About Us

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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.


Abi Instructor

I originally started pole classes with the aim of having fun with my friends. The realisation that I wasn’t that fit then led me to fitness and aerial classes in an effort to progress at pole. I now cross train in pole, aerial fabrics and trapeze, stretching/yoga and am a keen runner.

After attending The Watermelon Studio for several years, I was overjoyed to be asked to become part of The Watermelon Studio team. I have undertaken the PDC approved Spin City Beginners qualification as well as an Anatomy course and Stretch and Flexibility Instructor training. The Watermelon ethos and their enthusiasm has encouraged me to continually progress in my own training and as a result, I am currently undertaking my Dance Discoveries qualification.

I am a great believer in taking an all rounded and safe approach to pole and I aim to instil this in my students as well as having fun and encouraging students to find their own style of dance.