My name is Sarah Abigail Pearson (BA Hons, MA) and I am the founder and director of Pear Projects.
Pear Projects is a small business designed at bringing Mobility, Movement and Fitness to the community. There are several different ways in which I achieve that; via Movement Mobility classes in care homes, as a Power Plate® instructor (for all abilities but specifically post natal women), as an ante and post natal trainer and as a Holistic Core Restore® Ambassador.
I come from a dance background and focus on improving confidence and esteem in any individual client, along with their fitness and health. I danced from a young age with ballet and tap classes, however, it wasn’t until my teens that I really started to pursue it. I joined the hip hop Alter Ego Dance Company back when I was 17 and was offered a place at The University of Chichester for a BA (Hons) Degree in Dance shortly after. During my time at The University of Chichester I excelled in contemporary dance and found myself not only in demand for peers work but also becoming an original member of the Chichester Collective (led by Lila Dance for students who highly achieved). I worked hard and became a member of 3Fall the undergraduate touring company, and was lucky enough to perform works by; Stuart Waters, Lila Dance, Paula Conduit and Cai Tomos.
After completing my undergraduate degree I was lucky enough to be offered a place to complete a Masters Degree in Dance Performance and so I became a member of MAPdance 2009-2010. The postgraduate company toured extensively for 6 months delivering a varied show of contemporary dance. The dance pieces performed were created by Shobana Jeyasingh, Gregory Maqoma, Keira Martin, Colin Poole and Matthias Sperling. MAPdance was a huge opportunity and despite injury I received the principle role in Colin Poole’s Crush. MAPdance was fantastic and I gained masses of performance experience, but I also learnt about the reality behind working in a professional dance company. Sadly my injured knee never fully recovered and I knew before the end of my course that my chances as a pro contemporary dancer were very limited. Meanwhile my thesis researched ideas of power and display within performance and a copy can be found in the library at The University of Chichester (and in my office at home)!
(photos: Marc Burden, Chris Nash, Jenny Burrell)
Whilst completing my thesis for the Masters Degree I started to pop back to my roots in Bedfordshire where I am based. During this time I co-founded and was the co-director of Mergination Projects, a small company compiled of myself and Kiri Fitzgerald, an old school friend. Mergination Projects offered dance and drama workshops for children and teens in the school holidays for over two years before we parted ways to concentrate on our individual businesses. This was a great stepping stone for me while I finished my thesis (and afterwards!) and was the push I needed to start Pear Projects and build it to become what it is today. As soon as my MA degree was completed and I moved home I began providing Movement Mobility classes for the elderly and disabled throughout the Bedfordshire/Hertfordshire area. Something that began as a few care homes in my spare time aimed at getting older adults to move has grown into a fully functioning business! The classes are tailored to the residents of the many homes I get to visit and are aimed towards creating a fun relaxed atmosphere where the participants can work the body at their own pace.
Along the way I have also worked in art administration, having volunteered for Teresa Jones in the Education and Outreach Department at The Grove Theatre (Dunstable) for over a year until Pear Projects consumed all my time. The amazing Frantic Assembly also had me as their Intern during the Autumn of 2011 where I supported Inga Hirst in the Education Department. The time spent working for such a high profile company was invaluable and taught me that I could lead my own business. I was approached by Alter Ego (which now had it’s very own studio over in Welwyn Garden City) and I started to teach a weekly contemporary dance class (release technique) which was great fun. I also babysat the contemporary dance company for several months.
Pear Projects’ latest venture is in the fitness arena – as a Power Plate® instructor, Holistic Core Restore® Coach and trainer for ante natal and post natal women. I worked from the middle of 2012 for Powertone in Mayfair (London) teaching up to four people in group Power Plate® fitness sessions. After a my training at the Power Plate® academy and a few months of teaching at Powertone I wanted to expand my knowledge and so under the tuition of Burrell Education completed my Power Plate® Post Natal Assessment and Exercise Prescription CPD certificate. To support my education and knowledge in this area I also gained my Modern Post Natal Exercise CPD (also through Burrell Education) allowing me to have a full and competent knowledge of post natal exercise on and off the Power Plate®. I now offer this personal and tailor made service at the my boutique studio in Pitstone (Pear Projects Studio) where I can be found working with a wide variety of clients, not just post natal women. It is also here where I can be found training pregnant women. The Tring, Berkhamsted, Leighton Buzzard and Hemel Hempstead is the area I service with the range of Holistic Core Restore® programmes, working to help women with their pelvic floor and core health. I offer the original 6 week course, Express (on the Power Plate®), Bump, Heat and the specific course for healing Diastasis Recti (tummy gap post pregnancy).
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