Tempest Dance & Fitness

Welcome to Tempest Dance Studio

Book your session from our booking page. New students welcome.

(24 hour cancellation policy applies)

Please ensure you complete an updated PARQ prior to attending the studio.

Please DO NOT come to the studio if you are feeling unwell or if you have tested positive for Covid or suspect you may have Covid.

What do you offer?

Tempest Dance Studio offers Pole, Aerial Hoop, Trapeze, Silks, Aerial Yoga and more for adults and children. We cater for Hen and Birthday parties with a difference too. 

How do I join in?

Check out our policies and FAQs. Complete our online PARQ & Covid Informed Consent and also checkout our Facebook page to see what we do. Our studio is in the heart of Durham. Just book a class and come along!

Who can I speak to?

Contact Mandy Tempest, the Studio Owner.
Tel: 07507632458
FB: tempeststudio

Tell me more…..

Welcome to Tempest Dance and Fitness, Durham city centre’s only dedicated dance studio for pole dance, aerial hoop, aerial yoga, aerial silks, trapeze, strength and conditioning, adult dance classes, fitness, kids aerial, Burlesque and more! 
Tempest Dance and Fitness have sessions to suit all levels of experience from absolute beginner through to advanced! 
With free on-site parking and in the heart of the beautiful city of Durham, why not book us for your party? We have themed Hen parties or Birthday Parties to suit you or your child.

Pole Fitness/Pole Dancing

Pole is empowering and strength building. It is  a lot of fun and highly addictive. Starting with basic spins, poses and seats, pole focuses on muscular endurance and co-ordination.

Pole is suitable for all ages and abilities and you can even become a graded dancer with our PDC certified instructor Mandy Tempest.

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Aerial Hoop

Aerial Hoop (also known as Lyra) combines dance, circus skills, choreography and fitness.
The aerial hoop is a large steel hoop, often wrapped to create grip, suspended from the ceiling on which you can perform a range of moves, drops and poses. It offers many ways to target all the major muscle groups. In an Aerial Hoop class, you will build strength and flexibility with a range of strength building, conditioning, tricks and inverts.

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Aerial Silks

Aerial Silks (also known as tissue or fabric) builds strength, flexibility and concentration skills. Our sessions are suitable for beginners and you’ll find muscles you never knew you had. We use the fabrics to learn wraps, inverts, figures and poses. We concentrate on aerial silks but may also include work on the aerial sling!

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Static Trapeze

Aerial Trapeze combines dance, circus skills, choreography and fitness. Perform poses, rolls and hangs using both the ropes and the bar. We concentrate on static trapeze but may also use rope and hoop to build and prepare skills. Sessions are suitable for all levels including beginners.

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Aerial Yoga

Aerial Yoga improves mobility, flexibility, cardiovascular fitness, core strength, toning, muscle definition, balance, co-ordination and more! The feeling of weightlessness provided by the hammock removes compression from the spine, providing greater comfort and vastly increased freedom of movement.

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Kids Classes

Kids Aerial classes teach technique and skills for safe practice and exploration in a range of aerial disciplines. Classes are playful and creative and teaching is responsive to the individual. The focus is on enjoyment and personal goals using a range of kit, including trapeze, sling, silks, hoop and sometimes pole.

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Student Testimonials

Don’t take our word for it – here’s what our students say:

Brilliant place. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming and the instructors are fab. I wish I had joined years ago, however at 48yrs old I’m not the oldest there. Very mixed ages and abilities. 


Pole Student

Tempest Dance Studio is a fun, welcoming place to try something different. You’ll be amazed at what you can achieve in a short time and how much confidence Pole and Aerial can give you. Don’t be put off by thinking you have no strength, you soon will and it’s so much fun.


Pole Student

Fab class, confidence boosting, something I am proud of and I can actually see the improvements. I actually tell people that I am good at this and I have never said that before about anything physical. Wish I’d started classes sooner.


Aerial Student

Ready to join us? Book now!

Our Instructors

Our Instructors are here to help you no matter what you want to achieve. They are qualified in a number of disciplines and are here to support your journey. They will help you to gain confidence, build strength, dance, make friends and have fun!


Studio Owner


Aerial Instructor and Kids Aerial Instructor


Pole Instructor Beginners/Intermediate


Pole Instructor All Levels

Pole Instructor and Pole Heels Instructor



Pole Instructor Beginners


Cover Pole Instructor

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