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Pole Dancing for Beginners

February 9, 2018

We get it. Pole dancing for beginners can be a little scary. Firstly there’s the whole challenge of getting your body around a pole and then there’s the dress code – or lack of one!

But you’re curious… Whether it’s for fun, fitness or to treat yourself to feeling like a goddess, pole dancing classes are calling you. So let us calm your anxieties and introduce you to pole dancing for beginners at Pole Sport London.

What’s Pole Dancing for Beginners Really Like?

“I always wanted to try pole classes but as I’m not flexible and I had no upper body strength, I was too worried of not being able to do anything or being left out (as sometimes happens with other sports).”

You’re not alone when it comes to  being nervous about you first class, in fact, you’re with others who are there to support you and learn with you. One of our students, Paula Natalicchio, recently talked about her worries about starting pole dancing lessons and how they soon vanished!

“I joined them [Pole Sport London] almost 4 months ago now and since then I have increased from 2 to 3 classes per week.”

Our community vibe is like no other, and you’ll never feel like the last one to be picked for a game of rounders! Our pole school in London is all about bringing people together to have fun and encourage each other as a team. We love focusing on pole exercise and pole dance routines to bring a feel good vibe to our pole dancing classes for beginners.

“What have I gained? First of all, great friends, you work with a partner, so you support and encourage each other. As they have small and personalised classes, we all get to know each other and celebrate each other’s achievements. I found Pole Sports very challenging but, as you are not alone it becomes very interesting and great fun.”

Does Pole Dance Fitness Count as Exercise?

YES! It might look gracious and easy, but pole dancing takes strength and pole technique. But don’t worry – we’ll get you started with the pole dancing basics and over time, with others cheering you on, you’ll learning some of the more advanced pole moves.

As Paula says, it’s an amazing form of exercise to help you feel good and get healthier; “That’s not all, I lost weight, it has improved my body coordination and flexibility, I became stronger and fitter. I can’t complain, I love it.

“I have completed my first steps of going upside down. That is very satisfying and a great achievement for someone that couldn’t lift the feet off the ground!”

So What Should I Wear?

It’s not all about skimpy bikinis and underwear! Pole Sports London is welcoming, non-judgemental and accepting of everyone. You don’t need to come along in tiny hot pants (unless you want to!) – running shorts and a t-shirt is more than fine. You can also layer and wear a long sleeved top and jogging bottoms for the warm up and cool down – whatever you’re comfortable in!

If you’re curious and have more questions, check out our booking page to see what’s on or contact us here.

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Julien Roussel is Our New Pole Dance Teacher!

We’re incredibly excited to welcome our new pole dance teacher and Pole Champion, Julien Rousell, to Pole Sport London! Julien Roussel will be bring us exciting new pole dance classes and pole dancing workouts from January 23rd at our pole dancing school in Fitness First, London Bridge Hotel and we can’t wait for him to get started!

Julien Roussel is known for his inspiring and expert pole technique, which saw him win the title of Mr Pole Champion in 2016 and the Miss Pole Dance UK Double’s Championships with his partner Cheryl Teagann in 2017.

New Pole Dance Workouts with Pole Champion and West End Dancer

The pole champion has not only graced London’s West End in the infamous musical The Lion King,  but his long standing dance career has seen him perform at countless stage shows and even at the London Olympic Games. His dance technique and years as a professional ballet dancer makes him the perfect dance teacher for anyone interested in stage show dance and working on dance performance and confidence.

Giving his background, our new pole dance teacher appreciates pole dancing as a specialised art form, and yet he also sees it as a type of workout, specifically, pole fitness. As a professional dancer, he will be introducing new pole dance workouts that blend his vibrant energy and love of dance, with his knowledge and understanding of the body and pole fitness. Expect fun and exciting pole dance lessons that are expert led and great for the physique!

Is a Male Pole Dance Teacher Right For Me?

Going to a new dance class or any fitness workout class can be scary! At Pole Sport London, we always want you to feel comfortable and welcomed – which is one of the reasons why we’re thrilled to have our new pole dance teacher Julien Roussel on board! Whilst some may not associate pole with men, having a male pole dance teacher shows how the pole dancing industry is growing, moving away from the judgement and becoming a professional dance form in its own right.

Julien is an understanding and approachable teacher, with a passion for dance teaching and pole dance. With a background in ballet and contemporary dance, Julien will be able to help beginners learn the basics of pole dancing and will encourage and support intermediate or advanced pole dancing students take their pole technique to the next level.

Julien is a brilliant pole dance teacher, whether you’re looking to improve your fitness in 2017 or if you and your friends are after a fun hen party idea!

Pole Fitness Classes London

Our talented new pole dance teacher will be bringing you lessons weekly every Tuesday, starting at our pole dancing school at Fitness First, London Bridge Hotel on January 23rd:

All Levels: Pole Dance

Tuesdays 4.10pm – 5.10pm

This is a fun class for all levels whether you are a complete beginner or progressing on to more advanced moves. The class sizes are small with 2 – 7 people in class allowing you to work closely with your teacher tailoring the class to your level and ability. If you are a beginner you will work through our five week course learning how to pole dance, spin around the pole and go upside down!

To read more on classes with Julien Roussel and the other pole dancing fitness classes we run at our our pole dancing school, check our classes and booking page.


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Try Our Pole Dancing Hen Parties in London!

Pole dancing hen parties are a fun and glamorous way to get a bride-to-be excited for a big night out!  Every girl has questioned the idea of pole dancing so what better way to celebrate than trying out a pole dancing hen party in London? Pole Sport London offers hour long pole dancing hen parties for brides-to-be and their excited bride squad, and we’d love to help you create the perfect hen party.

Planning A Hen Party?

Planning a hen party, whether it’s a hen weekend or a hen night, can feel a bit overwhelming at times. With so many hen party ideas out there, it can be hard to know what to choose! We make creating the perfect hen party package easy and fun.

If you want a hen party theme – go for it! Learning to pole dance in fancy dress makes it all the more fun – just be sure to check our clothing recommendations for safety! If you got some music requests for the hen do, let us know. Every pole dancing hen party includes a short dance routine at the end, so you can film the bride-too-be spinning around the pole to her favourite song!

Whether you and your friends are into fitness, or just want to feel fabulous – our sessions are perfect for a pole workout or a fun pole dancing lesson for beginners!

Hen Party Ideas in London

If you’re stuck for ideas of what to do after your pole dancing hen party, Pole Sport London is in the heart of London Bridge. There are plenty of bars, clubs and restaurants to make the hen night extra special.

Why not head up to The Shard for a gorgeous view of the sunset, or enjoy champagne and live music at the Sky Garden? After some champagne, you could head over to one of our favourites, the London Grind – just by Borough market, the venue is an espresso bar by day and cocktail bar by night, with beautiful decor and soft velvety seats.

If you’re looking for somewhere to eat (which you probably will after all that dancing!), the riverside has plenty of restaurants for all budgets. Tapas Brindisa and Padella Pasta are two of the best in Borough Market.

What’s Included in our Pole Dancing Hen Parties?


You will work with one of our experienced pole dance teachers who will introduce you to the art of pole dancing as a one hour pole dance class for your hen party. We use central London locations with showers, meaning you can get sweaty in your pole class, and then take advantage of the changing rooms, sauna and showers, ready for your big night!

You do not have to be strong or physically fit to take part and it’s ideal for all ages. You will work in small groups on the pole learning to pole dance and put together a short pole dance for you to perform, film and take away for you to remember!

Our pole dance hen party venues London include:

London Bridge Hotel Fitness First Weekday days only

Fit4Less Southwark – In between London Bridge and Southwark Tube.

Gymbox Bank Station – There is an extra charge for booking at this venue.

How To Book Your Pole Dancing Hen Party

Pole Sport London’s pole dancing hen parties caters for various sizes and take place on Friday evenings, Saturday or Sunday. At our Fit4Less Southwark venue, our prices are £175 for up to 10 people and £15 per additional person, or £120 for parties with 5 or less people.

To book your hen party please make payment via paypal over on our booking page, and email us with the date, time and names of all those attending via

Click here for more details on our pole dance hen parties , or contact

A Little Clip from Our Christmas Pole Dancing Class