Dani Tomkins

Pole Dance & Aerial Hoop Instructor

Dani started dancing at the tender age of 4 and went on to achieve a BA Hons in Drama and Performing Arts at the University of Winchester. She has experience of teaching drama, dance and performance to children aged 5 to 16 both within and outside the mainstream education system. She also has a lot of experience working alongside people with a range of learning and physical disabilities.

In June 2015, whilst looking for a new challenge and a way of developing her confidence, Dani joined the Emily’s Pole Fitness family, starting with aerial hoop. At that time she was too shy and self-conscious to even consider pole dancing, and it took three months of constant nagging from her new hoop buddies to give it a try. But when she finally faced her fear of wearing shorts, she instantly fell in love with the beauty and flow of pole. She never looked back, and the shorts have got smaller as her confidence has increased! Training several times a week, Dani progressed quickly and went on to compete both locally and nationally, before training to teach for Emily.

Dani is a lover of cats and crochet, which (alongside her flexibility woes) has earned her the alias Granny Dani. She is a self-confessed Harry Potter enthusiast, and when not in the studio, can often be found turning muggle artefacts into aerial apparatus. She loves the strength and support she receives from her fellow polers and aerialists, and is incredibly grateful to be part of the Emily’s Pole Fitness instructor team.

Below is a list of some of Dani’s experience and qualifications:

  • Pole dancing and aerial hooping since 2015
  • Started teaching Pole Dancing in 2017
  • Dancing from the age of 4 years old & performed in many shows
  • Qualified Beginner Pole Instructor
  • Qualified Children’s Aerial Arts Instructor
  • Certificate in Flexibility in Pole Dance and Aerial Arts
  • BA Hons Drama & Performing Arts
  • Advanced/Instructor Comedy Pole Theatre UK Amateur Winner (with Azaria) 2018
  • LucyPole Cup Instructor Winner 2018
  • LucyPole Cup Intermediate Winner 2017
  • Advanced/Instructor Comedy Pole Theatre UK Amateur Finalist (with Azaria) 2017
  • Heir to the Chrome Performer Finalist 2016
  • First Aider
  • Up to date Enhanced DBS Check
  • Fully insured

Dani in Action

Check out the videos below from some of Dani’s previous performances and shows.