Pole dancing and confidence…there is more than enough proof it increases self-esteem and self-confidence. The dictionary defines ‘confidence’ as:
“A feeling of self-assurance arising from one's appreciation of one's own abilities or qualities.”
Since pole dancing has become more of a mainstream venue for fitness, one of the huge benefits that is reported from those brave souls who have ventured near the dance pole is confidence!
For me, this is one of the things that attracted me to the pole…over and over again. I felt powerful. I felt like I could FLY! I felt sexy, sensual, ALIVE…I felt the deepest sense of who I was…maybe because of my love of dance and movement, maybe because I hadn’t danced in so many years and pole was the first thing I really let go and delved into.
I’m not really sure of the ‘why’ for me, I just knew that it gave me feelings of strength and the want-to to keep on trying it, growing from it and getting creative with this form of dance.
I would have not tried pole dancing just to gain more confidence; it’s just one of those amazing benefits that come along with it.
Physical exercise in itself releases endorphins, the “feel-good” chemicals that give us a little “natural high.” But I think pole dancing goes a little deeper in that women (I can only speak from a woman’s perspective guys!) get in touch with their sensual and feminine selves as well in dance, here, we are talking about pole dance, described as sensual, athletic dance.
In pole, we unlock our hips in big, slow circles; we slide on the floor like a snake, slow; we crawl like a lioness stalking her prey in the jungle; we walk with exaggerated criss-crossed steps across the floor, like a temptress; we climb like a strong cat going up a tree; we open our chests with pride, move our arms with control and splay our legs with force just to close them again like a quick tease.
This wonderful use of our limbs and bodies and emotions all combined into one powerful statement in our pole dance makes us feel like we are on top of the world at times (because there are those days when we just can’t get any move right!) and give us that edge of confidence that says “Yes, I know I am a bad-ass because I pole dance; I can climb and turn upside down and spin like nobody’s business.”