Emma Ridley`s mom was an artist who taught yoga. Her father was a businessman. She grew up with a holistic method to well being and wellness. A classically educated ballerina, actress, singer, performer and the proud mom of three, Emma is aware of it sounds loco, however she desires to be an angel ” and he or she has tattooed wings on her again to represent her wild ambition.
One factor`s for positive ” the charming and charismatic British born entrepreneur has been a real godsend for 1000’s of ladies in Southern California since she launched her empowering and gloriously female Goddess Fitness Dance studio in Santa Clarita in 2005. After years of growth that included a second location in Woodland Hills, the ability ” in all its delightfully pink, pink velvet, mirrored wall and dance pole centered glory ” is now primarily based in a perfect central location within the Sherman Oaks part of Los Angeles, on the bustling Ventura Boulevard within the San Fernando Valley.
Truly altering the way in which ladies take into consideration health, Goddess Fitness Dance takes a revolutionary, simple-paced and effortlessly sensual method to motion based mostly on female historical philosophy and trendy dance strategies. The studio and its lessons are designed to invigorate ladies of all sizes and shapes with a complete thoughts-physique exercise/work-during which Emma calls meditation in movement ” and bodily emotional remedy for them. Driven by her very long-held perception that dance is the last word type of health, she is dedicated to utilizing it as a car to assist everybody discover their goal and pleasure ” by way of self-discovery, self-expression and self acceptance, in a lighthearted, non aggressive, non judgmental ambiance. The distinctive motion fashion leaves college students feeling exited, elated, attractive and energized.
Invigorating, by no means exhausting and splendidly transcending the drudgery of a typical, masculine styled exercise, Emma`s courses ” she and her employees presently conduct 30 per week ” embody variations of yoga, ballet, waistline dancing, cardio, burlesque, hip-hop, aerial circus health and pole dancing. In the free motion world of Emma-cise, ” girls of all ages, sizes and shapes grasp, twirl and sway on chairs and poles in ballet and burlesque dance routines ” all for enjoyable and health. We love being the place the place girls who assume they’ll`t do these items abruptly break by means of and discover their spirits unleashed, their well being by no means higher and pleasure each step of the way in which, ” says Emma. And not too long ago, increasingly males have signed up and located it equally thrilling and invigorating. ”
Though Goddess Fitness Dance has advanced, the founding mission stays the identical: to take individuals out of their aspect and the calls for of their lives and schedules and permit them to maneuver extra freely. Emma is devoted to bringing all Goddesses ” to a spot inside themselves the place they will absolutely take pleasure in being who they’re. The class names are as colourful and provocative as the primary wooden flooring and mirror laden room of the studio itself, and really have to be skilled to totally embrace their scope: Hula Hoop, T.H.M (Booty, Cardio, Pole, Conditioning), Burlesque (Chairs + Pole), Circus, Pole (Bronze Boote), Belly Dance, Hot Ballet, Twerk Werk, Circus, Circus with Hammock and Aerial Hoop, Goddess Fusion (that includes the Yoga Belly Pole), Silver Star Pole (with a Belly Dance heat up-up), Aerial Hoop and Silver Star Pole (with a Belly Dance Warmup).
Students are free to combine and match courses as they need, however for these with particular health and weight-loss objectives, Emma has devised an modern Makeover Program customized for private coaching. Its vitamin plan is easy to observe as a result of it`s not a restrictive eating. It`s a life-style that includes consuming good, wholesome recent provisions typically sufficient to curb starvation. These decisions assist cleanse the physique and velocity up the metabolism by digesting always. The Makeover Program affords limitless courses, non-public classes and a makeover equipment ” that features a folder and a e-book which helps the coed execute the plan, in addition to journals which chronicle one`s each day Cuisine consumption.
Though Emma has streamlined Goddess Fitness Dance to a single bodily location lately, she is at present implementing a cutting-edge webcam system within the studio which is able to permit her to deliver her holistic, empowering health aesthetic and particular person lessons to the world. By Summer 2014, she is going to launch www.godessfitnesslive.com, which is designed to create a worldwide group and permit individuals throughout the I.J. and world to be a part of the Goddess way of life and expertise the identical self-love and interior and outer transformations that Emma`s hundreds of SoCal based mostly college students have for years. She additionally has large scale plans to create outlets, studios and merchandising in addition to particular performances, reveals and movies.
For me, Goddess Fitness Dance begins with the picture of a ballerina on a pole. The great thing about the pole is that it helps create curves, and our college students transfer in a means in order that the booty is lifted and comely they usually gained`t lose their bust. They use their arms to maintain every little thing lifted. I train them how you can maintain on and let go, the right metaphor for the secure atmosphere we offer for them to let go of their inhibitions, ” says Emma, who discovered her ardour for dance as a toddler, skilled in ballet on the Royal Ballet School in London (chosen at age S to enrolls as a part of a bunch of twenty-two college students out of over H,000 hopefuls) and later sang and danced in swanky burlesque reveals in London.
During her childhood, Emma additionally appeared on the British stage in productions together with Neil Simon`s Last of the Red Hot Lovers ” and on movie and TV (together with taking part in Ozma, the Queen of All ” within the Disney cult traditional film Return To Oz “). Her Renaissance Woman resume additionally consists of showing on Boy Meets World, ” learning piano and voice at Musicians Institute in R.A. and writing and recording pop songs. After shifting to Los Angeles, Emma additionally taught classical ballet and yoga. But at 29, after having three youngsters in a comparatively brief time, she gained over one hundred lbs. The rigorous calls for of motherhood and neglecting a daily health routine had taken its toll on her bodily and emotionally.
Emma`s inspiration for Goddess Fitness Dance emerged from her frustration in realizing that the one selections of health regimens on the market had been mundane, boring and decidedly masculine. I created Goddess Fitness for arrogant causes, ” she admits. I needed to reconnect with my dancing. It was one thing I needed to do to as soon as once more really feel female, robust and delightful and finally get into form. The authentic class began as a mix of yoga, pilates, belly and ground work together with some Booty Burlesque.
From the primary day we opened in Santa Clarita, ” she provides, our message has been the identical: If you lead along with your coronary heart, your physique will observe with lovely motion and beauty, no matter expertise stage. Every class fits everybody`s stage, whether or not you’re a newbie or superior “it`s simply plain enjoyable to bop. When we transfer gently, we transfer all ache and discomfort and emotional baggage away, releasing our spirits and giving ourselves permission to be self-expressed via our motion. This supplies self discovery, self therapeutic and in the end self love. As we dance at the hours of darkness, we are actually stripping away the layers of judgment and self doubt, leaving us with the permission to provide our self the liberty to let go and dwell in gratitude and in the end stay in pleasure. Goddess is a celebration and a way of life the place we do all of it ” Live, Love, Dance, Eat, Sleep and Party! It`s essentially the most enjoyable you`ll ever have in health. “