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The Facts

The Facts about pole dancing

What are the benefits of pole dancing?

Pole dancing works to improve fitness levels in all areas.

Each session taught by our instructors is safe, effective and well balanced in terms of:

  • Muscular strength and endurance
  • Cardiovascular fitness
  • Motor skills and flexibility

In real terms this means you will achieve positive benefits by enhancing:

  • Muscle tone and strength
  • Stability and balance
  • Flexibility and posture

In addition a pole dance session is an aerobic workout which will provide the following benefits:

  • Weight loss with an average 45 minute session burning about 250 calories
  • Decrease in high blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Increase in bone density
  • Reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease

As with any form of exercise the body produces an increased supply of endorphins which lead to an improved feeling of well being. However pole dancing also provides a significant improvement in self esteem and confidence due to the feeling of empowerment it creates.

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Why is Pole Dancing Fun

Students describe the classes as fun, addictive and exciting

Pole classes are very interactive and group orientated.

You will get plenty of group encouragement and make a few new friends too.

You are learning new moves and skills which you would never have thought you could do but find you can!

Our Pole instructors are supportive and motivating whereas most fitness classes or gyms involve motivating yourself which is sometimes difficult.

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History of Pole Dancing

It is quite likely that pole dancing started in the 1920s as part of the Vaudeville and travelling fair movement.

The tent pole was used by performers to dance around and to display their aerobic tricks.

Gradually pole dance progressed into more burlesque settings during the 1950’s with bars and clubs becoming main venues.

Some reports suggest the earliest recorded pole dance was in 1968 with a performance by Belle Jangles in Oregon.

However It wasn’t until the 1980’s that pole dancing as we now know it began to gain ground, becoming viewed as a legitimate form of exercise and an accepted fitness technique.

During the 80’s the pole dancing craze started in Canada mainly at exotic table dancing and lap dancing clubs.

Then in the 1990's Fawnia Mondey started teaching pole dancing to ordinary women and she produced the first video teaching the art of Pole Dancing.

Fawnia is one of the worlds first pole dancing champions.

The first "Miss Pole Dance World" competition was held in November 2005, and Reiko Suemune from Japan won the 2005/2006 title.

Often, people's first reaction to pole dancing has been to picture the 'seedy' world of striptease and lap dance. However this is far from the case today!

Certainly since the 1980’s pole dance has been proven to be not only a skilful acrobatic display but also a method of combining strenuous gymnastic moves with flowing choreographed dance routines.

Currently and over recent years fitness professionals world wide have worked hard raising public awareness to the benefits of this excellent form of exercise and empowerment.

This has allowed pole dancing to be recognised as an accepted form of dance and fitness for all.