Pineapple Dance Studios London Lifestyle Awards 2015 – Runner Up!

Pineapple Dance Studios London Lifestyle Awards 2015

Pineapple Dance Studios won big at the 2015 London Lifestyle Awards held at the Hilton Park Lane hotel.

Teachers and staff turned out in style to the 2015 London Lifestyle Awards (LLA) ceremony to see Pineapple Dance Studios scoop the London Fitness Facility of the Year 2015 runner up prize!


Pineapple was chosen from a list of nearly thirty shortlisted venues in the capital, and Pineapple founder Debbie Moore received the award at the glittering ceremony.

The LLA is voted by members of the public and we are grateful to everyone who supported us in this category!

The LLA is a highlight of our year, and we’re already looking forward to 2016!

Julian Fellowes sculpted by Royal Sculptor Frances Segelman

Julian Fellowes and Debbie Moore

Debbie Moore attends a VIP charity event at the London Film Museum in aid of the Stroke Association.

Sculptor to HM The Queen, London based Frances Segelman sculpts Julian Fellowes on 29 September 2015.

Debbie Moore and Frances Segelman

Frances Segelman is known for her unique ability to magically capture life-like renditions of her sitters. She commented, “Julian Fellowes has such an interesting face to sculpt, I am delighted to create a bust of the man who comes up with all those tantalising Downton Abbey storylines.”

An established sculptor of personalities from the world of entertainment, politics and sport, Frances Segelman works closely with the Stroke Association. in her role as a Life after Stroke Awards Creative Judge and founder of the Jack Petchey Back to Work Fund.

rances Segelman and sculpture

Debbie Moore recently sponsored a Haka workshop at Pineapple Dance Studios in aid of the Stroke Association.

In June 2015, at The Life After Stroke Awards Ceremony, Debbie presented the award for Professional Excellence to Margaret Mitchell MBE, a Community Nurse and Stroke Liaison Team Leader at Tayside Hospital in Dundee.

Debbie Moore supports Stroke Association #HakaPose

Debbie Moore  supports Stroke Association

Debbie Moore recently took part in a series of events at Pineapple to support the Stroke Association.

Over half of stroke survivors have a disability and a third rely on others for help, making it the biggest cause of complex disability in the UK.

During the Rugby World Cup the Stroke Association is running a Haka Pose campaign.

Everyone can show their support for stroke survivors by sharing their own Haka Pose on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Haka is used in Maori cultures to build energy and confidence. It also teaches communication through body posture, poses and facial expressions.

The Stroke Association hosted a workshop at Pineapple Dance Studios to teach the Haka to stroke survivors, their friends, family members and health professionals, and our staff joined in too.

See how they got on at the Haka Workshop and you can watch their final Haka Performance too.

Visit the Stroke Association website for more details:

Debbie Moore at the Debenhams Foundation Ball 2015

Debbie Moore and John Rocha CBE

Debbie Moore attended the Debenhams Foundation Ball 2015 on 23 September 2015.

The glittering event was held at Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane. The Debenhams Foundation is a charity in its own right; that supports three nominated charities; Help for Heroes, BBC Children in Need and Breast Cancer Now. Since launch in 2012 the foundation has raised over £2million.

Debbie Moore nad Ben de Lisii

Enterntainment on the night included Pineapple friends, singer and TV presenter Olly Murs and Strictly Come Dancers dancers Otile Mabuse, Gleb Savchenko, Tristan MacManus and Kristina Rihanoff.

Debbie Moore and Henry Holland

Debbie caught up with Designers at Debenhams Ben de Lisi, Henry Holland, and John Rocha CBE.

Debbie Moore and Anna Kennedy film at Pineapple

Jack, Debbie Moore and Anna Kennedy

Debbie Moore OBE joined Anna Kennedy OBE for a Sunday of filming at Pineapple Dance Studios.

The star of the day, and the subject of the filming, was Jack, a talented young performer.

Jack has just started his scholarship at Pineapple Performing Arts, presented to him by school principal Maggie Paterson.

Jack, Debbie Moore and Anna Kennedy

Anna Kennedy posted on Instagram following the filming session:

Debbie Moore founder of @pineappledancestudios was filming today with Channel 4 talking about @pineapplearts and how proud she is of working alongside of our charity. She was chatting to Jack and I.A inspirational and lovely lady 🙂 #autismawareness

The show, to air on Channel 4, will follow Jack’s adventures and document his experiences as a person with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Click here for more information about ASD on the Anna Kennedy Online website.

Life After Stroke Awards – Cheyenne McLaughlin looks back at last year’s experience

Life After Stroke Awards - Cheyenne McLaughlin

Cheyenne McLaughlin was the winner of the Carer’s Award at the 2014 Life After Stroke Awards.

Thirteen-year-old Cheyenne’s little sister Caitlin had a stroke before she was born. As a result of her stroke Caitlin developed extensive brain damage. Cheyenne has taken a very special role in Caitlin’s life, by becoming her eyes, her voice and her carer.

In a guest blog for the Stroke Association, Cheyenne talks about what she has been up to since picking up her award last year, including a special visit to Pineapple Dance Studios.

“After that we went to a dance room where I was taught an 11 step routine. I picked up on it quite fast!”

Click here to read Cheyenne’s blog on the Stroke Association blog.

Ballroom, Latin and Wedding with Alexandra

Alex’s approach to private classes is two fold, with teaching falling into two categories.

Social Ballroom – dancing for fun, i.e. special events, gifts, birthdays, weddings, social functions, etc.

Ballroom: Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep, and Tango.
Latin: Cha Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, and Paso Doble.
Wedding manuals available.
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Debbie Moore joins IDTC Faculty line-up for 2015

Debbie Moore was an invited guest speaker at the annual IDTC (International Dance Teacher Conference) at Kings College, University of London.

The weeklong events around the conference included a visit by delegates to Pineapple in Covent Garden, workshops, talks and networking events.