• Amy Cowles, 30, from Abbey Hulton, Staffs took up the hobby five years ago
  • Forensic scientist was ‘shy geek’ said the sport gave her the confidence
  • Won first place at Miss Pole Dance UK in the Semi Pro instructor category
  • Hopes to win the overall professional title in Sussex on On October 4



A university science lecturer has stripped off her lab coat to be crowned a national champion of pole dancing.

Forensic scientist Amy Cowles, 30, from Abbey Hulton, Staffs. took up the hobby five years ago and says pole dancing has changed her life.

The previously shy and reserved self-confessed ‘science-geek’ said the activity gave her the confidence to come out of her shell.

Now the flexible teacher feels quite comfortable gyrating around a pole in front of hundreds of people at competitions across the UK.

Last month the lecturer at Keele University scooped first place to win at Miss Pole Dance UK in Capel, Surrey.

She took the Semi Pro instructor category and has now set her sights on the professional title at the British championships next month.
Amy said: ‘I get an amazing buzz from pole dancing.


‘I have seen big changes in my life since I started. I am much more confident around people.

‘I have never been in as good a shape as I am now. I’m so much more toned than I used to be and feel far healthier.
‘And then mentally it is really positive too. Socially I have seen a difference.

‘I am far more outgoing now than I used to be, both because of the physical aspects of it but also from all the friends I have made there. It’s like a second home.

‘I was definitely more shy before I started this. I was kind of seen as a bit of a geek because I was doing science, and while I did try to have a social life, I had to work really hard too.

‘I became a lab assistant at Keele University after that, and then did a teaching qualification so I am a teaching fellow there now.

‘It’s a complete polar opposite to the pole dancing, but it’s nice to have two completely different jobs because I get different things out of both of them.

‘People used to see me as geeky, not that it bothered me, but the pole dancing let’s people see me in a different light.’


Amy first joined the British Pole Dance Academy, at a studio in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs., in 2009.

She has now started teaching her favourite past-time at the academy as well.

Amy added: ‘I tried all sorts of sports but the difference with pole-dancing was I’d found something that interests me, that’s got so many different elements to it.

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