A free standing dance pole is basically a stripper pole that is attached to a stage or a platform and doesn’t need any attachment to a ceiling.
These are great to use if you have super high ceilings, need a pole to use for performing at various places, or have restrictions on placing anything on the ceiling such as when you are renting or leasing.
You can buy these types of dance poles from several pole manufacturers.
X-Pole makes the X-Stage in both Lite and Standard. The Lite stage is called “Lite” because the platform/stage is only 4” off of the ground and increases the workable pole area to 9’8” as opposed to the Standard X-Stage platform that sits about a whole foot off the ground making the workable pole area about 9’. Both types of X-Stages are a total of about 10 feet in height including the stage and the pole.
The finishes that it comes in are brass, chrome, stainless steel, pink or black silicone and powder coated.
They also come in pole diameters of 40mm, 45mm, 50mm and 53 mm (silicone only). For more details or to purchase, see X-Pole.
Platinum Stages is the creator of The Platinum Stage, a 4’ by 4’ square steel stage that sits a foot off the ground and has a variety of side panels and stage surfaces that you can choose from, including frosted that allows a lighting source to shine through. The pole comes in brass or stainless steel, 45 or 50mm and is available in heights from 7-10 feet high. This stage gives a real feel of a performance stage because of the way it is designed, can be lit up and sits so high off the ground.
Lupit Pole has created the Lupit Stage II with either short or long ‘legs’ the metal base that supports the stage pieces. The difference between the length of these supporting legs is the one is set for medium stability and one is for higher stability. There is a formula on the website that indicated how much each one will hold as a dancer spins on the pole. The poles come in 45mm stainless steel and has both spin and static functions. The nice thing about the Lupit Stage II is the ease of set up, take down and portability.
Visit lupitpole.com for more information.
Majestic Stages is a company located in Texas, US and offer some unique options that I haven’t seen in other companies. One is that they have a dance cage that can be used with any of their stages and free standing dance poles and a neat “pole ball” that sits on top of the freestanding poles as a little unique detail.
Majestic Stages makes acrylic, vinyl and painted stages in square and octagon shapes. They are able to be set up in 2 minutes or less with no tools required. The stages are made of wood and the poles, 50mm, are made of steel with a matte finish. I haven’t tried these poles but the website gives some safety/potential injury precautions about doing lateral movements higher than midway on the pole. Also, heels are not recommended for use with these types of stages because they can scuff or damage the surface of the stage.
They also have a nice layaway plan that has no service charges if you need an installment plan to purchase a pole. All of the poles are static/non-spinning. For more information visit majesticstages.com.
If you are in the Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Miami, New York or Cleveland, OH areas, you can rent a free standing dance pole and stage from All Star Stages. They will come and set it up for you and take it down as well. The stages are octagon shaped and light up. The poles come in heights of 7 ½ to 12 feet high. All you have to do is let All Star Stages know how high your ceilings are!
In the Las Vegas and Los Angeles locations there is the availability of the Grande Stage which is a 10’ x 10’ octagon stage that can be used with or without the 12.5 foot 50mm pole.
Visit www.allstarstages.com for more information.
Each type/brand of free standing dance pole will have its own installation instructions. I have only had experience setting up a Platinum Stage. This stage requires some tools and a few minutes of set-up time to put together the frame.
I have watched a Lupit Stage and X-Stage being set up and they look relatively simple to do. There is usually a metal base to set up and pieces that are shaped like pizza slices that are set on top of this and secured. The pole usually goes in last.
For the best portability, I would use an X-Stage or the Lupit Stage; if you want to leave it set up longer, any of the brands would be good to have – The Platinum Stage takes longer to set up and heavier to move around. I have not used the Majestic Stage but the website recommends that if it is to be used for professional or commercial use, the stage should be permanently anchored to the floor.
When I attend Pole Expo, because it is hosted in a hotel convention space, X-Stages are the free standing dance poles used for all of the workshops and in the playground area. They are as sturdy and as easy to use for pole dancing. They aren’t so great for floorwork because of the space restriction and the metal stabilizing/support parts that stick out at the bottom.
I used to own a stage with a stripper pole that I purchased from Platinum Stages a few years ago. The stage was sturdy but needed to be stabilize with sandbags underneath and I found that inconvenient. I eventually sold the stage because I didn’t end up using it. I don’t currently own a freestanding pole but I would probably purchase one from Lupit Pole if I did because of the ease of set up and its portability/ease of transportation.
Here is my cheat sheet with the major pole brands and what types of poles they make and sell and price ranges.