Purity Review

Emma Cossey who runs the Daily Ding, (a website about what goes on in Reading, Berkshire) came to one of my Beginner classes in at the Purity Studio for a taster session on 8th July with a friend. She wrote up a fab review for Wahanda a website for Health, Beauty and Happiness, click here for the review.

Jason Parlour wrote an article about myself and Purity for the Pole Dance Community Website. The PDC has been set up to help keep the standards of Pole Fitness high. Any PDC approved school has been checked by Sam Remmer, one of the pioneers in Pole Fitness today. Click here for the review.

UK Pole Dance Day – Friday 1st May 2009

To help raise the profile of pole dancing Equity have made Friday 1st May ‘UK Pole Dance Day’.
Many Pole Schools around the UK are offering opportunities for people to get involved in pole dancing and learn more about this artistic form of dance.

Purity will be holding FREE Pole Dancing Classes at the Purity Studio in Reading, Berkshire, there will be a class to suit everyone, but you will need to call 07961 054 863 to book in advance as spaces are limited to 2 students per pole.

FREE Beginners Taster 7-8pm (Suitable for Absolute Beginners and those with little pole experience)

FREE Pole Workshop 8-9pm (Suitable for those with at least one month of pole classes, and Intermediate-Advance)

Discounts are available on courses booked on the day to those who attend on the 1st May.

Pole Training

Last week I put together a video of what I have been up to on the pole in March. Been a bit held back this year as I have been ill so I am trying to get back on it now. I have a performance coming up in June so I need to make sure I have a good routine.

All of this was filmed at the Purity Studio in Reading, the last bit was done on spinny pole, which I really enjoyed for a change! Normally I get quite dizzy but I didn’t this time.

Weekend Drop In Pole Class – Reading

Come and join the Saturday Drop In pole dance and pole fitness class in Reading, Berkshire. This class is on most Saturdays 12pm-1pm at the Purity Studio in West Reading.

This class is suitable for Beginners to Advance, each individual works to their own level.

The class is £10 or £9 to existing students.

You’ll get more pole time than any other drop class in the area as we have no more than 2 students per pole for this class. Please see the website for spaces available.

You are welcome to book your space in advance through the website, please call Purity on 07961 054 863 if you want to book on the day. If you turn up and there are already 10 in the class you’ll be turned away.

The drop in class is great for those new beginners wanting to do a taster, and is also great for those with experience wanting to learn new moves, and also for those struggling with a move.

You don’t have to be a Purity student to come to this class.

On FM Radio – 101.4FM

I was asked by Storm from the Sunday Show on ‘On FM Radio’ if I would come in and have a chat about Pole Fitness and the issues regarding Sam Remmers performance at South Devon College. Yesterday I arrived in Hammersmith with Jason and went on air at about 12.40pm.

We discussed Sams performance and also how pole fitness is becoming more popular, we even spoke about how Jason and I met through a pole jam a few years ago. Storm knew a bit about pole fitness already seeing as she has already done a class up in Glasgow.

The 10 minutes was over so quickly but I think we done a good job of spreading the word about how fun and hard working pole fitness can be!

I am hoping to get a sound byte from the show, so I will post is here if I do.
Website for On FM Radio

Pole Fitness Performance at South Devon College

I’m sure a lot of you by now will have heard about Sam Remmer’s pole performance at South Devon College as part of the college’s ‘Be Healthy Week’. One of my students mentioned it to me last night, and I was a bit worried, I thought here we go another pole dancer introducing teens to pole dressed in their high heels, and hot pants, gyrating round a pole and claiming to be about fitness….but no!…Sam’s performance was pole fitness!!

Sam was dressed in sports wear and showed off her amazing skills in pole combining incredible strength, grace and poise.
From what I could hear on the video students and staff seemed silent during her routine, perhaps in awe of her talent. To me this is a positive step as it showed they were actually watching her and paying attention.

What does seem strange is how there hasn’t been any official complaints, but the staff were not happy as their students were unfocused during the afternoon whilst sharing videos and photos they had taken of the performance on their mobile phones. The staff ‘assumed’ Sam’s routine was inappropriate for the young adults, therefore kicking up a fuss (please note this was before they had seen Sam’s performance!!).

I would like to point out a couple of things……I am sure if there had been a skateboard demo instead the students would have been filming them and comparing footage through out the afternoon…..now would the skaters have been inappropriate just because the students were showing interest after the event…or would this of been a good thing?….

I think it boils down to people stereotyping pole fitness to be something seen in strip clubs, when actually very little pole fitness is seen in those type of clubs.

I can’t help but wonder why these students are allowed to have mobile phones switched on during lesson time anyway?…..

Click here for Sam’s routine at South Devon College

Here is a photo of Sam taken at a competition last year (reproduced with permission)