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Our guide to Pole Dancing classes

 
 

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...

  • Strength: Pole dancing is physically challenging and will require you to use all of the muscle groups in your body. Certain moves will focus on specific muscles, and you will notice a huge difference, especially in your core muscles.
  • Flexibility: The techniques used in pole dancing will help you to become much more flexible. Pole dancing is very close to gymnastics and you will have to do gracious moves similar to those of Olympic gymnasts while still being able to cling to the pole.
  • Toning: The techniques and manoeuvres you will be using will require a lot of strength. This means you’ll tone up and get that body you’ve always wanted. It doesn’t take long to see results at all.
  • Cardio: There are techniques for any level of fitness and as you progress you will be able to learn more advanced skills that take a higher fitness level. It may not seem as exertive as jogging but the sheer strength and flexibility you need to pole dance will get you in shape in no time.
  • Self confidence: Pole dancing will also help your inner self. As you progress you will become more self confident, and happy with who you are and the way you look. Many who take up pole dancing use it as a cure for being shy.

 

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:

  • China: Chinese pole dancing dates back to the 12th century. Circus professionals would do extreme acrobatic routines from large poles that could be up to 9 metres long. Many of the techniques they used can be seen in modern pole dancing such as climbing, sliding down, gymnastic and holding position,
  • India: The Indian pole gymnastic tradition of Mallakhamb fates back to around 800 years ago. This was originally a training exercise for Indian wrestlers. They would perform acrobatic feats and poses while hanging from the pole and were well renowned for their pole flips.

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