Pole Dance in Derby with Derby Pole Fitness at The Flying Studio will help you get fit and stay healthy!

About Us

Derby Pole Fitness is THE place to go if you are looking for the best pole dance and fitness classes around in Derby. We offer quality and safety as standard at all of our weekly pole dance and pole fitness classes in Derby and we are members of the Pole Dance Community (PDC).

Derby Pole Fitness and Dance classes @ The Flying Studio are about learning pole whilst having fun!  We have been established since 2002 and have all the relevant documentation, experience, training and approval, so you know that you are in good hands.

As a very early pioneering Pole Dance and Fitness school opening in 2002, our continued success is shown by our regular attendees to our studio who enjoy the friendly environment that we have created. Our pole school is a model which is used worldwide as a template.  Many of the surrounding schools in the area as well as those Nationally located have attended our school and now have great success in the disciplines that we have taught them.

Our original The Flying Studio (formerly known as Strictly Pole Dancing) website has now been archived after being used around the world for many years as a reference.

Publications/writers referencing our work/interviewing us as pioneers:

Poles Apart Thesis by Dr. Kerry Allen

Pole Dancing, Empowerment and Embodiment 
by Dr. Samantha Holland

Article about Pole and the Olympics

Exerpt from Genevieve's orginal article on the History of Pole

Mainstreaming Sex

Our early involvement with the IPSF

P.S. Why we changed our name from Strictly Pole Dancing to The Flying Studio.  Here's why!

We were first to introduce the concept of dancing barefoot and with ballet shoes. This is now adopted worldwide. Genevieve was first to perform pole dance on stage to audiences Nationally, paving the way for others to follow. Genevieve has been awarded the PDC Pioneer Award for her contribution to pole dancing and pole fitness (only 5 instructors worldwide have been awarded this accolade).

Pole Dance and Fitness is an awesome workout that gives you a toned, honed, fit body. 

You will not believe what you are able to achieve in just a few sessions!

Please see our teachers page for teacher profiles.

See you at class soon! The Flying Studio xxx

Our Syllabus

We use our own syllabus developed many years ago and also PDC syllabus.

Our instructors are experienced, fun to work with, completely professional, down to earth, knowledgeable, happy, strong women. Our facility features a beautiful, purpose built pole studio, and is clean, private and comfortable.  We have a combined experience of many, many years pole training as well as competition success in Nationally recognised pole competitions. 

We teach our classes in safe and structured, linear and inclusive way meaning that you will learn at your own pace but also build on moves that you already know in order to progress to the next stage.

Once you get hooked, it is easy to just want to do the craziest move that you can. Outside of class during your own practice, that is fine, but at class, we will teach you the moves that lead up to it, how to get in and out of it safely and not only that, make you do it to the best of your ability. "Great, so you can do the move. Now do it well!" This applies to the most simple of moves as well as complex.

If you do not care about your body and just want to do as many tricks as possible, faster than everyone else, then our school may not be for you.

If you want to learn something fun and get a great body, wear shorts all year round, hang out with friendly people in a friendly studio with similar ideas about childlike fun, then look no further!

Hope to see you soon!



"Genevieve lead and encouraged a thorough warm up and cool down, which I was grateful of the following day!" -- Mrs. O, Derby.

"I would recommend to anyone considering the pole to simply 'have a go' as it's really good and fun and an excellent work out and even though Genevieve is an absolute Master at what she does, she makes you feel welcome and not intimidated in any way.  I will definately be back and will be recommending to friends!" -- Sasha, Burton on Trent.