Our guide to Pole dancing classes will take you through all the information you need so you know exactly what to expect in your first class.
First things first; your warm up.
A good thorough warm-up is important in Pole dancing classes as you're going to be doing some quite hard moves and using muscles that may not be accustomed to much exertion.
And expect the beat of the music of your warm-up to be quite fast - it is usually a club-style beat to get you in the mood.
There'll probably be lots of cardio, stretching and isolations (shoulders, arms and hips with some lower back work, too).
And a good teacher will usually manage to incorporate some Pole dancing moves into the warm-up so the lesson proper follows on seamlessly.
It's our experience that the warm up given in good Pole dancing classes is one of the most thorough you are ever likely to get.
It's almost as good as a Jazz dance warm up - and that's saying something.
So right from the start of your Pole dancing classes, you'll be getting excellent exercise. Which means you need to...
If the first rule of successful Pole dancing classes is to warm up, the second is to stay warm.
As previously mentioned, your class will probably only have a couple of poles in it.
This is fine because too many poles in a class, say one each, would be far too strenuous for a beginner (you'd never stay up a pole for an hour) and far too risky for the teacher who would struggle to help all of you at the same time.
The first moves you'll learn won't require you to be high up on the pole with your feet entirely off the floor.
You'll learn moves that use the pole at your normal standing height
- moves that are quite dance-like and just circle the pole, and those
that only require you to use the pole for support when you're near the
In other words, there are lots of basic moves you can do that look very effective and yet aren't completely on the pole where you are supporting your entire body weight by hanging onto it.
This is great. It gives you confidence, gets you used to the pole
and the dance style while not being too strenuous and certainly not
Then, when you do first try to lift yourself up onto the pole, the instructors will probably help boost you up and will provide physical support and balance, to ensure you're safe.
At this early stage, they'll be paying particular
attention to your lower back to make sure that your posture on the pole
is not putting too much strain on any one area.
So you need a high ratio of instructors to poles for optimum safety.
But of course this does mean that once you've tried a move on the pole, it's everybody else's turn before yours again.
As we advised, put on some layers and keep stretching.
Use your time waiting for your turn to take a good look at what techniques used by your classmates are either effective or ineffective – you can learn from them, too, as well as the instructors.
The more you watch and learn about positioning, the better
use of your turn you'll make.
Doing your moves on the pole with everybody watching can be a little daunting - it turns your class into a performance of sorts.
But our experience of good Pole dancing classes is that they are generally very safe, secure, non-threatening, female environments and the other pupils can be supportive and encouraging - lots of clapping and pats on the back - which is fantastic.
Even better if you can go with a group of friends and can support each other – these classes are meant to be sociable.
But do use some of your waiting time to observe the instructors teaching other pupils. You'll learn a lot.
Something to bear in
mind (although this should have been well taken care of by the teacher
in advance) is that there shouldn't be any access for the general public
to view your class.
You aren't going to be doing anything risqué, but unfortunately there's a small minority who may think that peering into Pole dancing classes is a cheap thrill. Yeah, they're out there.
So, it may be worth checking with the teacher that the lesson is properly set up to have no access to anyone other than the paying pupils.
The main bulk of the class will be learning and
practising straightforward moves, some on the pole and some on the
floor, and gradually they'll be done one after the other so by the end
of your first class you should be able to dance a short routine.
In well-taught Pole dancing classes you'll learn a lot, quickly and easily.
And with all this careful instruction, the progression you can experience in just one lesson might surprise you.
Just don't forget, at the end of the lesson, to make an extra effort in the cool-down section. You'll really need to stretch those aching arms.
Next, let's talk about the pole itself...