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Bramley Mermaids Club

We started the first class of our Mermaid excercise course on Monday night at Bramley Baths, We had a lovely and very enthusiastic group of ladies attend, some new and some who had been to our taster classes last summer. We started off with a bit of ‘Bunny Breaststroke’ to the sounds of the Andrews Sisters to warm up then went on to learning skulling and the dreaded ‘Egg beater’! (a treading water technique used by Synchronised Swimmers). Everyone picked up the moves at such a fast pace that by the end of the session we had put together a routine involving Flamingos and Swans (our own interpretations of course 🙂

It was a really great session and we were so impressed with the groups skills we will have to get some harder moves together for next week to keep them on (or off) their toes! It was also nice to have a chill and a chat in the Steam Room at the Baths after! Well we did deserve it!! Looking forward to next week!!

 

Happy Christmas from the Mermaids!

Dear Friends,
Just a quick message to wish you a fantasic Christmas and a splashing new year from all at Yorkshire Life Aquatic!

It has been an amazing year for us with residencies at Barnsley Civic and the West Yorkshire Playhouse.
We also performed at Beacons Festival and held Mermaid Gala events at Barnsley Civic and Bramley Baths where we also ran Mermaid classes.

We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has supported our work over the last year and we are really looking forward to what 2014 has in store for the mermaids.

If you have not yet been able to see our shows the performances at Barnsley & Bramley will be available to watch online in the new year along with our brand new website!

Also if you are feeling particually energetic on New Years day at Bramley Baths is the Big Dip from 12-2pm details on the Bramley Website http://bramleybaths.com/christmas-opening-hours/ We will be going along for a swim so feel free to come and have a chat!

Hope you all have a fabulous Christmas and new year. You will be seeing lots more of the Mermaids in 2014. Please feel free to drop us a line if you want to find out more.

Best wishes & splashes!
Lucy & Zoe
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Bramley Baths

More good news from the Yorkshire Life Aquatic camp! We are very pleased to announce that Bramley Baths have come on board as a partner on our ‘Million Dollar Mermaids’ project. Bramley Baths is a beautiful bathhouse and we are really excited to have the opportunity to work with them. BramleyBaths

We will be collaborating on a vintage mermaid themed event at the pool in September following our residency at The Civic, Barnsley so watch this space!

Follow them on Twitter @bramleybaths

Friends of Bramley Baths

 

Welcome aboard to our new Merman and Composer!

Jamie Fletcher is a Director, Performer and Jamie FletcherMusician based in Leeds.

He studied drama and music at Manchester Metropolitan University and popular music, performance and composition at Leeds College of Music.

Theatre & Performance:

For 6 years Jamie was apart Pointed Arrow Performance’s Artistic Direction team and collaborated and created a number of performance projects for non-theatre spaces including The Snow Queen, Leeds Pageant, Leonard’s Bones, The Crossing, The Yorkshire On-Land Boating Club and Heave. In 2008 Jamie joined forces with Dick Bonham as Sometimes We PLaY creating multi-disciplinary performances and sound installations for both theatre and public spaces. Alongside this work Jamie has collaborated and performed with a range of other artists and companies including Ellie Harrison, Kings of England and White Rabbit Theatre Company. Jamie has received support, residencies and commissions from some of the UK’s most innovative arts centres to create new performance works including The Arches (Glasgow), Greenroom and hAb (Manchester) and BAC, Battersea Arts Centre (London). He is currently working on a series of contemporary dance films entitled The Dancing Bear Trilogy.

Music:

Jamie is a talented singer and multi-instrumentalist. He has performed as a session musician on the hit television programme ‘Stars in their Eyes’ and has toured with different bands throughout Europe. Jamie has worked as a sound designer and composed music for others including artists, bands, theatre and dance companies, websites and film.

 Teaching, Education & Artist Development:

Jamie has extensive experience teaching and leading music and drama workshops with young people, community groups and emerging artists. Previous organisations he has worked with include First Floor at West Yorkshire Playhouse, The Carriageworks Theatre, Harrogate Youth Theatre, DARTS (Doncaster Community Arts), C&T Theatre Company, Manchester Metropolitan University, Leeds University, Leeds General Infirmary’s Hospital & Home Teaching Service, Wakefield Cathedral Education Centre and The Refugee Council. Jamie is the Musical Director of The City Varieties Youth Theatre Company.