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It’s Olivia, Zest’s director here. I am really excited to have been selected for the Lucozade Sport initiative, to be part of their ‘Keep us moving’ campaign!

‘Keep Us Moving’ campaign

It’s an initiative to keep the country fit and active while we are all on lockdown. Lucozade are selecting a different fitness professional to feature on their social media platform every day.

The Lucozade Sport initiative are supporting the entries by giving them lots of exposure on their social platforms. They are also paying them £1,000 each! What a wonderful thing for them to recognise that we have had a sudden loss in our jobs and that they want to keep us going. A brilliant company all round i’d say.

Criteria for entries and inspiration

  • I had to submit a fitness instruction video which lasts no longer than 15mins
  • It can’t use any fancy equipment in it
  • It’s got to engage the audience, and take them through a workout to keep the nation fit and active.

It was hard to decide what to do for my video. There hadn’t been any dance ones on there so far, so I wasn’t even sure they would want one as it was really different from their current videos.

They lay music over the top of the video afterwards, so it was hard for me to create it without a beat, as I usually use music first to inspire the dance. There wasn’t much space at home for me to film it, so I had to keep everything contained. I wanted to do something interesting, yet pretty mainstream to engage as many people as possible…

So I went for Tutting! It’s a form of Street dance which uses your arms and fingers. It’s pretty static with your body, plus it looks cool, so it was a good choice I thought.

I waited 4 weeks before I heard back from them, so I was convinced I hadn’t been chosen. I was over the moon when they contacted me to say I had been selected as one of their featured videos!

Head over to Lucozade Sport on Instagram to see all their videos, and have a go at a range of fitness styles.

My official video

Here’s my official video below, I hope you enjoy it!


Well it’s been a crazy three months for us here, as well as everyone around the world. Trying to keep our loved ones safe and healthy, and keeping a eye on our mental health in a world that is changing all around us. It’s not been easy, but creating our dance videos online has helped us through!

Our last day of teaching

Our last day of teaching was on the 19th of March. We taught Brazilian dance at St Peter’s School in Hammersmith, and it was a really fun day. But there was sadness too as we looked at the clock at 3.15pm and realised we wouldn’t be standing in a hall watching children go home for a long time… See pics below

It dawned on us that all our workshops that were booked in for the busy summer term would probably not be going ahead. This is frightening and so disappointing. It’s our busiest time of the year and we love travelling around the country and heading back to schools we teach in every year. We had loads of exciting workshops coming up and getting our head around the fact that they wouldn’t be happening was hard.

We also felt so sad for year 6 who might not be able to finish off their primary school experience.

So many questions are going through our head:

  • What are we going to do now?
  • How do we make a living?
  • Can we survive till September when the schools will most likely go back?
  • How will children get on not being in school for so long?
  • What will happen to the exams coming up?

Dance videos online

We couldn’t just sit around, watch daytime tv and eat all the biscuits – we had to keep busy and creative! (ok we have eaten a fair few biscuits too…)

So we decided to make step by step dance tutorials to put online. We have sent these to all the schools, groups and organisations that we have taught in over the last few years.

They are to help give teachers some online PE and cultural resources to send home for the children. Also for the children who are still going into schools, they are able to do the videos on the classroom whiteboard, or in the hall.

We’ve head from one teacher that he walked past a year 1 class recently and they were doing our Jungle Animals video – and our heart burst with pride!

The videos are in different levels –

  • Early Years
  • Level 1 for KS1 children
  • Level 2 for KS2 and above
  • Senior level for any older adults out there wanting to dance

Dance styles

We have put up dance videos in different styles, and we will be adding to these as the weeks go on.

So far we have:

  • Warm up
  • Cool down and stretch
  • Street dance
  • Bollywood dance
  • VE day dance
  • Jungle animals creative dance
  • 50’s and 60’s dance
  • We’re going on a bear hunt dance

We have done one special video for Lucozade Sport, and one for the Family Support network which has had over 14,000 views so far!

Or get in touch if there’s a specific dance you’d like us to do for you.

Donations welcome!

We have made the videos free for all, as we know lots of people’s financial situations are all up in the air at the moment. We feel that the most important thing is keeping everyone fit, creative and enjoying dance.

But as Zest Dance Workshops is not receiving any income now, we are asking for a donation where possible, to help keep the business afloat.
We have loved making these videos, however they take a lot of time to create. So if you would like to donate for our planning, choreographing, filming and editing time, we would be extremely grateful.
Even a donation of an hour of our time (£20) could help toward keeping these videos coming.
Here are Zest’s PayPal details:

Courses for getting back to teaching

All of our teachers have done an online course on how to minimise the spread of Covid 19. So that when we are back in schools we will have plenty of information on best practice to stay safe in these difficult and new situations.

Book us!

We are desperate to start coming into schools/groups again and sharing our passion for dance. So when the time is safe to do so, please get in touch, as we would love to bring a dance workshop to you.

But for now – enjoy the online videos and stay healthy – and KEEP ON DANCING!

Online dance videos

Creative dance workshops are such fun, and at Holmbush Primary School in West Sussex the dance workshops were based on the book of Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg.

One Year 4 class were studying the book in their English lessons, and they wanted to bring it alive with a creative workshop. That’s where we stepped in…

Widcombe Infants School in Bath had us in for their Arts Week, to teach some book themed dance workshops. We have taught there for the last 10years for their themed weeks. We totally love going there and catching up with the teachers, who now feel like friends!

Celebration dance workshops are a fun way to create an impressive performance for a special occasion.

We have been working with Sevenoaks Prep School on their Centenary Celebrations for a month with a group of 40 Year 3 students. Every week we have run workshops for an hour and a half, with the challenge of a different style of dance each week.