First Time

The basics

Here to help!

If you have not done pole before please don’t be nervous, we will look after you! Here is some information which will help you on your way!

    You can book into any class which contains level 1, including All Levels.

    Please arrive 5 minutes early to allow time to change. If you miss the warm up/are late, you will not be allowed into the class.

    When you arrive please follow our signs to the changing room/lockers. All you need to bring into the studio with you is water and your locker key!

    Please leave all jewellery and shoes in the lockers.

    Please wait in the reception until your class is called.

    You will be lead in a standard warm up.

    We then come around and teach you individually, going through our syllabus.

    You will then be lead in a cool down to finish your class.

    If you have any questions when you finish, don’t hesitate to ask your instructor!

If you have done pole before but not been to Watermelon before, don’t worry, we would love to have you! Simply email to find the appropriate level for you!

What do I wear?

    For Level 1 - Please wear leggings or shorts and a regular top.

    For Level 2 - Please wear shorts and a regular top.

    For Level 3+ - Please wear shorts and sport bras are highly recommended.

    We recommend for all your pole wear needs.

    You can pole bare feet or in pole specific shoes, eg Pleasers or Hella Heels

What should I bring?

    Please bring a bottle of water, our tap water is drinkable if you need to top up.

    If you are Level 3+ please bring your own liquid chalk/dry hands.

    We recommend bringing a notebook and pen to document your pole journey/moves!

    Some students like to bring their own hand towels if they get quite sweaty.

How do I book?

Please book directly through our booking site here.

Why Watermelon?

We frequently get asked why we named our studio after a fruit! We chose the name after Dirty Dancing’s famous quote ‘I carried a Watermelon’ as we love dancing so much!


If you are not sure if pole fitness is for you, read the comments of our existing students on how they have progressed their fitness. Their journey may persuade you to join the Watermelon family!

I had done pole before elsewhere but had a 2 and half year break. When I found out The Watermelon was opening I got in touch straight away, I was there on the first week it opened, and never left :) The Watermelon studio is a little peace of heaven on earth, the studio itself is beautiful and welcoming, the students and atmosphere are amazing, and Gwen is the best pole teacher I've ever had. Since starting at Watermelon I've achieved things I never thought I could, I've moved up 2 levels, I've performed my own routines 4 times and I've fallen in love with pole again. To top it all up, Watermelon has given me the chance to take classes with some word-class pole dancers.

My sessions at The Watermelon have become the best moments of the week, is the best therapy ever and my favourite place to be!

Lidia Prieto- Lafuente

Where other schools missed it, watermelon (gwen) was so quick to correct things that I was doing wrong, that were causing injury. The professionalism and structure is wonderful.

Sarah Mackenzie

Well what can I say about pole. I love it! It is my go to happy place!

A lot of people think it's only for certain type of people but what I've learned is that it's for everyone and anyone. Anyone who wants to learn a new skill, exercise and increase confidence.

I started pole in August 2014 and started at The Watermelon Studio with Gwen. I started right at the beginning and have since progress onto level 4. I'll not lie, it's not all been easy. There's been times I've got frustrated at not getting moves and yes, there are bruises but nothing can beat the feeling you get from learning a new move, from laughing with new friends and the confidence it all gives you. Your pole friends are there to support you and encourage you as well. They're a great bunch!

One thing I had always tried to work at in the gym was my core and upper body strength but never succeeded...until pole. The strength and flexibilty it gives you is amazing, as long as you work at it.

The instructors are all amazing and always there when needed for advice and support.

I couldn't ask for a better bunch of guys and girls to pole with and cannot promote pole enough :)

Zara Mcdowell

I have been a student for 8 years now and not only has my strength grown, but my confidence too! The fantastic instructors have created an amazing, supportive environment for everyone who wants to pole. It’s my safe place

Holly White

For someone like me with no fitness or dance experience, The Watermelon Studio is a god-send. From the very first class, you'll be using muscles you never knew you had, to execute spins you never thought you could pull off! The mixed classes make you feel totally comfortable progressing at your own pace, and there's a wonderful atmosphere of cooperation and encouragement between students. Having your classmates cheer when you nail a tricky move, because they're genuinely happy for you is an amazing feeling. You'll have so much fun and get so engrossed in mastering moves, you won't even notice you're getting a workout.

Gwen is fantastic teacher. She's incredibly warm and welcoming, bubbly, funny and full of energy. Lessons are always taught with professionalism and enthusiasm, and you never feel like you're bothering her, but the classes, workshops the wonderful studio are a testament to just how much passion, time and hard work she puts in.

Alice Palmer

I started at the watermelon studio after being coerced by a friend to try it. I was very apprehensive as I had no upper body strength and very little dance ability. Gwen made me feel welcome straight away. I realised everyone was at the same starting point as me and after one class I was hooked. I’ve been poling for just over a year now and I’m amazed at how far I have come, both in terms of strength and confidence. Having had severe body image issues in the past, pole has help me learn to accept my shape. I’ve even performed in just a sports bra and shorts! – something I never thought I’d managed before. I’m so glad I found Watermelon and couldn’t imaging poling anywhere else!

Ashleigh Kelly

Watermelon is a very well run dance studio . It's a safe environment. Classes run to time table . It's fun and very welcoming . So much support and encouragement from both instructor and other pupils.

Elizabeth Hutson

I started pole in Glasgow and the Watermelon Studio was highly recommended to me when I moved to Edinburgh. Since I had only done pole for a year I started at level 1 and 2. I would highly recommend this at any level so you can learn the whole syllabus since every studio is different.

All of the instructors at Watermelon are so supportive and a massive inspiration. The studio is like one big family. I have made lots of friends and have so much fun. The studio has had a huge impact on my life when moving to a new city. I have struggled with my mental health and the studio has become my happy place. I love fitness and also attend the gym. Pole fitness has made a massive difference to my core and upper body strength. It also motivates me to keep up my weight training. When I work hard in the gym I notice my pole tricks get better and vice versa. They both go hand in hand. My body confidence, self-worth and self-belief have sky rocketed since I came to Watermelon. Watermelon is full of the most amazing, beautiful people and I am unbelievably proud to be a pip.

Tracey Hunter

I started at the studio with zero co-ordination, no upper body or core strength and not a person who liked exercising. However the instructors are very friendly, supportive and will go at your pace - they always make you feel safe. Pole dancing at the Watermelon Studio has definitely increased my strength, co-ordination and confidence. I've been there 3 years and I wouldn't exercise in any other way or go anywhere else now. The Watermelon promotes support to each other so being a pip feels like being a part of an extended family, and it's so much fun.

Suzanne Hannock