Pole Classes at Tempest:
Beginners, improvers, intermediate and advanced dancers welcome!
Every Thursday: 6-7pm and 7.15-8.15pm
These are Open Level classes and so EVERY level of dancer is welcome!
PLUS on a Thursday for Intermediate + and more advanced dancers: 8.30-9.30pm
PLEASE book for your first session.
What’s the difference between drop in, private lessons, workshops and parties?
Drop in classes are regular classes open to anyone over 16 years of any ability level.
Drop in classes are held at Tempest in Durham on Every Thursday 6-7pm, 7.15-8.15pm plus a Monday 7.15pm.
These are all Open Level classes and open to any level so if you're just starting out or are an improver, intermediate or advanced dancer come along and join the fun!
Thursday 8.30pm is a class for those who are intermediate + and above.
Private lessons are just that, a private session for one person or a small group of friends. They’re perfect for anyone who is a bit shy about joining a group or feels like they need extra help, or someone who wants to progress quickly, or work on an audition or competition piece.
Workshops are occasional sessions which should be pre-booked and have limited numbers. They focus on specific elements of pole dance such as strength and conditioning, floor work, or inverts. We also run workshops with groups of dancers and artists from other disciplines, for example we have recently had a session with a group of basketball players!
Parties are sessions with groups of friends, frequently hen parties and birthdays. The focus is on having fun, learning cheeky moves and short choreographies, and participants leave with photos and prizes!
Do you teach men?
We’re happy to and regularly teach men as we don’t think this fun and healthy hobby should be limited to women.
Contact us to find out which classes will be best for you!
Keep an eye on our Facebook page for upcoming men’s workshops, or contact us if you’re interested in running a workshop for a group of friends.
Isn’t it a bit sleazy?
Not any more. We fully embrace the sexiness of the art form and encourage women to feel good about their bodies’ (especially with our hen party groups!), but pole dance has largely separated itself from its strip club origins. Those who want to can have a lot of fun and gain confidence with sexy dance moves, but advanced pole dance requires a lot of strength and discipline – there are even calls to make it an Olympic sport!
I’m unfit and overweight, is pole dancing suitable for me?
Absolutely. Everyone works at their own pace and pole dance provides a great mix of aerobic exercise and toning. If you are in ill health or have a BMI of over 30, have a chat with your GP before embarking on a new exercise programme.
I have a physical disability / injury – can I pole dance?
We encourage everyone to work with what they can do, rather than focus on what they can’t, but if you have an injury that is not healed (such as a pulled muscle) it is best to let your body rest while it repairs itself. Let your instructor know, in private if you prefer, of any condition you have so we can make reasonable adjustments and manage any risk.
What should I wear for a pole dancing class?
Most pole dance moves require a good grip on the pole, so bare arms and legs are perfect. Ideally wear short shorts and a vest top. If you feel uncomfortable feel free to wear tracksuit bottoms and a t-shirt at first, but please be aware this will limit the number of moves you can learn. Jewellery can cause injuries and scratch the poles so we ask you to wear as little as possible. Don’t use any body lotion or hand cream on the day of your lesson as they make the poles slippery! Our drop in lessons are bare foot but certain workshops and parties we dance in high heels – make sure they are comfy and tie securely onto your feet.
Classes are held Every Thursday @ 6pm, 7:15pm and 8.30pm Monday @7.15pm Tuesday @ 12.15pm
Gillian is a 4-star Pole Dance Community Instructor find out more