New classes for the over 50’s coming to Stowmarket

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Alison will be starting a BRAND NEW class at Hillside Community Centre, Stowmarket.

It is ‘BELLYTONE’ for the over 50’s, a gentler style class for the over 50’s using belly dance techniques.

This class is ideal for the more mature lady who wants to tone stomach and back but is daunted by a general fitness class of mixed abilities and age.

Why belly dance?

  • Because it is amazing for toning all the body, especially stomach and spine
  • It is naturally low impact, so safe for joints
  • As an instinctive, feminine dance, belly dance is accessible for all abilities and ages
  • It is a friendly and fun way to get fit


This great new class will begin September 11th 2018


10am – 11am

Hillside Community Centre, Stowmarket, IP14 2BD.


And don’t forget, there is also the successful over 50’s class at Occold Village Hall, IP23 7PL


10am – 11am

All newcomers welcome, first class free!

Belly Bolly Boogie

Bellycise presents…..


A unique night out:  A disco that combines belly dancing, bollywood and western pop music. The evening opens with demonstrations and taster sessions, followed by a good old-fashioned style boogie to a fantastic playlist. The event takes place at:

Bacton Village Hall, nr Stowmarket, Suffolk

Friday 5th May

19.30 – 22.30

£5 entrance

Bring a plate to share and your own alcohol.

Second hand costumes available for sale.

Non- Bellycisers also welcome.


Bellycise Disco

New Venue at Palgrave, nr Diss

Bellycise comes to Palgrave Community Centre with a fabulous class ‘BellyTone/BollyFit @ Upper Rose Lane, Palgrave, Diss IP22 1AP

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Belly Tone/ Bolly Fit is a class which combines the calorie-burning moves of Bollywood dancing with the toning moves of Belly Dancing.

This class takes place on Tuesday evenings during term time, from 8pm – 9pm.

This class is open to beginners and experienced alike. No previous dance experience necessary.

Bellycise at Stowmarket Carnival

Bellycise enjoyed a lovely afternoon at Stowmarket Carnival, on 16th July 2016. They opened the show after the Lord Mayor’s Speech. The first routine was a belly dance routine to a fun and lively Kurdish piece of music, followed by an energetic Bollywood routine to ‘Afreen’ from the film ‘A hundred foot journey’.

Bollywood routine at Stowmarket Carnival 2016

Bollywood routine at Stowmarket Carnival 2016

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Summer Sizzle

Come and join the girls

Come and join the girls


Bellycise will be holding a ‘Summer Sizzle’ workshop on July 16th at Occold Village Hall. It starts at 10am till 11.30 and costs £10.

The routine will be a cheeky Turkish number and is open to all levels: beginners are very welcome. Its all about having a great workout and a great laugh at the same time. There will also be a printed version of the routine for you to take home. Email or facebook me to let me know if you would like to come, or you can phone me on 01379 678176.

See you there!

New Workshop Venue

Bellycise is pleased to announce that in addition to the monthly workshops at Stowmarket there will be a monthly workshop taking place at Occold. The theme of the monthly workshop will be the same for both venues but will hopefully offer a more convenient venue for those living around the Suffolk/Norfolk border, or giving anyone an extra opportunity to make it to a workshop if one date doesn’t suit.

Please note that from April onwards the workshops now cost £10, only the second price increase in 10 years!

Price Change

Dear Bellycisers,

Way behind inflation, I have realised that in order to keep my Bellycise business viable, it is necessary to increase prices by a small amount.

From April 2016 all classes ( except Mick’s gym on a Tuesday in line with MG Fitness pricing ) will be as follows:

Each class will now work out at £6 per class, ie £36 for 6 weeks

Each workshop will now be £10

Each 1-1 session ( private class at my house) will be £15 per hour.* if you can’t make classes or workshops, have a private lesson, at yours and my convenience, in my home in Occold.

That will affect the post Easter terms and the Easter workshop so that:

Mondays @ Stowmarket ( Hillside Community Centre, 7.30 – 8.30)

April  18, 25, May 9, 16, 23   5 weeks     £30

June 6,13,20, 27 July 4,11,18    7 weeks £42

Thursdays @ Occold, both 10am and 7.30 pm

April 14, 21, 28 May 12, 19, 26    6 weeks £36

June 9, 16, 23, 30 July  7, 14, 21  7 £42


Bellycise classes and workshops for 2016

Yippeee! A new year, a new opportunity to get fit and have fun. Bellycise classes are not just about getting fit, it’s about having fun, therefore boosting your immunity and seratonin levels. And it’s a great way to be with lovely, like minded people.

Classes start this term as follows: please check the classes page for full term dates.

Thursday 7th January

OVER 50’s   10am till 11am

Occold Village Hall

Thursday 7th January

BellyTone      7.30pm till 8.30pm

Occold Village Hall

Monday 11th January 

Bellytone/BollyFit           7.30pm till 8.30

Hillside Community Centre

Tuesday 12th January

Bellytone/BollyFit          7.30pm till 8.30

MG Fitness Studio, Shelfhanger







Successful Ways to Fund Raise for Charities

One of the most crucial elements to a successful fund raising event is forward planning and advertising. You could have a great event with lots of interesting things in it but without advertising the event well in advance and making use of all publicity available to you, your event could well be a failure. Free advertising include strategically placed advertising boards and posters, free listings in local papers and radio and via the charities website.

These following fund raising ideas are not original but tried and tested and proven to work:

Sponsored events

Doing a sponsored walk, dance- a- thon, mountain climb, parachute jump… it doesnt matter what you choose, these sponsored events are a great way of getting a guaranteed amount of money before you even do the event. Its also a great way to raise the profile of the charity you are fund raising for, especially if you get some kind of media coverage, and the more in advance you start the more people can be asked to sponsor you.

The main disadvantage of sponsored events is that you are asking friends, family and acquaintances for money so you can only run these sponsored events 2 or 3 times maximum a year.

Car Boot/ Jumble sales

Incredibly popular events even after all this time: who can resist the chance to get rid of clutter in the loft/garage or to pick up a bargain. Income comes through what you charge per pitch and any refreshments you sell, plus having your own pitch selling donated items, cakes etc. If you can get some commercial businesses to have a pitch ie bouncy castle, burger van, local businesses selling their wares you can charge twice as much for a pitch. Also dont leave it to chance that people will book a pitch, actively contact local groups who might want to have a stall, for example local womens groups , gardening clubs, other charities, childrens’ groups.

The main disadvantage of organising a car boot sale is that you may well clash with another similar event as they are so popular, and rainy weather can affect success. In order to avoid these pitfalls make sure your event has a building so people can have table tops indoors aswell and check local papers and listings so you can avoid clashing with other nearby events if possible.

An alternative is to simply have a pitch at a popular car boot event and try and get as many donated items as possible. This is also an opportunity to advertise your charity.


An auction is a more successful version of a raffle. The limitation of a raffle is that you are restricted to the number of people at the event who can buy a ticket so no matter how great the prizes are your potential profit is capped. So instead arrange an auction ( could be as part of another event such as a dinner dance or show) with the best prizes you can get local businesses to donate ( gym pass, free meals, free entry to local attractions, beauty treatments, theatre tickets etc) .

Firstly at the auction make sure alcohol is available! You need people to feel relaxed and generous. You also need a charismatic compere to joke and tease the audience into starting the bidding. Also let people know the value of the gifts and start at a reasonably low price so the audience are aware of a what a bargain they are getting.

Once the first couple of lots have gone I have witnessed the rest of the evening go with a swing and the end result is that those who have won their lots feel doubly pleased both with the lot they have won and the knowledge that the proceeds go to charity. And all the auctions I have witnessed have raised £1000 or more rather than the £100 or so a raffle could raise.

Talent Show

Whatever your group or charity an nice and popular event is a talent show or dance show, which is also a good winter event being indoors.

The best way to make the evening( or matinee) a success is to get as many local dance /theatre/music groups involved as possible. All performance schools and groups need occasions to perform at, and everyone is happy to dance for charity. The schools and groups get to advertise themselves and have a performance platform, all you need do is find a suitable venue. If you can apply for a grant, get a local business to sponsor you or can fund raise the costs of venue, hire/publicity and tickets then all the profit can go directly to your charity.

The reason the show is always a success is that the family and friends of the performers like to come to the show, and if you can persuade children’s groups to get involved the grandparents and other relations love to watch their little relatives shine on stage. So if you can get at least 50 performers involved, each performer has at least 2 or 3 relatives/friends come to see them ( often more) so you already have 100 -150 in the audience already.