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This weekend I will be taking on the massive challenge of the London Marathon. There’s no denying it, it’s going to happen. I am going to have to run 26+ miles and I am strangely looking forward to it. I decided to enter the marathon after losing my father to cancer last year. He was a big and strong man, who was very tough and resilient. But it all changed when he got cancer – it completely destroyed him, both mentally and physically. Seeing what he went through, it

My Dad was a big, strong guy. A tough and resilient guy. But that all changed when he got cancer. Knowing and watching what he went through when he was fighting this devastating disease, it became unimaginable to me that children also have to go through the same pain and anguish. Cancer completely destroyed my Dad mentally and physically. To see a child, suffer in the same way was completely incomprehensible, so I have decided: “if I could run a few miles to help ease a child's suffering then

It’s August, which means Studio17 is a year old. A year old! We cannot believe it. In a blink of an eye, the Studio has been open for 12 whole months and it’s been a rollercoaster ride (one which we enjoy, we should add). Sure, there have been some challenges along the way but what new business doesn’t? Most of you know the origin story of Studio17 but to recap, the inspiration to open a dance studio in Southampton’s city centre came after I saw some of the facilities my

Studio17 is delighted to announce that it has become a licensed venue for Les Mills classes. From September BodyAttack, BodyCombatt, BodyBalance and Les Mills Barre will take place at the Southampton studio. Les Mills is one of the leading fitness brands in the UK allowing thousands of people up and down the country to achieve their fitness goals. Paul McManus, co-owner of Studio17, said: “We are delighted to be able to bring these classes to the people of Southampton and offer them a great place to train. We are about

Having watched Eva dance in various competitions and events over the years, the importance of what surface she is moving on is not lost on me. We’ve seen various dancers – young and older – injure themselves over the years and not be able to practice and compete, which can be incredibly sad and frustrating for people who love to dance.  Now, while no movement activity like dancing, is without risk, the fact that the type of surface you are on can help reduce the risks – or sadly,

It was great to see Starz Ballet recently receive such prominent exposure in the Daily Mail article. The children all looked to be enjoying the class, as do all of the people that come through the doors at Studio17. And it got us thinking about the benefits that dance gives to people. Here are just some of the benefits that we see dancing giving to, not just children, but anyone of any age. Friendship You meet, and you dance. Everyone is there to do the same thing. There’s no judgement. Friendships are

We are delighted to be featured in the Daily Mail alongside our amazing friends at Starz Ballet. Starz Ballet is a Hampshire-based children’s ballet group who have been using the Studio for about five months. We are thrilled to welcome them to the Studio every Saturday morning where ballet and tap classes run for children aged 6 months to 7 years old. Starz is just one of the varying dance groups that use the space on a regular basis. For more information about Starz Ballet visit their website and for details

If you said to me, this time last year, that at the beginning of 2018, I along with my business partner would have built and opened a state-of-the-art dance studio in the centre of Southampton, I would have laughed and told you to pull the other leg. But here we are. We opened Studio17 in August after nearly four months of building work and we haven’t looked back. To say it has been easy would be the biggest lie since we were told the earth was flat. 2017 has been

Eva McManus is one of the daughters that inspired the creation of Studio17. She tells us why she loves dancing and how proud she is of Studio17. Q. When did you start dancing and what sort of dancing do you do? I started dancing when I was four years old and I currently do ballet, tap and modern. My favourite is modern because it allows me to express myself fully. I feel a sense of freedom when I dance, its an opportunity to express myself, if I have had