Naomi gains her Level 2 DFQ while at the University of East London

We’re always interested in blog posts about fitness journeys and particularly enjoyed this blog by Naomi, our Instructor Support Officer.

“My dancing life began at the age of four when I went to a local performing arts school and continued throughout my childhood. As I got older, I decided that dance/performance was the career path I wanted to go down, so I achieved both a Diploma and a Degree in Dance.

Growing up, I always enjoyed fitness and physical activity, taking part in gymnastics, swimming, netball, badminton, and Zumba classes. Group exercise was something I really enjoyed participating in and knew it would be something that I could deliver in the future.

Whilst studying at the University of East London, an opportunity arose to complete the Level 2 Dance Fitness Qualification delivered by EMD UK on campus. This was the perfect opportunity as I had just finished university for the summer break, and was working in a gym at the time, so I already had a guaranteed place to teach once qualified.

The course was so enjoyable, and I had a brilliant tutor delivering the sessions, which made it really interesting and engaging. The four weeks online learning prior to the course start was very useful because I felt that it prepared me well, especially for the anatomy and physiology module.

My planned fitness sessions were to Soca (‘soul of calypso’) music, incorporating Caribbean and African dance styles with the fitness principles learned on course. After completing a mock assessment and receiving feedback from the tutor, I made improvements to my sessions and had great fun delivering it for my summative assessment.

Overall, I had a great experience doing the Dance Fitness Qualification at UEL and would recommend it to anyone who wants to merge their passion of fitness and dance together.

A few tips I would give to those booking onto the course:

  • Be prepared – it is important that you can organise yourself prior to the course to ensure that you have the best experience. If you have a busy lifestyle, resources are available to help you work the study time around your life.
  • Your style – come with a strong idea of what dance style you want to incorporate into your course journey.
  • Revision- when preparing for your theory exam, it is a good idea to talk out loud or speak to someone about the content so that it really sinks in.
  • Practical assessment- do not over think it! If you can invite participants for the assessment, bring some friends along. Seeing familiar faces will ease the nerves.
  • HAVE FUN!”

Thanks, Naomi, and we’re delighted to hear how much you enjoyed the course.

All our courses can be delivered as a bespoke option, tailor-made for your organisation.   For more information, email and you might hear from Naomi herself!