5 Facts About Pole Dancing in 2020!

Pole Dancer

With recent promotional through the Superbowl Halftime show, pole dancing has been thrust into regular homes on a greater scale than ever before. The pole dancing world itself has moved through some significant changes over the last 30+ years, with the last 10 ensuring heavy expansion and recognition across various mediums. Once only the professional club dancer would be found throwing themselves around a static, 50mm steel pole, but such days are almost a distant memory as anyone over the age of 16 can find themselves being taught how to make pretty shapes on a metal pole, and without having to hike to the city’s club district.

Poles generally range from 38 to 50mm in diameter, come in a variety of materials (chrome, stainless steel, brass, silicone and powder coating), and are generally adjustable from static to spin. Yep, that’s right! Sorry to bust your bubble, but club poles these days are self-spinning. New pole technology means some poles can change with a quick flick of a switch from static to spin – perfect for changing styles mid-performance, and there are LED poles (like seen in the JLo performance).

 

Now, unfortunately, in the pole community there still lies a great divide between recreational/hobbyists and professional club dancers, with some feeling it necessary to adamantly distinguish themselves from the other. This has almost always been the case with anything vaguely related to the adult industry, but it is certainly an underlying issue in some polers’ minds. Sadly, it has caused an unnecessary rift and furthered isolation for professional dancers. Having said that though, there are still plenty out there however that have long since blurred the line; taking their professional stripping career to the recreational market and successfully setting up their own studio, competition career, and/or clothing company for it. While it seems important to a few to define their poling as pole fitness, you will find the pole community is a vast and varied pool of people, with all genders, ages, abilities and backgrounds blended together eager to nail the next move, and further develop their strength and flexibility.

 

  • AGE IS NOT A FACTOR – There’s no age restrictions on recreational pole, although most studios will only allow people over the age of 16 to enter adult classes, and clubs are bound by the law with 18+ being the absolute earliest you can start training/working.
    I, personally, have taught a wide variety of ages in pole – literally from 16 up, and I have known dancers of all ages and backgrounds, although most have moved into teaching, professional competing (yes, there are international comps), or have retired in their 30’s only to return later in life. Pole can be a little addictive in its skill, strength, and confidence building. When you find a studio or club that you like, the other dancers are like a second family and the relationships developed there can withstand a large passage of time.
  • STRENGTH IS EARNED – Most don’t start recreational, or even club poling, strong. Yes, in the club scene there is a general aesthetic standard that needs to be met, in recreational pole there is absolutely no pre-requisite to begin (only to move up levels). So if you are feeling like you possess noodle-arms and certainly do not have the capabilities to pole dance, don’t stop before you start! All polers started somewhere and MOST will have started where you are at now. (When I first started poling, I had thigh strength for days, but my arms were glorified sticks). Strength is gained progressively over time, the more classes you attend as a student, or more shifts you work as a professional, the more strength you will develop allowing for easier progression into more advanced moves, or greater stamina, or even easier transitions between moves when lacing together a beautiful combo.
    Professional poles have very high weight/force ratings. The thinner ones will flex more, as will grid mounted poles, but ultimately professional poles are designed to withstand multiple users, over extended time periods doing insane flips, spins and tricks.
  • SKIN – We have all seen pole dancers prance around in their almost-nothings (or in the case of some clubs, just nothings) and most have assumed this to be only stripper related. I mean, more skin more money right?! To physically grip the pole you have to use skin-to-pole contact. The friction generated stops you from sliding off, and assists the muscles clamping on to the pole to grip appropriately. In a studio environment, most start off with minimal skin showing – nerves and all that, but as you progress through levels, the move the coverings will lessen and soon wearing a bikini when performing will not even draw a second blink. If you are just starting out, turning up in bike shorts and singlet top is perfectly fine, but keep in mind your instructor might have their ass out (this is the case in my classes).I should take this moment to mention grip aides. If you are new to pole you likely have minimal grip strength in your hands. When starting out, it is commonplace to utilise grip aids (such as liquid chalk, etc.) to aide in preventing sweat interfering with skin contact, or until your hand/finger strength is strong enough to overcome any slip. In a club scene, this is not even an option, so please keep that in mind (Botox can be an option for excessive sweating and there are exercises out there for the development of hand/finger strength). There are plenty of brands and types of grip aides, it is super important to know that they are not all the same and some may not be allowed at certain studios for how they might damage the pole surface.
  • IT’S NOT A COMPETITION – Unless you are dancing in a club for client attention, or competing in one of the thousands of competitions happening worldwide, pole dancing isn’t designed as a competitive sport. It is human nature to get competitive to some degree, but you can get more from recreational pole dancing if you check the ego at the door, and get real comfortable with your body and your progress.
  • THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS – Pole dancing is no longer restrictive to only exotic styles. That definitely does not mean you can’t learn exotic styles or routines in a studio environment, studios often host courses/workshops for chair dances, stripteases and varied exotic styles (including Burlesque – a pet favourite). Professional ballerinas have made the move to pole dancing, adding highly posed elegant elements, extreme flexibility/strength and offering other options for pole dancing styles. There are Russian gymnasts (both male and female) that train in pole, and have created their own takes on a vast variety of styles. There’s famous burlesque performers and Pinup models that incorporate pole into shows, and many aerial artists that have made the move from trapeze, circus performances and the like to expand their skill set, into pole dancing. You can pole dance for fitness or for fun… to learn something you never thought you could do, or to spice up your sex life. It might be the beginning of a long and prosperous career or something you just do to relax, or be social.

Autumn is a consultant at the Oh Zone Stores.

The Seduction of Dance

Lating Dancing

There are many ways for animals in nature to seduce the one they want. For example, a peacock displays his massive eye-spotted tail as part of a courtship or a female bonobo monkey hits male’s body to show her enthusiasm for having sex. I strongly recommend you watch attached video below, especially between 1.30 – 2.00, just to understand what I mean and also to have a little bit of fun.

 

 

Just a little reminder: Scientists say that our closest ancestors are not Bonobo Monkeys but Chimpanzees so please don’t try to excuse yourself to hit your mates after watching this video above.

When it comes to homo sapiens; we mostly prefer to say “You look beautiful/handsome” as a starting point since we invented alphabet or even wearing some seductive lingerie or clothes. Of course, there are numerous other ways to exhibit your deepest desires for them, yet there is a unique way taking place at every moment of the history of humanity even in prehistoric era, dancing! Imagine some people from a hunter-gatherer society (see the extracted image from a cave painting below; yellow and green circles respectively) sitting around a fire 40000 years ago; something already gave two guys a boner (red circles) and they are trying to get their mates attention by waving their arms (the ones in purple circles are our guys’ mates). Although the one on the far left seems a bit unhappy with the situation, you can see another couple having further intimacy (blue circle). Whilst this is just my imagination, I believe that there is a high possibility for the things to be like this even ages ago. You know that sex was one of the most powerful driving force for humanity in the past and it will be the same in the future as well.

People are doing the same thing in clubs and bars in the 21st century instead of around a fire to impress the person they want to have sex with. Having had a kind of similar idea years ago, I enrolled in a class and learned how to perform 5 different latin dances for whole year. Only two weeks later, I was embarrassed by what I thought about dancing earlier. There were 5 different characteristics for each of them and those characteristics made me feel the passion in dancing day by day and associate dancing with sex, or vice versa; so picking up someone came as a bonus afterwards.

Cha Cha Cha: When marimba rhythms start to play it is time for cha cha. If you are in a ballroom and planning to ask the one you like to dance, “Sway” will be a good choice to start with; preferably Michael Buble version, I wouldn’t mind though if they played Pussy Cat Dolls version. Cha cha is perfect for the first time of couples (or one night-stands, doesn’t matter) it is a cheeky, flirty dance. 1..2..3..cha cha The girl tries to attract him with her showy moves and the boy chases her correspondingly; this is the teasing nature of cha cha. In the course of the dance, both parties will be learning something about each other even if it is in a challenging manner and they will be happy in the end, for sure.

 

Samba: Whilst cha cha is to carry your lust from dance floor to home with its effective and sharp movements, samba is all about excitement, in my opinion, as I always associate it with foreplay; all night long, like in a carnival in Rio. By the way, I would like to disambiguate between samba and salsa as most people think that they are pretty same. Samba is a dance originated from African people in Brazil who brought their culture to Latin America and can be danced solo or as a couple, on the other hand, Salsa is emerged from Caribbean and needs a pair to be performed. Salsa needs specific choice of music, but samba is pretty easy-going if it is the case. That’s why I find samba pretty suitable to foreplay, just as you want it to be according to your instincts.

 

Paso Doble: It means double-step in Spanish and on the contrary to popular belief, the traditional couple paso doble was commenced in France, then Iberian Peninsula has adopted it. Basically, this type of dance represents bullfight and many different variations of the music “Espana Cani” is used during this representation especially in ballroom performances. The man is in the role of the matador in this dance and the woman can be anything but the bull such as the cape, the shadow of the matador so on. Although masculinity is not my cup of tea, I can’t help myself thinking how sexy movements paso doble have and it reminds me of the beginning of an intercourse after a long foreplay; captivating, a little bit of brutal but ecstatic.

 

Rumba: This is the slowest one in all latin dances, don’t be fooled by its rhythm though; believe me, posing and maintaining the choreography are really hard to achieve in slow motion. It is said that Rumba is the dance of love; it doesn’t necessarily have to show a couple’s fantasy or steps to the bed though, it can also exhibit a tragic love between two. The main point is emphasise the tenderness between lovers which perfectly fits my perception of the second stage of an intercourse. After an intense start to intercourse, some people want to have a kind of break to lower their heart beat, to recover their breath but they don’t want to get the sweat dry, so there is nothing better than rumba rhythms to keep playing; slow, tender but lustful enough to be prepared for grand final.

 

Jive: And finally, here is my fave! Jive is originated from African-Americans in 30s in the States and it is the fastest one among five international latin dances. There are some similarities with samba in terms of pace and partying, yet the music is so different that whilst samba seems like you are having fun with your drink in a street festival, jive feels like you are going to have a more decent night with your lover. Jive is generally performed in the end after other 4 latin dances in dance competitions meaning that “We still have energy to dance even at the fastest pace (176 bpm)” to show the prowess they have just like most people having sex with thrusts as fast as they can just before reaching climax.

 

It is widely known that dancing can have the following benefits:

  • Increases your muscular strength,
  • Gives you weight management,
  • Gives better coordination and flexibility
  • Improves condition of your heart and lungs

The benefits of dancing are almost similar to the benefits of sex, exercise or even using sex toys and as a result of these; Dancing helps you improve your general and psychological well-being which leads to better social skills. Additionally, it is a perfect way to fix the problems of a couple losing their lust by the help of its intimate nature and not limited only for straight couples for sure, there are many dance studios in Sydney where same-sex couples are more than welcome.

 

Couple Seduction Dancing

By Goki a consultant from Oh Zone Adult Lifestyle Centres