Health & Fitness, Pole Dancing

Yes I Pole Dance, no I am not a slut

21st January 2015
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Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let me give you a quick introduction to the wonderful world of Pole Dancing and de-myth a few assumptions still being made today. I personally started dancing about 3 years ago and it is by far one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. I’m not about to preach salvation, but I’ve learnt so much about myself since becoming a ‘pole dancer’ and I’ve gained that much more respect for my own body and beauty.

If you’ve got doubts about having a go…

I’m not strong enough
Quite possibly one of the most noted factors that puts people off. No you might not be the very first lesson of your life, but if you stick to it you certainly will be. The first time I tried to climb I barely made it off the floor for more than 2 seconds. No expects you to be able to jump straight in a a jade split right from the off (jade split I will conquer you this year!)

I’m too fat to pole dance
Let me tell you now that I am and for the most part have been, the biggest girl in class. Size does not matter and you’ll soon realise that all the dancers in your class come in every shape and size. I can certainly say that I’ve toned up a lot even with the extra flabby bits still hanging around. My size also hasn’t held back my learning ability. Some moves I get just like that and some have taken a few years. How good you are is determined by how much you effort you put into training and your continued perseverance, not the number on the scale.

If you’re concerned about the stigma attached to pole dancing…

What’s with the skimpy outfits?
To stick, you need skin contact so there is a legitimate reason to don a some short shorts and a sports bra. Everything else is personal preference and fashion. I am no longer ashamed of my fairly substantial booty and it is out most of the time in class anyway now. But no one is judging you and no one is pressuring you either. Wear what you feel comfortable in and as you progress you’ll learn and understand which parts of your body need to be in contact with the pole in order to make certain moves work.

Only strippers pole dance
In my class just to name a few we have a graphic designer, a charity worker, an administrator and I’m an accountant. There is no one type of person and for that matter certainly no age limit. I fully intend to be pole dancing right into my later years just like Greta Pontarelli.

On a final note, I can’t finish this post without mentioning the pole dancing community as a whole both local and international. You will always find support, advice and a lot of encouragement from your fellow dancers. So go on, take the plunge and give it a go.

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