My name is Rowena Davis I am delighted to have recently completed the ReelRobics instructor training programme. In 2021 I plan to bring ReelRobics to my home town of Larne.
I thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the instructor training, especially learning routines and creating my own. Christina was a great source of guidance and support throughout, and despite Covid restrictions was only just a message away when I had any queries.
I have always loved Irish dancing and traditional Irish music and although, I only took up dancing at the age of 10, I continued to dance competitively until senior level, winning to championship level throughout N.Ireland.
I am also passionate about exercise for both physical and mental well-being, having seen these benefits in my own life.
I hope I can use my experience to bring a fun aerobic workout to those who attend my class.
ReelRobics The Netherlands
Born and raised in Amsterdam, I developed my love for Irish dance after seeing Riverdance at the Eurovision in 1994. It took a while to find an Irish dance teacher in The Netherlands and in 2001, I took up Irish dancing with The Redmond School.
After competing successfully on international level for several years I decided to pursue my dancing dream. I moved to Limerick to study the MA in Traditional Irish Dance Performance at The Irish World Academy. After completing my degree with First Class Honours I was fortunate to become one of the part-time tutors on the BA in Irish Music and Dance and Blás International Summer School.
I went on touring as a professional dancer with ‘Ragús – The Show’ for nine years including tours in Japan, Europe and China. I have very fond memories of the good times we had on tour: the great buzz that Irish music and dance brings to the stage and making friends for life!
Having retired from touring life and settling back in The Netherlands I’m currently working as a physiotherapist in my home town Hillegom. To keep dancing and pass on my passion, I completed my TCRG exam in 2016 and started teaching Irish dance for the Redmond School.
I’m very excited to join the ReelRobics team! Anyone can join the class and work-out at their own level which I find a tremendous format. Combining my dance and physiotherapy experience, I’m especially interested in improving injury prevention and body awareness in Irish dance performance.
I’m delighted ReelRobics also caters for “retired” dancers like myself, creating a fun way to keep fit and enjoy dancing. Looking forward to bringing the craic and cardio to The Netherlands!
Dia daoibh a chairde, my name is Aileen Mc Alister and I am delighted to be a member of the ReelRobics team. it is definitely exciting times as we begin to expand globally and It is my pleasure to have qualified as a ReelRobics Instructor in Dubai.
Hailing from North Antrim, I was a festival Irish dancer for over 11 years, but then moving away to University in Belfast I no longer had time to keep it going, so kind of unofficially retired. I still kept involved with my dancing school and would’ve popped in and out supporting my sister at the various dancing festivals throughout the country.
It was while in college I heard about Christina’s ReelRobics classes so thought it was the perfect way to keep dancing while living away from home. I found the classes to be great exercise, full of fitness and good craic so much so that I would’ve encouraged different friends to join me every week to give it a go. Christina used to laugh at the random new people I had with me each class- even then I was committed to promoting and supporting such a unique fitness class.
Inspired by Christina, I decided to host my own Irish dancing classes while at St. Mary’s University College, Belfast called ‘Ranch Riverdance’ which proved popular with many local and International students who wanted to learn the basics and become immersed in Irish culture, music and dance.
My favourite dance to perform was the Hornpipe and Treble Reel, the rhythm, beat and intricate steps were what I enjoyed the most. I loved getting on my heavy shoes and belting out a step or 2. I also really enjoyed learning the many original and traditional team dances and believe I can bring this element forward to our group exercise classes.
Overall, I enjoyed the social aspect of Irish dancing, practicing 3-times a week competing in the local dance festivals across Northern Ireland to championship level. Although for me it was always more about taking part, having fun and making friends rather than winning. This is why ReelRobics appeals to me so much as it is non-competitive and incorporates all the core elements of Irish dancing and exercise in a fun, light-hearted way. There’s no right or wrong way to do it just go along with the flow and Irish music.
As a keen follower and supporter of Christina and ReelRobics since the beginning of its creation, I was eager to sign up when I heard there would be the opportunity for Instructors to qualify and take their own classes. Clearly, without any hesitation, I signed up and here I am ready to take on Dubai and the online world of Irish dance fitness.
So, if you’re at all interested get involved, have a try and I will be sure to welcome you when you join any of my classes.
Tabhair aire, Aileen
Irish dance has played a huge role in my life. I joined a Festival Irish Dance school at the age of 5 and competed for around 15 years. I was lucky enough to perform alongside my local traditional Irish music group throughout the country and my passion for dance took me as far afield as America and Italy.
After I left the competitive world of Irish Dancing behind to pursue my Primary School teaching career, I was looking for something to fill the void and I decided to try a Reelrobics class. It was like a breath of fresh air! No adjudicators and no judgement, just dancing for the pleasure of moving to music. Even after many years, each Reelrobics class is just as enjoyable as the first. I love the social element of group exercise classes and I found Reelrobics to be so welcoming and inclusive to all.
I’m a firm believer in finding a form of exercise that you enjoy. After a long day at work I find Reelrobics boosts my mood and energy levels while providing a great cardio workout.
The progression to becoming a Reelrobics instructor felt very natural and I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I do.