Pole Dancing

Pole dancer

Pole dancing attracts a lot of interest so if you've decided to have go, here's a detailed guide to what to expect from a great Pole dancing for beginners class.

One thing is certain; this is a fantastic form of exercise and can do wonders for your strength, suppleness and muscle tone.

And when it's learnt in a safe and professional environment it's huge fun as well as a great workout.

It's amazing for working the upper body – which not many dances can claim.

In fact, there are many dances out there that provide virtually no work for the arms to do at beginners level.

But that's not true this time... The tone that you'll get in those dreaded upper arms will be noticeable after even a short course of Pole dancing lessons.

And the other area to benefit greatly will be your inner thighs.

So there's two hated areas - upper arms and inner thighs that Pole dancing works a charm on.

But don't worry at all if you feel unfit to begin with. You are going to be working with your own body weight a lot, hence it being excellent exercise.

And a good instructor will guide, help and support you all the way, regardless of your age, weight or shape.

On the subject of instructors though, a word of caution. If you are serious about having a go at this, you must choose your instructor sensibly.

Teacher vs. Dancer

Due to the extremely popular nature of this dance in recent times, classes have sprung up everywhere.

We've found classes in private clubs before they are open to the usual clients. And in the back rooms of pubs and bars, anywhere in fact.

And while location and venue aren't the sole key to the quality of the teaching, you need to be careful.

Pole dancing can be dangerous.

In extreme cases it can cause life threatening injuries, such as neck sprains and breaks.

So you need to be taught by a professional teacher (someone who has had pro-teacher training) rather than a professional dancer (someone who might be a brilliant dancer, but who hasn't specifically studied how to teach).

To be completely sure, the absolute ideal is someone with anatomy and physiology training in order to make sure that you are safe at every turn.

For more information on this specific topic, please read our general information page on Dance Teachers.

The good news is that the rise in popularity of Pole dance also means that many places now provide lessons with experienced teachers using professional equipment – head for one of those to start with and build your confidence, strength and knowledge safely.

You'll read more on this when you get to our Pole dancing teachers page shortly...

So, it's a great laugh and fabulous exercise in the right environment, with the right teacher. So far so good. But what about those negative aspects?

Well, if you've chosen your class carefully, you'll be a safe, female only environment that has no way to let the public view it.

And no, you most definitely will NOT be required to take off any clothes.

Performing in a microscopic bikini is for the professional dancers only and you guys will be clad in a comfortable workout wear, so don't worry.

Speaking of clothes, let's explore this in a little more detail.

What to Wear to Class

Of all the questions about Pole dance that newbies have, this has got to be the most common.

We must say it again - in a good, reputable Pole dancing for beginners class you definitely won't be required to strip down a tiny sequined bikini.

So what should you wear to your class?

As you are going to be gripping onto the pole with your legs, it's best and safest to wear a comfortable pair of shorts, so it's your skin that's in direct contact with the pole, which stops you from slipping.

Apart from that, normal workout wear is fine - tee-shirts and vests etc.

Generally you'll probably find that you do the class in bare feet, although some people prefer to wear ordinary sneakers.

No special shoes or socks are required.

In fact, there shouldn't be any financial outlay for workout wear for these classes - you can easily find all the requisite clothing in your closet already.

Our best tip?

Although you'll practise the dancing in shorts and a tee-shirt, take some extra layers with you into the studio.

This is because in well run beginners classes, there are generally only about two poles for people to practise on.

This is so the instructors can keep a very close eye on what you are doing on the pole.

But it does mean that while you are waiting your turn, you can get a little chilly.

You will (or should) have warmed up properly at the beginning of your class, but you may then find yourself standing around a bit.

So make sure you keep your muscles warm by putting on some jogging pants and a sweatshirt, and keep stretching during your time away from the pole.

You might also want to put on a nice thick pair of socks to keep those ankles warm.

OK, those are some basics.

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