Featured PDC Approved 3 Star Pole Dancing Instructor Gemma Newman.
A big welcome to one of our latest 3 star approved pole instructors Gemma Newman. Gemma has been dancing from the age of 4 and has become addicted to pole dancing resutling in the opening of her new business ventures GemsTone Fitness in Staines, Middlesex,, UK.
"Hi! I’m Gem and I am the owner and dance teacher for GemsTone Fitness Ltd, based near Staines, Middlesex. Dance was instilled in me from birth, I think! From ages 4 to 16, I was dancing and competing in Ballet, Tap, Modern, Jazz, Street Jazz and Ballroom. I fell pregnant and the weight piled on, the stretch marks grew, and my confidence fell.
If it wasn’t for a friend of mine, who wanted to try every new class that was going, I would never have even dreamed of starting pole dancing lessons! I was a little wary, mainly of my weight, but more of what it involved. Well, after the first class, I was hooked! I had a lovely first teacher, who encouraged me, even though I wasn’t as strong as the other girls.
I had the pole bug – and I was determined to become stronger, and more graceful, and more daring. It was pointed out that I had a knack for helping others from the start and could offer alternatives, as I had to do moves differently because of my weight. I even bought a pole to have at home so that I could practise.
That was it then – I was on a mission to get fit. I started attending classes more than once a week and made time for all the extra fitness sessions and pole workshops I possibly could.
It took a while for a fellow pole teacher to convince me that I had the power, the confidence, the know-how and the skill to start teaching my knowledge to others. So I started the ball rolling with training, certificates, insurances and courses in order to become a reputable teacher/school.
I started working for a local pole school in order to gain even more confidence and experience then, being the career-minded person that I am, I set up my own pole school.
I achieved my PDC 3* instructor level achievement and 4* level dancer in the official PDC Grading this year (2012), which displays the highest level of professionalism amongst the pole industry. I am a member and on the map of the PDC pole schools. This, for me, is a major achievement in itself!
I have met SO many pole dancers in the four years that I have been dancing, and have to say, have not come across one of them who hasn’t been friendly, encouraging or gracious. I love being a part of the Pole Dance Community, in every sense of the word and can’t wait to continue and promote the journey of GemsTone Fitness Ltd."