The White Studio owner and instructor Angie Voluti is interviewed by Chris Evans on Radio 2 about the benefits of pole fitness.
Watch the clip here
The White Studio runs the only Flexibility Wheel classes in Europe. We manufacture our wheels, and have devised a series of courses to suit students of all proficiency and flexibility levels. Classes target either specific muscle groups or overall flexibility and balance. Each move is explained and alternatives (easier and hard options) are given in order to challenge and stimulate every student.
The White Studio also runs pole fitness individual classes and courses. They, too, can be hosted by another gym or fitness centre.
If you would like your Studio or Gym to host The White Studio’s workshop, please get in touch.
Please read these terms and conditions carefully before booking or ordering any services or products from The White Studio. You should understand that by ordering our services or products you are agreeing to be bound by our terms and conditions.
CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS – HOSTED BY THE WHITE STUDIO OR A THIRD PARTY
Booking and Confirmation
Phone: 07491 800 919 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Terms and Conditions
|Places at our classes are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Places on our hosted workshops are allocated by the booking Studio’s owner/host.|
|Places are secured by the hosting Studio owner and follow the Studio’s booking rules. Places secured by The White Studio directly are only confirmed by full payment and screening forms as well as informed consent forms which all attendees must complete, providing contact details and any relevant medical information in full.
The White Studio screening forms and informed consent forms can be used by the hosting Studio owner, or the hosting Studio owner may use their own. In the event of workshops hosted by studio owners or third parties, The White Studio expects all screening and informed consent, payment and paperwork to have been completed by the hosting studio owner.
Should booking requests be received by The White Studio after the maximum number of students has been reached, The White Studio will notify the student and ask their permission to add their details to a waiting list. Should a space become available at the required event, spaces will be allocated in order of reservation, and the relevant student(s) will be notified as soon as possible, and spaces filled as such. In the case of hosted workshops, the hosting studio owner is in charge of managing attendee lists and waiting lists. The White Studio cannot guarantee any places for participants on the waiting list.
You can expect from us:
What we expect from you:
1.1 Prices are liable to change at any time, this will not affect any services/products that have already been agreed and confirmed.
1.2 Payment for services/products is required in full before the start of courses/class.
1.3 Should a class/workshop have less than 6 participants booked, we reserve the right to cancel this event. Participants will be given at least 2 days’ notice. Where possible The White Studio will use all reasonable endeavours to offer alternative opportunities. Should this not be possible, a full refund will also be given.
1.4 The White Studio currently accepts payment by cash or bank transfer. Receipts will be provided by email.
1.5 Student discount is available to students who can provide valid student identification. This offer can be withdrawn at any time.
1.6 Classes may be booked in block booking. If a student is unable to make their usual session, they are permitted to make this session up with another in the same block booking; weeks cannot be carried over into a new block. E.g. if a student normally attends 6:30-7:30pm on a Wednesday, they are permitted to attend a class on the Tuesday prior/following, but not beyond week five of a five-week block booking.
2 Cancellation and Refunds
2.1 Refunds are agreed on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of The White Studio.
2.2 Unused sessions due to illness, school trips, changed minds or other absence will not be refunded.
2.3 Refunds will not be offered to customers who contact The White Studio on/after the day of the event that they were unable to attend.
2.4 Should a class have to be cancelled due to adverse weather or circumstances beyond our control, refunds will not be offered. A replacement class will try to be offered once confirmed with the class/club venue.
2.5 Should a class be cancelled by the venue and beyond our control then unfortunately a refund will not be available. We shall endeavour to arrange an alternative class but this may not also be possible.
2.6 Refunds for places for workshops delivered by The White Studio are to be negotiated with the studio owner.
2.7 There is a non-refundable 50% deposit amount for any workshop run by The White Studio. This deposit is payable within two weeks of enquiry, to secure the workshop, otherwise we will release our availability. The remaining amount is to be paid by the day before the workshop.
3 Personal Property
3.1 We do not have the facilities to ensure the safe storage of customer valuables. The White Studio does not accept liability for any loss, damage or theft to the personal property of any student. Students bring their valuables and property at their own risk.
3.2 We will operate a lost property but cannot guarantee the return of lost items. To help us please ensure that you endeavour to recover all of your belongings at the end of a session, and to notify us as soon as possible if you are missing an item after class. We will inspect the studio after classes, and notify students of any items found.
3.3 Lost property will be held until the end of the term, any property not collected by then will be disposed of.
4 Health and Safety
4.1 The White Studio carries out a full Risk Assessment of the venues in which their classes take place. In the event of a workshop booked at an external location, the responsibility for a risk assessment lies with the studio/school owner, not with The White Studio. The risk assessment is available to view upon request.
4.2 Students are not permitted to wear socks during classes, nor wear any jewellery that may compromise their safety, or cause injury to themselves or damage to property. This includes rings during a pole fitness class.
4.3 Students must not use moisturiser or oil on any part of their bodies, at least 24 hours prior to a pole fitness class.
4.4 Students arriving to class who appear to be intoxicated or under the influence of any other substances will not be allowed to participate, and will not be eligible for a refund.
4.4 Students understand that they are liable for any injury occurring during flexibility classes, and/or pole fitness classes, and as a result of the effects of painkillers.
5.1 We reserve the right to refuse or remove attendee’s at any time; prior to or during class or workshops, should we feel the attendee is not compliant with the general enjoyment and objective of our service, for example: bullying, disruptive or aggressive behaviour. In the event of this, no refund will be made for the remaining classes and any additional costs incurred will be passed on to the customer along with responsibility.
5.2 This behaviour clause is also applicable to parents/carers. Any rude or unacceptable behaviour from a parent/carer towards any member of The White Studio team may result in your child’s space on any class/workshop and future clubs being rejected with no refunds.
5.3 The White Studio, nor the premises at which classes/workshops are being held, will be held responsible for any loss or injury suffered by, or to, the attendee, however caused.
5.4 When you complete your booking form any medical conditions must be disclosed. Failure to do this may result in the attendee being unable to participate in all activities. In this event no part or full refunds will be made.
5.5 In the event of an accident, the first aider if appropriate will administer first aid. The emergency services will be called if necessary – in the event of this the class teacher will phone the emergency contact number provided on the booking form as soon as possible. Please make sure your contact details are always up to date.
6 Confidentiality and Data Protection
6.1 Any information regarding student, given to The White Studio either verbally or in writing will be treated as confidential.
6.2 Students will have access to their own records but not to those of others. In order to comply with the Data Protection Act 1998, The White Studio will keep written information about students in a secure personal record box and keep computer records in password-protected files.
6.3 By partaking in classes/workshops, you are permitting for photos to be taken and used as promotional material on newsletters, press releases and/or social media. If you wish to withdraw consent from photos being taken of yourself, please talk to a member of The White Studio team.
6.4 We will not share student details to any third party companies.
6.5 By providing your email address, you are consenting to being signed up to The White Studio newsletter. You are able to opt out of this at any time, by clicking on the ‘unsubscribe’ link at the bottom of the email.
6.6 The White Studio will always treat information about students’ relationship difficulties, financial and business matters, and health issues, as confidential.
7.1 Students under 18 must have parental consent for all classes, with emergency contact details and medical form fully signed. Please speak to The White Studio in person if there is anything we should be aware of regarding your child. We are not liable for any issues or incidences which occur as a result of the parent/guardian’s failure to disclose vital information.
7.2 You are required to arrange collection of your child at the finish time of any The White Studio class or workshop. Please let the teacher know before the class or workshop if the child will be collected by someone else. This is for the safety of the Child. Failure to let the teacher know will result in you being called to authorise collection by that person.
7.3 If you are going to be late to collect your child you must call or text The White Studio to inform us as soon as possible. Should The White Studio incur costs or charges due to the late collection of a child, the cost will be passed onto the customer.
7.4 At times, there may be need for physical contact with the students in order to demonstrate or correct technique. All instructors working with children are fully DBS-checked, and you have a right to request to view that information. By enrolling your child, you are giving consent to physical contact for the purposes of dance/fitness teaching, where appropriate.
7.5 The White Studio will always treat information about students’ relationship difficulties, financial and business matters, and health issues as confidential. Information will only be passed onto other professionals on a ‘need to know’ basis, if the student is under 18. Information will only be passed on if parents have given permission, or it is absolutely essential to do so in the interest of the child, for example if it suspected a child is being abused. A child’s welfare will always take top priority. This only applies to students under 18 years old, as per the Children’s Act 2004.
7 Equal Opportunities Policy
The White Studio will make sure that they actively promote equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practices for all students. They will make sure that they treat all students with equal concern and respect. The White Studio aim to encourage students on their own journey in a safe, and supportive environment, which is conducive to learning.
The White Studio will recognise and welcome all legislation and existing codes of practice produced by appropriate commissions, for example the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
The White Studio values and respects the different racial origins, religions, cultures and languages in a multi- ethnic society so that each student is valued as an individual without racial or gender stereotyping. They will also not discriminate against students on the grounds of disability, sexual orientation, age, class, family status, and HIV/Aids status.
The White Studio will provide equal chances for each student to learn and develop to their full potential, taking into account each student’s age and stage of development, gender, ethnicity, home language, and ability.
The White Studio will challenge racist and discriminatory remarks, attitudes and behaviour from the students in their care.
The White Studio will always help students to feel good about themselves and others by celebrating the differences which make us all unique.
The White Studio hopes that you are happy with the services/products that they provide and the need for a formal complaint should never arise. Should you have any concerns or issues, The White Studio hopes that you will feel able to discuss the relevant members of The White Studio team, or Director, Angie Voluti. We take great pride in the Dance and Fitness services that we provide and assure that any issues or concerns bought to our attention will be treated seriously and in confidence.
29 June 2017, UK – British wellbeing hub The White Studio expands by adding new classes and new venues to its schedule, just two months after its launch in Bedford, UK.
As well as holding classes at Bedford College and Trinity Arts & Leisure, The White Studio has just started new courses at Bedford Academy. Further expansion is planned to include nearby towns.
“We have been pleasantly surprised by the overwhelming response and demand by students from all walks of life,” The White Studio founder and fully qualified pole fitness instructor at Advanced Level, Angie Voluti, explains. “Therefore, we are adding new venue and class options less than two months after launch: our combination of pole fitness classes, contemporary dance, and flexibility wheel courses makes The White Studio unique on the market, as it offers its students a huge (yet intertwined) range of physical development options at all levels.”
Business partner, RAD and ISTD Advanced Level certificate holder and graduate in Dance and Professional Practice, Amelia Davie, in charge of contemporary dance, floor-work and free-flow classes, adds: “The White Studio appeals to all those who seek a fun way to keep fit, as our classes are dynamic, stimulating and never boring. Moreover, unlike some gyms and mono-discipline studios, we attract ladies of all ages and fitness levels, and all our students have progressed at unbelievable speed, thanks to our combined experience in training using novel techniques.”
New classes take place on Mondays at Bedford Academy, and Tuesdays at Bedford College/Trinity Arts & Leisure. For more information or bookings, contact The White Studio Amelia Davie or Angie Voluti on 07491 800 919, or visit www.facebook.com/thewhitestudiolife.
Notes to editors:
The White Studio is the first and only European business to manufacture bespoke flexibility yoga wheels in natural, sustainable materials and to the user’s specification, as well as a studio holding flexibility, dance and pole fitness courses. The White Studio provides tutorials, help, support and advice about how to use the flexibility wheels, to the individual or establishments like gyms. The company is in the process of producing Instructor Courses (three levels, Beginners, Intermediates and Advanced, supported by manuals and ‘live’ workshops) with certificates showing attainment of the highest standards. There is no other manufacturer or business which offers the entire package, alongside a professional lifetime of continuous development and drive to perfecting one’s abilities.
Flexibility wheels increase stretching efforts by fitness practitioners, yogis, gymnasts and dancers: anybody whose lifestyle would benefit from more flexibility, supple limbs, control over one’s body, a healthy and strong back, spine and joints, is an ideal owner and user. All ‘The White Studio’ flexibility yoga wheels are bespoke and can be any width (i.e. made to suit the individual); they are strong and lighter than any other mass-produced items and come – uniquely in a market which offers virtually no guarantees – with a written and dated warranty.
Twitter handle: @thewhite_studio
September 2016, Northamptonshire, UK – British wellbeing hub The White Studio appoints pole fitness instructor Kiley M Letch as the brand ambassador for its new wood-and-cork flexibility wheel, the first and only one produced in the UK.
Pole Fitness instructor Kiley, 31, teaches at a Derbyshire studio as well as running her own classes and one-to-one training. She placed 3rd in her first-ever professional pole competition in 2015 and is now a finalist at the 2016 UKPPC (UK Professional Pole Championships). Kiley is therefore actively increasing her training focusing on flexibility and strength, in order to compete at the highest levels.
“I look at calisthenics and yoga for inspiration with continuous development in strength, control and flexibility,” says Kiley. “I understand the importance of listening to my own body to get the best results, and wanted to include The White Studio flexibility wheel in my routine training to increase my focus.”
Aged eight, Kiley was diagnosed with a mild scoliosis; more recently, with degenerative disc disease in some of the lower discs in her spine. The advice she has received from professionals is to stay active and build a strong core to support her back.
The White Studio flexibility wheel uses are multi-fold: the human body can curve around it in various poses, resulting in a range of stretches to the back, neck, shoulders and limbs. Handmade, it can be specified according to the individual’s needs. Kiley’s wheel, for example, is slightly wider than average for increased support and with sparkles on the inner surface simply because she’s Kiley! All wheels are numbered, with many available options to fulfill individual wants/needs.
“We were delighted when Kiley accepted our offer to become our brand ambassador,” says The White Studio Commercial Director Simon Lines. “Her ethos of safe training to strengthen and protect her core fits so well with our ethos of a high-quality, natural product that can be specified for the individual. Our wheel will enable Kiley to increase flexibility while developing strength, balance and control as well as perform deeper stretches and backbends.”
Kiley has also re-joined the world of gymnastics to complement her pole fitness regime: “I can’t wait to test and report on the flexibility wheel, and am is extremely excited to work with The White Studio on this project,” she added.
All The White Studio wheels are handmade in the UK, come with a 1-year limited warranty and are tested to a maximum loading of 120kg. Prices start at £99.
Twitter handle: @thewhite_studio
FACEBOOK page: https://www.facebook.com/TheWhiteStudioLife
Kiley M Letch
At a glance:
|The White Studio flexibility wheel||Cheap plastic and foam wheel|
|Weighs 1kg||Weighs around 1.2kg|
|Warrantied to 100kg (tested to 120kg)||Claimed 220kg, no warranty|
|One-year warranty||No warranty|
|Lovingly crafted in Northamptonshire||Mass produced in China|
|Individually numbered||Bulk production to be as cheap as possible|
|Only natural materials like wood and cork||Plastic with foam cover|
|Wide ‘shoulder’ for extra support (aver. 6in)||Narrower shoulder (aver. 5in)|
|Diameter, 32cm||Diameter, 32cm|
|Many colour, finish and size options||Range of colours|
|Advice, suggestions, tuition and support||Not available|
|Option: sparkles||Not available|
|Option: individually named||Not available|
|Option: larger diameter and/or width||Not available|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
British wellbeing hub The White Studio introduces the first flexibility wheel, handcrafted from wood, to be produced in the UK.
The White Studio’s flexibility wheel is a 33cm-diameter wheel with an ergonomically-friendly 14.5cm width to accommodate the individual’s backbend (as exercises are performed) and provide more stability.
The wheel is used to increase flexibility of the user’s middle and lower back, open the upper back and as an aid to develop strength, balance and control as well as perform deeper stretches and backbends.
The White Studio Commercial Director Simon Lines explains: “When The White Studio began planning flexibility classes, we looked around for a competitively-priced quality wheel to use in the studio. Imagine our surprise to discover that our choices were essentially reduced to either a cheap, plastic wheel (imported from China) or a very expensive – though good quality – wood wheel (imported from the USA).
“With this in mind, we set about exploring the possibility of constructing our own wheels here in the UK, a country with an outstanding history of manufacturing bespoke, high quality products.”
The White Studio’s initial choice was wood construction, but there are other materials (apart from the ubiquitous ‘injection moulded plastic’) that lend themselves to fitness wheel production.
The basis of all The White Studio wheels is laminated wood construction: thin sheets bonded together to form light and flexible, yet incredibly strong wheels. With this method as a basis, thinner wood wheels (which, by themselves, cannot meet weight requirements) were reinforced with a variety of different materials, giving differing ‘feels’ when used.
“Our research lead us to the conclusion that wood is only an option and that while 100% wood is actually our preferred method, wheels constructed using a mix of materials give some great results.”
The White Studio flexibility wheels can be specified as wider than standard size, and therefore be more supportive. Most wheels on the market are around 125mm wide (5 inches). This ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach would be acceptable if humans were all (literally) one size. The White Studio took the view that, for better support, the basic wheel size should be closer to 6in wide, with options to go wider or narrower as required.
Because The White Studio wheels are individually crafted, there is scope for tremendous flexibility to construct them in a variety of widths, weights and stiffness, but also from a variety materials, even carbon fibre. There literally is a wheel to suit any budget, weight load requirement and design preference.
All The White Studio wheels are handmade in the UK, come with a 3-year limited warranty and are tested to a maximum load weight of 110kg. Prices start at £99.
Twitter handle: @thewhite_studio
FACEBOOK page: https://www.facebook.com/TheWhiteStudioLife
PHOTOS: PLEASE CREDIT AMALIA GIBBARD, ‘SECRET EXPOSURE’ PHOTOGRAPHY
Editor’s notes: The White Studio, based in a residential property and in very informal, friendly surroundings, offers flexibility classes using its bespoke wheels, beginner-level pole classes, and a meeting point for all those who wish to have a little break from their working day over a freshly-made vegetable juice (or two) and/or enjoy a manicure/pedicure, and sports massage.
…as an eating bowl…
As an assault course for smart toy poodles….