Pole Dancing: 3 Things You Need to Know to Get Started

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Shortly after my son was born, I had the chance to take a pole dancing class.

I jumped at the opportunity.

I'd taken aerobics classes before and I'd taken dance classes before, but nothing prepared me for how I was going to feel walking into that very first pole studio.

That first class was small. There were only six students, but there were three instructors, so we had a ton of one-on-one instruction throughout the duration of the course. The first day, we focused on spins and stretching and continuity, but then we moved into climbs and holds, and I realized I'd never be able to go back to the way things were.

Pole dancing classes are an incredible way to lose weight, develop strength, tone your body, and meet new women who will be supportive and encouraging. If you're concerned about people being catty or mean, you don't need to be. Pole dancing studios are one of the most supportive places a woman can hang out. Being a pole dancer isn't about competing with your classmates and trying to outperform each other. It's about encouraging each other to grow and learn and be all that you can be.

If you've been thinking about taking pole dancing classes, there are a few things you need to know before you get started.

Take classes 

First off, you can study pole dancing online if you want to take classes at home. There are a ton of great ways you can learn how to dance without having to visit a studio. One of the coolest things about living in the ageo f the Internet is that no matter what you want to learn, there's a video for it.

If you prefer to study pole dancing in a studio, that's fine, too! I've danced both at home and in studios and while I love to dance at home, dancing with other women is really fun and relaxing. There's something special about being able to just relax and forget about your worries while rocking out with your friends, even if its just for an hour or two.

Keep in mind that when you dance at a studio, you'll need to make sure you follow their dress codes. If you aren't sure what to expect, just call ahead and ask. Typically, you'll wear shorts and a comfortable shirt to start. Most beginners dance in bare feet, but you may choose to wear heels when you get more comfortable. Typically, pole studios require that your shoes have a heel that's at least a quarter-inch wide. Stilettos may look pretty, but they can be dangerous to dance in if you're new to the sport. Get comfortable dancing first and then you can move on to the fun shoes later!

Get a pole

I bought my first dance pole when I completed my first pole dancing class. For me, it was a great investment because it meant I could dance as much as I wanted to at home and I had plenty of time to perfect my moves. While dancing at a studio is a ton of fun, sometimes you have to share poles with other students and you're always on a time limit. Having a pole at home means you can do the same spin thirty times if you need to.

Even if you don't have a lot of space in your home, it's possible to use a pole at your house. You can purchase a removable pole that you can put up when you're ready to work out and then take down later before your company comes over. This is also a great choice if you rent your home and want something you can easily take down when you're ready to move out.

Take your time

Like any skill, learning to pole dance takes time. Be patient with yourself! You might not have perfect spins right away. It might take you a little while to learn each routine. You might even struggle when it comes to learning inversions. None of that matters. The most important thing is that you're having fun, doing your best, and learning! Some pole dancers learn inversions and climbs within weeks or months of starting classes. For others, it takes a little longer. Never compare yourself to anyone but you. Are you doing better than you were your first day? Are you doing better than you were last week? That's all that matters. When it comes to pole dancing, personal progress should be your goal. 

Have you ever tried pole dancing? Did you take a class? Leave me a message and let me know!

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