Mojo Moves is a brand created by Rare Species Theatre Company (who have 30 years experience in improvised character comedy) and classes are led by larger-than-life character & trained fitness instructor Cheryl Sprinkler (occasionally joined by her muse Tony DiMonté) complete with neon leotard, legwarmers, perm & oversized specs. She is funny & sassy and radiates so much energy and love that it's hard not to become infected with positivity but not in an overbearing or sickly way. You can rediscover a joy and playfulness that you may not have felt for years as you dance unselfconsciously (through multiple genres in the style of an eager backing dancer) and laugh your way through the sessions.
We believe that any health program should start from the top and that means your mental health is imperative.
It's no good being super fit but completely highly strung, or a perfect 10 but relying on anti-depressants to get through the day.
Mojo Moves is all about getting your mojo back.
Life can throw us stressful, frightening & difficult situations and now more than ever, we need to maintain good mental health, strength and resilience to enable us to cope.
We are here to help.
We work with private & corporate clients, local councils, community groups, charities, schools and health experts to deliver a first class fitness solution for all ages and abilities.
We use powerful positive affirmations and deep breathing to end every session and bring about a feeling of calm and wellbeing.
It is a mid to high energy, empowering class which is guaranteed to work every muscle in your body, combining balance, flexibility, conditioning and cardio in easy to follow dance aerobics routines. Throw in some TV theme tunes for nostalgia, yogic breathing for balance and sing-along lyrics for memory and confidence and you have "simply the best" group exercise class ever and boy do we sweat and burn calories!
Cheryl, the self proclaimed “Queen of literal dance” draws her “dancespiration” from ballet to break dance and will have you busting moves like “The Robot” or 80s classic “The Sprinkler” to an eclectic mix of tunes from 1900 to the present day.
Gone is the repetitive bpm standard playlist and in its place carefully curated music to enhance the feel good mood.
Where else could you dance to The Cure, Dolly Parton, Village People, Roni Size and the theme from Dallas in one go?
With anxiety & depression on the rise amongst all age groups and the popularity of sedentary activities such as gaming or watching TV, Mojo Moves fills the gap between exercise & entertainment and before you know it you've danced for 45 minutes and it's so much fun you'll want to keep doing it!
Reclaim your mojo back from the universe!
With 30 yrs experience, the versatile Rare Species specialise in interactive improvised comedy theatre, inviting the public to play along with their immaculately detailed characters and enjoy the ride. It is made up of real life partners Ginny Adams and Nelly (Neil) Fowler.
In 2018 Rare Species became incorporated as a Community Interest Company (CIC), a decision born of a desire to unite communities through comedy and shared theatrical experiences whilst providing effective health and well-being outcomes.
Mojo Moves was created as an antidote to the Ginny's own low mood (dressing up & performing has always provided relief in the face of adversity) and a need to get fit and create regular performing/teaching work in her home town of Frome in Somerset.
Since June 2018, after studying ETM, Ginny has been running regular weekly classes in Somerset, Banes & Wiltshire.
For Nelly it is a part-time role as he takes on parenting duties for the couple's 5 year old son.
The couple met in 1998 whilst performing with an award winning and Internationally renowned Street Theatre Company.
They have performed all over the world including some obscure destinations such as Kazakhstan, Nigeria & Equador and have been lucky enough to travel to Australia, Japan and China and it was during their time performing at the Shanghai Expo that Rare Species began (Ginny insisted she wanted to appear on the Expo site as a British Panda with Nelly as her Johnny Morris-esque keeper). They had a sign made up in British and Mandarin which said "British Panda - very rare species" and the name stuck.
Panda's aside, the couple have also appeared as the Queen & Prince Charles on Britain's Got Talent (an experience they would rather forget) and are annual contributors to Bath Comedy Festival and The Wine Arts Trail. They also run a highly regarded comedy guided walk of Frome "Frome - The Fecund Coming".
Pre-lockdown, Mojo Moves was a regular fixture at Trinity First School and Critchill School in Frome for children and young adults with additional needs as well as running sessions at Larkrise in Trowbridge.
The company has also worked on a study run by Dr Julie Latchem-Hastings (LEAP-MS) providing short adapted versions of the classes for people living with progressive MS and work regularly with Frome Town Council as part of the school travel challenge - encouraging children and parents to leave the car at home and be more active - the "Make it Happen" conference for young adults, Sportsfest and the Christmas Lights extravaganza.
Since 2018 Mojo Moves has raised over £2000 for local charities and schools as well as providing the warm-up for fundraisers for 365 for WHY and Dorothy House Hospice.