Devon Pole Dance by Issy Max is a school providing holistic pole dance instruction with a focus on technique and personal development. I believe that there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to teaching pole dance because everyone’s starting point is as different as their goals.  

A holistic approach

Because I take into account your physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing you can be sure that your pole journey is truly your own, with the freedom to progress at your own pace. After all, we are all constantly finding our way through life! It is my aim that whatever your starting point is on a given day, you will retain a challenging yet attainable pole practice and a place of sanctuary. 

My holistic approach has informed both my group class and VIP programme planning. It is my aim to provide an uplifting experience and hold a judgement free space for my clients. This is important to me over and above pushing you consistently onwards. 

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Class location

Evolve Gym, 5 Woodland Cl, Torquay TQ2 7BD

Find the studio to the left of reception

Client Testimonial

“I feel very grateful to have an instructor who is both passionate and incredibly knowledgeable about pole dancing. Issy is constantly learning, and is always able to provide well-informed and thoughtful guidance on everything from flexibility training to performance tips. She treats each student like an individual, and works hard to learn about their specific goals and teaching needs. 

Her holistic approach to pole training and focus on performing moves and combinations with fluidity has been hugely inspirational in guiding my own practice.” ~ Rebecca 

Personal Development 

My students value my tuition due to my attention to detail and focus on bilateral training. I aim to provide you with comprehensive instruction so that you attain competency in your own right. By focusing on solid foundations, you will soon build your own beautiful monument to your achievements and develop your own style. 

I actively encourage my students to be curious and ambitious in seeking out instruction from a variety of teachers. I want you to feel confident that when you do so, eyes will be on you due to your dexterity on and off the pole, your personal flair and competency. I want you to be *that* dancer other students look up to. 

By working together on your goals, whether you seek a light-hearted weekly practice for your own satisfaction, develop an act for stage or competition, I look forward to supporting you in your goals. 

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Client Testimonial

Group classes and 1-2-1 classes with Issy have definitely kept me sane through lock down. She is an excellent teacher, and always manages to keep things light and fun. She has a talent for breaking down moves , giving clear explanations and making them achievable (even when I am having a blergh off-day!). There’s a great variety from beginner to advance, dancing to tricks and strength to flexibility- and the fact it’s all backed up with online tutorials and recordings on Patreon is awesome.

I look forward to the days when we can pole and practice together in person again, but either way I would highly recommend you let Issy take you for a spin ~ Jeanne

My services

By engaging my services you can expect targeted, level-specific pole dance tuition including tricks, spinning pole and sensual movement. I offer group tuition from beginner to advanced level as well as online classes and a VIP programme of bespoke 1:1 tuition. 

It is important for me to create a safe learning space for all people, but most especially those who have felt they don’t fit into mainstream fitness classes and have a curiosity for treading a more unique path. Instead of abs, gains and fitness; think captivating, empowering, powerful. 

Client Testimonial

Discovering Devon Pole Dance has been really life changing for me! Having relocated to the south west, as a busy working mum I found it tough to make any time for myself. I’d always wanted to dance, and found Issy’s classes, and they had timings that fit in with my work and family life. I was amazed at the inclusive and positive atmosphere; anybody and everybody is welcome and made to feel comfortable, regardless of ability. The emphasis is on a holistic and balanced approach, building strength, and safely learning to develop your pole skills, and having fun while you do it. It’s a safe space to be yourself whilst working on fitness, strength, flexibility and dance skills. But it’s not just about pole, I’ve also found a diverse, inspiring community that I’m so proud to be a part of. Definitely give this a go if you’ve been thinking about trying something new! ~ Becki A