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Victoria is our Member of the Month

Victoria is a Level 2 Serpentine, and also comes to our Daytime Improver/Intermediate class on Tuesdays. She has also performed in our Studio Showcase.

1) I started poling when a friend asked me along to her pole party. I went along somewhat reticently. I wasn't sure what to expect and whether my health was good enough to let me participate.

 

As it turned out, my worries were totally unfounded; the class was so much fun, I was able to work within my own limitations and I quickly learnt that pole dancing in all its forms is not only empowering but has a philosophy of respecting and honouring women.

2) My body is so much stronger since I started poling which makes me feel more confident and allows me to manage my illnesses better. But more importantly, I have had tremendous psychological improvements; I feel happier, I feel a sense of accomplishment, I have a new respect for my body and what it can do. My whole focus has changed. Now, instead of focusing on what I can't do, I focus on what I can do and how I can improve.

3) I love being part of such a diverse and inclusive group of women. Our age ranges, cultures, religions, experiences, beliefs, abilities and body shapes and sizes vary widely but we share a sense of pride and community. We all offer each other support and encouragement and enjoy one another's successes.

4) My advice to anyone considering joining is to come along and give it a go. Invest in yourself and do something amazing. Learn something new about yourself. There are so many classes and workshops on offer that you will definitely find one to suit you.

Steven Retchless workshops

At the beginning of Winter, Defy Gravity owner Jamie's dream came true: Steven Retchless came to teach workshops! Steven is Jamie's favourite pole dancer on the planet, and dancing with him was one of her bucket list wishes. Steven stayed for almost a week, came to classes and fitted in like one of the family. Everyone at the studio misses him very much. Jamie now teaches Stevens own Choreo at Tuesdays at 7pm. See the video below of the photoshoot fun we had once the workshops were done.

Annual Student Showcase - Autumn 2016

In Autumn 2016 we had our annual student showcase. Several members performed, as well as Defy Gravity Instructors Jamie and Erin. Plus guest performer Kitty Velour. The show raised almost £200 for Greenacres Animal Rescue. The day after we had a fantastic workshop taught by Kitty on Booty, Twerk, Floorwork and Stripper Knicker Tricks!
See the video below for Kittys special performance:

Keryn is our Member of the Month

"Pole dance is something I strongly recommend all women to partake in at least once in their lives.

These days women are bombarded with how we should look from a young age, the ideals of the 'perfect' woman's body. As women often don't appreciate what our body can achieve simply because it does not meet the standard set by society.

Something I've not openly spoke about is that I was guilty of this, in fact I would even go as far to say I would class myself as having an eating disorder in my teenage years. I was obsessed with how 'skinny' I could be rather than being healthy and strong. I dramatically dropped to a UK size 5 - for my height and body type this was a far cry from healthy. The scary thing was no matter how thin I got it was never good enough, where people saw skin and bones, I could see fat. Even the aftermath years were awful, although I ate I was obsessed with maintaining a size 8 clothing size but then I joined pole.. my life changed, my body changed, my confidence grew, I became EMPOWERED.

 

 

So why am I sharing this with you? Well it's simple really.. If there's one thing I can make stick with you it's that life is more than just your clothing size; a number on a label or a scales does not show what you've has been through, the type of person you are, or the amazing things yourself and your body can achieve. Stop living by numbers and start being proud of your body, it's the only one you'll ever have. I'm so thankful I had the courage to start pole dance, or else I would never of learned how to be confident, strong and sexy. It is a mindset to love yourself, and you'll be better off for it.

Stop comparing yourself to others, and start seeing what you can do. It's okay not to meet the standards set by the media. The models don't either.. that's why Photoshop exists. We should be empowering ourselves and others rather than tearing each other down.

Life starts when you love your body, it's okay to have things you want to improve, we all do.. after all we're human.

A huge thank you to my girls, my tribe, the bonds formed from this incredible journey are indescribable!"

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