pole dance

hello, we are the essex blades pole dance club

At the University of Essex Pole Dancing Club, we provide a great environment for our members to have fun and learn the art of Pole Dancing! Our classes are suitable for all abilities, from those who have never been on a pole before to those who are more experienced. We are a relatively young sport but are spreading the word on Pole Dancing in a fun and safe environment! We also have Strength and Flexibility Classes which will help you master more pole moves and Dance Classes to help with your choreography and movement both on and off the pole.

How many teams do we have?

Our squads compete in the categories of Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced and Group Performance at various competitions throughout the year.


Recent honours?

National Competition IUPC Champions 2012 & 2013
South East Regional Champions 2016
Derby Day Winners 2013 - 2018
Gold Standard Award 2016, 2017 & 2018
Raising and Giving Award Winners 2017
Nominees for Social Club of the year 2017
Nominees for Club of the Year 2014, 2016 & 2017

Do I need anything else before I get involved?

Skin contact is needed for Pole Dancing, so shorts are needed.

Please do not wear rings, moisturiser and fake tan to the pole class.

Join us*

To be a part of the club, you need to join up as a member. All of the different club membership options are listed below with a description of what each membership covers.

* Please note that your membership information will be used in conjunction with Essex Sport (University), purely for the purpose of providing access to required facilities and data analysis. Your data will not be shared with anyone else or used for marketing purposes.

Training times


Open Practice

monday| 1:30-2:30|ACTIVITY HALL 1



All club members welcome.


Monday| 2:30-3:45|ACTIVITY HALL 1

All club members welcome.


monday| 3:45-4:45|ACTIVITY HALL 1



Intermediate 1 members only.



monday| 4:45-5:45|ACTIVITY HALL 1


Intermediates 2 / advanced members only.



BEginners 4

wednesday|2:30-3:30pm|ACTIVITY HALL 1



Beginners 4 Members only.

BEginners 5

wednesday|3:30-4:30pm|ACTIVITY HALL 1



Beginners 5 Members only.

progression inters 3

wednesday|4:30-5:30pm|ACTIVITY HALL 1



Progression Inters 3 Members only.

intermediates 3

wednesday|5:30-6:30pm|ACTIVITY HALL 1



Intermediates 3 Members only.

Please note, club training times listed above are during University term-time oNLY.



Club committee



karen fuggle


hope woolston


CAstillo Laylo


scout woodford

alumni & welfare officer

simone elise sarchet

social secretary

nicole elkins

competition & performance secretary

olivia rayner

publicity & communications officer

natasha elliott

fundraising & volunteering officer

gina davis

just play officer

una brannigan

fitness class coordinator

jessie may mccarthy

dance coach

Simran Talwar

VICE competition & performance secretary



alicia kirk

first year rep