Long time no speak

Well now.  I really haven’t kept up with this whole newsletter thing.  2016 has been utterly epic for APNA with new instructors and the return of Pole 4 Purpose (which btw raised over £1200!!!!!).

So A Pole New Adventure has been running for nearly 5 years.  I have always run it as a passion and will continue to do so.  In order to do that changes are going to be made.

Most will be fun like set class themes including the return of *Hair and Heels*, Floor and Flow classes will become regular as will Reggaeton and Routine sessions.  We are also going to introduce set courses with set levels.  More information on those will be shared as soon as I’ve clarified it all.  If you know of anyone who would like to use the studio for parties other types of class let me know as the space is there 😉 For those of you training for comps etc the studio will continue to offer the *honesty box* system so you can train at the studio outside of class times.

The not so fun part is that as of 1st January I will be increasing my class prices.

I am still the only studio offering student prices, block bookings and memberships in Sheffield and it’ll still be the amazing playground you’ve had for all this time.

The new prices will be:

  • Regular classes – £8 (£6 students)
  • 1-2-1 sessions – £20 per hour
  • Studio hire – £15 per hour, £50 half day, £90 full day
  • 10 class pass – £70 regular (£50 students)
  • Silver membership (12 month minimum, 9m students) – £45pm (£35pm students)
  • Silver pass PAYG (30 days rolling) – £50 (£45 students)
  • Gold membership (12 month minimum, 9m students) – £55pm (£45pm students)
  • Gold pass PAYG (30 days rolling) – £50 (£45 students)
  • Platinum membership (12 month minimum, 9m students) – £70pm (£60pm students)
  • Platinum pass PAYG (30 days rolling) – £80 (£70 students)

To soften the blow slightly of this there will be some special offers throughout January including money off your membership if you bring a (new) friend 😉

Hope you all have an awesome Christmas and New Year guys.

Pole people you should know pt 1

It really saddens me when I talk about a poler who is pretty damn famous and I see a blank face in front of me.  Normal out of the studio but within the studio I’d hope that you do actually research pole?

I’ve decided that every week I am going to write a little something about pole dancers you should know of.

This is mainly famous pole dancers and people of great importance to me in my pole career thus far but you will get the gist eventually 😉

The first fabulous poler I am going to tell you about is:

DONNA GANT

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Now you will hear me talk about this woman A LOT!!!! She has kept me in the pole world and has single handedly kicked my arse for quite a while now!  She is very much my pole-mum and by extension your pole-nana (sorry Donna).

Her official biography is:

Donna has been pole dancing for more than 14 yrs now and is known well for her crazy spin combinations, spotting course, instructor training and choreographer and trainer for World Pole Dance

Her experience is as follows
2006 Mpd Finalist
2007 Vertical Dance winner
2008 Opening performer at Pole divas
2008 Mpd Doubles Champion
2009 Mpd Uk Judge
2010 UKAPP Judge
2011 World Pole Dance Judge
2011 UKAPP Judge, Bucks Judge UKPPC Judge
2012 EPDC Judge, Bucks Judge ,All Ireland Judge, UKPPC Judge, Midlands P.C Judge
2013 UKAPP Judge, MPD Semi Pro Judge
2014 Pole Theatre Finalist

Pretty damn substantial really isn’t it 😉 Oh She’s also damn good at hoop.

Why should you know of her?

Pretty much ANY big name in the UK looks to her for advice and training.

She also raised thousands last year by competing in Pole theatre.  Her routine brought me to tears, check it out here.

So pole dancer you SHOULD know Number 1 is DONNA GANT

Coming up to our 2nd Birthday so what next?

I have to admit guys I feel restless.

I love our playground……it’ doing awesome but I feel like it needs something *MORE*?

What do you lot think?

What can we add to the studio to make it even more awesome?

From July I will be qualified in fitness shite so I could offer something there….but I don’t really want to…..but we need something else.

Give me a clue it’s your playground too.

Why do we host and promote workshops?

You’d think right well my instructor knows all I need to know so workshops are a waste of my time and money……Erm NO!!

Don’t get me wrong I do know a lot about pole and different ways in and out of moves etc BUT my word there is a whole WORLD of pole out there and I would never claim to know it all.

If your instructor does claim to know it all they are a liar! No one instructor knows EVERYTHING.

A sign of a good instructor is one who knows their limitations and where to direct their students on to get the level they want.

At our playground I will only every host workshops I believe are suitable for the students who come to the studio.  While the invitation is extended out of our bubble I plan them all with YOU in mind.  I wouldn’t get a big name instructor into our studio who I thought would demean you or make you feel crap about yourself.  No one wants that from a workshop.

Over the past 7 years I have attended workshops with pretty much every big name out there, some were incredible because they actually cared about teaching and everyone getting the most from the class, others were depressingly SHIT where I left them feeling like I could never be good enough.  I’ve had enough experience to know that when I pick out these workshops I know who will benefit most and I nag you to attend.  Yes they cost extra, Yes they are quite long BUT oh my word they are so worth it!

If you can leave a workshop feeling inspired and probably battered then you have done something awesome!

I will never book a workshop with an ego, someone who expects people to attend just because they are the winner of x,y,z…I couldn’t give 2 shits about that.  I want people in who will inspire and push you and show you more things that you could achieve.

Speaking of which we still have spaces on:

Sam Willis and Donna Gant – 7th Feb THIS SATURDAY!!! Sam is actually bloody incredible on the pole he is also a damn good instructor anyone who can make me do a move I really don’t want to do deserves respect 😉 Donna you have all heard me talk about I love this woman so much!  I wouldn’t be poling still if it wasn’t for her! She is my pole mum through and through and I have the utmost respect for her teaching!

Bendy Kate – 7th March Okay a say awards don’t mean jack but this woman is the bloody world champion!!!! But not only that she is also an incredible instructor.  She was the first *celeb* instructor that actually took the time to work out why a move wasn’t working for me (bloody t-rex arms!) and adapted it so I could still participate!  From that day I fully respected this woman! She is also ridiculously nice and has the cutest dog in the world!

I am in the process of booking more workshops too but they are still being arranged so I can’t tell you yet but you can bet your ass they’ll be worth it! 😉

 

SORT IT GUYS!!!!

Positivity reigns again :-)

When I opened my studio I promised myself I would do all I could to be positive.  It’s worked pretty well so far in all the feedback I get for the studio it comments on how friendly and positive we are so thank you everyone who attends the studio and follows our ethos of keeping it fun.

 

So focussing on the positive aspect our Facebook page hit 1000 likes last week!  As I reward i want to give away a space on our Photoshoot with Adam Jay.  I wanted to do a random number generator and select that person out of the list of likers…….unfortunately Facebook is an arse and won’t let me.

So what to do?

Well my current thought is if you would like to be entered then comment on this blog post?

Then I will list everyone and do a random number generator? Would this be fair to you guys? Well bit tough if you don’t find it fair really….lol!

So in order to be entered for a FREE half hour slot at the Adam Jay Shoot on the 10th or 11th May please leave a comment on this blog post 🙂

I will do the selection on Saturday 3rd May at 6pm