Introducing pole dancing to students at Huddersfield

The Huddersfield University Pole Dancing Academy (HUPDA) is one of the Students’ Union’s biggest and most active societies. For any society, this would be a notable achievement. The fact that HUPDA launched less than a year ago makes it difficult to overstate how successful they’ve has been. Founded by student Eilis Tobin in partnership with a local pole dancing studio, HUPDA has given students a chance to take part in what is an increasingly popular fitness activity.

The aim of the society was to introduce pole dancing for fun and fitness to students at the University. With classes tailored to both complete beginners and advanced dancers, and a successful showcase event in the Students’ Union in January, Eilis and her team have done what they set out to do and more. Convinced that pole dancing is a great way to keep fit and meet people, HUPDA’s members have shown how it’s possible to change people’s perceptions and stereotypes.

HUPDA’s first year culminated with Eilis deservedly picking up the Society Personality of the Year award at the Students’ Union Awards in May. With over fifty members in its first year and big plans in place for next year, the future looks bright for HUPDA.

If you would like to find out more about setting up a new society, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your Student Activities Officer Matt Wheelton via email ( or in person (upstairs in the SU building).


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