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 We welcome people of all shapes, sizes, and gender identitiesno matter what your current fitness level is.

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Group class prices

Your first group class is $10. We offer deep discounts on 3-, 5-, and 10-class passes and unlimited class passes. 

5-class pass


Most popular

10-class pass: $140

3-class pass: $55

1-class pass: $25

Valid for 90 days after purchase. Follow @defygravitycu on Instagram to receive class pass promotions


3-month unlimited pass


Per month

Best value

Access to all group classes - no restrictions

Free open gym

Payment plans available

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Studio time as low as


For open gym

Workshops start at $25

Private lessons start at $30

Private Parties start at $200

Free open gym for SSW's

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Group class offerings

Pole fitness

Learn a variety of pole dance styles

Aerial arts

Learn static trapeze, lyra, silks, and hammock

Fluffy Kitty™ Pole and Aerial

For plus-size students

Bend n' Flex flexibility training

Gain active flexibility and extension

Dance-fusion classes

Burlesque, flow, ballet, basework, modern

Free open gym for 

practicing strippers

Starting summer 2019

Private parties

Pole parties

Plan your pole bachelor/bachelorette party or special event with a free consultation

Aerial parties

Plan your aerial bachelor/bachelorette party or special event with a free consultation

Private group classes

Book any group class offering for just you and your friends. $25 per person

Private lessons

Book 30- or 60-minute one-on-one or two-on-one training time with an instructor

Book a party/event

Our fitness philosophy

Gain strength, confidence, and a positive body image while interacting with the diverse and supportive Defy Gravity™ community. We will cheer you on as you meet your goals and have fun.

Our trained staff

Our instructors are pole and aerial fitness professionals with the knowledge to make your experience safe and energizing. Instructors are required to continue their education by attending classes, certification programs such as ElevatED™, and learning a wide range of styles from various performers, dancers, and athletes.

Our students

"Defy Gravity is my heart home. I've struggled to embrace myself my whole life. They showed me how to embrace myself. It has also made me a better person as I've begun to accept a way that I had never felt accepted. " -K.B.

"After a wide variety of health issues and experiencing a life-changing trauma, I felt like a problem rather than a person. Pole dancing and aerial was, and still is, a way for me to recapture my love for myself and life. DG is a beautiful family..." -B.P.

"I was so nervous to take a class, but I'm so glad I did! Now I'm stronger than ever so many ways." -M.S.

Community involvement

Community events and appearances

  • Free Summer and Spring Defy Gravity open house
  • Donor | Champaign Central and Champaign Centennial high school musical productions
  • Opening performer | Carnivale Debauche burlesque troupe (pro-bono)
  • Performer | Urbana First Fridays (pro-bono)

Class discounts, community assistance, and training stipends

  • Participant | Champaign, Illinois LGBTQIA+ Pride Parade 2017-2018
  • Free open gym for practicing strippers, email for information
  • Donate portion of showcase proceeds to charity (starts October 2019)
  • All-expenses-paid instructor retreat for educational leadership training
  • Discounted memberships for Illini Pole Fitness college students
  • Discounted private lessons for Defy Gravity Showcase participants
  • "Pay-What-You-Wish" pole classes (biannual)
  • Small Business Saturday discounts for the public
  • Sliding-scale financial assistance for students and instructor
  • Free public transit options to Chicago for instructor training



We are located in Lincoln Square Mall

158 Lincoln Square

Urbana, IL 61801

(217) 419-8053

[email protected]

Phone answered during hours of operation.

Phone and email

(217) 419-8053


Mon-Fri: 5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. 

Sunday: noon – 7 p.m.


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