“LTHCs) exacerbated by multiple lockdowns causing the loss of normal social structures, isolation from friends and disruption to the education of children and young people. Research from the Centre of Mental Health shows that, in England, 1.5 million children and young people under 18 will need new or additional mental health support as a direct consequence of the coronavirus pandemic. Many people are struggling to get to venues that are accessible e.g. they are disabled, older people, have long term health conditions and/or mobility issues, don’t drive and have no suitable accessible classes nearby or accessible easily via public transport. Our seated online courses offer more flexibility to exercise at a time to suit.

Reaching everyone…

Synergy seated dance and yoga programmes offer new support to both young people, adults and the elderly – who are all facing different challenges – and can benefit so much from our ParaStars Yoga and Dance programmes as part of their routine.

To join our programmes as a teacher contact – admin@synergydance.co.uk

Exercise with us anytime, anywhere: https://synergy-dance-online.teachable.com/

To Talk With Us about ParaStars Dance or Yoga in your venue – contact admin@synergydance.co.uk

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A Year Since Strictly Come Dancing

A Year Since Strictly Come Dancing

We can’t believe it’s been a year since Strictly Come Dancing, where we got to dance with a group of our incredibly talented SEND Children and several of our highly-qualified and resilient instructors that worked tirelessly to pull the performance together.

Did you manage to catch us on last-years series? If not, you can catch up here – A Year Since Strictly Come Dancing: https://youtu.be/FCEkpvX5dEY

Have you been watching this year’s series? What have you thought so far about the contestants and the level of talent and overall dancing? Do you agree with who has gone home, or has your favourite already left?

We’d love to hear your thoughts.

Here’s what Synergy’s founder thinks so far, as she discussed her views live on BBC Surrey yesterday with the wonderful, James Cannon – https://youtu.be/o13FPUZFa-M

Do you want to get your children involved in our next ‘big thing’? Find out more about what we do here: https://synergydanceoutreach.co.uk/what-is-synergy-dance-outreach/