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Berkshire KFA 64th AGM 18 May 2018

The Berkshire AGM was on a smaller scale and was a free event. The committee kept to the tradition of the meeting itself when reports were presented to let members know what had taken place throughout the year and also our financial position.

Anne Mogg, chair of the Training sub-committee stood down and was awarded Life Membership of Berkshire KFA for her services to our Association. She was presented with a certificate and flowers. Congratulations Anne!

Deborah Miller took the Keep Fit session which was enjoyed by all those taking part.

While the new Berkshire County team, produced by Donna Ward, gave their first performance to music by Whitney Houston, “I Have Nothing”.

Sheila Smith and Barbara Elmes ran the raffle and captured the spirit of the Royal Wedding, even though the happy event meant we needed to change our plans for the AGM and hold it on the Friday instead of the Saturday!

We ended our evening with tea and cake.

Berkshire KFA Christmas Celebration 25 November 2017

Once again, our Christmas Rally provided a good mix of displays to watch, keep fit sessions to take part in and free tea and coffee all day (oh, and not forgetting free mince pies, the raffle, and a chance to do some early Christmas shopping!). Where else can you get all of that for £7 for members, we hear you say!!

Thanks to your donations, we were able to raise £60 for the Alzheimer’s Society, our Association’s charity for 2018.

Our Rally opened with a lively performance by Sarah Lawson’s seated group, using pompoms. Great to watch and, we are sure, great fun to do!

The County Team gave its final performance of the current item produced by Lesley Wyman and the Committee presented her with gift vouchers in recognition of all her hard work.

Our two open class sessions were ably led by Julie Upshall who took us through some Fitsteps routines and our very own Berkshire KFA teacher Donna Ward.

Chris Stannard and Lesley Wyman reprised their duo “Alter Ipse Amica” (or, “a friend is another self”) to the music of “Moonlight” by The Piano Guys. They choreographed and performed this piece for the KFA National Championships in Nottingham in June.

Seated class Xmas display 2017

Berkshire County Team Workshop 2017

Our new County Team producer, Donna Ward, held a workshop for anyone interested in joining the team.

We are pleased to report that Donna now has a team of 14 bright-eyed and keen Keep Fitters, ready to be put through their paces at their first rehearsal in January. Good luck girls. We can’t wait to cheer you on at your first performance on 3 March.

Southern Counties AGM October 2017

The Southern Counties Regional AGM took place on 14 October 2017 and was hosted by Isle of Wight KFA.

The Berkshire County Display Team, produced by Lesley Wyman, made the short trip across the Solent to perform the current item “What makes you beautiful” by The Piano Guys, which was enthusiastically received by members from across the KFA region.

Everyone enjoyed a full programme of Keep Fit, Fitsteps and Pompoms - the latter session taught by a former cheerleader! Thankfully no pyramids or tumbling was required but we excelled at canons (as you would expect from Keep Fitters!) and made some great shapes with our pompoms.

Berkshire Masterclass 20 October 2017

Berkshire KFA teacher Lesley Wyman took the group through an exploration of directions, diagonals and dynamics, culminating in a powerful piece set to “Beautiful Goodbye” by Amanda Marshall. Everyone rose to the challenge thanks to Lesley’s skilful teaching and no shortage of enthusiasm and fun!

Berkshire Members' Talk 25 October 2017

Around 20 Berkshire members and non-members enjoyed the Happiness Workshop, led by Anne Marie Gawen, an experienced life coach and mental health practitioner.

These sessions represent excellent value for money at £4 for two hours with refreshments provided! Keep an eye on our Events page for details of future members' talks.

National KFA Teachers' Concordat - July 2017
(or adventures with Laban and chocolate!)

This year's national Concordat for KFA teachers was held on 15/16 July at Brockington College outside Leicester. Approximately 60 teachers (active, non-active and retired) enjoyed a packed programme of high quality training provided by some truly inspirational trainers from within the KFA and also from the world of dance.

Everyone was warmly welcomed by Frances Dickins who had also thoughtfully arranged for a continuous supply of free cold bottled water throughout the whole weekend. Boy did we appreciate that!

chocolate movement

On Saturday, friend and fellow Berkshire KFA teacher Lesley Wyman and I started off working with trainer Rachel Liggitt, who took us through Rudolf Laban's spatial body actions. Rachel's wonderfully relaxed and fun manner lured us into working every muscle fibre so that after two hours we were more than ready for lunch. Just enough time to catch up with old friends and make some new ones, then we were back for a double session on Laban's planes leading into the A Scale (seriously don't ask!). Led by Lisa Terry our bodies and our brains were given a very thorough workout as we attempted to master all 12 movements. I think I got the whole Scale right once and that was largely due to the giant crib sheet Lisa had thoughtfully put up on the wall. Still it was a great end to Day 1 and we thoroughly enjoyed our glass of red that evening!

Sunday dawned dull and damp but all thoughts of a leisurely start to the day were quickly dispelled as we did another 2 hours with Rachel. This time we explored qualitative relationships, culminating in a powerful group piece. After lunch and with tiredness setting in, we contemplated an afternoon of choreography with trainer Sue Bennett. Thankfully Sue's amazing creativity captivated everyone. Taking inspiration from the experience of eating a chocolate button and peeling an orange, Sue led us on a mystical journey from sensations to words to phrases and ending up with our own choreography combining with hers to form a harmonious whole. What a fabulous and inspirational end to a great weekend.

So now it's your turn; slowly eat a chocolate button and see what words and movements come to your mind!

Berkshire KFA Masterclass 10 March 2017

Our teacher was Jeanette Hughes. Her choreography was lyrical and challenging, allowing us to indulge in whole body movement. A class delivered with humour, care and flair - a joy to experience and, for those who have not yet tried a masterclass, an event not to be missed.

Sarah Lawson
Berkshire KFA Teacher

Berkshire KFA Christmas Celebration 2016

More than 70 teachers and members attended our Christmas Celebration at Loddon Hall, Twyford on 26 November.

The Berkshire County Display Team, producer Lesley Wyman, started off the day with another uplifting performance to Ronan Hardiman’s Celtic Kittens. This was officially the last performance of the current County Team, so they gave us an encore, which was a bonus.

Sarah Lawson led the first session and Jeanette Hughes rounded off the programme – both sessions were thoroughly enjoyed by those watching as well as those taking part.

There were a variety of stalls to browse - jewellery, cakes and cards, as well as a well-stocked Raffle and a "Pot of Gold".

As it was a Christmas Celebration everyone had a go at naming the Baby Reindeer. It was a very lucky day for one member who won the Baby Reindeer and also the Pot of Gold!!

Southern Counties AGM 8th October 2016

It was Berkshire’s turn to host the regional AGM in October and what a stunning event it turned out to be at Theale Green School! Here’s what some members had to say:

We had a lovely day ...... the sessions were really good and fun to do.” Ruth Livingstone

....my congratulations to the Committee and everyone concerned with the AGM on Saturday. It was a lovely event and I know all there enjoyed the day. Brilliant idea having three short varied teaching experiences .....created a lovely happy atmosphere.” Maureen Lomas

What a fantastic day I've had today. The quality of the teaching and all the demos and the sheer variety of dance styles was a winning formula and made for nonstop entertainment.” Chris Stannard

Members from all five regional counties had a chance to take part in Keep Fit rallies (open classes), learn flamenco taught by a professional Spanish Dance teacher, marvel at the original choreography from county team demos, and "Dance Around the World" in 60 minutes to end an action-packed day on a high. What a pity if you missed it!

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