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Review: Confessions of an Aerobics Instructor

We were invited along to witness the fitness in a cardio comedy cabaret, which aims to expose group fitness class instructors (which lets face it, we generally put up on pedestals) as …. dare we say it, ‘real people’ with ‘real flaws and weaknesses’ – through a series of confessions made by the star of the show, Joy (aka Joana Simmons).

If you are a couch potato of the worst kind, Joy is the aerobics instructor of your nightmares.

Joana has incredibly high energy, she’s bright, sparkly and intense to the point that, at first, you are unable to look directly at her as the show kicks off. It’s not until a few minutes into the piece that you settle back into your chair and relax.

Just quietly, she’s an excellent motivator….

The beautiful part about this show is that Joana legitimately is an aerobics instructor, having started teaching classes when she was 17. This combined with her comedy background made for a pretty interesting combination cabaret, in a mix and genre we’d never seen before, sometimes dirty, sometimes sweet, but funny the whole way through.

The highlights for us, were a beautiful, acoustic guitar serenade from Joy to her ex-aerobics partner Judy, now ‘Aqua Judy’, sung from atop a fit ball, and a pretty sexy recollection of that time Joy was on a date and accidently ate a spoonful of sticky date pudding – sparking off a raunchy routine of hard-core sugar binge to Def Leppard’s ‘Pour Some Sugar on Me’.

Get along and check this show out as it’s running for a limited time only, at the awesome  timeslot of 7.00pm at the Butterfly Club.

Where: The Butterfly Club, 5 Carson Place (off Little Collins Street)
When: 7.00pm until Sunday 13 November
More Information or Tickets: Check out their website.