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How long does it take to get 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 drop in a way that will blow ya socks off, but care a lot less about dance and flow. Obviously, depending on what your priorities are when it comes to Pole, they are both `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!

But you can still be `good at pole` without all of the above.
For me to think someone is a really good pole dancer, is to see someone make pole dance look easy. And that person can be a beginner, with her graceful spin and perfect landing, an intermediate, flowing choreo into a pole sit that makes it look like she is levitating, and the advanced pole dancers asking me “Is this right?“ while upside down on their hands only, floating in the air, like it’s nothing. It’s never about what level you’re at.

I would say, it takes 3 weeks to be `good at pole dancing`. 3 weeks and your 360 step-around will make sense to you and you will do it with your chin and chest up, proud. 3 weeks and that cross-ankle Fireman Spin looks great and feels even better. 3 weeks and the pole sits and climbs don’t feel as painful any more and you can do it with a smile. And that’s the start of your pole dance journey that is better enjoyed in the moment than rushed.

Photo credit: Anastasia Skukhtorova, proving consistency pays off.

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