“ Hi! I’m Gem and I am the owner and dance teacher for GemsTone Fitness Ltd. 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, 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. Here’s your chance to become a member of that same community…
I started dancing when I was five years old and it has been my passion ever since. Between the ages of five to sixteen I was a student at a Dance and Drama Academy, performing and achieving awards in Ballet, Jazz and Character dancing. I also joined a local contemporary dance company and continued to dance with this company until the age of eighteen. As well as being a performer, I was able to assist with teaching the 7 – 11 year classes and choreograph routines for the annual dance festivals.
At eighteen my love for performance led me to study Dance and Performing Arts ‘A’ Level at college. Unfortunately towards the end of my exams I had to stop dancing for a while due to a knee injury. I continued to keep fit by occasionally joining dance and aerobics classes at a local gym, but I couldn’t find anything that motivated me to want to go back every week.
A friend of mine suggested pole classes, and after my first pole fitness class I knew I was hooked. In 2012, (just as the company was closing its doors) I heard about a brand new pole fitness company called GemsTone Fitness.
Being part of Gemstone Fitness has been amazing. I love being able to help others to achieve their goals and seeing them grow in confidence, especially when we conquer those ‘nemesis’ moves. The best thing about Gemstone Fitness is the way all the students support and encourage each other.
I would recommend Gemstone Fitness classes to anyone that wants to find a way to enjoy exercising, improve confidence, have fun and socialise in a vibrant and friendly environment.
Gemma recently qualified as a Pole Fitness Beginners Instructor in November 2014. This is what Gemma says…
“I started pole fitness in 2011 and became hooked after my first lesson. I have never really enjoyed the gym or stuck at any sports until pole, it’s addictive! I met Gem before she set up Gemstone Fitness and became one of her first original students. Since being a part of the Gemstone family I have achieved so many goals that I never thought possible, including running my first 5k, first aid trained and becoming qualified to teach beginners level pole.
Gemstone Fitness is a part of my life that I can’t imagine being without. I cannot wait to achieve new goals, watch everyone progress and meet lots of new faces!
I always wanted to be a dancer, it was something I dreamed of when I was very young. I did ballet and gymnastics with my sister which I loved but unfortunately I was a very timid kid and when my sister quit I followed suit meaning my dream for dance never took off – other than dancing around for family or at school shows!
As I got older I wanted to find a hobby, something I really enjoyed and stuck too. I joined various fitness ventures but usually quit after a few classes. 4 years ago I ran the London marathon and it was one of the hardest things I have done. The great thing about running the marathon is that it changed my opinion of myself, I assumed I was a quitter but I completed the marathon and that surprised me! I liked the feeling I got from improving myself and so I got more and more into fitness, however I still felt I was missing something.
I found Pole quite by accident! I wanted to try aerial hoop but the course was fully booked so instead I signed up to pole. That was 2 years ago and I can honestly say it has changed my life! My fitness, for someone who already trained 4-5 times a week, has majorly improved. My strength, flexibility and confidence have grown and I feel lucky to have found my passion. It doesn’t matter what sort of day I am having, when I get to pole I am happy.
One thing I really love about Gemstones is the people. The girls are so friendly and encouraging and the teachers are patient and supportive. Seeing girls come and complete something they never thought possible was motivation for me to become a teacher. I love seeing the progression each week and how happy it makes people.
I am so pleased I managed to qualify as a beginners instructor and hopefully I can now help other girls find their passion for pole fitness!
Kelly is our Beginners and Intermediate 1 hoop instructor.