I saw this thing on youtube – aka an instructors worst nightmare

With the fabulousness of pole hitting mainstream with appearances on programs like Britains got talent (thank you Emma Haslem, Terri Fierce and Lisette Krol) and Got to dance (thank you Bendy Kate and Justine McLucas) means I get many enquiries about classes after these programs are seen.  Whoop it’s ace!

The difficulty is when these students come to class is they want to do the same moves they’ve seen on TV instantly. *sigh*

If I was just in this game for the money (HA!) I’d teach everyone the moves they want to know straight away regardless and just get them into the moves whichever way we could.  BUT I am not in it for the money (thankfully) I do this activity because I love it!

While I do take individual abilities into consideration most people will not start inverting for at least 6-8 weeks.  This is fast compared to some and it would seem slow compared to others.  My criteria for allowing inverts to start are:

  • Being able to do basic spins competently both sides
  • Hold the conditioning moves competently
  • Be working on Cross knee release with NO HAND on the ankle
  • With me spotting be able to lift (NOT KICK) intobasic crucifix.

I’ve had too many students who think that by kicking up they are going to get moves quicker…

No you are not

You are going to end up with

  • Strained shoulders
  • sore back
  • Possibly bruised/cracked ribs

It’s just not worth it.

I will never deliberately hold anyone back and I definitely know that I have students who have gotten moves much quicker (damn you men!) but I do constantly assess you and see how your strength is building.

When you buy a pole for home I get worried that you will start trawling youtube for extra moves I haven’t yet shown you it happens then you come see me saying “I saw this on youtube” and my heart sinks! For every good video there are scores of bad ones……please please please learn new stuff in the studio and practise them at home……

Ahhhhh well back to training…..




Well I can’t say I didn’t try

On the 11th April I wrote a blog with a transcript of what been happening with a pole society.  This was a transcript.  Not bullying or intimidation, just a transcript.  It was called Time to defend myself.  I ended that blog with a message to the pole society asking them to just talk to me.

Since then I have heard…………………………………..




Well I say nothing.  I have heard more accusations of lateness and general apathy towards the classes but an official response; nothing.

I have however checked and double checked with the management of Hallam university and they have even confirmed in writing to me that they had NO say in the classes stopping with me.

This is the last I will say on the subject as to be honest I have moved on.  I have some incredible students who have helped me through what has actually been the most challenging and emotionally difficult time I’ve had as a business owner.

A Pole New Adventure is and will continue to be a positive environment for all students.

I hope you continue with me on this journey.

P.S – This is a video shot in the studio that I think shows just what we’re about 🙂 https://vimeo.com/93523962



A Pole New Adventure Monthly Pass Policy

Recently it seems there’s been some confusion over our monthly passes, and what they mean. We have two main types of pass, which have three different levels, and for each we offer a discounted student version.


  • Monthly Contract passes (starting from £27 for students, £35 for non-students) are passes that you commit to buying for a whole year. The price you pay each month is discounted, because you have made a commitment to buying it for the whole year, even if there are months that you might be away.  I will make allowances for student academic years and freeze the account over the summer break but only if you talk to me first.   
  • One month passes (starting from £35 for students, £40 for non-students) are passes that only last one month. You get the flexibility of buying a pass only when you want to, but because you haven’t made a commitment to keep on buying the pass, we don’t offer that extra discount that the Monthly Contract pass gets. 

If you are thinking of getting a pass, we want you to make the right choice for you, so we have removed the option to pay by cash when setting up a Monthly Contract pass. That way, the commitment is clear for both you and us! Monthly Contract passes offer the best value for money because we make our long-term plans based on that income – if you don’t want to make the long-term commitment to buying a pass every month, then it doesn’t help you or us if you just change your mind! But, if it turns out you don’t want to keep that commitment going, then we can remove the pass from your account, and you won’t continue to be billed for it But you must speak to us first.  Please don’t assume that as you haven’t attended for a while we’ll “take the hint”. 

We don’t have any cancellation fee because we know people’s situations can change quickly, and we think there are more important things than money! But, we will need to cancel a pass if you can’t keep up the payments on it.

Please note payments need to be made promptly or we may need to remove the option of PayPal.