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The Watermelon Studio specialises in Pole Dance lessons in the centre of Edinburgh.

We run weekly pole classes within our two studios, as well as several workshops. We also allow students the chance to focus on routines, strength, dancing in heels, twerking and more!

With The Watermelon Studio running weekly classes, dance parties, workshops and more, we have what is right for you.

Gwen Holbrey Owner/ Head Instructor

I grew up trying all sorts of dance from Jazz to Ballet, and then received my degree in ‘Drama’. With my degree I learnt how to facilitate workshops, how to teach, and gained more experience with dance. Since 2012 I began attending pole lessons and then soon became a teacher. After 6 months of teaching I became head pole teacher. I branched out on my own and completed PDC approved ‘Discoveries Dance Instructor Training Certification Course’ and am qualified in ‘Emergency first aid at work’. I am also a PDC certified Dancer at Level 4 and am a 3 star PDC registered instructor. I am in continuous training with pole artists from around the world by attending regular workshops and private lessons. I dreamt of owning a studio which is filled with positivity and encouragement, and am so grateful to have The Watermelon Studio. The support from the instructors and students has been amazing, and it’s helped make what Watermelon is today.


Sandi Wilkie Instructor

After years of dance in my school years, I decided to return to dance in the form of pole in 2013. After having two children I wanted to get fit and I was hooked from day one! As I progressed I decided I wanted to share my skills and enthusiasm with others at The Watermelon Studio.

I completed Discoveries Dance Instructor Training and continued to register as a 3 star PDC instructor and a 4 star PDC Certified dancer. I was nominated for 'Outstanding Teacher' at Pole World Festival 2018. I most recently qualified as an Xpert Pole Fitness instructor.

Continuing my development as a pole instructor is vital in this ever-evolving industry and I am committed to maintaining The Watermelon Studio's ethos of safe pole technique.

I am now fully qualified in Clubbercise and am excited to bring it to Watermelon.


Rowan Shanks Instructor

Having studied dance from a young age I continued with ballet, tap, modern, jazz and contemporary into my late teens. After leaving school I went on to study HNC musical theatre before moving to London and taking part in semi-professional shows and continuing to train down there. To supplement my income I did my Personal Training Diploma and Fitness Instructor certificate and discovered a new passion working in a gym in central London . On returning to Edinburgh I began Poledancing as a fun fitness alternative after an injury prevented me long distance running. I started teaching at The watermelon Studio doing the(non - pole)dance parties which I absolutely love. After taking part in pole as a student for 2 years I decided to get my PDC approved Spin City Beginners instructor qualification to add to my CPD points for my fitness training. Completing my qualification was delayed slightly by the appearance of my son Brodie into the world. But thanks to the continued support from Gwen and the other instructors at The Watermelon Studio I was able to get back into training and complete my Spin City course and my PDC approved Discoveries Dance qualification and renew my emergency first aid at work. Now after returning from maternity leave and am privillaged to join The Watermelon Studio and combine my two passions of fitness training and poledancing.


Emma Mostacci Instructor

I have first started ballet when I was 4 years old and soon developed a passion for dance. I then started contemporary and jazz which I have done for more than 15 years. However my curiosity led me to another form of dance and this is why I took my first pole class in 2013. I immediately fell in love with it as I could find there the acrobatic part I was missing in dance. I have completed a 6month program at the Broadway Dance Center in New York, with a focus on ballet, and also completed my Yoga teacher training with the Three Sisters Yoga in 2016. I then completed Discoveries Dance Instructor Training and continued to register as a 3 star PDC instructor. I have now started competing and placed 3rd at pole performance 2017, advanced category and 1st at Miss and Mister Pole dance Scotland 2017 instructor category.