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Pole dancing for fitness is a fun and unique sport; it combines acrobatics, dance and strength. Over time, the sport greatly improves core, upper body strength and flexibility. You don’t need to have any previous experience; people from all walks of life have fallen in love with pole.
Classes are designed help increase your confidence, flexibility, strength and fitness, they run at The Art Of Dance studio 10 minutes from the campus, at various times throughout the week. The AOD have mixed ability classes available as well as advanced sessions, workshops (e.g. flow, stripper style, exotic and doubles), private and stretch classes. On campus, the club hosts weekly free pracice sessions where you can practice what you've learnt at the AOD and migle with other club, committee and alumni members.
Once you sign up to the club you will receive your first class free, this can be booked through our lovely studio owner Sam Remmer (email@example.com). Following on from this, lessons are then booked through the art of dance website (http://www.theartofdance.co.uk/), you will get a unique code which allows you to book lessons at a UPPDC discounted price.
If you are new to pole, your first lesson must be the Beginners Pole Induction at the AOD. You are advised to wear short shorts, with a t-shirt or strappy top. After completing the induction, you are welcome to book onto any class you wish, and attend the free practices on campus.
Drinking and sober socials are held biweekly until the last term, where we will reduce the frequency for individuals exam preperations. Socials are usually a variety of nights out, meals and activities such as bowling, picnics or film/spa nights. Joint socials with other clubs are also organised, which include skills swaps!
Each year we partake in a competition where any member is welcome to audition. In recent years these have included Inter-University Pole Dance Competition and South-West Pole Vasity. To support, members of the club come along for the day to cheer Team Plymouth on!
We also hold a Christmas Meal and Winter Showcase at the end of Term 1; and a Pole Ball and Summer Showcase at the end of Term 2! Money raised from our showcases is donated to charity.
Finally, we expect to be going on tour this year! For an idea of what we are planning ... Last year we visited Barcelona for 5 days in January, completing 8 hours of workshops in a local studio (including handstands, active flexibility, contempoary and exotic flows, and pole lines), with plenty of time to explore Barcelona.
Many members really enjoy there time with UPPDC and so may want to stay on as an alumni member. We now offer an alumni membership option, so they can still be part of the UPPDC community, even after graduation. Unfortuately, alumni members are not entitled to the discount code at the studio and student members get priority for performing or events with limited numbers. However, we do welcome alumni members to perform and practice with us, and join us at socials!
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