SHUT UP & LISTEN FEAT. SARAH PURDY

The world would be a better place with more loving, more patience and of course more DANCING in it. The routine I want to learn the most is Flashdance and if I could have a secret power it would be invisibility so that I could sneak into every SU&D class without looking like a stalker...

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Abby Damen
THE ULTIMATE HENS DO

Ok, so you're the maid of honor and the bride says to your face "NO PENIS PARAPHERNALIA. It's going to be a classy bachelorette party."  What's a best friend to do?!

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A Day in the Life: Clair

Today however, while we were spinning, there was a slight distraction.  A lady paddle boarding, with her labrador, on the board.  Please picture the cuteness of this moment.  It made my heart so happy!  An actual dog paddle boarding... It's too much for my heart to handle.

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Meet Lesa MacLeod-Whiting

By night, however, it's pretty clear that she's one of those people you would rely on to deliver a seriously entertaining 21st speech.  Our entire conversation is coloured by an impressive display of imitations and accents.  The beer hardly makes it down my throat before she's cracking another joke that makes me nearly spit it out in laughter.

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MEET CLAIR THOMAS

I love the fact that each week, Abby, Lesa and I come together to do the class and then eat with a bevvy afterwards.  Energy that's unspoken. People don't HAVE to be there, it's not work. You're just there cause everyone loves to dance and everyone loves to feel part of something.  All I want is to be happy and to give happiness.  

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It's about FEELING good

Allowing a film crew into one of our sessions compromised our philosophy around no cameras/no mirrors, but we're glad we took the risk.  Despite the different atmosphere, we still had so many people turn up for the class which resulted in a wonderful news story (that we love)

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Parks Week with WCC

The way we see it: If you're already at risk of injuring yourself on any given day, we simply couldn't run our Outdoor Dance Class in Wellington's Civic Square with the rain pouring the way it was on Tuesday.  Fortunately, Thursday turned out to be a total success, with the wind easing off and the sun coming out just in time for the session.

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Mum we're on the radio!

We met up with Access Radio at Customs on Ghuznee Street for a wee interview last week to talk about our classes, why we think they're pretty cool (we're so annoying) and what we've got planned for 2017.

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A Story About Our Name

We're over burpees. We're over good form. We're over social expectations. The idea that we can go into a room to shut off our brains for 45 minutes and just dance and be free from everything else has so much appeal.  We're not interested in looking good, we're interested in feeling good, so to your mind, we say Shut Up.  To your body, we say: DANCE.  

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MEET FRITH HORAN

I would be a passionfruit cake with passionfruit icing because that's my favourite cake that my grandmother makes.  Also it's a crazy flavour that people go 'WTF!" and then they try it and they go "oh yeah, actually, that's bloody great."

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MEET ABBY DAMEN

Because the first song that came on was I Want to Break Free by Queen, I gave up on the concept of exercising entirely and suddenly I'm standing there with the god damn vacuum cleaner, pre-empting a punch zoom post head-turn-in-kitchen (if you've seen the video clip, you'll know what I'm talking about - 1:04) and working up more of a sweat than I ever would doing crunches.

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Body Love + Us = A Magical Brew

We had both been following each others' journeys and heard about how each of us were kind of...well... girl crushing on each other!  So we finally took the plunge and asked each other out.  We had a coffee at Prefab (we're so predictable) and talked about what we do and were mutually inspired.

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