Monday 18th March 2013 - "I joined the Art of Dance about 3 years a go after looking for a different form of exercise. I have always been a keen exerciser and have worked in the fitness industry for over 15yrs so finding something fun and challenging was important to me. I am an assessor specialising in fitness qualifications so it was important for me to find a new sport that gave me a good workout but was safe and fun - and I get all of this from Pole Fitness. All the instructors at the Art of Dance are very professional and friendly, they never make you feel inadequate and we always have fun in classes. My usual instructor knows I like to be pushed and I always walk away tired but smiling and looking forward to next week. I am stronger and more flexible than I ever have been thanks to Pole Fitness."
Friday 14th March 2013 - Pole dancing has radically changed my life. I've always been painfully shy and pole dancing has given me the confidence and self esteem to not only push myself beyond my comfort zone in my health and fitness, but also challenge myself and be more assertive in my workplace. I have achieved more in work since starting pole dancing lessons than before. I am healthier (my asthma has gone from being on a nebuliser regularly and constantly taking inhalers, to taking an inhaler only twice a day). I'm stronger, my body more toned in my 40s than it was in my 20s (even with having 4 children in between). I have met and befriended some of the most genuine and friendly people through pole dancing and I recommend pole dancing at the Art of Dance to everyone, as the health benefits and camaraderie are second to none.
Carlotta Barker, 22 years old
Wednesday 13th March - I think pole fitness is very beneficial for physical and mental health! It's a great work out for raising heart rate and toning your body. I've become much stronger through pole fitness (which now means I can help my dad move furniture around the house!) and I've made some friends in the process.
Good luck with the fight!
Wednesday 13th March 2013 - I don't feel I'm qualified to give a testimonial, However now that I've done pole for 6 months I feel I'm picking it up and I enjoy every lesson. Is it fitness?? Totally. Yes. Mentally and physically?? Yup.Not like any other fitness class.
Donna Sampson keen learner x
Wednesday 13th March 2013 - As an older lady (43) I find pole dancing to be an amazing way to keep fit and toned. I struggle with aerobics now because I suffer with a bad back and the high impact irritates it.I find that regular pole lessons have not only given me body confidence but strengthened my back and improved my posture. I would recommend it to any age and any size lady. Such a fun way to exercise.
Tuesday 8th May 2012 -Thank you so much to the Art of Dance for getting me started, I'm addicted now!
Sunday 29th May 2012 - Just a quick email to say the dance class was absolutely fab. We had a great time and it seriously couldn’t have been any better. Sue/Georgina was lovely and everyone only had great things to say about the session – we even did our routine in the pub later which went down a storm! The plan is now to practice and then surprise the groom with the routine after the wedding in the evening. Lol
Wednesday 12th May 2010 - I would like to say how friendly I have found The Art Of Dance - to be honest I wondered when I first attended whether it would be for me but it was great - friendly and helpful staff - I particularly enjoyed the Saturday sequencing session that I did. I think people would be surprised that it doesn't seem to matter what size or shape you are you can still get something out of pole fitness and look graceful too.
Tuesday 18th August 2009 - I have had a few ladies on my first aid courses that also come to you for weekly lessons the last one was Sam Henderson from Mumfords. Sam could not say enough good things about you and your staff.
Wednesday 5th August 2009 - I just wanted to say a BIG thank-you for making Liz's hen do a right giggle! A few of us are even considering investing in poles - although we will of course come to you for advice. The lesson was so much fun and pitched to exactly the right level. We even put in a few of our new found moves in the clubs later on that night (bruises to prove it!).
Hope you are well, Thanks again
Liz and Becca
Wednesday 10th June 2009 - Quick note to say a huge thanks - we had an amazing time with the girls on Saturday morning, the 2 girls were brilliant - but in very different ways!! hope their demo last weekend went well? The morning completely opened our eyes to this and I am certainly keen to come back again soon for more lessons!! my legs were fine afterwards and no bruising but I have to say - my arms killed me - and only just stopped hurting today!!
So a huge thanks to the girls - whose name I have forgotten because I am rubbish with names but they were lovely - fun and really accommodating - all of our group had a really memorable time and a lot of laughs!! Thanks again - keep up the great work - I will recommend you to everyone and anyone (and find any excuse to come back again!!)
Kristina x x x (pictured below)
well done love Frankie
7th October 2008 - Hi Sam, Just wanted to say a big thank you for a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon on Saturday (4 Oct). The hen (Rosy) was so pleased with her day and the pole dancing was the talk of the evening. I think we are all still aching, I know I am - my arms are the worst, but definitely worth it. We all really enjoyed ourselves and would recommend your classes to anyone who is planning a hen do or wanting to have lessons. Both yourself and Jo were brilliant and really impressed us with your moves together with your sense of humour and professionalism. I attach a couple of photos that you might want to use on your website for the hen package. Thank you again and you might see me again at a class!
23rd September 2008 -I started classes with the Art of Dance at the very first Liskeard class, with Val, (and you were there also, on our first class) back in March 2007. God only knows why, but after that first week, covered in bruises and aching worse than when I had a head on collision in a car, I returned the next week. My husband at that point did actually think I’d lost the plot (Again!) Apart from the odd week here and there when away on annual hols, and a short break of about 4 weeks due to an over ambitious move (totally my fault!) and slightly pulling my shoulder, I have remained a regular pole exerciser (is there such a phrase??), with the Art of Dance ever since. I have also come along to one of the flexibility classes, the open day, and Val's Halloween party with student showcase.
When I first started Pole dancing, I was not long on the start of a journey rebuilding my self and my confidence after a horrific year which saw me all but completely fall apart. I always used to be so incredibly confident, and at the height of my illness, for a few weeks, I could not even leave my house. Although there were many aspects to me regaining my physical, and MENTAL health, including taking a long hard look at myself, my lifestyle, my diet and my emotions, I truly believe that the single greatest factor that has helped me to ‘find’ my confidence again, has been pole dancing. I truly LOVE everything about it, and it is a true testament to yourself just how high my confidence levels are now! Also, a HUGE special shout has to go to Hayley, our Liskeard Instructor, small as she is, she is a little ‘pocket rocket’, and continues to amaze me with her grace and strength on the pole, her friendliness with her class, her energy and enthusiasm, and her enormous amounts of SUCH patience! A true credit to yourself, as she has obviously learned from the best.
It has been fantastic to watch closely as the Art of Dance has gone from strength to strength, even in the face of adversity, and you and your team are continually turning the tables on peoples pre-conceived ideas and notions of pole dancing. I hope one day to be asking you for a job (!) as an instructor, but until that day when I have nearly enough skill, you can guarantee that I will be there every Wednesday, come rain or shine. Pole dancing with the Art of Dance is one tonic, I am NEVER giving up!
Well done Sam, to you and your team, and Thank You SOOOOOOOOOO much.
10th July 2008 - "The Art of Dance is one of the most friendly and supportive exercise classes and studios I've ever been to. Everyone - staff and students - are incredibly enthusiastic and always happy to help you with anything you want to achieve - from a basic spin to an advanced trick - and are always eager to share anything new they've learned. The instructors have developed an enviable balance and atmosphere in class, managing to spend time with people individually whilst keeping everyone working up a sweat, challenging themselves and having a fantastic time. In fact, most of the time you forget its even about exercise as the atmosphere is so supportive, encouraging and paced just right, but you always know you've had an amazing workout and I've never seen such good results after even just a few classes! You are given the flexibility to work to whatever level you feel comfortable at, but the teachers will always coax you if they think you can achieve the next level, which is a wonderful achievement when you make it! I couldn't recommend the class more highly. You can take the classes as whatever you want - whether its just for exercise or whether you want to become a World Class dancer. The most intense, demanding, enjoyable and rewarding 'exercise class' I have ever done."
20th April 2008 - "It's good fun, excellent fitness: much more interesting than going to the gym. I have metal screws in my back and my chiropractor has told me that pole dancing has helped the muscle tone on either side of my spine."
13th April 2008 - Click here for Sarah Anderson's report on our pole dancing classes.
26th March 2007 - "Just wanted to say a massive thank you for a fantastic night last night. The dancers were all amazing, all different, with their unique styles...all so inspiring! And what a way to end it- Jo and you were absolutely phenomenal. The night was brilliant and it was great for our partners to see what we are all hyped about!
Penny Scaffold commenting on the 3rd birthday ball featuring a student showcase and an instructor exhibition.
5th February 2007 - "I just wanted to thank you for everything you did to organise the Burlesque lesson we had for the hen party on Saturday. Everyone had such a great time and Chantelle, the bride to be, was so surprised and enjoyed every minute. Sue was fabulous, we all agreed she could do life coaching! It was really inspirational to us to meet such a strong, confident and straight talking woman; she taught us so much about life as well as dancing. We were all a bit shy and inhibited during the clas but I can assure you that there was no stopping us in the evening, we danced for hours....The photos are going to make a wonderful wedding present! Thank you so much for everything and please pass my gratitude to Sue as well, she is a true inspiration!"
25th September 2007 - "Having been challenged by Jo to try pole dancing I now have total respect for your sport which requires dedication, strength and grace. I would like to thank you for putting up with me during my short trial period. Hopefully I will have time to visit when I'm down in Plymouth for meetings.... but until then 'Strength and grace' but if this fails remember my bum will always look bigger than yours in shorts."
Click here for a student article written by Sarah Anderson.
4th December 2006 - "Thank you so much for the energetic, enjoyable evening. Some of us are feeling the strain and bruises more than others! You have inspired us all so much that we would like to return for more sessions. Many thanks again"