What is Pole Dancing??
Pole dancing is now recognised as an art form, full of grace and beauty using combinations of dance moves, body inverts, holds and tricks centred around and on a vertical pole.
Up until the mid 2000's it was primarily seen in strip clubs and gentlemen’s clubs. More recently it has begun to lose a lot of the stigma surrounding it and is increasingly viewed as a legitimate form of fitness, dance and aerobics. There are even petitions and groups lobbying to get pole recognised as an Olympic sport!
African tribal rituals are amongst the first reported forms of pole dance, said to be used by women to simulate to potential partners how they would like to be made love to after their marriage. This was played out by dancing around and up against wooden poles......eww the splinters....
Throughout the 1920's fairs travelled the US, girls performed erotic dances using a pole for support. These were commonly known as “hoochie Coochie” girls. The girls appeared to be the main attraction and hugely popular with the male customers....
Circuses in China commonly used poles in some of their acts however these were not of a sexual nature, more a show of strength, fitness trickery and artistry. We don’t think of the Chinese state circus as sleazy now do we??? A lot of modern day pole moves and tricks mirror what has previously been seen in the circus acts.
More recently pole has become common place in many gyms, with specialist studios opening up all over the place to meet popular demand. It is gradually losing the unfair stigma associated with pole dance and increasingly viewed as a legitimate form of fitness workout. Professionals in pole are now beginning to be viewed as athletes rather than sleazy strippers. Recent television has aided this with pole dancing being aired on family shows during prime time television Things are slowly changing and gradually pole is being credited for the art form it is truly is, thus enabling people to choose pole fitness/dance without fear of reprise, instead proud to acknowledge their pole journey....
What are the benefits of Pole?
What will I get from pole?
It's widely reported that women especially gain a sense of empowerment through the strength and self confidence gained through pole.
Physical benefits include building core strength, muscle tone, a cardio workout .. and an average pole lesson lasting approximately 1 hour can burn around 400 calories ... and having fun whilst doing it it! What could be better?
You will also notice a difference in special areas. For example the buttocks, arms and thighs. As well as increased overall fitness, posture and flexibility. Pole is also a good aid to weight loss along side a sensible healthy eating plan.
Who can participate?
Students from all walks of life participate in pole fitness and pole dance. Anyone from 16 can join dependant on medical history. All shapes , sizes and gender enjoy pole equally. Please don't be put off by your wobbly bits as we all have them and its nothing I've not seen before.
Can you teach me to dance like ... Felix Caine?
Quite frankly the answer is no. I can teach you the spins, the holds, transitions and fillers however every person will them differently. What works for one person will feel abnormal for another. Pole is a journey into yourself. As you progress, tings will begin to feel natural to you. You will develop your own ideas on what spin should flow into what move. No order is wrong, it's your own style developing.
I have, through my own personal experience with several different instructors, very alternative styles. I take bits from them all and add my own. I like to rock out to a bit of heavy metal while poleing, however you may be more R&B bump and grind. It can change depending on mood and energy levels.
I want you to come and begin your won journey with the freedom to express yourself and watch you grow into your own individual style. We obviously learn from the professionals but we all have different things that drive us and inspire us .. thus we develop in our own way. This is to be encouraged.
I am constantly learning new things myself and hope to pas son my knowledge and determination to you.
OK now the boring bit....
Butterfly-poles will do our best to ensure your safety at all times however we accept no liability for loss or damage arising from participation in any of the mentioned activities. Individuals do so at their own risk. Safety mats are available for students wishing to use them. All students will be asked to fill out a brief medical questionnaire and disclaimer. Please consult your doctor before embarking on a new exercise regime.
If you would like anymore information please contact me at Adrienne@Butterfly-Poles.co.uk for further details.