If you haven’t seen a pole on your floor yet, you’re not alone.
Pole dancing is the perfect combination of flexibility, movement and balance — what you need. But if you’re not up for some serious training or have other special requirements, then you won’t be able to practice pole dancing with a pole.
What is a pole?
A pole is a pole that you use for dancing, and you’re not going to practice pole dancing without it. A pole does not mean you have to wear a shirt under it. (We recommend going to an adult dance club or gym to use your best clothes and get into shape before practicing.)
What does pole dancing involve?
Pole dancing starts with the basics: the stance and stance for feet, and the right position to use the pole for the right purpose (see how to position your feet for pole dancing). Then we go on to move to the basics of how to do certain moves to get you moving and feeling confident, while we work toward the more advanced moves that will prepare you to take your dancing to the next level.
Pole dancing will train all four core strength — strength in the joints, strength in the core muscles and strength on the bones or muscle groups. To be ready to move on to the next level — and to make pole dancing a part of your life — you’ll need to learn how to hold your pole, practice using it safely and keep it in safe, comfortable position.
What are you supposed to wear when pole dancing?
Before practicing pole dancing, we’re not going to tell you the clothes you should wear or not wear.
You have to wear the correct piece or piece combination that suits your physical condition as we’ll discuss in the next section.
The good news is that pole dancing involves a good deal of body contact as well, so it’s very important that you keep your head, face and shoulders free — especially in the beginning. Keep a warm, dry towel or blanket handy for your face and hands.
Practicing on the floor is best as you’ll practice touching the pole as it hits the floor. Your instructor will help you adjust your stance and practice with a partner.
If you’re looking for some exercises in which you should be comfortable — such as moves you’ll use in a wedding band dance — try our Fitness Classes section, or look closer to your favorite pole dance partners for exercises that teach balance, stability and mobility.
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