HD&F have an amazing mixture of Pole & Aerial instructors who all complement each other and HD&F. We pride ourselves on being the best we can possibly be and so all our instructors are qualified by XPERT Fitness and train regularly to keep up with the ongoing trends.


HD&F is an award winning studio, Stacey the owner was the 2018 International Fitness Manager of the year and the IPC Industry Person. Our Instructors have also won titles including Pole Theatre UK Adanced Pole Drama Winners, Pole Art Semi Pro Winner to name a few.



“This is the best aerial studio around in my opinion. Every instructor is incredibly knowledge, friendly and helpful. They are forever your cheer leaders and the whole HD&F team are a big family support network.

Vanessa Bagge


Vanessa is our Elite Pole and Aerial Instructor. She has worked hard over the years winning the Pole Theatre UK Amateur Drama category with her HD&F tribe, then on to win Pole Art UK Semi Pro and then competing in Pole Theatre UK Pro 2019 and 2020.  Vanessa is strong, flexible, and super sweet.
Vanessa teaches our Mixed Pole Classes, Elite Pole Classes, Aerial Hoop and some Online Sessions.  Vanessa trains hard and goes out of her way to find new and interesting moves to pass onto her students.
Vanessa is a qualified Pole Fitness, Aerial Hoop and Aerial Silks to name a few and is a Trainer for XPERT Fitness, you can see Vanessa featured in quite a few training manuals and is featured on X-POLE’s new marketing campaign. She has been pole dancing for over 8 years and is definitely a pole and aerial addict.

Apolline Festraets


Apolline Festraets has been practicing pole and aerial for the last 8 plus years, after falling in love with pole and aerial at university. Apolline has worked hard to build her strength and flexibility and has become an advanced aerlist.
Apolline leads our Aerial Hoop and loves to train hard to work on getting the next trick. Apolline appears to be sweet but is now known as the tough one.
Apolline is XPERT Aerial Fitness instructor and XPERT Flexibility Flow instructor.

Jade Bensilum


Jade is an instructor and performer who has been training in pole and aerial for around 8 years, she teaches across several different studios aswell as performing internationally and teaching workshops throughout the UK.
She holds a number of national titles to her name with her most recent achievement being second place at Miss Pole Dance UK Professional in 2018, this gave her the opportunity to represent the UK at the World Pole Dance Championships In 2019 where she placed in the top 5!
Jade has judged a number of competitions including Miss Pole Dance UK, BPSC & Lincolnshire Pole Championships. 

Ellie Pickersgill.


Ellie is our aerial silks, aerial trapeze and pole instructor. She has been with us since she was 13 and started assisting at 16. Now at the age of 21 Ellie is fully qualified and is in her second year at university studying for her sports science degree.  Ellie trains hard to keep up with all the latest moves and variations and loves learning new tricks. 

Alex Szarpak


Alex has been pole dancing for over 5 years now and has a keen interest in flexibility. Her favourite tricks include anything dynamic, flips and drops. ‘Why do one move when you can add bits in and combo it all out with a POW’ ending. Alex’s biggest achievement is placing a runner up in her first instructor level competition last year -Heir to the Chrome, with her tribal inspired routine that feature her favourite elbow Ayesha pop and brass money flip. Alex Teaches both Beginner Pole and Tricks and Flips. 

Mia Brewster


Mia has been with us for over 10 years, she has been both an instructor and a student from the very start of HD&F. Mia is known for her slinky movement and her friendly loving way of teaching, encouraging all her students to work through all the basic moves. Mia will be one of the first people you meet as she teaches our beginner pole and our sassy classes.
Mia is multi-talented and is great at tricks, transitions, and dance.

Emma Shepherd


Emma has been with HD&F for the last 5 years, she started as a student and has worked her way up to be one of our Aerial Instructors. Emma teaches our aerial hammock classes and you can see her covering aerial hoop on the odd occasion. Emma is a nursery nurse by day and aerial instructor by night.
Emma loves fitness in general and is also a certified Boogy Bounce instructor.

Stephanie Byrce


Stephanie has been with HD&F for the last 8 years, Steph has been teaching for over 9 years and studied dance as a teenager. Steph is an all-rounder and teaches both Pole & Aerial. She loves all elements of Dance and Fitness and recently became a Trigger Point Pilates instructor. Steph is now on maternity leave with her 3rd child and we hope she will be back with her new addition very soon.

Amanda Harris


Amanda has been poling since 2008 which then sparked her love for fitness. By day Amanda works in corporate finance however her passion is Pole, Aerial and Fitness.
Amanda is trained in XPERT Pole Fitness 1-4 and spinning pole. In fact it was at the XPERT training that Stacey met Amanda and asked her to be a member of the HD&F Team.
Amanda teaches our Mixed Pole classes and also runs her own studio in Borehamwood called AJ Fitness.

Emma Brady


Emma has been with HD&F since 2015. As a student she gave her all in every class and now as an instructor does the same. Emma is by day a veterinary nurse and by night our beginner pole dance instructor. Emma loves to encourage her students to be the best they can be and really give her classes a fun friendly feel.
Emma is slowly coming back into teaching after being off on maternity. 

Grace Fryer


Grace is the youngest member of our team, all though she is just 17 Grace has been practising aerial arts with us since she was 12. Grace is a qualified Aerial Silks instructor and Kids Instructor. She loves Aerial Silks and Trapeze and more recently Pole. She is off to University in September but will be back as soon as she has finished her degree. 



Dani is our Pole assistant, often seen helping Mia, Alex or Ellie. Dani has been with us for over 3 years and is working towards becoming a teacher. Sadly due to her day job we can’t put a picture of her up but you will see her floating around our space smiling and encouraging 

Nick Cox


Nick has been practising aerial yoga and hammock for the last 6 years. As a private student of Stacey’s Nick became an addict. Nick has just qualified as an XPERT Aerial Hammock Instructor and will be joining us with his very own class in the next few months.  Nick’s classes are fun and fitness and are for everyone. 

Stacey & Paul Snedden


Stacey has been in the industry since 2004 – she has worked for XPOLE International for over 15 years and is the international sales manager for XPERT Pole & Aerial Teacher Training, the world’s largest Pole & Aerial Teacher Training programme.
Stacey is the organiser and co-owner of Pole Theatre UK, Dance Filthy UK and Poleweekender, Vice President of the Pole Safe Federation and the owner of Herts Dance & Fitness.
She is a qualified fitness instructor and is a certified Pole & Aerial instructor including aerial yoga, aerial Pilates, antenatal Pilates, trigger point Pilates, Aerial Hoop.
Stacey is a Level 4 PDC approved instructor – . In 2014 Stacey won the Miss Pole Dance UK Ambassador award and in 2016 won The International Fitness Showcase Health & Fitness Manager 2016.
Stacey is also the winner of IPC Industry Person 2018.
Stacey is dedicated to HD&F and creating a fun, safe community. This year Stacey has taken a step back from teaching and is concentrating on making our space awesome.
You will still see Stacey around making sure everyone is happy.

Paul is the long suffering husband of Stacey and Co-Owner of HD&F.
Paul work’s as a Software Engineer during the day,  looks after the design and maintenance of the website and maintenance of the Studio and Truss, runs around dropping keys off, picking up polebrities for workshops and anything else Stacey dreams up !
He is also a FA Level 1 Certified Football Coach and a 1st Kyu Karateka in WADO RYU.