I just went to a workshop with Paivi this morning. She doesn't teach regularly any more - the only reason I'd heard of her is that whenever I see a dancer I admire, I always ask her where she has studied - and Paivi's name has come up several times.

So when I heard she was doing a rare workshop, I thought it was worth a try - even if the subject was "back to basics", which you'd think would be a bit below my level.

I'm so glad I went! It was a complete revelation. Her approach to technique is totally different to all the other teachers I've been to - and I must say, it makes a lot more sense. My mid-section and back have never been worked so hard. I'm going to be sore tomorrow!