Busy busy!

So as promised last week I wanted to talk about the fun I had speaking for International Women’s day.  I spoke at two events, the first in Sheffield and then a few hours later over in Manchester, where of course I always love going back to.  It was quite nerve racking to stand up in front of hundreds of people and just tell my life story, but being around such amazing and inspirational women made my nerves fall away and I had a fantastic time.  One of the other speakers was Katie Piper, who’s courage and positivity never ceases to amaze me, I hope that all involved had a great day.

I finally managed to have a few days out of london with my family which always revitealises me – even if I do spend most of the time doing phone interviews and answering emails ( it NEVER stops! ).  I also managed to catch up withe two very dear friends, Louanne who came all the way over from Las Vegas has assisted me on shows all over the world including Germany, New York and Las Vegas, and a mutual friend of ours Julian who is now a big deal in the world of 3D films! We sat over tea and cakes just catching up on love and life and it was a blissful afternoon.

I had a great few days working on my fashion line for Marisota  http://bit.ly/g5UW8P making the final fittings to the pieces I’ve designed and then a full on shoot with the brilliant photographer Grant Sainsbury for my current collection. Of course with Alana doing my makeup I felt fabulous as always, everyone should have a daughter who’s a makeup artist! She swears by the Armani foundations for my skin. They’re not cheap, but a little goes a long way so I think a great product to invest in.

Now, watch out for my fashion jewellery collection on QVC on the 30th of March at 3pm, but you can also buy them anytime online as well  http://bit.ly/htme9Q

On Sunday it was back in dance mode as off I went to the MOVE IT dance festival to do a signing, there are two new books out soon in the Alana Dancing Star Series Stage Sensation  and Twilight Tango – you can pre-order them at a discounted earlybird price on a few sites already including Amazon http://amzn.to/gmNmSC. I’ve got some more Book events, coming up in the next few months, these are the confirmed ones so far, where there will be some great dance performances as well as my readings and signings too, and I always love seeing and meeting everyone so make sure you come along!
Cambridge Wordfest  –  17th April  – http://bit.ly/fu5TZn Shrewsbury Festival – 1st May  –  http://bit.ly/eKGchR  Salisbury Festival – 1st June  –  http://bit.ly/ereTX3 Edinburgh Festival – 15th August – more info to follow!

Talking of books, Well done to Danny Foley who won my second twitter competition for a set of my first 4 books and personalised signed photo -but don’t despair, there’s another chance coming up soon, and there’s also another chance to win with The Stage http://bit.ly/hojIyK so check it out…

What’s everyone up to for Comic Relief? Are you doing something funny for money? Apart from my little cameo in Let’s Dance with the adorable Ed Byrne, I’m taking part in Twit Relief –  you can bid here: http://bit.ly/fWlTDS for a Tangotastic Dance bundle, where 100% of the sale goes to Comic Relief. 

It’s not long now till So You Think You Can Dance is back on BBC1 and I can’t wait to start! There’s time to put your name in the hat to get some audience tickets –  apply here : http://bbc.in/dVrZDn and come down and watch the show live where not only do you get to see the dancers and the judges, but we’ve got some amazing celebrity performances lined up as well so it’s going to be an exciting couple of months and well worth coming along for!

And finally as I rather enjoyed leaving you all with a teaser last week, I’m working on a new project so coming up with lots of steps and routines, but I can’t tell you what yet…

Until then…
Love to all!
Ax

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