MY SOS STORY

At Seen on Screen, we want to empower you to achieve your goals that maybe you didn’t previously think possible. Want to know how we can help you? Read our amazing SOS Stories to find out how Seen on Screen has been a force for good in our students lives.

What will your SOS story be?

 
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Eilidh Brown

How did you find out about SOS and why did SOS appeal to you?

Through Instagram... The class looked fun and I liked the idea of learning routine's based on Beyoncé's music videos!

Were you nervous for your first class, how did you feel before?

Slightly! I'm used to doing contemporary dance, so commercial felt a little bit out of my depth.

How did you feel afterwards, what stood out to you about how your SOS experience made you feel?

I felt GREAT! The atmosphere of the class was so upbeat and positive, regardless of the different abilities or dance experience of people in the group.

Do you think SOS has improved your confidence and mental health, if so, how?

Absolutely, I was anxious and apprehensive about getting back into dancing after some time off. But the SOS classes helped me rebuild my confidence with that, and do classes for fun with no pressure. I always leave feeling great.

Are you able to use the confidence gained on the SOS dance-floor in other aspects of your life?

I have a wonderful group of friends who I adore and are all very outgoing, however I would often feel overshadowed and not as good as them in different ways. My improved confidence through SOS has reminded me of the things I love about myself, and less worried about comparing myself to others.

What does the SOS Community mean to you?

A great way to meet people who I wouldn't normally, but who are all connected by their love to move and to feel good within themselves.

What do you do for work?

I'm a Personal Trainer.

Do you use your SOS confidence at work?

In my job I often have to help others feel confident within their bodies. By feeling more confident in myself but also aware that everyone has their own struggles, I remind people or even my friends, that they can gradually build that confidence within themselves too.

How has SOS helped your physical health, self worth and body confidence?

Physical health, it's helped me get back into the routine of dancing more which I've missed and my body has been craving to do again. And self worth and body confidence, again goes down to not comparing myself to others in a negative way. I've learnt to love and appreciate my body and what it can do. The classes are always pretty sassy and sexy, and having other girls cheering on when we perform the routine always makes you feel good!

 

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Lenka Sádovská

How did you find out about SOS and why did SOS appeal to you?

Coincidentally, I won some dance classes back home shortly before my big move to London – I did a few and got intrigued about the whole “dancing for fun instead of going to the gym” thing. Once I settled in London a bit, I started to look for something similar. I came across SOS, googled some videos (that was pre-Instagram) and decided to give it a go. What I found was so much better than I was hoping for!

Were you nervous for your first class, how did you feel before?

I signed up for a “Drunk in love” workshop and was excited about finally doing something new -tiny step outside my comfort zone -but I hid at the back of the class just in case :)

 How did you feel afterwards, what stood out to you about how your SOS experience made you feel?

I messed up half the steps and timed the other half incorrectly but felt so at ease the whole time that I signed up for more straight away. The instructors made us laugh so much that I forgot to stress about remembering the steps and I focused on having fun instead.  

Do you think SOS has improved your confidence and mental health, if so, how?

About 90% of my confidence today comes from SOS classes!

I grew up in a completely different environment, where standing out in any way simple wasn’t a done thing. I disliked pretty much anything about my body for the better part of my life, and only after I moved to London I discovered that people here didn’t really care about most things I used to worry about so much– still, it took me ages to actually accept that. All things that most girls take for granted -silly little everyday things, were big steps for me personally on my journey. But then, it’s hard not to feel fabulous when the instructors keep telling you how amazing you are - you gradually start to believe it and repeat to your fabulous self every single day. It took me longer than most, but I got there in the end - I went from being the girl hiding at the back wearing old grey gym kit, to the crop top/red lipstick wearing, confidently strutting girl, right to the front of class. 

Are you able to use the confidence gained on the SOS dance-floor in other aspects of your life? 

You should see my strutting round the streets like there’s no tomorrow!  I was previously told I’m too tall for heels and actually believed it - now I prefer to think of myself as a badass Wonderwoman met Amazonian queen met Sasha fierce. I've also caught myself talking to people in the "Beyonce 101" power pose more than once!

What does the SOS Community mean to you?

Dance classes are my happy place – I just know that at some point during the class, I’m going to look around feel completely and perfectly happy and at peace. 

As an unexpected bonus I got a lot more interested in Girl Power, feminism (and all things related) and feel a lot more empowered in myself!

What do you do for work?

Export logistics (stressful, but endless after work G&Ts in my current company help a lot :) )

 Do you use your SOS confidence at work?

"I’m a lot less afraid to speak up and say what I think – I was called “fierce” by my manager which I’m taking as a compliment!"

If there's anything else you would like to share, please do :)

 Before starting SOS classes, I couldn’t imagine how much more you could gain from dance class other than perfecting my Beyonce moves. Believing in myself, getting confident, happier, engaged in supporting other badass women in the community – it means the world to me. After a particularly good dance class on my way to the tube station people often give me weird looks as I tend to burst in spontaneous post-class happy giggles!

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Irene Dang

How did you find out about SOS and why did SOS appeal to you?

My friend raved about SOS and when I saw the timetable was all Little Mix, Ariana, Britney, Beyonce, Cardi B... need I say more?!

Were you nervous for your first class, how did you feel before?

A little but from the very first body roll I knew I was home.

How did you feel afterwards, what stood out to you about how your SOS experience made you feel?

My neck was so achy from all the attempted hair flicking but it was so worth it.

Do you think SOS has improved your confidence and mental health, if so, how?

Sometimes its hard for me switch off and for those hours in the week I'm at SOS, I'm 100% there - focused on the routine, the song, and trying to stay upright in heels - it feels amazing and it's impossible to not feel happy after popping your booty for an hour with your friends.

Are you able to use the confidence gained on the SOS dance-floor in other aspects of your life?

I love that on the dance floor it's all about being (or at least looking!) confident and committing to the move. It's something I take with me when I'm standing at the front of a room to teach or present - I take a deep breath and dive right in.

What does the SOS Community mean to you?

This is my place to be free and as sassy as you want without fear or judgement.

What do you do for work?

By day I work in Financial Crime and Sanctions and I side hustle as a barre and pilates instructor :)

Do you use your SOS confidence at work?

Yessss - I remember once Bonnie said something along the lines of "If you're going to make a mistake, make it big. That way you will remember and learn from it". This may have just been a fierce saying for class but they are words to live by.

How has SOS helped your physical health, self worth and body confidence?

How can you not feel more confident when you're in a room, surrounded by babes who are cheering and hooting the entire time you strut around and slink around on the floor?

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Judith Callol Morante

How did you find out about SOS and why did SOS appeal to you?

I saw it on Instagram and I loved how much SOS focuses on empowering women.

Were you nervous for your first class, how did you feel before?

I am always a bit nervous on my first day because some places can be very unwelcoming and make me feel small.

How did you feel afterwards, what stood out to you about how your SOS experience made you feel?

I felt amazing and I felt so much more confident on myself and my dance-ability. What stood up the most for me was the teacher was so encouraging and made sure we had fun.

Do you think SOS has improved your confidence and mental health, if so, how?

As I said in my previous answer it totally has, from day 1, I never used to film myself dancing but now I can't wait to film myself so I can re-watch it and share it with my friends later, I feel so much more confident and graceful.

Are you able to use the confidence gained on the SOS dance-floor in other aspects of your life?
I always have struggled with self doubt, but dancing made me stronger and I recently applied for a performing arts BA in UEL, I never thought I was good enough to pass the audition but Bonnie spoke about her own experience briefly after a class and it made me feel like I could do it to, I have been admitted and I am starting in September.
What does the SOS Community mean to you?

It's a great space for me to challenge myself, learn and meet new people whom I share a passion with while I'm also encouraged to be myself and not judged by anyone.

What do you do for work?

I am a hair stylist.

Do you use your SOS confidence at work? 

I only work for women and in a way SOS gives me inspiration to create looks that make women feel beautiful and powerful.

How has SOS helped your physical health, self worth and body confidence?

I used to feel tired all the time, since I started dancing with SOS I feel so much more energetic.
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Marielle Vaille

How did you find out about SOS and why did SOS appeal to you?

Being a French expat in London, I will always remember my decision to stay in London on my own for a 4-day weekend during my first year here and regretting that decision instantly the moment I realised none of my friends would be around. I decided to run a quick Google search about “what to do when you are alone in London”... no kidding. And there I found an article probably from ELLE Magazine mentioning Seen On Screen and describing my absolute dream which was simply to dance shamelessly on the best pop tunes the world has never seen and feeling like a Popstar. I instantly booked my very first class which was on Ariana Grande, Into You.

Were you nervous for your first class, how did you feel before?

I have been dancing for years but had been taking a little break from it as I couldn’t find what I liked where I used to be. So I was both very excited and a bit nervous, mainly about remembering the choreography.

How did you feel afterwards, what stood out to you about how your SOS experience made you feel?

Free, energised, confident, sexy and ready to take over the world... in heels.

 

Do you think SOS has improved your confidence and mental health, if so, how?
No matter how I’m feeling before going, SOS is my best confidence booster and enables me to completely escape the questions, doubts or anxiety I may have at that moment. It is a liberating moment for me, where I feel like I’m good at what I do and feel amazing doing it. I’ve always been pretty bad at sports but dance and fitness are my revenge :)

Are you able to use the confidence gained on the SOS dance-floor in other aspects of your life? 

One of the things that I’ve never found anywhere other than SOS, is the mindset of the teachers and the mission they embrace - not only to teach you choreo, but also to tell you to let it all go and feel fabulous because ... you can and you should ! I’m taking this with me whenever I walk somewhere new, putting Bonnie’s encouragements on repeat in my head and strut in there like a badass ;).

What does the SOS Community mean to you?

Feminism at its best.


What do you do for work?

I work for Universal Music Group in the Brand Partnerships department. Music is a big part of my daily life and I wear my princess of pop crown proudly!

Do you use your SOS confidence at work? 
Same as above, but even more relevant for stressful meeting or public speech!

How has SOS helped your physical health, self worth and body confidence?

As a lot of people out there, I have a conflicting relationship with my body. Depending on the day, we get along well or we can’t bear each other. SOS and dancing in a non-judgemental atmosphere are the best remedy to fixing those days.

If there's anything else you would like to share, please do :)

Keep on being amazing and I genuinely hope SOS becomes even bigger and crosses the borders to empower people all over Europe!

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Priyal Patel

How did you find out about SOS and why did SOS appeal to you?

Just found it on Google, I have done different types of dancing in the past. SOS looked like the perfect class to fit in when I started work as it had a wide variety of classes and locations so it was very easily accessible and the option of late night classes was really good and meant I didn’t have to miss class when work overran.

Were you nervous for your first class, how did you feel before?

I was yes, because I’d never really done hip hop as a style of dancing before. It had also been a while since I’d done any dance classes, having taken a break whilst graduating and getting ready for working life!

How did you feel afterwards, what stood out to you about how your SOS experience made you feel?

I just remember feeling really energised and happy. It was a hard class but the teacher was so motivating and really made it a comfortable atmosphere where it was clear it didn’t matter if you got a move wrong, and it was more about just enjoying yourself.


Do you think SOS has improved your confidence and mental health, if so, how?


It definitely has! When I first started, I’d always stand to the side and the back of class and now I find myself moving to the front and even getting the confidence to post on Instagram! The SOS teachers are amazing at inspiring and empowering us every week and it has really helped my mental health and confidence. I have quite an intense job at times which can be very overwhelming, but -

SOS and dance has become my safe haven where I can come and let down my hair and shut out the real world for a while.


Are you able to use the confidence gained on the SOS dance-floor in other aspects of your life? 

I do think SOS has improved my confidence at work. After each class, I really have the attitude of “I can own this” and I think that’s carried over into my working life. I’ve been able to voice my opinions and speak up in meetings. 


What does the SOS Community mean to you?

I first started SOS with a friend who had to stop coming due to other commitments. But the SOS community is so welcoming, I didn’t feel alone or nervous. 

What do you do for work?

I work at KPMG as an actuary in Pensions.

Do you use your SOS confidence at work? 

See above.

How has SOS helped your physical health, self worth and body confidence?

Over the last year or so, SOS has really built up my body confidence. It’s helped me own my curves and now I don’t have a second thought of uploading to Instagram!

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Ruth Anna Phillips

How did you find out about SOS and why did SOS appeal to you? 

I found it I believe through Instagram. I was looking for some dance classes to do in my spare time. I work with dance a lot but wanted something that wasn’t just for technique and more for a form of hobby in my (rare) free time.

Were you nervous for your first class, how did you feel before? 

I went with a friend so think that really helped. Also it was an open class or taster session so I think there was a lot of new people there all together. I was excited but didn’t really know what to expect.

How did you feel afterwards, what stood out to you about how your SOS experience made you feel?

I felt like I could high kick a door of its hinges! I was so empowered and felt in touch with femininity and sensuality in a way I hadn’t for a while. I think the song (Don’t cha – pussy cat dolls) was a big part but it felt great to be so unapologetically empowered, especially as a woman with a body society does not represent as conventionally attractive. The diversity of people in the space was (sadly) very refreshing. 

Do you think SOS has improved your confidence and mental health, if so, how?

"For me, SOS classes act as a visceral reminder of things I believe whole heartedly, that everyone is beautiful, strong and has a right to move their body however they want."

And definitely has helped my mental health, I use movement so much in my job but often as an isolated individual leading another group. It is so beneficial for me to be in a safe and open community and move my body with no judgement, or weighted importance, only support. Also I have suffered with body image issues and battled with eating disorders in the past and I have found real strength in movement and dance. SOS and dance in general reminds me to be kind to my body, that it can do wonderful things and is part of who I am and, despite all we are taught, to embrace it as it is and give it space to work, breathe and move to its full potential.

Are you able to use the confidence gained on the SOS dance-floor in other aspects of your life

Having a space to be unapologetically feminine, empowered and sexual is of real value to me,it bleeds out into how I carry myself in lots of different situations.I've been on a long and at times difficult journey to body acceptance and I am still not 100% there but dance in one important tool for me, life is too short to not go all out and enjoy my body no shits given. And this for me can be in a class, on a night out, or just walking down the street with some good tunes through the headphones.

What does the SOS Community mean to you?

It is an ever changing sisterhood of supportive people. I rarely manage get to classes regularly so each time is different, sometimes there’s some familiar faces, sometimes all seem new to me, but it always feels like a safe space of people just being themselves and knowing that will be welcomed.

What do you do for work?

I work as a movement director, in theatre and film. As a movement director I work with all the movement language of shows/projects, so that can be a dance, movement sequence or transition or can just be someone stood/sat on stage, its all about people’s connections to their bodies, the bodies relationships in space and what the audience see through that. I am also an associate director of @speakupstandup and direct shows with that company, looking especially at the female experience and mental health.

Do you use your SOS confidence at work?

Obviously I move a lot for my job so there is quite an overlap. But SOS reminds me not to dumb down or hide away from my talents and worth. I think often, as women we are taught, maybe not even consciously, to dumb down our ability or appear modest, not to be over confident, shown even in the amount of women I know who struggle to take a compliment. But SOS reminds me to remain confident, I know what I’m good at, dance is one, my job is another and not to question that or hide away from it. To walk into places with the confidence I find in SOS is a useful tool. There’s many things I’m terrible at and I own up to them, juggling, cycling, making cups of tea (sorry Britain), but I have learnt not to let my gender effect other aspects and to own my actual skills with ‘Beyoncé’/Bonnie level confidence.

How has SOS helped your physical health, self worth and body confidence?

SOS for me is proof of something I am very passionate about and that is that body shape, does not equal fitness level. There is a mass presumption that being thin means you’re fit or that if you’re larger you are unfit. And this is simply not true. Also people all develop and practice fitness in different ways, and SOS classes provide an important reminder to myself of this, yes I cannot run a marathon and I'm still aiming for a top notch pull up, but I can repeat a dance five times in a row and give each one my absolute all. That is where my fitness shines and that should not be diminished. Although I believe all these things, with so much of society arguing against it, a hard core SOS class can be a great reminder for myself and give my body the little pep it needs.

If there's anything else you would like to share, please do :)

SOS does wonders in making a space for all to be welcome and encouraged. In a society that so often chastises, criticises and quietens women’s voices and bodies space like these should be held up for the acts of defiance they are.

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How did you find out about SOS and why did SOS appeal to you?
My friend Irene brought me along to my first class. SOS appealed to me because of the music choices, I love how quickly the SOS team turn out some choreography, a song comes out Friday and by next Wednesday I'm booty popping to it! I don't know where else I could learn routines to my Spotify playlist.
Were you nervous for your first class, how did you feel before?
Yes, I was very nervous! It was my first ever dance class and it is intimidating as hell walking into a room full of sassy women being the only man. Sometimes it can feel like dance is reserved for women, especially when it is pop music or the class is called 'Diva' or it's a heels workshop.
How did you feel afterwards, what stood out to you about how your SOS experience made you feel?
I was ecstatic! I had such a buzz for days! I went home to practice the routine more, I was obsessed. I think it was a combination of the positive vibes of the class, the music, the pure fire routine and the endorphins from the exercise.
Do you think SOS has improved your confidence and mental health, if so, how?
I think SOS has improved my mental health, aside from the general benefits that exercise can have on one's own mental health, it feels great to learn something new in an environment where it is totally ok to get things wrong and make mistakes. On top of that, it feels even better for my mental health to learn something, make mistakes and then nail it! It's hard to find an opportunity or an environment like that somewhere else.
Are you able to use the confidence gained on the SOS dance-floor in other aspects of your life? 
SOS hasn't just made me more confident, I think SOS has made me fearless! Whenever I'm nervous or not feeling confident, I just think "if I can walk into a room of over 20 women and slink to the floor with the best of them, then I can nail this meeting/presentation/interview" YAaAaAaAsSsSsS!
What does the SOS Community mean to you?
The SOS Community to me is a group of (mostly) women, who I can go to class with after work, or at the weekend and they will cheer and scream for me whether I nail the routine or make a mistake and that feels great!
What do you do for work?
I work in Insurance in the City, so it's safe to say 90% of my sass and booty poppin has to be channeled into an SOS class.
Do you use your SOS confidence at work?
In my first SOS class, the teacher gave a brief talk on posture and holding your chest up when you walk, and you know I use this whenever I want to walk into the office looking like I own everything!
How has SOS helped your physical health, self worth and body confidence?
Alongside SOS helping to keep me in shape it has 100% changed my attitude towards my body. I'll admit it can feel very exposing and vulnerable to feel and carress your own body in a routine, but it can really put you in touch with your own body and grateful that I have a body that has the ability to learn routines and be strong and flexible and sensual.
If there's anything else you would like to share, please do :)
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Nerissa Templin

How did you find out about SOS and why did SOS appeal to you? 

Dancing has always been something I loved to do… in my bedroom… with Beyonce cranked up to full volume! Having been placed in karate rather than dance lessons as a child, I never thought it was something I could take up as an adult. The opportunity to attend a SOS class came through my work and I thought to myself, why not, it says “beginners”. That single class, filled me with more confidence and joy than I could have ever imagined, so much that I immediately signed myself up for weekly classes. 

Were you nervous for your first class, how did you feel before? 

Palm sweating, hands shaking nervous. You’d think I was about to jump out of a plane, rather than attend a dance class. My entire thought process consisted of what if’s. What if I’m terrible and people laugh at me? What if I forget all the steps? What if inside I feel like I can be this amazing dancer but in reality I suck? And even though I was attending a beginners class, I imagined everyone to be at a professional level in comparison to me.

How did you feel afterwards, what stood out to you about how your SOS experience made you feel? 

Okay so I was that girl who forgot half the steps, but half way through the lesson, I realised that what I’d walked into, was so much more than a dance class. The women around me weren’t all professional dances like I imagined, some got the steps first go, others needed a bit more time, but it was the sense of community I felt in that class, that gave me the confidence I needed to realise that, hey, I’m gonna give it my best, and you know what, I can do this! There was no judgement there. It was honestly, women supporting women, encouraging each other, cheering each other on, and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. And a better instructor for that matter. Inspiring and empowering us, every step of the way.

Do you think SOS has improved your confidence and mental health, if so, how? 

Absolutely. I never thought a dance class could affect my overall confidence as a woman, but it really has. For the past few years I’ve been travelling the world solo, and there was a hidden strength I needed to discover to be able to achieve this -which after some time, I thought I had. But it wasn’t until I attended SOS that I realised I had only unlocked a small part of that strength. The confidence, the bravery and seriously positive vibes I feel every time I leave a dance class, is something I will be forever grateful for.

Are you able to use the confidence gained on the SOS dance-floor in other aspects of your life? 

Without a doubt. In addition to learning some badass dance moves (that I take with me on my girls night outs), SOS classes have helped to unlock my inner sass, to be bold and brave in going after my goals (both career wise and in life), and as a result, I feel damn proud to be a woman! One of my favourite quotes is "the most alluring thing a woman can have is confidence” and I now apply this to my everyday life.

What does the SOS Community mean to you? 

Women supporting women. And a safe environment to discover the amazing individuals we are.

What do you do for work? 

I’m about to finish up an amazing year at a magazine, and prior to that I was working in the charity sector. I have a passion for writing (and a wanderlust soul) so right now, the world is my oyster and I’m going to see where it takes me. 

Do you use your SOS confidence at work? 

100%. I work in an all female office and I find that the more confident I am, the more it inspires confidence within others.

In meetings and at events, I now speak without any self doubt. I’m no longer worried about potentially making a mistake, instead if something doesn’t go as planned, I take it as a learning opportunity and keep going.

 

How has SOS helped your physical health, self worth and body confidence? 

SOS in an incredible workout and I love that! But what I really love is that every woman attending these classes are different heights, different sizes, different ages. Every day we’re bombarded with images from the media about what the “ideal” look is, what the “ideal” size is. But SOS embraces and empowers who we are as individuals. Because of these classes, any insecurities I had before, both personally and physically, are no longer part of my mindset. Every morning I wake up feeling great about the woman starring back at me, because I know that she can do anything she sets her mind too.

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Samantha Linning

How did you find out about SOS and why did SOS appeal to you?

At the end of 2017, I had just come out of a rough break up and to be honest, I felt like I had kind of lost my sparkle. For my 2018 New Years resolution, I wanted to get back into dancing (I took dance classes from the ages of 3-19), because nothing makes me feel as good as fast as nailing a combo. I looked online for a little bit and found SOS. What really appealed to me about SOS was how it focused on empowering people, and that anyone could join in. Also, the songs are always on point.

Were you nervous for your first class, how did you feel before?

A little nervous! I didn’t really know what kind of level of dance I should expect, and I hadn’t gone to a class in 4-ish years. 

How did you feel afterwards, what stood out to you about how your SOS experience made you feel?

I felt like a bad ass boss bitch after my first class (I mean, how else could you feel after dancing to a Beyoncé tour medley?). Bonnie was so great at not only teaching but just making everyone feel like they could own the routine, and hyping us all up.

It’s the most amount of #GirlPower I’ve felt since the Spice Girls broke up.

Do you think SOS has improved your confidence and mental health, if so, how?

100%. Like I said, I felt like I had lost my sparkle before, and I know that SOS has really helped me get that back. I walk into a class maybe feeling a little deflated, frustrated and way too in my head, and I leave with my head held higher, a smile on my face and a sassy walk that I take into the rest of my week.

Are you able to use the confidence gained on the SOS dance-floor in other aspects of your life?

I now Beyoncé power-pose on the tube on my way into work if I know I’m going to have a particularly stressful day.

It sounds crazy, but it does just help me feel confident and like... "I own this sh*t".

What does the SOS Community mean to you?

It’s such a supportive vibe, whatever class you’re in. Everyone’s just there to let it all go and cheer you on.

What do you do for work?

I work at a marketing agency. 

Do you use your SOS confidence at work? 

I mean other than my power posing... Working at a creative agency, there are a lot of big personalities, and as one of the more junior people at the company, it can be easy to feel a bit small. The confidence that I get from SOS helps me realise that even if your space is small, you've got to own whatever space you're in - be the best version of yourself.

How has SOS helped your physical health, self worth and body confidence?

I’m definitely fitter than I was before I started, but more than that I love my body so much more. SOS has shown me the crazy, amazing and pretty sexy things that I can do and I love my body for it. Once you’ve nailed a floor work routine, your body confidence automatically reaches a level that it never has done before. I care so much less about how my body looks and instead focus on how I carry myself.

If there's anything else you would like to share, please do :)

Just that I have the best time at these classes, and I’m so thankful that I found you guys :)

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Anna-Liisa Toom

How did you find out about SOS and why did SOS appeal to you?

I started looking into dance studios having just come out of a relationship. Suddenly I had so much free time and and bottled up emotions which I had to figure out how to channel. I wanted to find something to focus on that was completely about me and which would distract me from all the thoughts that haunted me. I've always been physically active but gym is just... gym, and not a passion for me. I had to find something that I loved, that wouldn't feel like a chore.

Were you nervous for your first class, how did you feel before?

I was of course a bit nervous before my first class as I hadn't learnt a routine for 6 years (I did dancing back in school between ages 6 to 18). I knew I still had the moves but was nervous when it came to remembering the steps. Bonnie's encouragement made it a lot easier to let go of any nerves I had when we kicked off the class and just go with the vibe. It's funny because the one piece of sassy advice I will always remember is what Bonnie said during my first dance class in SOS. I'm paraphrasing here but it went something like this:

'Even if somebody doesn't like you it's their problem not yours. Be so confident in yourself that someone's opinion won't affect you'

 

That has since become my mantra in life and I feel like I'm getting closer to this every day!

How did you feel afterwards, what stood out to you about how your SOS experience made you feel?

It felt amazing afterwards! I was really happy with my performance and even got a compliment from one of the girls in the class saying that I was a really good dancer. That was super nice to hear after my 6 year break from dancing.

Do you think SOS has improved your confidence and mental health, if so, how?

I find it really meditative actually, as with meditation you must let go of disruptive thoughts and focus on one thing only. Dancing through a routine is as much of a mental exercise as physical. Focusing on remembering the steps and at the same time working on the dynamics of different moves is quite a challenge. Dancing has always been more about emotions for me and a way to let go of any feelings which you sometimes just need to get out of your system. Reflecting on the transformation I have gone through in the past year as a dancer as well as a woman I am so proud of myself. Of course, while it has been an eventful year and a huge learning experience dealing with the challenges on a personal front. 

I feel more confident, grounded and embracing my sexuality and inner strength as a woman, largely thanks to dancing.
Are you able to use the confidence gained on the SOS dance-floor in other aspects of your life? 

I won't let anybody mess with me at this point. I am my own cheerleader and rock now. 

What does the SOS Community mean to you?

The SOS Community is everything! Dance community has always been so welcoming and accepting as long as I've been a part of it in my life. The element of competition is not as important as it is for some other sports, it's just female to female support and, if anything, proving to your own self what a sexy fearless queen you are! Bonnie and the rest of the teachers are just such incredible inspiring mentors. The panels that Bonnie has recently organised have been amazing and really show how you guys strive to provide a safe place for women to come, experience and grow. I will cherish this forever!

What do you do for work?

I work in an advertising technology startup consulting a portfolio of local and global companies to improve their Search Advertising performance.

Do you use your SOS confidence at work? 

My job is 80% about being confident in who I am and what I know of the industry. I advise for instance Marketing Managers, Head of Marketing and in some cases even CMOs - sometimes these people have tens of years more experience than I do at my age. During these moments you just need to switch off all insecurities, believe in yourself and follow through with what you signed up for.

How has SOS helped your physical health, self worth and body confidence?

It has been such an important part of my life in the past year that I cannot imagine myself not doing it anymore. It has definitely made me more unapologetic in embracing my body, and I remember one of the SOS instructors saying how being emotional shouldn't only be related to being sad. Why not feeling sassy or confident or god forbid sexual? Getting a bit wild on the dance floor is not problem anymore if the song is appropriate. ;)

And lastly, dancing has also reminded me that fitness is not just about being slim but more importantly having balance, flexibility and technique to support dancing. It's about feeling good and strong in your body!

 

You can do it, put your sass into it

Whether you’re looking for an everyday fitness fix or fancy a couple of workshops to wind down to at the weekend, Seen On Screen offers a range of levels so can go at your own pace. You're very welcome to email [email protected] or give us a call if you would like advice, and/or pointing in the right direction - we’re happy to help!


Beginner

The Beginner level is for SOSer's who have no previous dance experience and would like to be eased into the world of dance! You will still look and feel fabulous (of course!)

All Levels

This level is about going at your own pace and having FUN! Beginners are welcome, but if you are more experienced, your instructor can offer advanced routine options!

Intermediate

Intermediate bridges the All Levels & Advanced classes – perfect for SOSer's who would like to step up their dance technique and be pushed! Expect fierce routines, mega hair whips and tones of sass!

Intro Offers

First 3 classes — £30

Valid for 1 month

First 3 workshop — £45

Valid for 3 months

Class Drop ins

Single class — £15

Valid for 3 months

5 Class package — £50

Valid for 6 months

10 Class package — £85

Valid for 12 months

Workshop Drop ins

Single workshop — £20

Valid for 3 months

5 Workshop package — £85

Valid for 6 months

10 Workshop package — £150

Valid for 12 months

Memberships

VIP Membership — £100

  • 4 Workshops @ £10
  • 8 Classes @ £7.50
  • 1 Complimentary Masterclass of choice

VIP Member Benefits

  • A complimentary guest pass on joining
  • SOS Crew T-shirt

AAA Membership — £150

  • Unlimited Workshops
  • Unlimited Classes
  • Unlimited Masterclasses

AAA Member Benefits

  • Two Complimentary guest passes on joining
  • SOS Crew T-shirt

6 Month VIP Membership — £540 (£90 pm)

6 Month AAA Membership — £900 (£150 pm)

Annual VIP Membership — £960 (£80 pm)

  • Complimentary 60 minute 1:1 session with an instructor of your choice

Annual AAA Membership — £1,680 (£140 pm)

  • Complimentary 90 minute 1:1 session with an instructor of your choice

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