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What to expect at your first pole dance class?

Even though pole dance classes blew up in popularity over the past decade, it is still the norm for many people not to have any idea what goes on inside one. Some even may have an outdated view of pole dance classes being an avenue for `learning how to be sexy for your man`.  
Lets get one thing straight, pole classes can teach a women how to use her full bodies potential strength wise, how to install her own home pole, with her own sets of alan keys and spanners, and how gracefully dead lift an invert as well as perfect the slinkiest body wave. Then the person she is obviously doing all this for- is herself.

An invert is any upside down trick (pose or combination of tricks strung together), btw. Which obviously is Intermediate level, and not to be expected in any beginner classes. As a beginners we would build core, shoulder, back and arm strength, gradually and safely, over time.

 

Mixing easy dance steps in between learning spins (spinning for an hour would get even the most seasoned professional feeling dizzy). And gradually adding sits, one step climbs and easy lift reps.
 

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How long does it take to get really good at it?

`It` being Pole Dancing. It’s a question I get asked a lot by those just starting out in beginner class. And it’s a question that has no simple answer. I assume being `good at pole dancing` for some can mean knocking out an Iron X (twisted grip straddle flag) and holding it, for others it can mean being able to flow effortlessly linking moves and dance together?

As an Instructor, to me a basic two handed spin done gracefully with a soft landing means you are `good at pole`. Some advanced pole dancers can flip, deadlift and stunt in a way that will blow ya socks off, but care a lot less about dance and flow. Obviously when it comes to Pole, they are `good at it`.

To be an all round elite level pole dance you would need to excel at floor, dance- on and away from the pole, musicality, performance, spins and tricks, combos. Have strength and flexibility. It’s a big task!
It’s an excellent challenge!
 

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Our very first Interview with a Poledancer! - with Amy Butterworth own Candy and Chrome in North Wales.

How long have you been a Pole Dancer?
About 8 or 9 years now

What made you start Pole?
I was supporting a friend who wanted to try it, turns out - I loved it!

What do you get out of it?
Pole is my happy place. It's fun to do and I am passionate about teaching pole. I am not a performer or competitor - that just doesn't interest me as much, I do pole because I have so much fun doing it, and I love to share it with others, It has given my body shape and helped me appreciate my figure - and I notice that in others that I teach too - this in turn sees more changes in how the girls view themselves as their confidence begins to grow - I get to see women flourish in this way and I get to know them for who they really are, at their best - because regular pole dance classes really do bring out the best in people.

Do you have any advice for anyone just starting out?
Try it, and do it consistently at least once a week - be brave

Do you have advice for the advanced pole dancer?
Embrace those times when you hit 'plateau' - re visit older moves and make them stronger, cleaner, flow better, transition better - you'd be surprised at how far you'll have come from just re-visiting the basics!

Thank you to Amy for the interview.

 

 

Website: www.studioboutiquehull.co.uk

 

How long does it take to get to Advance class?

Who wouldn’t love to be an advanced level pole dancer? How many of you think that goal is impossible for you? What would you say if I told you that there are already Elite level pole dancers of all ages who are different shapes, all over the world? Would you still think that somehow you are different and that it could never be you?

Sorry to burst your bubble, but anyone, with determination and desire to make it happen can, and has made it happen.

So you don’t get off that easy, you too can find out how it feels to fly up high on a pole, working with your body and creating amazing shape after amazing shape, gracefully (yes, you- graceful!) and make it look easy too.

Making it look easy is the hardest part to master with Pole. That is the mark of an Advanced pole dancer, to fool the audience into never working out how they are staying up there. To make it look magical, like levitation even!

 

World famous Elite pole dancers are either extremely flexible, strong, or are amazing dancers (or  even all three). If you feel you are not strong at the moment, or flexible, this can be conquered. With weekly consistent training both can be gained in a year or two.
Dancing with rhythm and flow can also be learned, but also requires a good dose of confidence. Good job that pole classes have that side-effect.
 

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