Archive for July, 2010

Some pictures I found

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

I stumbled across some more pictures of me performing my act Dancing Upside Down and I thought I would upload them to my blog 🙂sally-getting-into-box.jpgsally-handstanding-again.jpgsally-omg.jpgsally-handstanding.jpg


Saturday, July 24th, 2010

Agghhhh I have no idea why my blog is not understanding paragraphs and spacing, all my post’s look like I am unable to construct a paragrah!

How I became a flexi handstanding performer

Monday, July 19th, 2010

The question a lot of people ask me is how I came to do what I do.  The story….I do not come from a very flexible family, i think they can just about touch their toes but that is it.  I think I may have been a little bit hyperactive as a kid, plus i had wonderful parents who tried me in lots of different activities.

But it was gymnastics that i loved more than anything.  I did artistic gymnastics (vault, bars, beam, floor), and competed for the now extinct Stourdale Gymnastics Club.  As a child I was naturally flexible, it disappeared a lot as i hit my teenage years, but mid teens i began to stretch a few times a week at home, i enjoyed it and it was like a release from a lot of stressful things happening in my life at the time.  On holiday at Club Med one year there was a flying trapeze and i fell in love with the idea of becoming a performer.  I wanted to become an aerialist and after my A-Level exams I wanted to do a circus course in London.  But I went to a secondary school and college (11-18) where everyone became doctors, lawyers, clever academic things… Unfortunately, no-one around me wanted me to become an aerialist and so I had to apply for more ‘academic’ courses at university, I applied for Physiotherapy courses.  My choices of university were based on whether the university had a gymnastics centre or not, I got into Leeds Metropolitan University.


While at university I discovered Sports Acrobatics and I trained and competed as the base/middle of a pair and then trio at the City of Leeds Gymnastics Club.

In my third year of university I began to attend evening sessions at Greentop Circus centre in static trapeze. There were quite a lot of aerialists and not many/any flexi handstanding people there, and I began by performing in non-paid/little paid cabarets as a contortionist/handbalancer.


2004 was a very poignant year for me because I saw my life flash before me a couple of times, and when i made it to 2005 I realised that I had to chase my dreams because I only live once, I had to follow my heart and passion.  I graduated from university with a 2.1 BSc (Hons), but i did not pursue a job in Physiotherapy, instead,  much to the disapproval of my family, I decided I wanted to become a performer.


It was not easy to begin with as I had no money, I had just graduated and had university debts, and I had to spend my savings on my rent and living costs.  For the remainder of my time in Leeds I worked a lot with Urban Angels Circus, before making the decision to move to Bristol where I had began to work on a new duo act.  Since then I have worked as a freelance artist at many events worldwide, and entertained many many people.


I am currently living in London and am performing in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new phantom musical Love Never Dies.  I love my life.  It wasn’t an easy journey to get to where I am today (and life is still throwing challenges at me like life does) but i worked really hard, i ignored the people who said i couldn’t do it, i followed my dreams, and it all became a happy smiley reality 🙂

Me in the 1990’s (i loved that jumper lol):


Food and Diet

Monday, July 12th, 2010

I always get people think I eat really healthily.  

I never ever used to, I used to stuff myself full of processed food and chocolate, i could eat what I liked and remain at 8 stone.  It was luck of the genes and my high metabolism that meant I stayed that weight.  But nowadays I do eat healthily, you fuel your body with what you put into it, and now I am doing a long term contract I am seeing the importance even more of putting the right foods into my body and not stuffing my face.  I don’t deny myself anything I wish to eat but I do try and follow a low GI diet and eat anti-inflammatory foods, and I do remain at 8 stone still.

But saying all of this, my one vice is baking, I LOVE to bake cakes!  When I lived in Bristol I could not bake much as the oven was rubbish and slow and it didn’t cook cakes properly.  But in London I have this absolutely fantastic double oven which cooks properly, and i have been baking, baking, baking !!!!   I love it !!!  Luckily I have fantastic housemates who like to eat the cakes I make, so I don’t eat all of them and end up fat 🙂