Liverpool Physie Club lead community in ‘empowering girls for life’

On Saturday Members of Liverpool Physie Club will be marching for their motto - ‘empowering girls for life’.

The local club will be representing the community with 31 performers set to participate in a nationwide performance, The BJP 125 Year Spectacular. 

To celebrate 125 years since physie was first introduced to Australia the event will be held on June 24 at the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney .  

Physical Culture is a sport that fuses dance and exercise to promote self confidence and a healthy lifestyle for woman at all ages.            

Jackie Rawlings, Managing Director of Physical Culture said physie can help young women to fight common social pressures.

“Physie aims to empower girls and we do that in a number of ways. We prioritise the development of self-esteem in our students. We teach them to have a positive relationship with their bodies and help students blossom with confidence and self-assurance,” Jackie said.

“The reason we think physie has withstood the test of the time is the supportive and nurturing community and the fact that generations of women can participate and compete together.”

Owner and head teacher of Liverpool Physie club Robyn Phillips opened her class doors in 1977 and is still doing physie at 64-years-old.

She said the 125 year spectacular may help to show people how physie can help portray history and the positive results achieved through community effort.

“It's been 125 years since we began teaching exercises at schools to keep young women fit and from there evolved our physical culture movement and our club,” Robyn said.

“In the Liverpool area we have 130 girls who are joining together to be part of a concert and we have one aspect of that concert to portray. We want to show enthusiasm for the history and future of the culture. It's a community effort.”

"We prioritise the development of self-esteem in our students" - Jackie Rawlings

She said since opening the Liverpool physie club, much has changed. However, their routine still involved traditional elements including marching.

“The music, costumes, hairstyles and routines have changed. And our numbers are increasing quite rapidly and that's because of social media,” she said. 

The physie teacher told Fairfax Media one of the greatest benefits is the generational aspect.

“It's a sport that everyone can do - you can start at three-years-old and do it until you're 73. It's generational. It's good for mothers and daughters so they can share that physical culture together.

“The girls are getting a positive body image from coming along and it makes them feel good because they're improving in themselves. Everything we teach is achievable at any age and they get social support from friends in their classes.”

Chloe, a nine-year-old Liverpool local is a high achiever in physie and will be participating in the 125 year spectacular. Her mother used to be a physie dancer and so are her sisters.

“I am very excited. I’ve been doing physie for years. My big sister Emma and little sister Hannah do it too. I’ve met lots of new people from other clubs in different areas. I love competing, it keeps me fit, it keeps me busy and I’ve made great friends,” Chloe said.

“I prefer this because it involves all types of dancing – there’s elements of tap, ballet, jazz and hip hop style all in one class.”  

To secure tickets for the BJP 125 Year Spectacular visit http://premier.ticketek.com.au.

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