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The Advancement and Accreditation programme officially launched on 1st August 2010 and within just over 3 weeks we have commitment to the scheme from over 300 students and instructors with many more promising to sign up in the next few months.


AAP members page here

Your pole dancing passport 

  .....dont climb a pole without it!

Buy your AAP in June and get a free PDC Syllabus. That's just £30 for your passport and syllabus - OFFER EXTENDED! 

Grading (students)

Grading provides tangible feedback for the student on their progress and gives them something they can show off to their friends!  It shows that they are learning a recognised sport at a reputable school, which should help to dispel some of the misconceptions their friends and family may hold.

                                       In order to unify standards across our membership, a universal grading criteria has been developed. Students may progress through five grading levels and have their achievement recognised by all PDC Approved Schools. If a student moves location, they will be able to continue their grading progression at any other PDC Approved School.

Students are graded according to criteria that have been decided democratically by all PDC Approved Schools. All PDC Approved Schools may grade students according to the agreed criteria. Grading test notes are provided to the schools to facilitate this. They can be downloaded here: grading notes

Students are provided with an official AAP book (their pole dancing passport) in which their grading is recorded.  On request, the PDC can also provide a certificate acknowledging the student’s success.
Grading (instructors)
For students wishing to grade as an instructor, or for existing instructors looking to enhance their
recognition within the industry, the PDC has introduced three levels of instructor excellence.
The requirements for each of the three grades have been decided democratically by all PDC Approved Schools


Here are just a few comments we received from PDC Approved Schools regarding the AAP.

"LOVE IT!!! Everything about it is so professional and it's so nice to have a pole record of achievement that will be recognised nationwide!" Tracy Huckfield, Pagan's Pole

"yayyyyyy this is awesome!!"
Deanna Michelle Wallace

"I showed the girls the sample booklet, they love it and the whole grading idea" Karen Chandy - Body Barre

I have just ordered my booklet online ......  I can't wait to have a look through everything and, although I have my training through KT, I will look forward to working my way through the book too!  I love the pieces of paper telling me that I can actually do stuff properly!  Karen - Princess K

 Picture below of Pagan's Pole Student Nikki Lines achieving her Level 4 grading.smiling level 4 pole dancer

Questions and Answers

How much does it cost?

Buy your AAP in June and get a free PDC Syllabus. That's just £30 for your passport and syllabus - OFFER EXTENDED!
The PDC Approved instructor may make a 'resonable' charge for conducting each grading.
Official grading certificates may be bought from the PDC at just £5 (+p&p). 

Online (video gradings) are charged at £15/grade, which includes your certificate.

Do I have to train at a PDC Approved school to become a member?
No.  You can train wherever you like but your gradings must be taken either at a PDC Approved school or by video and sent to us.  We understand that many pole dancers train at home or do not yet have a PDC Approved school in their area and we do not want to exclude you.  
How do I join in?
Either ask at your PDC Approved school (your instructor is authorised take your membership fee and pass the paperwork onto us), or if you train at home or at another school, you can buy your membership here.

If you can think of any other questions you would like to see answered here - please contact us and let us know.
Thanks :-)


PDC Approved Instructors can GRADe You now!

They can grade your progress no matter which school you train at, and even if you train at home!



Or if you can't find a PDC Approved pole dancing instructor, here's some information on pole dancer video gradings.











The video below is lovely demonstration of many PDC Level 1 pole dancing moves by Emily Smith of PDC Approved Emily's Pole Fitness (thanks Emily)


 buy your membership here                                                                                 

Equity Pole Dancers’ Working Party.

Equity Pole Dancers Working Party pole dancing picture

Notes of the meeting of the Pole Dance Working Party held on Friday 16th April 2010 at 1.00pm at Equity, Guild House, Upper St Martin’s Lane, London WC2H 9EG

Emily’s Pole Fitness Swindon Studio Launch.

Emily's Pole Fitness pole dancing picture

Emily’s Pole Fitness have been teaching pole dance classes for 11 weeks and as her classes were so successful in The Vic function room, she thought it would be a good idea to set up her very own Pole Dance Studio!

University of Plymouth Pole Dancing Club - More than just pole dancing.


(article originally featured in University of Plymouth magazine - The Knowledge)

So far this year we have been really busy as a club starting with Freshers Week last year, where we signed up over 150 new members, and more as the year has gone on.  Since then the club has gone from strength to strength with successful socials and charity events.


Spin City, Bristol - Dance Aid with Diversity!

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On Monday 10th May 2010, dancers from all around Bristol including the Spin City Pole Dance Troupe will be competing to win the title of "Best Dancers" as well as a masterclass with Diversity and their world famous Dancework Studios.

UK Pole Dance Day 2010 - 360 Pole Dancing, Bristol.

UK Pole Dance Day Pole Dancing Picture

360 Pole Dancing Offers FREE Pole Dancing Taster Class to Celebrate UK Pole Dance Day!

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UK Pole Dance Day 2010 - Spin City Pole Fitness Bristol.

UK Pole Dance Day pole dancing picture

To celebrate the UK's 2nd Pole Dance Day Spin City Pole Fitness in Bristol will be holding a master class with Maxine Betts; Current Miss Pole Dance UK 2009 champion, Maxine is a 38 year old mother of two. A gymnast since the age of 6, she was training at junior national squad level by the age of 12. She continued her fitness and agility skills through 5 years in the British army. After taking time off from her career to independently raise her 2 children she decided in 2006 it was time to take the world by storm and restarted her career in the fitness world and started Polemania!

Maxine Betts Pole Dancing Picture

Only £55 for a three hour workshop with the fantastic Maxine.

To book your place just click here.

Kate Johnstone,

Spin City.

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UK Pole Dance Day 2010 - Pole Affinity Pole Jam and Open Day. 

UK Pole Dance Day Picture

Pole Affinity is hosting it's very own Pole Jam & open day for UK National Pole Dance Day on May Day - Saturday 1st May! This is an event founded by the Equity Pole Dancers Working Party in order to raise public awareness of the fitness side of pole dance and it's art form.

Miranda Goldring Pole Dancing Picture

It is a non-profit making event, open to all!

Please spread the word and bring your friends, family & anyone interested to find out more! ( No pervy men though!)

The Pole jam and open day will be held at Ebberly Arms (Function Room), Bear Street, Barnstaple from 2pm till 4pm.

Hope to see some of you there!


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UK Pole Dance Day 2010 - Purity Pole

UK Pole Dance Day Pole Dancing picture

On Saturday 1st May Purity Pole will be holding a free pole jam at their Reading studio. The event will be held from 1pm till 4pm at Lismore House, 28b Wilton Road, Reading.

This event is open to all pole dancers who have completed at least one Beginner and Intermediate course at Purity Pole.

We will have some performances and challenges from the pole dancing Instructors. If anyone would like to do a performance on the day then please let me know. You are welcome to do a double performance if you don't want to go it alone. It can even be one of the routine workshops if you would like.

Jolene Parlour Pole dancing picture

There will not be direct tuition on the day, but you are welcome to ask for advice. If anyone is seen to be doing something that is way beyond their level then you will be asked to stop that particular move.

Please contact Purity on 07961 054 863  if you would like to attend.

Click here to visit the Purity Pole Website.


Purity Pole Dancing Picture



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Emily’s Pole Fitness is holding a Pole Jam for Charity on UK Pole Dance Day - May 1st 2010!

Emily's Pole Fitness pole dancing picture

Swindon and Wiltshire’s only PDC (Pole Dance Community) approved pole school; Emily’s Pole Fitness is inviting women from all over to join her at The Victoria in Old Town for 4 hours of fun and pole dancing on Saturday 1st May. A Pole Jam is an event where pole dancers and people interested in pole dancing meet up and take part in some pole dancing for fitness!

This May Day, Emily, founder of Emily’s Pole Fitness will be holding a Pole Jam in aid of Gynae C which is a charity supporting women with Gynaecological Cancer. Gynae C was set up by Helen Jackson who works extremely hard managing this charity single handed. “Gynae C was set up by my wonderful mother who I find a great inspiration. She has been through so much and has the heart and determination to help others in need.” Emily says.

Emily's pole Fitness pole dancing picture

This event is aimed at everyone from those who have never pole danced before and want to find out more about pole dancing for fitness to those who are advanced pole dancers. Emily will be there to answer any questions you may have and to show you a spin or two on the pole! The event forms part of the UK Pole Dance Day, a national annual event organised by the Equity Pole Dancers Working Party, the performers’ union. UK Pole Dance Day, now in its second year, encourages the public to look again at a dance form considered by many to be sole preserve of the gentlemen’s club. Emily’s classes are aimed at women of any shape, any size and any fitness level! “Anyone can give pole dancing a go!” Says Emily, “it’s not just about feeling sexy, it’s about having fun and achieving things you thought weren’t possible while keeping fit!”

Emily is a qualified fitness instructor and has been teaching pole dancing classes for 3 years, she is very passionate about teaching this extraordinary way to keep fit. “My aim is to pass everything I know on to others so they can experience how rewarding and exciting pole dancing for fitness can be.” Emily says.

The event starts at 12pm on Saturday 1st May and finishes at 4pm at The Victoria, 88 Victoria Road, Old Town, Swindon, SN1 3BD. The entry fee is only £2 and will be going towards Gynae C.

For more information please do not hesitate to contact Emily on 07833 192079 or email.

Click here to see Emily's article in the Swindon advertiser.

All details of this event can be found on Emily’s website.

Emily's Pole Fitness pole dancing picture

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