Go Go Girl

As much as I have always wanted to be one–I am just not a yoga girl. The other day I was pondering signing up for yoga at a great studio near our new house, but then got in the car and bought myself a fantastic hula hoop and a weighted jump rope. I guess I work at a computer so much that the idea of slow movements on a mat makes me feel a little cagey. Anyone else out there feel like an animal for not being a yoga person?

Anyway, tomorrow is THE DAY. The day I get my shit together and start exercising every morning AND take regular stress busting hula hoop breaks. I need to find the energy and get a routine going! I’m not a big routine person and I’m starting to think that my free and easy ways might be causing problems in multiple areas of my life. What once seemed to be an ability to stay open, present and spontaneous has actually ended up feeling sort of chaotic and often leaves me with less energy for those spontaneous bursts to actually happen. Quelle horreur!

I need a little inspiration for motivation and for exercise I am inspired by people with a frenetic, electric and infectious energy (sorry, yoga). One of my heroes is Beat Club’s 1960’s Go Go Girls’ lead dancer and choreographer, Sandy Sarjeant. I fell in love with her crazy moves a few years ago when I saw her video for her dance single, “Can’t Stop The Want” (SEE LAST VIDEO. Check those mashed potatoes!!!). I just love how smooth and fast her dance moves are–I think this is where I find the same zen that many of my friends find in yoga.

I wish I could find out more information on Sandy Sarjeant. All I’ve seemed to be able to gather is that she was married to Ian McLagan from one of my favorite bands, Small Faces, from 1968-1972. She is the lady in purple in their Itchykoo Park video–which was a giant cherry on a sundae for me when I first discovered her work. That’s about it though. When I first saw Janelle Monae I thought “Holy moly! WOW–I wonder if she is related to Sandy Sargeant!!?” I don’t think she is, but both of them have magical powers that make me feel like I can get off my bum and do anything–even routine exercise.

Here are some of my favorite Sandy Sarjeant clips–she’s the dancer in the middle:


12 Responses to “Go Go Girl”
  1. tamerajane says:

    Yeah! I’m working up to more exercise too! I keep a hoop in my back courtyard and should go use it more!

  2. Ana Montiel says:

    J’adore Sandy Sarjeant… ♡
    I would hula hoop with you if I lived over there! ;)

  3. Carrie says:

    Love this post, and yes, I agree with you on not being a yoga girl and feeling bad about it! Yoga makes me giggle, actually. I just can’t stay still. An old friend married a buddhist monk and he says that there is a form of yoga called laughing yoga. Maybe that’s the one for us!

  4. caroline says:

    i think i’ll be buying myself a weighted hula hoop!

  5. Jen McCabe says:

    You should! There are so many cool ones being made. I love it.

  6. Melissa says:

    must. dance. like. this. look at those fancy feet she’s got!

  7. Grant says:

    Hey, I used to work with sandy about hmmm 12 years ago maybe in London. She was a fabulous person. I have no idea where she is now. Plus I moved to another continent. BUt – just wanted to say she was a fab person. Wherever she is, I hope she’s fabulous. Grant

  8. Suzannah says:

    I just stumbled across this site via Google. Sandy’s my aunt and it’s so great to see such positive comments about her! x