pole dance

hello! we are the essex blades pole dance club <3


At the University of Essex Pole Dancing Club, we aim to provide a great environment for our members to have fun whilst learning the art of Pole Dancing! Our classes are suitable for all abilities, from those who have never touched a pole before, to those who are more experienced. Although we are aware of the stigma that Pole Dancing can hold, we are always looking for ways to change this and are consistantly spreading the word that Pole Dancing is a fun, rewarding sport that deserves to be recognised. 

As a member of our club, you will have a weekly pole lesson run by our amazing coaches, as well as the option to partake in our optional Strength and Flexibility + Dance Classes which will help you master those pole moves faster and improve your flow! Both these classes are taught with all levels of ability in mind so please don't be scared to come along!


How many teams do we have?

Although our club is based on class sign up rather than teams, we do have an ever-changing competition squad that we hold auditions for if you wish to compete for us! 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 - 2020
Raising and Giving Award Winners 2017
Nominees for Social Club of the year 2017
Nominees for Club of the Year 2014, 2016 & 2017
Essex Blades Gold Standard Club - 2019/20, 2020/21, 2021/22 


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 or fake tan to the pole class as all of these can damage the poles. 

Join us*


To be a part of the club, you will 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.

By purchasing a membership you are agreeing to the clubs code of conduct.

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Please note, as memberships have to be uploaded to the Essex Sport system manually, it may take 3-5 working days before you are able to book onto your session via the Essex Sport app and attend training sessions. Should you have any problems, please email scadmin@essex.ac.uk  

Training times

PLEASE SEE BELOW THE TRAINING SChedULE for autumn term FOR 2022-23. 


1:30pm - 2:15pm monday

Beginners £20

Open practice 

2:30pm - 3:15pm monday

Open practice for paid members 


3:30pm - 4:15pm monday

Beginners £20

Inter progression

4:30pm - 5:15pm monday

 Inter progression members only (£25)


2:30pm - 3:15pm wednesday


Beginner members only (£20)


Inter progression

3:30pm - 4:15pm wednesday

Inter progression members only (£25)


4:30pm - 5:15pm wednesday



All paying club members welcome alternate each week between dance/fitness 19/10 fitness



Inter/advanced £30 - members only


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




Club committee


Charlotte houlihan


elsa anderfelt


terri-leigh wallace


giulia marangoni

welfare officer

bryony gemmell




alexa young

social secretary

ellie redford

 communications officer

ria torto

Co-Volunteering charity & fundraising officer

jamie owen

covid officer & Co-Social Secretary

Kacy harrington

competition secretary & dance coach

harry mitchell

co-Volunteering & fundraiser

Elle mulvey

fitness class coordinator


fitness class coordinator

Mia knight

Equipment officer

eseosa enaiho

alumni officer