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Welcome!

Thank you for visiting my website!

I'm Donna, Founder and Director of Orkney Dance & Fitness Ltd.

We offer a variety of fitness and dance classes both online and in person and are based in West Mainland Orkney. 

The "ODAF Crew" are a welcoming and friendly community of ages, shapes and sizes with a passion to get everyone moving regardless of experience or fitness levels.

We offer memberships or pay as you go options and run classes all year round.

I am a Qualified Fitness Instructor, Dance Teacher and winner of Instructor of the Year for Scotland 2020 and finalist in the Resilient Business Category for the Women's Enterprise Awards, Scotland 2023.

I have numerous qualifications and experiences  in the Dance and Fitness Industry.

With my background in Dance and Performance and recent studies in Dance Fitness and Dance Health, I have so much to offer and share with my local community from specialist fitness classes, dance classes to birthday parties.

Come join us and find out how to get fit, stay fit and have fun!

Donna

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My Story

I fell in love with dance and performance at an early age. I was 9 years old when my school organised a theatre trip to London to watch Starlight Express. I bought the cassette and programme and learnt every word from beginner to end! But it wasn't until the age of around 13 that I joined my first professional dance class at the Hilton Hall Dance Academy . From here I was  was lucky to perform in the West End in London's Her Majesty's Theatre, Haymarket.

Between 2000-2002 I audtioned and successfully gained a place at a local Dance college and obtained a BTEC National Diploma in Dance.  Here I gained more experience in performance in Dance, Singing and Acting. I was cast as the Pink Lady "Frenchie" in Grease the Musical for our end of year performance at the Hazlitt Theatre. I also started teaching school age children around Kent in local Primary Schools.

 

I landed my first professional job in the industry after passing my qualification with Distinction as a professional performer in Malaga, Spain in 2003, then went onto work on cruise ships and other areas of Spain performing in shows and running family entertainment programmes. In 2005 I returned to the UK and became a famous Redcoat at Butlins Minehead, then onto Butlins Skegness. 

In 2007 I met my now husband and I was living back in the South East of England. I discovered this new fitness class called Zumba. And the rest is history!

 

We moved to Orkney in June 2017 and I started teaching classes such as Aqua Fit, Floorbarre, Zumba, Zumba Kids and Clubbercise. Then March 2020 came along and into lockdown we went.

I used this time to diversify and up-skill and created a business entirely online and now we are back dancing in classes again, I have mixed the two ideas together and now live stream in person classes and have created a whole on demand library of classes and workouts for people to do whenever they like.

In March 2022, Orkney Dance & Fitness Ltd was registered and we became a Social Enterprise. 

I am currently studying for my Level 4 Dance Teaching Diploma and have set up a dance school for children in the West Mainland.

 

People and community are at the heart of everything I do. We are so much more than a local fitness class. We are inclusive and welcoming and I believe in giving back to my local community and breaking down any barriers to dance and fitness people may have. 

 

Join me in a class, whether online or in person and see how much you can have whilst getting fit!

Donna

Qualifications, certifications, CPD's and awards and achievement's 

  • BTEC National Diploma in Dance

  • IDTA Graduate Teacher in Modern Jazz

  • IDTA Diploma in Anatomy and Physiology

  • NVQ Level 2 in Customer Services

  • Shallow Water Exercise Certification

  • Neuroplasticity in Parkinson's Level 2

  • Active IQ Level 2 in Fitness Instructing (Exercise to Music)

  • Active IQ Level 2 in Understanding nutrition, performance and healthy eating

  • Active IQ Level 3 in Designing Exercise programmes for Older Adults

  • Active IQ Level 3 in Supporting pre and post natal clients with exercise and nutrition

  • Chair based exercise for frailer older adults

  • OTAGO strength and balance exercise programme leader award 

Certifications and CPD's

  • ICG Indoor cycling group certificate

  • Zumba Basic steps level 1 certification

  • Zumba Basic steps level 2 certification

  • Zumba Kids certification

  • Zumba Gold certification

  • Aqua Zumba certification

  • Zumba Step certification

  • Zumba Toning certification

  • Clubbercise Instructor certification

  • Clubbercise Kids Combo (Family Clubbercise, U13's and U18's)

  • Boogie Bounce Certified Instructor

  • Boogie Bands Certified Instructor

  • Boogie Bounce Kidz Certified Instructor

  • NSPCC Certificate in child protection in Sport & Physical Activity

Achievements

 

  • 2 x motions in Scottish parliament 

  • Winner of Community Fitness Instructor of the year for Scotland 2020

  • Finalist for Resilient Business of the Year Women's Enterprise Scotland 2023

  • Scottish Ballet Elevate Freelance Dance Artist

  • Dance for Parkinson's Freelance Dance Artist

 

Qualifications

Contact

I am always happy to help anyone on their fitness journey. No question is too silly, give me a shout today!

07935 553383

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