Homemade Cocoa, Coconut and Peanut Butter Nakd Bars

Dear Reader,

I discovered a new lovely treat! Find it below:

  • ½ cup dried dates
  • ½ cup almond meal (or almonds)
  • 3 Tbsp sultanas
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1-2 tsp boiling water
  • Peanut butter (small amount)
  • 2 tsp desiccated coconut unsweetened

Method

  1. Combine dry ingredients into a food processor and pulse until a fine consistency and no lumps of dried fruit remain
  2. Add ½ a tsp of boiling water at a time and blitz together
  3. Shape into balls/bars as desired and with each serving add a small amount of peanut butter that acts as a binding agent
  4. Wrap in cling film
  5. Store in an airtight container in the fridge

Upcoming Group Photo Shoots 2022, BOOK NOW!

Fri 15th July, 1-2-1 slots in Edinburgh, SOLD OUT!

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Sun 17th July, 1-2-1 slots in Edinburgh SOLD OUT!

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Remote Shoot 1-2-1’s with Allen Sheffield at PGD Photography Studios Mon 25th July SOLD OUT and Tues 26th July LIMITED SLOTS LEFT

By Allen Sheffield

Mon 25th July SOLD OUT

Tues 26th July LIMITED SLOTS LEFT

https://www.facebook.com/events/295242032797778/?active_tab=discussion

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Workshop with Tabitha Boydell, Sat 6th Aug

DANCE IN THE RUINS LOCATION SHOOT RIVINGTON 6TH AUGUST 2022:

http://www.tabithaboydell.co.uk/dance-in-the-ruins-location-shoot-rivington-6th-august-2022

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Workshop with Martin Newton, 3rd Sept 10am-4pm

By David Shard

A message from Martin:
“Ever wanted to photograph a professional dancer? Do you need High Speed lighting to do this?
Join me at the studio with a professional ballet dancer Erica Mulkern to learn the skills of lighting your subject and how to create amazing images using materials, jumps and twirls. Look for that perfect shot and get the timing just right. Now get creative with some lighting and get those stunning images. Not only will you learn how to light and work with a dancer but you will get some amazing images for your portfolio too. This will be an amazing day!
The day will be held at Hampson Street Studio, Full details will be sent upon booking £95pp for 6 hours.”

https://www.martinnewtonphotographytraining.com/workshops-and-events

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Workshop with Tabitha Boydell, Sat 10th Sept

DANCE IN THE RUINS LOCATION SHOOT RIVINGTON 10TH SEPTEMBER 2022:

http://www.tabithaboydell.co.uk/dance-in-the-ruins-location-shoot-rivington-10th-september-2022

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Dance Duo Shoot, Sat 17th Sept
at Silkwood Studio- West Yorkshire, SOLD OUT!

Image credits: Richard Spurdens, Derwood Pamphilon and John Pridmore

In under 48 hours my first ever self hosted event SOLD OUT! I am so happy to have made many loyal friends over my years in modelling and I can’t wait to have the most magical day with you all.
I am taking names for the waitlist just in case so pop me a message if you would like to be put on the list.
Due to the demand we will be looking to host another day like this at another date in the future 🙂
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1-2-1 Crossroads Studio Day, Sun 18th Sept 2022

Super excited to announce I am returning back to Crossroads Studio on Sun 18th Sept after my last 2 sold out events!

We have slots from 10am-19.15pm at £55 per hour which is all inclusive!

Slots left:

10.00-11.00am

11.00am-12.00pm

14.45-15.45pm

15.45-16.45pm

17.00-18.00pm

18.00-19.00pm

Crossroads is a lovely and versatile studio and Richard Marsden is always on hand to help out with lighting etc.

Contact Richard via 07808 937517 or via email crossrdstudio@yahoo.com

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1-2-1’s at AURA Photographic, Northampton, Fri 30th Sept

By Simon Carter

Following the success of my last tour I am delighted to announce that I am back at AURA in Northampton between Fri 30th Sept-Sun 2nd Oct
I am also putting feelers out if there to see if anyone wanted to shoot on Thurs 29th Sept and/or Mon 3rd Oct (morning) anywhere close to Birmingham, Nottingham, Leicester or Coventry (as I am passing through these places on the way down/up).

You can already book Fri 30th Sept 1-2-1 slots at AURA Photographic via this link:

https://auraphotographic.as.me/Ericafriday?fbclid=IwAR1lPhKsx86wlJRApOiGsa-0IWoaTyi4jLj1GnwllRKJB3LATCLm0oqNkPA

Fri 30th Sept:
10-12
12.15-2.15 SOLD
2.45-4.45
5-7

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Event at Prestwold Hall, Tues 11th Oct

After our sold out event in Sept another event has been added on Tues 11th Oct!

This is an amazing opportunity to shoot at Prestwold Hall and to work with a great line-up of very different models.

Please contact Allen directly via: https://www.facebook.com/allen.sheffield.50

You can see the amazing venue here:

https://www.prestwold-hall.com/

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1-2-1’s at Inspire Studios Ltd,
Fri 28th- Sun 30th Oct

By Janine F

Very excited to announce my 3 day tour to Inspire Studios Ltd (Salisbury) in Oct!

Friday 28th, Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th October

Only £130 for 2 hours

“All levels of photographers are welcome, from beginners to professionals, we will be on hand to help with anything you need including lighting and camera settings.

The studio has ample parking and close to the train station we also have free flowing tea and coffee.”

Please book through the studio for any of the following slots which are currently available:

Friday:

5-7

Sunday:

5-7

Part payment required to secure your slot.

Telephone: 01722321444 or email: contact@inspire-studios-ltd.com

https://www.inspire-studios-ltd.com/

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Group shoot with Ross McKelvey at Catchlight Studios, Belfast Sat 12th-Sun 13th Nov

By Ross McKelvey

Due to the success of my last visit to Belfast we have booked in my next visit in Autumn 2022

Please contact Ross directly for more information: https://purpleport.com/portfolio/rossomck/

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1-2-1’s at The Boardroom Derby,
Sun 20th- Mon 21st Nov

Delighted to announce I am down in Derby at the incredible studio ‘The Boardroom’ for 1-2-1 photo sessions on Sun 20th and Mon 21st Nov

Slots remaining:

Sun 20th:

5-6

6-7

Mon 21st:

10-11

11-12

12.15-1.15

1.15-2.15

2.45-3.45

3.45-4.45

5-6

6-7

Please message The Boardroom directly to book: https://purpleport.com/portfolio/phly/

UPCOMING OPEN CLASSES AND EVENTS 2022

ADULT BALLET CLASS, EVERY TUESDAY AT ABINITIO SCHOOL OF DANCE

Image by Derwood Pamphilon

Are you an adult dancer that wishes for more Ballet training and classes? Well we have a brand new class for you at Abinitio School of Dance in Brighouse, West Yorkshire!

Weekly classes on Tuesday 1.30-2.30pm. All welcome, you do not need to be a regular member at Abinitio or have prior experience, this is an open session.

Telephone: 07970 796583

INT/ADV CONTEMPORARY CLASS, EVERY TUESDAY AT ABINITIO SCHOOL OF DANCE

We have decided to open up our Int/Adv Contemporary Class at Abinitio School of Dance in Brighouse, West Yorkshire!

Weekly classes on Tuesday 4-5pm. All welcome, you do not need to be a regular member at Abinitio, this is an open session.

Age 12-18

Telephone: 07970 796583

JUNIOR CONTEMPORARY CLASS, EVERY TUESDAY AT ABINITIO SCHOOL OF DANCE

Image by Richard Spurdens

Do you have a budding contemporary dancer? Well we have a brand new class for you at Abinitio School of Dance in Brighouse, West Yorkshire!

Weekly classes on Tuesday 5-6pm. All welcome, you do not need to be a regular member at Abinitio, this is an open session.

Age 7-11

Telephone: 07970 796583


3 PRE-RECORDED CLASSES WITH LIFETIME ACCESS

You asked and I delivered! 3 pre-recorded classes (2 stretch & 1 body conditioning).

1 stretch focused on splits, oversplits, hip flexibility and box splits. 1 stretch focused on hamstring, Ballet and back flexibility. 1 body conditioning class that is a full body workout with no equipment needed.

You can get all 3 classes with LIFETIME access at £12 (£4 each) or if you want just one class out of the bundle it is £5 for an individual class (still with lifetime access).

50% of the proceeds are going towards South Yorkshire Eating Disorders Association and the other 50% is being put towards match funding/studio hire for my new solo work ‘Suzy Homemaker’.

For further information please text/email 07504633211 ericamulkern1414@gmail.com
https://www.syeda.org.uk/

Ballet and Contemporary Classes at Adele Taylor School of Dance, Huddersfield.


If you would like more information please contact Adele Taylor on 07970051163

Cover image by Derwood Pamphilon

SLOTS AVAILABLE FOR PRIVATE TUITION 2022

Hello all! I have some slots available for private tuition in ballet, contemporary and lyrical styles. I am based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire but I have my own transport so can come to you easily. I have good connections to studios in Huddersfield and Brighouse but I am also happy to do home visits (if you have enough space of course!)

There is no limit on age or ability, you just need to have a passion for dance!
Please call/text 07504633211 or E-Mail ericamulkern1414@gmail.com with any enquiries you may have.
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Cover image by Simon Walker

‘Weaving the Future’ at Saltaire Festival

https://saltairefestival.co.uk/weaving-the-future-landmark-exhibition-at-salts-mill/
Very excited to be a part of this! Check out the link for more information 😊
13th-22nd Sept 11am-4pm
Every Saturday and Sunday 11am-4pm until 20th October
An exhibition of photography and film by Tim Smith & Chris Squire with performance by Balbir Singh Dance Company & Gradient Dance Company.

“Weaving the Future is a stunning new exhibition commissioned by the 2019 Saltaire Festival. It combines photography, film and performance to explore how the innovative spirit that once powered the textile industry is alive and well, as textile technologies are transformed for the 21st century. It will be staged at the iconic Salts Mill as the flagship arts event of the annual festival, now in its 17th year.”

A Short Journey Into Folded Space Performance 2019

A Short Journey Into Folded Space
Link to the full piece: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQoJc3x6oRI
The Team:
Concept, Direction & Production: Studio Biscoe
Choreographer & Co-Producer: Jana Bitterova
Co-Producer: Benjamin Goodway
Original Music Composition: Anthony Fiumara
Dancers: Maitane Sarralde Ussia, Bruno Ramri, Laia Mora, Erica Mulkern, Paula Carmona Jimenez and Margherita Bergamo
Visual Art, Scenography & Technology: Studio Biscoe
Lighting: Matthew Tyler 
Barcelona Network Support: Maria Isabel Gandia Carriedo
Barcelona Audio Visual Support: Pedro Lorente Adamuz, Fco Javier Iglesias and Gracia Alicia de Manuel Lozano.
Birmingham Network Support: Anthony Ryan
Birmingham Audio Visual Support: ICC
Recording Musicians: AMPA Saxophone Ensemble
Conductor: Andreas van Zoelen
Supported by: Jisc; Consorci de Serveis Universitaris de Catalunya (CSUC); Barcelona Musuem of Contemporary Art (MACBA); Fundación Epica, Badalona; Academy of Music and Performing Arts (AMPA), Tilburg; Associação Desportiva e Cultural da Raposeira.

Upcoming Performances 2019

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!

So excited to say that my solo ‘Les Noces’ inspired by Preljocaj will be revived and performed at Transcend Collective Platform on Saturday 19th October in Hebden Bridge. This solo will always have a special place in my heart and the issues of forced underage marriages is an issue I will passionately fight against for the rest of my life. ALSO this is my first time EVER performing as a solo artist not under a company name or choreographer. I am sure I will learn a lot from this experience.

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I am honoured to be performing in tribute shows to the Olympic Champion and skating legend John Curry.

“The Creative Spirit of John Curry”. Booking information:
for Billingham shows 16/17th August:
01642 551381 (Forum Ice Arena), 01642 553220 (Festival Office)
http://www.billinghamfestival.co.uk/store (book online)

For Sheffield Ice Show on Tuesday, 20th August at 7.30 pm
Tickets: http://www.sivtickets.com
Box office tel no. 0114 223 3777

(With Balbir Singh Dance Company, Mark Hanretty, Yebin Mok, Abirami Eswar, Erica Mulkern, Eliot Smith Dance, Kali Chandrasegaram, Jenny & Ricardo Oria and Ninka Ulanova)
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/dance-festival-to-pay-tribute-to-iceskating-star-john-curry-38295090.html

Successful Funding News!

Delighted to announce that I have received funding to create ‘Swan Lake’ the Equine Ballet! This will be performed at Liverpool International Horse Show 2020 every night between 28th-31st December.
Thank you to the team at LIHS for this opportunity and to Theraplate UK for introducing me to the wonderful world of horses and for allowing me to be a part of your athlete family.

This piece will be a trio between myself and a beautiful dressage horse and rider. The rider and horse will be the White Swan, the graceful Odette and I will portray the Black Swan, the evil Odile.

Updates and more news to come soon!

https://theraplate.com/

Image by Shadows and Light

Healthy GF Chocolate Brownies

Dear Reader,

So yesterday I stumbled across this recipe from Jamie Oliver for vegan brownies and they looked so yummy! I changed the recipe quite a lot (making it GF and substituting other ingredients) as an experiment and it tasted beautiful!

Here is the link to Jamie’s recipe: https://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/chocolate-recipes/vegan-chocolate-brownies/

But read below for my modified version:

Ingredients:

5 tbsp Olive Oil

200g Dark Chocolate (I recommend chocolate with 70% cocoa mass)

170g GF Self Raising Flour

3 heaped tsp Cocoa (100% cocoa mass)

180g Coconut Sugar

Pinch of Salt

1 tbsp Vanilla Essence

230ml Milk

 

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven 180 degrees Celsius and grease or line a square baking tin (20cm approx.)
  2. Melt 150g of the chocolate and set aside to cool.
  3. In the meantime, sieve the flour and cocoa in a mixing bowl.
  4. Stir in the sugar and salt.
  5. Add the vanilla essence, oil, milk, and melted chocolate and mix together.
  6. Roughly chop the remaining chocolate and add to the mixture.
  7. Pour the mixture into the tin and spread evenly.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes or until the outside of the brownies are cooked and the middle is gooey.
  9. Take the brownies out and put onto a wiring rack to cool.
  10. Cut and enjoy!

 

There you have it! Even though mine turned out a bit cracked (due to not letting them cool enough before taking them out of the tin) they were still delicious! I hope you have more patience than me and allow yours to cool!

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Please let me know if you like my GF healthy brownie recipe, you can comment below or email me on ericamulkern1414@gmail.com

Cover image source: http://www.justcooking.ie/images/classes/25.jpg

 

 

 

Small Achievement and Smoothie Recipe!

Dear Reader,
Hello! It has been a while since my last blog post, but now that I am settled back in England and my MA is behind me, I have a lot more time on my hands!
Recently I have been attending yoga lessons at Yoga Dave in Rokt Brighouse: http://yogadave.uk/
Dave teaches Ashtanga yoga which is the form of yoga I most enjoy. I find Dave’s classes calming and challenging.

A small personal achievement: Even though I am very flexible I struggle to ‘fold over’ flat when in these positions:

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I can go flat to my leg when I have only one of them out and the other leg is tucked in, but not with both outstretched in front of me. This is something that has frustrated me hugely throughout my life as a dancer and to try and get this flat fold I would distort my back, hunch over, grab my feet as hard as possible, ANYTHING to get flat…
In my yoga class yesterday we were in the position demonstrated in image 1 for around 3 minutes; we did a variety of footholds with breathing exercises. Instead of focusing on getting flat I focused on the breath (for once)!
Guess what happened… my forehead knocked against my knees, I WAS FLAT! Obviously my body dipped in and out of this position due to it not being used to it and I didn’t push, I just focused on breathing and relaxing and enjoying the moments when I felt my forehead knock against my knees just as much as the pleasure of feeling my back stretch.
Moral of the story: it’s time to stop focusing on the ‘position’ and ‘perfection’, I feel much better and calmer when I focus on the breath.

I just wanted to share this little achievement and I would be very interested to hear your personal small achievements in your life (don’t need to be sport related)!
I made a weird but yummy smoothie yesterday and since my cake recipe went down so well (which I will link at the end) I thought it would be good to branch out and try some healthy and weird smoothies. Let me know your thoughts, this won’t be to everyone’s tastes but give it a go!
Ingredients:
Handful of blueberries
Stick of celery
1 pink lady apple
Chunk of fresh ginger
Apple juice (fill your container generously so that the smoothie won’t be too thick)
Tablespoon of honey

Method:
1) Prepare all fruit and veg by washing, chopping, peeling etc
2) Put all ingredients in your blender/smoothie machine
3) BLEND
4) Enjoy!

Thank you all for reading, you can always email me on ericamulkern1414@gmail.com if you have any questions or comments and let me know if you tried the smoothie!

Link to my cake recipe:

https://ericamulkern.wordpress.com/2017/12/12/healthy-gf-df-dark-chocolate-orange-loaf/