What you need
If you’re contemplating coming to my pole classes but are wondering whether or not you are fit enough, flexible enough, strong enough or anything else, stop worrying. Pole dance was the first form of exercise I ever took seriously and I don’t have a background in fitness or dance so my first lesson I had no idea what it would be like and I was really nervous. I was worried people would laugh at me or I’d get everything wrong and occasionally I did make mistakes but so did everyone else. I fell in love with pole dance and it’s given me every kind of confidence you can imagine and the best part is, it’s really fun! If something is still holding you back, just know all kinds of people pole dance. Men, women, pensioners, students, LGBTQ+ people, people who’ve danced since they were three and people who struggle on the club floor, fitness fanatics and people who never thought they would enter a gym. Pole is for everyone.
What do I need to bring to class with me?
If you follow as many pole dancers and aerial artists as I do on Instagram, you’ll probably still be surprised at the range and extravagance of some pole products on the market. If you have a look, you’ll see things like liquid chalk, sticky clothing, 9 inch pleasers and pole warmers and all of these products are truly amazing but if you’re new to pole, please don’t worry as you don’t need them yet. The only thing you need to bring is yourself and a bottle of water, preferably a reusable one. As pole is an exercise that makes you sweaty, it’s important you drink water before, during and after class. By the time you feel thirsty, you’re already a little dehydrated so at any point in class, as long as you’re not hanging upside down, please do have some water or nip upstairs to refill your bottle.
What do I wear?
As pole dance involves moving around and gripping a pole that can sometimes get a little slippery, we need to ensure that our grip is as good as we can make it. The spots you’ll be doing most of your gripping are your hands, back of your knees, elbows, armpits and thighs and so the best thing to wear is a vest and some shorts as these will expose those areas and ensure you can grip the pole safely. It’s ok if you don’t have proper sports shorts, the first three months I learnt to pole dance I wore shorts that doubled as pyjamas. Like I keep saying, we all have to start somewhere! There is no need for leg warmers or knee pads unless you’d really like to wear them. If you’re a total beginner to the sport, its best to just keeps things simple. As for footwear, bare feet is the way to go! As your learning progresses, you’ll have the option to wear heels, but please make sure they’re pleasers as normal high heels will scratch and damage the pole and the floor.