You Should Try Pole Dance, Here's Why
The Origins of Pole Dance
When you mention that you are a pole dancer, most people are quick to assume the usual taboo scenarios of dim lights and seductive silhouettes in high heels. But what we do has absolutely nothing to do with strip teasing, commonly associated with 'gentleman's clubs'. Not that there's anything wrong with such establishments, but I'm sure a lot of pole athletes agree that society lacks understanding for this sport and people are often offended just at the mention of it.
The origins of pole dancing started as a sport (called Mallakhamb) in India, on a wooden variation of today's shiny metallic finished poles, with men showcasing their strength, agility, endurance and flexibility. Who would have thought?
The amount of skin that pole dancers flaunt are a NECESSITY. To call it pole fitness for the sake of not feeling ashamed, is a shame really when one takes away the element of dance. It is art, deserving of respect for the athleticism that goes into the extreme flips, tricks and holds that can be done and soon to be recognized as an Olympic Sport.
Before you say that this is not for you, consider that there are even blind and deaf pole dancers - and women in their 70's doing the kind of moves I am still dreaming of being capable of despite now being level five (which is the most advanced level of pole dancing).
Elements of Olympic Gymnastics in Pole Dance
World Champion Pole Dancing
Many YouTube videos of pole dancing are flagged which I find saddening. Championship performances are generally not age restricted but with that said, I highly recommend getting a YouTube account if you haven't already and browsing for yourself.
Once I saw this level of pole dancing, I never saw it again in the same light. I truly admire and respect the dedication it takes to get to this level and it looks easier than it is, don't be fooled by these incredible athletes.
How I Discovered the World of Pole Dancing
I was stuck with the age old question, "what should I get my mother dearest for Christmas?" I don't believe in Christianity let alone celebrate it myself but being brought up with it I've always felt obliged to get my family gifts for the 25th of December.
My mom works from home as a qualified personal fitness trainer/dietitian and has her own gym. I figured she would like a gift that had a unique fitness edge and so having been introduced to the local pole dancing instructor before on a night out, I decided to get in touch with her and buy my mom a voucher for a couple of pole dancing lessons. I must admit, at first I thought of the entire ordeal as being outrageously funny. And then I was invited to join a class for free and see what all the fuss was about - my mother was loving it.
So I became a student at Juliette & Sita's School of Pole Dancing in January 2012 being taught by one of the founders, stage name Sita - who I absolutely adore! She is the most amazing woman I know and it has to be told to the world. I very quickly discovered that pole dancing was a serious sport. Being put through a 20 minute warm up which included yoga poses and strength building floor work and then being gracefully flung into a 40 minute pole dancing session (which often runs delightfully overtime) where I learned the basics of basic moves as well as getting a pole dancing health and safety briefing and a bruise map. The next day I was well aware of having had a workout but I was having too much fun while I was doing it to realize!
For the health and safety of students, J&S forbids the wearing of any body lotions prior to a dancing lesson for very obvious reasons - slippery residue on a pole can cause serious injuries. Beginner students may wear comfortable workout clothes which they must gradually modify as they advance - it is an unavoidable necessity as skin equals grip!