Mind Body Moment is run by Janet Drake: a lifelong student reinventing herself as she finds new challenges and inspirations, especially those she can share.
My 1st passion is dance
My Dad, who never took a formal lesson in his life, actively encouraged me to dance and when I started ballet lessons at the age of 8 years old, he was thrilled.
I went to Elmhurst Ballet School from the ages of 11 to 18.
I wanted to have some stage experience before opening up my own dance schools, so on leaving Elmhurst I danced professionally in Germany, Spain and the UK.
Family Life & Private Sector
As a petulant, and slightly larger than I should be, young adult, I took a slight detour from my ambition while family life and working in the private sector took over.
I worked my way up the “career” ladder to become a Project Manager in London gaining an MBA (Master of Business Administration) with the Open University, along the way.
But after 10 years of commuting and 2 redundancies a much-needed review of my life was required.
Becoming self-employed I selected the Health & Nutrition business, which I stuck at for 7 years.
While taking time out to manage the situation with and for my parents, who were both suffering with dementia until their passing, I looked once more at Dance and how I could develop a business.
I was then in my 50’s.
Dance Training Revisited
In 2010 I took up Latin & Ballroom Dancing, and was soon persuaded to take ISTD Medallist exams and enter competitions, which I still do, though the frequency has slowed.
The need for Fitness ...
.... has meant that I have attended many different fitness classes; e.g. Aerobics, Step, Body Pump.... but Yoga and Pilates have featured more heavily than the rest in my daily workouts.