Pole dance is best described as a cross between gymnastics and acrobatics. It involves a dancer using a metal pole to dance on and around as well as hoisting themselves (with grace!) into various positions such as the candlestick or arch poses.
(For a complete list of tricks and moves click here.)
This type of dance is beneficial in the sense of becoming highly fit for many reasons. You use your own body weight to strenghten yourself as opposed to using free weights or weight machines to build muscle. This is powerful for those women who have always had a weaker upper body when they suddenly find out that they can climb monkey bars or do an inversion!
This sensual and athletic form of dance is even vying for a spot in the future Olympic Games!
There are many ways to learn. You can buy a removable pole, set it up in your kitchen (or anywhere you have a few feet of empty space), purchase one of the many instructional DVD's available and start learning that way. There are also classes available in many cities. Click here to see if there are classes offered in your area.
To start to learn, there are a few items that are needed.
Women who learn this type of exotic dance do it for a few reasons: for some it is just a hobby, a way to have fun or impress a lover or their friends.
Some women enter into competitions at the national and international levels and it is amazing to watch these highly skilled dancers who have trained many hours and sometimes years to be able to perform the feats that they do.
Still, for other women, pole dancing is a part of their job, whether in a circus act or gentleman's club it is a job that demands stamina and courage to day after day perform with strength and fluid grace.
Within about 2 months, with consistent training, a new dancer can start to learn inversions. By this time, your grip is becoming stronger and your strength and ability to hold your body weight increases.
A strong core is also developed which enables you to control and hold a variety of poses and perform more advanced tricks.
Pole dance is a graceful form of dance that is enjoyable to watch and participate in!