@ Zoo Riot London Dance Co.

80's Hen hardly go wrong!

Jane's 80's themed hen party kicked off in a flash of neon colours on Saturday the 11th of April 2.30pm in Summertown, Oxford. I was testing the music system by playing some of the 80's playlist I had prepared when all the girls burst into the studio and instantly started dancing, singing and laughing. I knew we were going to have fun!!!

Everyone had gone to town on their costumes and these included: high leg leotards, neon tutus, leg warmers, fishnets, sweat bands, off-the-shoulder numbers and fab crazy hair. At this point it was announced that whatever I taught them today would be performed at the wedding reception so, aside from having fun, the girls were determined to knuckle down and get a great routine together.

Their chosen track was PUSH IT by Salt n Pepa so I had choreographed an 80's hip hop inspired routine to fit the song. Plenty of attitude, a handful of shapes and a healthy dose of 'robot'!

I spent 15 mins on the warm-up, isolations and stretching, all the time encouraging them to bring out their inner 'sassyness'. Then we began the big PUSH IT routine....

When the track began I got them to mill about the room chatting and then gradually start to do some stretches and limbering becoming more and more over the top. "Lunge it baby!" Then with their musical cue they moved into a pyramid formation with the bride-to-be heading the formation. We were going for a kind of flash mob feel. This is where the choreography began and we spent a good chunk of the session working on this. I went through each move slowly and one step at time the gang pieces the routine together. They had amazing concentration powers but somehow still were able to have a real laugh and never took themselves too seriously. They even threw themselves into the 'freestyle robot' section which I loved them for! Who doesn't love a bit of freestyle robot. Even Jane admitted it wouldn't be right without it!

Once they had learned all the choreography I let them have a break but after about 5 minutes they were ready and raring to go! They were keen to get as much practice in as possible before performing it at Jane's big day.

After their break I split the group into two and tasked each group to choreograph a 'dance-off' routine. They were a bit nervous at first but soon got into it and ended up creating some great stuff..... And had a good giggle at the same time!

We added the dance-off to the routine and then repeated my choreography to take it to the end of the track and then the practiced.... And practiced... And practiced! Those girls worked so hard and the end result was fantastic. I just wish I was there on the big day to see them performing it!

Categories: Dance Party, Hen Party, London

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Managing Director
Paola has been working with Zoo since 2009 and has been an integral part of the Zoo “machine”. Now as our Managing Director, Paola sits in the driver's seat at Zoo and specialises in choreography for productions, TV, Film & events. She started dancing age 6 competing in rock’nd’roll & boogie woogie styles. She studied ballet and jazz before becoming a professional dancer and choreographer in Rome, then in London.
Cheer Coach
Shanique is the Head Coach for ZR Cheerleaders and teaches our workshops. Having been cheerleading since 2008, she started at Kingston University where she gained her BA Degree in Dance. She has a cheer coaching qualification and has coached from minis to university teams, taught cheer and dance classes in local schools, been a competitive cheer athlete at Unity Allstars. She has also been a part of Zoo for many years, competing with the pom dance team and performing at events.
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Our professional team of dancers at Zoo Riot have a wealth of experience, technique sprinkled with that extra Zoo magic! Available for performances, events and media productions - explore our dancers profiles!
The ZR Crew
The ZR Crew is made up of Zoo Riot members who have been with Zoo for 1 year or more, or who come from a professional dance background. Everyone on the ZR Crew has a small role to help the running of our dance club, to take care of our community of members, but also to teach parties, manage events and think of fun things for Zoo to do!
Jessica is the founder and owner of ZR London Dance Company and is also the mastermind behind CheerConditioning.Academy - our cheerleading fitness online platform for the international cheer community.
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