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Pole Dance FAQ


Here is where I try to answer the most often questions about pole dancing.

1. Why does a pole need cleaning and how often must you clean it?
2. What do you do at a pole dancing class?
3. How can one enhance ones pole grip and stop the slip?
4. How can you avoid sweaty hand syndrome?
5. How do I pick up new pole moves?
6. What's the best dance pole?
7. Is pole dancing safe?
8. Will pole dancing become an Olympic event?
9. What is the common diameter and height of a dance pole?
10. What should I wear for pole dance practice?
11. Do I need to warm up before pole dancing?
12. Do I have to wear revealing outfits in class?
13. Is pole dancing good for me?
14. Am I going to be sore after pole practice?
15. How old do I have to be to start polling?
16. Do I really need a pole?
17. Besides the pole is there other equipment I need?
18. How fit do I have to be to start pole dancing?
19. Can I still pole dance with a medical condition?
20. I want a to install a pole at home, how high does my ceiling need to be?
21. How much space do I need around my pole?
22. Do I need a stage pole, fixed pole or portable pole?
23. How do I find a good pole instructors?
24. What about the stigma attached to pole dancing?


1. Why does a pole need cleaning and how often must you clean it?
A during pole training sweat and dead skin can get left on the pole causing a slippery grip, so it's common practise to wipe the pole before and after use or whenever you need maximum grip for an advanced move. I use microfiber cloths rather than a regular towel, the little grippy fibers are greate at removing oils. I keep two on hand, one to dry and one to polish the pole.

2. What happens at beginner pole dancing classes?
Beginners are first introduced to pole dance safety. They learn about moving around the pole and do warm up stretches and exercises to build strength, which is essential so as to not to get injuries. You will learn the basic poses on the pole, transitions, spins, and how to choreograph a pole routine.

3. How can one get a better grip on the pole and stop grip slip?
Cleaning the pole regularly. And don't use moisturiser or body oils several hours before training sessions because it transfers to the pole and you may't grip. Some women use Mighty Grip. You really need some slippage to do spins, however much less slippage to do poses, so you may need a grip enhancer.

4. How can you avoid sweaty hand syndrome?
The more nervous you are, the greater the chance of having sweaty hands, so being calm helps. But damp skin (not sweaty slick skin) sticks better to the pole than dry skin (boots stick even than dry skin). If your hands are too sweaty, there is chalk for your hands and  arms. Or you can wear fingerless leather gloves to do tricks and poses, but not easy to do spins with gloves on.

5. How do I pick up new pole moves?
A good way to get new ideas for pole moves is to search Youtube. There are always new videos being posted showcasing the best new moves from professional pole dancers and and amatures. And then there's Amazon.com, they have a wide selection of pole dance training dvds to choose from. You can pick up dvds that cover beginner, intermediate, and advanced moves. There are even complete pole dance trianing packages. Attending a pole dance class is a good way to pickup new moves. If your trainer is a certified pole dance trainer, they are going to keep abreast of the latest pole moves and trends.

6. What's the best dance pole?
The best dane pole is one that fits your needs. There is a huge selection of dance poles different options and materials. There are brass, stainless, painted and chrome poles. Portable and fixed poles. Platform poles, stage poles, and lighted poles. The critical thing is to know the limitations of your pole as far as how much weight it will hold and the types of moves it is designed to handle. There are several high quality poles on the market; X-poles and Lil‘ Mynx Poles seem to be the most popular.

7. Is pole dancing safe?
Pole dancing, like any sport, has it's own inherent set of dangers. Falling and tripping are comon hazards. But pole dancing can be a very safe sport if you follow some basic safety rules.Use crash mats, have a spotter, keep your pole clean, wipe away excess sweat, use a certified pole dance instructor, build up your strenght and endurance, know your body and what you can and cannot do and take a progressive approach to learning pole dance.
By taking a progressive approach, you start with a solid foundation of pole dance basic moves and then build on them as you gain strenght and confidence.

8. Will pole dancing become an Olympic event?
It may seem like a joke, however many women feel pole dancing (myself included) is a legitimate sport (much in the same way dance is part of gymnastics) and needs it to be recoginized as such. Once you get past the stigma that pole dancing holds, it is easy to see it is gymnastics on a vertical pole and the costumes are comparable to the outifits gymnastic cometitors wear. It takes great strenght, stamina, and endurance to make pole dance moves look effortless.

9. What is the common diameter and height of a dance pole?
Standard dance pole diameter is 50mm, however, there are smaller diameters like 45mm and 38mm, but it is not advisable to learn on a smaller diameter pole. It is easier to lean on a 50mm pole and then switch from 50mm to a smaller pole, but learning on a smaller diameter pole and then switching to bigger diameter is hard.

The height of your dance pole also has it's limitations. A taller pole lets you incorporate more moves, poses, and combos. A regular pole is fine for practice in class or at home, but it is a bit limiting for inversions and climbs.

10. What should I wear for pole dance practice?

A good pole dance top and a pair of pole shorts is the safest thing to wear during practice, it’s your skin that grips the pole and keeps you from slipping. There are plenty of clothing options specifically designed for pole dancing on Amazon.com. You can check them out to get an idea of what a good pole outfit looks like and the materials it's constructed from.

I recommend against using your existing shirts and shorts to practice in, unless you are only doing floorwork or moves around the pole. Clothing specifically made for pole dancing is constructed from fabrics that keep their shape, keep you covered, do not get baggy, and are cut to allow the best skin contact with the pole.
 
Special shoes are not required, no platform heels necessary - save those for special performances. Many woomen prefer to practice in bare feet, although others prefer to wear flats or trainers. It's not necessary to buy special shoes or socks.

I would have extra clothing (like pants and t-shirts) on hand to wear between your times on the pole. You’ll want to keep your muscles warm between practice sessions. Warm muscles = fewer strains and injuries.

11. Do I need to warm up before pole dancing?
Your muscles and tendosn need to be flexible and warm before getting on the pole. Warm muscles are more flexible and are prepared for exercise. You should also include a set of cool down stretches after practice.

12. Do I have to wear revealing outfits in class?
You'll soon find out that pole dance classes have a dress code. Thongs, bikinis, and skimpy outfits are not usually allowed in class. Most often you'll be training in a pair of shorts and tank top.

13. Is pole dancing good for me?
Anything that gets you up and moving, gets you excited and happy, is good for you. Women and me of all body types can join in pole dancing. Everyone starts with the basic pole floorwork and moves and then builds on them as their endurance and strenth increases.

Many women feel empowered, sexy and have increased self esteem from poling.

Pole dancing parties are lots of fun and offer party goers a chance to try out the pole in a relaxed atmosphere. It's like have a karoke party, everyone is there to have fun, you don't have to be good at it. It's an informal atmosphere where you can try a single move or two, usually accompanied by laughter from your friends. It’s great fun, a good laugh and anybody can have a go at it.

14. Am I going to be sore after pole practice?
You are going to discover muscles you didn't know you have. But it is going to be so much fun that you'll be back. If your arms and legs aren’t used to heavy lifting, they’re going to be sore at first, but will quickly gain strength and endurance. It is well worth the fitness benefits.

15. How old do I have to be to start polling?
You can start polling at any age, but generally most pole dancing classes are open to age 18 and over.

16. Do I really need a pole?
The is no substitute for having your own pole, but no, you don't need a pole. But you need access to a pole. If you get the pole bug, you are going to be anxious to get your own pole as quickly a possible. If you are going to train at home, you are going to need a pole to learn pole moves and how to move around the pole at some point.

If you are unsure about which poles and pole dance dvds are right for you, check out Amazon.com and read the reviews on the dvds. I find that the product feed back on Amazon is excellet for getting a good feel for a product.

17. Besides the pole is there other equipment I need?
Safety is critical during pole practice. Having a spotter and crash mats is a good idea when trying difficult moves or when trying something new. A crash mat has a hole in the center to wraps perfectly around the pole. Mats are for anyone, they let you try difficult moves with more confidence.

18. How fit do I have to be to start pole dancing?
Pole dancing is full body workout, and by choosing different exercises, you can make the workout as easy as you like. Pole dancing is wonderful because almost anyone can pole and get benefits from it. Certainly, there are poses and moves that only a pro should try, but there are many spins, moves, and poses that just about anyone can learn with a little practice. The great thing about polling is that you can learn at your own pace, and have a fun time doing it.

Strength and flexibility are important, but begginer pole dancing is designed to build your strength and flexibility as you practice. You’ll quickly find your strength and flexability improving just through pole dancing.

Many people pole dance to get fit, flexible, and empowered. Pole dancing is a great way to become more aware of your body and build self esteem.

19. Can I still pole dance with a medical condition?
The best judge of this is your doctor. As with any new physical activity, you'll want your doctor to sign off before you start any exercise.

20. I want a to install a pole at home, how high does my ceiling need to be?
A typical ceiling heights of 8 to 10 feet are fine for most poles. Dance poles are designed to be adjustable for variations in ceiling height.

21. How much space do I need around my pole?
You are going to need enough space around the pole to allow your arms and legs to swing out and not hit anything. You can get a general idea of how much space you need by standing in the middle of the spot where you want to put your pole. You will need a long stick that when measured from shoulder to the end of your extended hand, equals the length of your leg, from hip to toes. With your arm fully extended, turn in a full circle. That is the amount of room needed to move around a pole. You may want to add a little more if you like to do bigger spins.

22. Do I need a stage pole, fixed pole or portable pole?
That depends on how you plan to use it.

Fixed and portable poles and taller. They’re also a little safer. Poles built in good stages, such as the X-Stage, don’t flex much, but obviously a pole secured at both ends is going to be more secure than one only securing at the bottom. The stage’s base can be quite large, harder to transport, and probably take up quite a bit of space.

But stages are great to help you showcase your moves. Poles with a stage stand out and add a great visual effect, they can even be customized with built in lights. They also let you pole dance in venues where the floor isn't good for dancing or where ceilings are too high for a normal pole. Stage poles with visual effects are great for exhibitions in large venues.

23. How do I find a good pole instructor?
The best pole instructors are certified in pole dance instruction and have several years as a pole dance instructor under their belt.

Asking an experienced pole dancer is one way to find a good instructor. Or take an introductory class and see how comfortable you feel.

A good pole dance instructor is going to focus on safety first, know how to access student fitness levels, have different training programs based on student fitness levels and body type, and know about good body mechnics to perform pole moves safely. And they are going to know how to keep a class fun and interesting.

24. What about the stigma attached to pole dancing?
The stigma of pole dancing, sex and seedy strip clubs, is really an American phenomenon. In the UK and Australia pole dancing is see as an art form, thousands of women and men attend pole dancing schools for dance and exercise. As more professional competitions spring up, America is losing the negative attitude towards the seedy side of pole dancing and accepting it as a legitmate form of art.


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