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5 reasons why Defy Gravity makes life easier.

  1. If you miss a class you can make it up by attending another class that same week
  2. It's not just Pole Dance that happens at D.G, you can stretch in Ultra Flex or work up a sweat in Chrome Core.
  3. Still want to dance but don't want to lift your body weight this week? Try our Beginner Stripper Style class.
  4. Starting to find Beginner level a bit easy? Try adding Choreo Class (full routines) to your weekly classes.
  5. Been with us for 3 months or more? Refer a friend and get rewarded with a Pole Junkie voucher or some Free Membership.

Jessica is our Member of the Month!

Jessica - Defy Gravity

Jessica is one of our Unlimited Members so you can usually bump into her in almost every class! Which as an Instructor I am overjoyed about as Jessica always goes out of her way to say Hi to newcomers and make them feel welcome. Jess has a long standing horse riding injury, and because of this has had many challenges during her pole journey. Not that you could tell, as she always has a positive attitude at class and has attained 3 of her big goals: Really good flow when dancing, upside down leg hangs and a butt on the floor (ok, on a small yoga block) in her splits.
A true ambassador for Defy Gravity!
So Jess, how long have you been a Pole Dancer?
I’ve been going to classes at DG for about 2.5 years, and I love it! 

What made you start Pole?
Initially I just wanted to tone up, but the idea of a gym just didn’t inspire me.  Also pole has all of the sexy, you don’t get that on a rower!  I had heard about classes from a friend, and I’m so glad I decided to try it!  It’s a wonderful way to work out, gain strength and flexibility.  

What do you get out of it?
I’m not a natural dancer, but I’m amazed at how much more ‘flow’ I have now compared to when I first started.  I love learning the dancing as well as all the tricks, and there is a perfect balance of both within classes.
Do you have any advice for anyone just starting out?
My advice for anyone thinking of starting out is to just go for it!  It took me a year to pluck up the courage, for no good reason!  For those starting beginner/improvers. I know some weeks I found I had reached a plateau as far as improvement went, and if you find yourself in the same place, don’t let it dishearten you
 – another level of progress is just around the corner, and it’ll happen sooner than you think!   
And definitely get the shoes!

Do you have advice for the Intermediate pole dancer?

Advice for inters?  For me I found dipping back into the beginner/improver classes now and then is beneficial.  When we’re upside down or working on bigger tricks and bolder spins, it’s easy to forget the pretty basics, they’re all still important.

Pole dance is the only form of exercise I have stuck to, the atmosphere in the studio is always positive and we have so much fun!  Jamie is a mesmerising dancer and a wonderful teacher who gets the best out of every single student, not only on the pole but in the RLNA classes too.  I’ve noticed such a massive improvement in my strength and flexibility since joining DG, and my waistline is also trimmer, all good stuff.  Give it a go, nothing to lose and you could gain a whole load of awesome!

Interview with a Pole Dancer! With Samantha Hughes

This week, with the run up to the Authentic Pole Dance competition in June. in Interview with a Pole Dancer, we ask Samantha Hughes about her upcoming competition experience. Samantha attends the Advance classes and Rockin' Legs n Abs at Defy Gravity.

How long have you been a Pole Dancer?

I first became a pole dancer in October 20013 when I joined Bangor Uni Pole Society. And I have to say, this has been the best year and a half ever! Every time I was down about Uni work or anything, I would either hop on my pole or watch some YouTube videos and it would immediately cheer me up.

What made you start Pole Dance classes?

A friend of mine had been pole dancing for a while and kept putting up photos of her new moves on Facebook. It looked incredible and I could see how fit she was which made me want to give it a go. I didn’t know of anywhere to learn so the idea sort of went to the back of my mind until I saw the BUP stall at the societies fair at the beginning of my 3rd year in uni. I immediately signed up, only to be told that all the spaces had been filled! I was first on the waiting list in case someone dropped out, and luckily for me a week later I had a phone call telling me that a space had opened up for me! After my first lesson with Tracey (Pagan’s Pole) that was it, I was hooked. It rapidly became the highlight of my week, and I took every opportunity possible to practice. It wasn’t long until I purchased my very own pole so I could practice at home. Pole has given me so much confidence, not to mention my overall fitness! This is the only type of exercise that has ever been able to get me off the sofa and actually enjoy being active!

What made you decide to compete?

By nature I am quite competitive. But more than this, I just wanted more opportunities to practice and perform and really progress. The first competition I was in was the Inter Uni Comp in Essex. We had heats to decide who would perform, and I was lucky enough to be picked as part of the group we took. This was such a brilliant way to begin competing, as it meant that (being a beginner who had never performed before) I could rely on the advanced members of our group to lead the creation of the routine, having had experience of performing before. After this I got the taste for competing and couldn’t wait to do it again. The next competition I performed at was the All Wales Championships in Conwy. I didn’t compete this time, instead myself and my doubles partner opened the competition with doubles routine. This was such an honour for us, and it was such a thrill to be kicking off such a great competition. The next competition I am competing in is the Authentic Pole Competition in Wigan. This will be my first solo performance, which is both scary and exciting!

What do you get out of it?

It is such a good feeling to be standing on stage, gasping for breath and beaming from ear to ear as you hear the audience clapping and cheering you after a great performance. And nothing will get you more motivated to practice than knowing there is a competition fast approaching!

Do you have any advice for anyone just starting out?

It’s easy to be disheartened when you first start out, seeing other progressing faster than you or watching videos of incredible polers and thinking ‘I’ll never be that good’, but trust me, you’d be surprised. If you had told me when I first started that in a year and a half I would be able to half the things I can do then I would have probably just laughed. Don’t get me wrong, it will take a lot of work, and you’ll probably have days when you feel like you’re not progressing, but if you really want it, you’ll make it happen. And with just a little work you can see such massive accomplishments! So go for it, take a chance and you may surprise yourself!

Do you have advice for the advanced pole dancer?

Compete! You’ve clearly got the skills and dedication, or you wouldn’t have made it to this level. Just work hard, and never give up. This is just the beginning of an amazing journey!


Interview with a Pole Dancer! With Lauren Red

This week, with the run up to the Authentic Pole Dance competition in June, in Interview with a Pole Dancer, we ask last years Professional Category Winner Lauren Red, about her competiton and love for pole.
Lauren owns Flight Fitness in Leicester

How long have you been a Pole Dancer?

I have lost track! About 6 years I think?! I was very on and off at the beginning as studying at uni and volunteering for lots of different charities took priority that's probably why I can't really remember!

What made you start Pole?

Ballet and dance have always featured strongly in my life and I carried them on while I was at uni. However I was too advanced for the adult class and was put into the advanced one class alongside a lot of 15 year old girls. As I was much older than them they didn't take very kindly to me and I felt really unhappy going to classes there. One of my friends had started doing pole dance classes and asked me to skip ballet class and come along to see what pole dance was like. I really struggled with fear and strength at first but what made me come back time and time again was the fact that everyone was accepting and supportive of eachother - everyone clapped when someone got a new move or when someone really tried hard. I had never experienced that before and absolutely loved it.

What made you decide to compete?

When I first started competing was the only way to get on the stage and perform. My instructor at the time suggested it and I just went for it as there was nothing to lose really! I'm glad I did as it was such a great experience!

What do you get out of it?

Competing for me is a chance to get on stage in front of an appreciative audience. I used to perform a lot at club nights and corporate events and just experienced indifference or abuse most of the time. It made me question why I was busting a gut until 5am when people didn't even care! So competing is my way of performing to people who appreciate what I have to offer. I don't always make it to the final or win but I enjoy the process and the challenge of pushing myself out of my comfort zone.

Do you have any advice for anyone just starting out?

Stay positive, don't compare yourself to anyone else - everyone moves at different rates and struggles with different things. Enjoy the process, don't race to the advanced moves or feel pressured to be doing certain things. When I judge competitions I would rather see simpler moves done in a clean, controlled and safe way than advanced moves that are messy / unsafe / wobbly.

Do you have advice for the advanced pole dancer?

Always play and experiment with linking things together. For example an old move can become new when teamed with a new exit. Set yourself little challenges (how do I link these two random moves together etc.) and never neglect your stretching!


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