Pole dancing has long been associated as the performing art of strip clubs and seen as a slightly seedy activity. However attitudes are changing fast and pole dancing is being taken up by more and more people due it its tremendous fitness advantages. Many gyms and dance studios now teach pole dancing and there is a vast amount of growing enthusiasts. Check out our pole dancing courses and you could be on your way to gaining a completely new, and fun, fitness regime.
What exactly is pole dancing?
Pole dancing is a form of exercise that combines dance and gymnastics, using a long pole to execute precise movements. Pole dancing is now a widely accepted form of acrobatic dance and there are even amateur and professional competitions hosted around the world. Despite this, it wasn’t until the 1990s that pole dancing started being taught in fitness exercises, and as an art. Pole dancing really kicked off as a fitness exercise in the mid 2000s and the International Pole Dance Fitness Association (IPDFA) are currently campaigning for competitive pole dancing to be included in the 2016 Olympics.
What to expect
Pole dancing courses can range from beginner level to those aimed at the more experienced and aim to teach you all the techniques at your own pace and skill level. This means that most courses will be over a long period of time and you can often pay weekly so you can come to classes whenever you want. Other crash courses for beginners could be good if you want to teach yourself at home but need somewhere to start. These courses are intensive and pole dancing can be a very hard dance to learn with lots of different attributes required, therefore it may be a good idea to get prepared with a fitness course or a gymnastics course.
What will I learn?
A pole dancing course will slowly build up your physical attributes before teaching you more advanced techniques and making you a more consistent pole dancer. You will be taught different dancing, spin and trick moves along with the basics of how to grasp the pole and control your body. More advanced courses will teach you things such as going upside down on the pole and taking hands away, this will leave you hanging by your ankles, giving you more opportunities to do arm techniques. You’ll learn how to link all of these moves together to create smooth and short routines.
Pole dance your way to fitness
The fitness advantages you will gain from a pole dancing course are absolutely incredible...
History of pole dancing
Pole dancing dates back a lot longer than you may have guessed, but where did it all start? This question can be dubious but there are two main possibilities: