Vertical Fitness is a revolutionary way to exercise whilst having fun! In one workout we combine flexibility, strength and balance, all based around the aerial art of hoop, silks and pole dance. Our classes are designed to build your self-confidence and make you feel good about yourself, whilst getting fit and meeting new people.
We aim to fight the stigma and prejudice surrounding pole dancing. Pole dancing needs to be recognised for the sheer power, skill and talent involved to perform complicated moves so effortlessly.
Vertical Fitness is a very addictive and versatile sport, and absolutely anyone and everyone is welcome. All of our sessions are taken by qualified instructors, teaching moves step-by-step and allowing time for conditioning and strength exercises.
We cater for all abilities, most people who attend our classes are complete beginners but you will be amazed as how quickly you progress! You can be any shape or size, you really don’t have to have any fitness to join or be strong or flexible, just come along to have some fun!
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MEMBERSHIP & CLASS PRICES
Memberships cost just £25 for the whole year; this gets you some great perks such as 15% off X-pole products and discounted kit, socials and trips! We have two levels of membership; beginner and improver/intermediate. improvers/Intermediate memberships are suitable for those who have attended classes for 1 year and can confidently invert (please note that in order to attend intermediate classes you should be able to aerial invert). Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages for membership release updates.
The class price is a steal, we offer cards with 6 classes for just £20 - that works out as less than £3.50 a class (most pole schools charge at least £10 an hour!). These classes can be used to attend any combination of the pole, aerial hoop and acrobalance classes on offer. They don't have to be used on consecutive weeks, so you can come whenever it suits you! We allow no more than 3 people to a pole, and 4 people to a hoop, so you can really make the most of your time! Our pole and hoop classes take place in Sky and Scarlet studios, located downstairs in LUU (opposite Essentials). Our silks classes take place at Open Source Arts (Kirkstall Road, LS3 1JL)
Our current timetable for Semester 1 is:
5-6pm - Flexi (All abilities)
6-7pm - Improvers Pole
7-8pm - Intermediate Pole
5-6pm - Pole Jam (open to Improvers/ Intermediates)
6-7pm - Beginners Pole
7-8pm - Beginners Pole
5-6pm - Beginners Hoop
6-7pm - Improvers/Intermediates Hoop
7-8pm - Beginners Pole
8-9pm - Beginners Pole
5-6pm - Hoop Jam (open to Improvers/ Intermediates)
6-7pm - Exotic Pole*
7-8pm - Exotic Pole*
Thursday @ Open Source Arts
5-6pm - Improvers/Intermediate Silks
6-7pm - Beginners Silks
* Exotic pole is open to all abilities, no experience of exotic pole is necessary. However, we do advise that attendees to this class should have some pole experience, therefore this class may not be suitable for complete beginners.
Sessions must be signed up for in advance; sign-up sheets are emailed to members at the same time every week, 5pm on Fridays, and work on a first-come-first-served basis!
If you have signed up for a session but you can no longer make it, don't panic! We just ask that you let us know by 10am that you won't be coming so somebody else can take your place. See the Cancellation Policy document below for more information.
Even if you don't get a membership there are still opportunities to get involved in the society! Non-members are welcome to attend socials, including our pizza and pole jams. If spaces on sessions don't fill up 24hrs before the class, the sign-up sheet will be made public on Facebook for non-members to sign up and attend for £5. This doesn't happen very often though!
Throughout the year we hold many amazing socials! Including pizza and pole jams and our traditional start of the year scavenger hunt, the end of year BBQ, and many great nights out. We organise an annual Christmas meal, and dance the night away at the Dance Ball. In previous years we have also travelled to the UK Pole Professioinal Championships where we watched some incredible and truly inspiring performances. We are so excited to hold many more awesome events this year!
We also offer private sessions to other societies as a unique, fun and alcohol-free social opportunity! Check out our social package in the documents list below for more information.
Every year we perform at the LUU Fringe Festival, LUU Dance Competition (where we have won Best Concept 2015 and Best Society 2013), Dance Showcase, and The Riley Awards! We have also performed at the Fresher's Party and RAG Safer Sex Ball. One of our members also competed at Step Up to the Pole and won 2nd place in the Intermediate category. For the last two years we have organised our very own Vertical Fitness Showcase in aid of Basis Yorkshire, which provide amazing opportunities for our members to show off their skills, whilst also raising money for a worthwhile cause! Our latest showcase was a Cabaret themed event in collaboration with LUU Big Band and Swing Soc. The Showcase featured pole and hoop performances to live music and was atteneded by over 170 people!
To see some of our performances have a look at our YOUTUBE channel.
WHAT TO BRING
Normal gym bottoms or shorts and a top are perfect to wear for pole - just avoid anything with zips or buttons and jewellery will need to be removed. This protects both the pole and you! Please avoid moisturising/ using fake tan for 24hrs before a class so you don't slip off the pole! Sessions are done in bare feet (pleasers are optional for exotic) but feel free to bring trainers for the warm up and cool down.
For aerial hoop, you may want to cover up a bit more to avoid friction burns! Leggings and a tshirt are great.
Alternatively you could get yourself the beautiful Vertical Fitness kit!
This year we have been lucky enough to secure sponsorship with some of the biggest names in the pole retail industry, giving fantastic perks to our members and the society as a whole.
With over 100 members annually and many fantastic ways for sponsors to get involved, we have a lot to give back in return for any sponsorship offers we get. If you are interested in sponsoring our society, drop us an email at email@example.com
X-POLE is at the forefront of pole & aerial innovation, releasing products specifically designed for users of all levels who want to excel in the art of pole and aerial dance. This has been done through constant & rigorous testing as well as involving dancers of all levels to provide input on the development process of X-POLE products. Have you ever marvelled at performances where artists seem as though they float in mid-air with silks, hoops and hammocks? Now you too can learn the art of aerial dance using X-POLE’s A-FRAME from the comfort of your own home!
X-POLE were kind enough to give us 3 brilliant powder coated X-pert poles absolutely free which has massively helped us to improve our teaching in classes. On top of this, they also offer our members a fantastic 15% discount on many of X-POLE's products, including their poles!
For more information about X-POLE and their products, take a look at their website: https://x-pole.co.uk
‘Wink’ prides itself in offering clothing for Dance, Fitness, Pole Dance, Aerial Arts, and Yoga. The brand offers glamour, and unique design that not only looks great, but stays in place, keeps you dry and provides support where needed. ‘Wink’ designs and manufactures their clothing in the UK using the highest quality fabrics and have dressed some of the best international dance and fitness stars! 'Wink' offers made to order ‘bespoke’ items, which can be made in any colour and size including new children’s sizes. Wink is also available for trade if you would like to become a Wink stockist.
We get the majority of our beautiful kit made my 'Wink' and are now able to give our members a voucher code to get 10% discount on all 'Wink's' products!
To browse the full range of clothing that 'Wink' offers, see their website at: http://www.winkdancewear.com
Please be aware that you do not have personal accident insurance cover related to this activity. If you would like any cover, please seek this individually. Here are some providers that you can enquire with;
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By purchasing membership you take full responsibility for any damage/injuries you may incur from the physical exertion involved in our classes. It is your responsibility to inform our instructors of any pre-existing health conditions/injuries you may have at the start of each class, and you are aware that our classes are unsuitable if you have severe prolonged back problems or if you are pregnant. You agree to follow all instructions given by our professionally trained instructors and accept that if you do not do this and/or you attempt untaught moves dangerously you can be withdrawn from that class. You also consent to photographs being taken of you and published on our social media, but are aware that if you wish to opt out of this you must email us. This membership is non-refundable, please ensure you definitely wish to attend classes.