OneFit Teachers: Nicole Cole – “When I dance I can be myself”

Nicole Cole is a student turned full time dancer. Since being discovered on Instagram, she has worked with artists such as Broederliefde, Hardwell, Yellow Claw. She has also danced at Milkshake Festival and Urban Music Festival. But that’s not all, she is also a dedicated dance teacher who is known for her feisty, fun classes – Dancehall and Twerk. Get to know all about her below!

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A Gymnast at heart

My name is Nicole, I was born in Poland and I’ve now been in The Netherlands since 2011. I started doing gymnastics when I was five, but at the age of 12 I broke my wrist. I tore my inside ligaments and this injury was difficult to recover from , so focused on dance. I did Modern and Ballet but I always liked feminine styles the best. That’s why when I discovered Dancehall and Twerking, I just focused on that. My favourite style uses a lot of flow work and is sensual, sexy dancing with heels. I just love this power of sex appeal and when I dance I can be myself – this kind of sexy animal!

Instagram star

I work very closely with an entertainment agency ‘April  M Jordan Entertainment’ who discovered me on Instagram. It changed my life, because two years ago I was planning to finish my studies and I always pushed dancing away because not many dancers make it. You can be a great dancer and a beautiful girl but if you don’t meet certain people and the right time you just will not make it. The things that are happening in my life right now are way more than I ever dreamed of. I’ve danced in music videos, at festivals and I also give bookings for pole dancing. I didn’t choose to be a full time dancer, it chose me somehow.

Femininity is a weapon

With dancing, I just love this transition of women from being shy, insecure to confident and strong. When ladies follow my classes, they start to feel more confident in their body. Not only do they become more sexy, but they get more body conscious and body confident; and when you feel more confident you can present yourself better in everyday life. I think that being a women and being feminine is a weapon that you can use. It doesn’t mean every girl should just only think about being sexy and pretty but I believe that if you have the brains, the looks and the charm you should use all of them. Being confident, sexy and smart is the complete package and you should use whatever works to help you in life.

A sexy, intense workout

Deep in my heart I’m a gymnast, it pushes the body to limits and shows the beauty of the human body, so I like to keep my classes intense. I hope my Dancehall and Twerk classes are unique and something you cannot find anywhere else. You get the same workout that you would do at the gym but in a fun and sexy way.  I think many girls can feel intimidated by this, but I’ve also had many ladies come up to me after class saying they actually really liked it because they would never dare to be really feminine in the normal world. It makes them feel a way they’ve never felt before. Plus, there is always someone for the first time. So I don’t mind if you come to my class and half way through you realise it’s totally not for you and sit down. Just come and see for yourself because it’s always a great atmosphere with a great group of ladies and you have nothing to be afraid of.

Learn some smooth moves in Dancehall…

You can learn some sexy routines with Nicole Cole at Chasse Dance Studios and Pole Dance Factory. Lessons vary each week, with different kinds of styles and movements. Reserve a class in Dancehall or Twerk and let your feminine energy flow!

Written by Laura Court-Jones

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OneFit Teachers: Alina Tuluceanu – “my gift was to be a teacher”

4 December, 2017 • Tags: , , , , , , ,

Meet Alina Tuluceanu a passionate Romanian girl whose dreams lead her to Holland over eleven years ago. Alina was searching for something amazing and found it at Rasalila in Amsterdam, a place where acrobatics, silks and tricks make magic. Read her inspiring journey to loveable teacher and find out more about her unique classes.

A Dreamer

My name is Alina and I’m a teacher at Rasalila. I originally come from Romania, a place where you are expected to get a job, get married, get settled and that’s life. There, I felt that the part of me that wanted to peruse my dreams was gone forever. So I took a bold step came to The Netherlands almost 11 years ago. I set out to find something I enjoyed, I tried out various gyms but I was never pleased since I don’t like training on my own. I joined group classes in the gym, but still it wasn’t for me. Then I found Rasalila. I loved it so much, I started taking all the classes in the schedule, I didn’t know how to do anything but I just wanted to be there. Sometimes I trained almost 25 hours a week.

Hidden Talent

While I was at Rasalila I noticed that I was very interested in analyzing movement. I’ve had many different jobs in the past, but always in the role of a coach. I have a lot of patience with people and I love to see people develop and grow. I believe that you can learn a lot in life but some things you are born. I think my gift was to be a teacher, to share knowledge with others. I took this and completed my training to become a teacher and I’ve now been teaching already for three years.

Passion for People

People are really my passion. I love to analyze behavior and I still want to do something with psychology or anthropology in the future. I want to learn more about how to motivate people so they can bring out the best in themselves. For example if people give up during a class, I’m always looking for ways to be positive and to find something they can do. You have flexibility moves and strength moves. Some strength moves are hard and some people can’t do it, but once they try a flexibility move then they can do it. I think listening to people and being empathetic as a teacher is really important.

Up in The Air

My classes are a soulful, feminine way of moving through storytelling. We breathe through every move and let breath lead the movement. At Rasalila I teach Pole classes and Aerial classes. Aerial Hammock Play is about being playful. It will help you get strong and lean because the fabric helps to create space between your joints and also massages you throughout the class. Aerial yoga is essentially yoga using fabric. You hold the poses a bit longer and you get support from the fabric which makes it accessible for everyone. Aerial dance is really dancing with the fabric. It’s elegant and soulful. It’s amazing how you learn to work with the fabric and use all of your body. I once read, ‘don’t use your body to get into the pose but use the pose to get into your body.’ You can’t trick the fabric but you can use it.

Girl Power

There are a lot of women that come here and very often, they don’t get supported by their men at home. So it’s really important that we emphasis that it’s good to make time for ourselves as women. If you are happy, it makes the people in your life happy. For example, pole dancing is still a taboo in some places and isn’t widely accepted. It’s a challenging sport but women gain a lot of self-confidence by doing it and that is the most important thing at Rasalila. When we use the poles and fabrics the first thing we do is try to get out of our heads, there isn’t room for us there anyway – so we get into our bodies.

Learn an Aerial Flow with Alina…

Alina teaches Pole Flow Beginners, Intermediate and open levels at Rasalila in Amsterdam. She also teaches Aerial Hammock Play (easy flow & level up), Aerial Yoga and Aerial Dance. Even if you’re a complete beginner, book a class and experience a new challenging workout that will make you feel like an acrobatic goddess.

Written by Laura Court-Jones

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Marissa test: Booiaka bij Dans Dansen

27 October, 2016 • Tags: , , ,

Ooit van Booiaka gehoord? Nee? Ik ook niet. In het kader van ‘alles proberen’ vond ik dan ook dat  het tijd werd voor een bezoekje aan Dans Dansen. En met succes; deze locatie voeg ik met alle plezier toe aan mijn wekelijkse sportrepertoire en benoem ik tot een van de leukste dans- en sport studio’s van Amsterdam!

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Hoewel het rooster vol staat met lessen als Afrodans, Moderne Dans en Hiphop, ging ik op de vroege vrijdagochtend voor Booiaka. Geen idee waar de klemtoon ligt van dat woord, maar klonk wel fijn in de oren. En dat was het ook.

Met mijn enkelblessure ben ik nog een beetje gelimiteerd op het gebied van wilde bewegingen, maar deze was prima toegankelijk. Booiaka is een dansles die hiphop en Afrikaanse dans combineert en waar in één uur toe wordt gewerkt naar een choreografie. Dit door middel van veel herhaling, cardio oefeningen tussendoor en bovenal veel plezier maken.

De moeilijkheidsgraad ligt laag, dus met een beetje ritmegevoel kan iedereen mee doen. Mocht je alsnog troubels ervaren, dan trekt de fijne docent Bianca je wel mee met haar enthousiasme. Bij haar in de buurt staan is al een pretje, wat een energie!

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Speciaal voor vrouwen en kinderen staat elke les bij Dans Dansen in het teken van plezier; met kwalitatieve danslessen en goede begeleiding krijgen ze iedereen aan het bewegen. En dat is mooi, want dat maakt je vrolijk en energiek waardoor je goed in je vel zit! Daarnaast werk je aan je conditie, spierkracht en lenigheid in een gezellige en ongedwongen sfeer. Ideáál. Ben je op zoek naar een leuke les? Dan raad ik je deze aan! Gaan jullie volgende week met me mee?

Marissa (22) test onze groeplessen en schrijft erop los. Als fitgirl werkt ze als personal trainer en dansdocente, maar vindt ze het ook fijn om yoga te beoefenen of andere uitdagende lesjes te volgen. Ze studeert culturele antropologie & psychologie, heeft haar eigen stichting Diabetes on the Run en haar eigen healthroom: EGGPRESS! Volg haar op Instagram of www.marissaklouwer.com.

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The Art of Pilates

1 July, 2015 • Tags: , , , ,

Pilates Amsterdam Dance Centre OneFitMet OneFit kun je in Amsterdam bij tientallen gyms en studio’s terecht voor Pilates. Sophie koos in plaats van een sportschool of yogastudio nu eens voor Amsterdam Dance Centre voor een lesje pilates. Dit is haar ‘experience’. 
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