This week we closed the doors of our studios in Templar Parc. Cardiff Dance Studios has been our home now for many years but as many of you know, the time has come for us to downsize and move to a new location. Our new studio is at Dance Fitness on Broadway and we love it, we hope you do too!
It has been emotional to say the least, painting over all the artwork we made ourselves when we first moved in, taking the poles down and transporting everything. It's a long process, but we're confident it will all be worth it. We are so proud to have been the first dance studios in Cardiff to be created within an industrial unit and over the years we've been lucky enough to have built up an amazing community of students. We've shared joy, laughter, success and our fair share of set backs, but we hope our students and supporters will continue to support us in this new chapter of our journey.
In other news, entries are now open for the Welsh Aerial and Pole Championships which this year will be held in Cardiff on the 17th November! We are in no way directly associated with the competition, but we would highly recommend our students to enter and give it a go. The different categories range from beginners all the way up to pole professionals, and the competition is open to performers all over Wales.
Competitions are such a fun way of meeting other pole artists, showing off your skills and even getting feedback from industry experts. It was at a competition that we ourselves were first inspired to take up pole, and so they will always hold a special place for us. We are always thrilled to see the bar get raised higher and higher each year as the pole community continues to innovate and develop.
You can visit the official website for The Welsh Aerial and Pole Championships to find out how to enter, along with information on the categories, sponsors and judges.
We hope you all have a wonderful week, and we'll see you at our new location.
Some of our lovely students completed their Stage 2 pole course and we couldn't be prouder! We also ran our ever popular mixed ability sessions where some of our more experienced twisters got to show off their super strength with some new and challenging moves.
Some lovely ladies popped around for a Dancehall session with our professional dance teacher. It's always so great to see our students feel confident, sexy and powerful while they're dancing and having fun!
Coming up in the next seven days, we have a six week beginners course due to start where some brand new students will be starting their pole journey!
Our Flexy & Stretch sessions are back and available to book for Mon, Tues & Wednesday at 8pm. No pole experience needed! Come get stretchy with us as we spend an hour going through some flexibility training and yoga moves – perfect for training those annoying splits!
Have a great week everyone, and hopefully we'll see you at the studio!
If you haven't already, why not try out our pole classes? Pole is a fantastic way to get strong and toned, whilst also gaining confidence and feeling sexy. You don't need to be strong or super fit to start classes either! We teach absolute beginners all the way up to stage 10 through our structured program.
If you fancy taking the plunge and trying out a new skill, you can book into our 1 hour taster class which runs Monday to Wednesdays at 6pm, 7pm or 8pm.
We also offer street dance classes designed for adults! Learn a new routine each week with styles ranging from hip-hop, shuffle, and commercial in these weekly 1 hour classes. A perfect way of getting some cardio in and burning fat whilst having fun, and also suitable for beginners as the moves will all be broken down and explained or modified for more experienced dancers. Wednesdays 7-8pm.
Twerk and Dancehall
If you'd like to try a different style of dance, why not try our twerk and dancehall class? These hip-rocking, booty-popping, crowd-stopping, up & coming new weekly fitness/dance classes will introduce you to using your body in ways you may not be used to, and muscles you may not have known you even had. You'll be surprised by how much of a work out this class is! (You can read about our experience taking the class in last week's blog post!)
You can come and shake yo thing with us on Wednesdays 6-7, right before our street dance classes. Wanna do both classes back to back? Double your fun for an extra £2.50
Lastly but not least, another alternative way of getting fit and gaining confidence is through our burlesque private lessons! Taught by Flossie Smalls or another great performer, this lesson will guide you through the basics of burlesque and the art of tease. Come channel your inner showgirl, gain body confidence and learn a routine with us! Props are provided, but why not dress up too?
For information on booking your workshop, contact us or refer to our website.
My journey into the world of pole dancing was through a very good and extremely persuasive friend who saw a Groupon offer and thought it would be fun and a brilliant way to get fit and learn something new.
It was with some trepidation that we arrived at our first lesson. Whilst the first lesson was really enjoyable I suffered for the next couple of days as my arms ached so much I could hardly lift them. However we preserved and came back for the second and subsequent weeks. As the weeks passed my aches and pains largely passed and we learnt so much the frog princess, the sun wheel, the chair to name but a few. Each week I could feel my muscles getting used to supporting my weight and my confidence grew. Then came the "upside down" week and this is an area I've really struggled with. All the instructors were really helpful and patient with me and eventually I cracked it and literally turned my world upside down.
While I'm still not as good as some of the girls on my course the other girls have been very supportive and really encouraging. We've had a lot of fun in class and have occasionally dissolved into laughter when one of us has ended up in a heap on the floor unable to move due to the amount we are laughing at our mishap. It's been just over a year since I started on this adventure and I have almost completed level 8, I can't believe I've got this far.
I'm so glad that I kept going as I've learned a lot about my abilities and I've surprised quite a few friends and colleagues who initially had no idea that at the age of 43 I'd taken up pole dancing. would recommend this as a method to get fit? Yes I would it's an excellent way to improve your all round fitness. I've discovered muscle groups I didn't know I had and that's quite impressive as I've been a member of the gym on and off for years. I have throughly enjoyed learning to pole dance and would certainly recommend pole dancing as its s really good experience regardless of how easy or hard you find the different moves.