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Pole – Rest – Balance

March 27, 2018

So you’ve fallen in love with pole. You’re twirling and flying through the air with grace a few times per week. But don’t forget, the key to long term, healthy progression in pole dance is balance. A balance of rest and hard work, strength and flexibility, and pole and pole-less classes! But how do you choose the right mix of classes?

Most studios now offer a variety of classes designed to work together to help you build strength, fitness, flexibility, dance ability and many other skills, and it is a great idea to take advantage of these as much as possible. Pole requires such a variety of skills, and if abused, can easily create some serious compensations and injuries. By incorporating a variety of classes into your training schedule is not only amazing fun, but will also help you develop as a well rounded, healthy and strong pole dancer.

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A few classes you might consider…

High cardio classes! A huge part of pole is stamina and cardiovascular fitness, though many of us are drawn to pole for its supposed lack of cardio. A student recently put it as bluntly as “I love pole because running sucks”. But love it or hate it, cardio IS important, not only for your life in general but especially to get you through those pole routines you love so much. Whether you take a fitness class like HIIT, maybe a booty boot camp class, or try your hand at a pole grooves style choreography class, any way you can get your cardio fix is great!

Strength classes! Strength and conditioning is an incredibly important part of pole, and building strength in a balanced way is vital to maintain healthy posture and avoid injury. If your studio offers strength and conditioning classes be sure to try some. Taking even one of these classes per week along side your pole classes will greatly improve your performance and help you on your way to a long and prosperous pole “career”.

Stretch classes! Think back to those famous pole dance moves you always remember. Chances are most of them are deeply rooted in flexibility, and even more flexibility than it appears to the untrained eye. Flexibility is also vital to help you avoid injuries throughout your training and to recover faster and more completely.

Dance Classes! It’s no secret pole is hard, and pole routines are possibly the most exhausting 3 minutes of your life! So, a crucial element of every routine, and sometimes the hardest area to put together is the dance. Whether you’ve been a dancer since tiny tots or have never tried choreography without a pole in hand, dance classes are a crucial element of your training. Not only is it incredible fun to try new styles of dance and movement, but the experience will enhance your pole performance more than anything else.

Finding the balance between these and any other classes you may have at your finger tips is a very individual process of trial and error. So do just that, try different classes, try different combinations, and take note of how the mix of classes effects your training, recovery and performance. Maybe you will benefit most from 2 pole classes, a dance and a stretch class. Maybe you need as much focus on flexibility as you do other classes to help you recover. Or maybe you have your classes down pat but need to find the best way to incorporate rest into your schedule. Whatever it is, try to dedicate some serious attention to it, try chatting with your instructors about your future goals and how best to achieve those, and most importantly, avoid comparing yourself to others. This balance is purely about you!

Written by Toni Hearn

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Your First Pole Lesson

March 20, 2018

So you’re about to take your first pole dancing class. You’re a bundle of nerves, unsure what to expect or how your body will respond. Here’s the basics you need to know to make the most of that first pole dance experience.

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Before you set foot in the studio, do your research, check out the studio’s websites, reviews, and their social media platforms. There are countless studios around, particularly in larger cities, each with their strengths and weaknesses, and varying levels of experience. Recommendations are always a great way to find a foot in the door, but remember you are uniquely you, and what works for one student may not work for another, so research and even pop into the studio for a chat with the instructors. If you are unsure, ask if you can sit in and watch a class. Most studios are open to having prospective students pop in for a peak before they take their first class, as it often helps to calm the nerves.

When you are booking your first class, try to be as honest as you can with the studio staff. Any injuries you may already have, no matter how insignificant you may think they are, must be noted by the studio. It is likely they will also ask your level of experience, or background. Have you taken any dance lessons, gymnastics lessons, cheer maybe? This is not to make those who have not tried before feel un-prepared. Quite the opposite. Having a clear idea of your background will help your instructor tailor their teaching style to you a little and hopefully help you pick up the pole moves a little easier.

Before your first class, there are a few little things you can do to make your first lesson easier. The most important one is please do not moisturise! Lotions and moisturisers will transfer to the pole and make it near impossible to grip. If you need to moisturise, try to shower before you come to class. This will remove as much of the lotion as possible and minimize your difficulty in your lesson.

In terms of what to wear and bring along, things are pretty straight forward. Wear what you are comfortable in! Gym gear is best so you are free to move and not restricted by fabrics that don’t stretch with you. Tights generally work in for your first lesson or two, but as you move along and learn new things, shorts will make your life a whole lot easier and open you up to some exciting new moves! They don’t need to be teeny tiny booty shorts, but something form fitting will help. Bring on the Lycra!

Most students start out barefoot, but as you move along, if you feel like a challenge, you can look into pole heels! These babies are not only gorgeous but add a little extra weight to make this an even more efficient workout! However, if heels aren’t your deal then feel free to stick to barefoot pole as it has it’s own unique beauty!

Most importantly, before your first class please, if you are ever unsure of anything, reach out to your potential instructors! Whichever studio you are looking to attend would love to answer any questions you have and help guide you into your first taste of pole dancing!

Written by Toni Hearn

Common misconceptions to Starting Pole Dancing

March 13, 2018

 You might be thinking…

Prior to starting pole dancing, there are many thoughts that may run through your head, so we thought we would help you bust down some of those misconceptions and clarify just what we do here at one of the cities longest standing pole dance studios, mPole Newcastle.

You might be thinking… “Pole dancers are so sexy, I could never do that”.

Woah girlfriend hold up! First things first, no matter your shape, size, or background, you are sexy as hell in a way that is just uniquely you! Secondly, there is no rule that says pole has to be sexy, just like there is no rule that says it can’t be. Pole dance has come from roots in both the exotic world and the acrobatic, and both sides have their merits. The key is to find the right fit for you, and to do this you simply have to try! We have seen students who are painfully shy bloom into sex kittens when they dance, and girls who are no stranger to a body roll fall in love with the strength and overall fitness benefits of pole dance. Trying a style doesn’t at all mean that you have to stick with it, it simply means you are approaching something new with an open heart and mind, and are pushing your own boundaries, which is such a healthy thing to do! Many studios will tend to sway one way or the other. Some encourage high heels and lingerie, while others prefer barefoot and active wear, and then there are those who meet in the middle, who showcase a little bit of everything and encourage you to rock whichever style you are feeling at the time! It might take a few tries, but you will eventually find your place and will fall head over heels in love with how you feel about yourself!

You might be thinking… “I’m so weak, pole dancers have to be strong”.

Simply not the case! To begin with, most pole dancers start out with very little upper body strength, or if it is there and developing, muscle memory is equally challenging. Don’t forget, pole dance is not a style of movement practised throughout the rest of our lives. This poses a challenge in your initial lessons, but there is nothing more satisfying than looking back at how far you have come, whether in the hour of your first lesson, your first week, your first term or your first year. By gradually immersing yourself in the world of pole and training safely and efficiently, you will see incredible results, both physically and mentally! We always say you don’t have to bring the strength or flexibility, we will help you find that along the way.

You might be thinking… “Wow I can’t wait to be flipping and flying through the air in my first term”

and we can see why you are so excited, but hold your horses, missy! You crawled before you walked, and walked before you ran, and while you may not remember it, you had a ball at each exciting new stage. Pole dance is no different! We will introduce you to some basics to help build strength and familiarity with pole before gently building up to harder tricks and higher heights. That is not to say your teachers will hold you back, however curriculums are in place for a reason, and that reason is you! We care about every student’s health and wellbeing and the last thing we would ever want is to see you injured, not only causing pain and disruption to your life but also forcing you to take time away from your new found passion. There is nothing more heartbreaking, so be sure to bring that enthusiasm, but remember, this is a marathon, not a sprint!

You might be thinking… “I’ll be the worst student this teacher has ever seen”.

This one actually makes me laugh out loud because, in all honesty, a lot of teachers actually struggled so much more when they started training. Many of us are now adept at pinpointing technique issues and troubleshooting because throughout our own pole journeys we have found every single way to fail at a move before finally nailing it. We have all been students. We have all had our own setbacks and mishaps so please, never feel self-conscious on our account. We are so proud of every single achievement you make, no matter how small it seems to you, and are just so thrilled to be helping you find your way to a new passion and strength that we will take the road with you no matter how many bumps there are.

And finally, you might be thinking… “Pole dancers all love to perform and I don’t feel up for that yet, maybe I shouldn’t try”.

While many studios and teachers encourage students to perform or compete, this is generally because they simply love to see you shine up there on stage. However, you would be hard pressed finding a studio who forces students to compete or perform if they don’t want to, and in fact, there is quite the shift towards letting students seek out their own opportunities to compete and perform, rather than steering them towards shows.
From a studio perspective, this means students will be more committed and will enjoy the process far more, not to mention they won’t feel pressured into something they may not have wanted. We know that as you form a bond with your instructors it can be easy to want to impress them and make them proud, but we promise, we are so proud of you each and every day you show up, whether you show up for class, show up for your loved ones or show up in any other way. Every time you push yourself to keep moving forward, whether at pole or in the outside world, we beam with pride, whether you are a stage-loving performer who simply lives to dance or an in-class only poler just looking for a few hours of “me time” each week. We love you all!

So next time you catch yourself thinking any of these things, remember, the only thing standing in your way is you, we are always here to help and are proud of everything you achieve from that first spin around the pole to your first major competition win, and whatever may come in between!

 

 

Been thinking about trying something new just for you? mPole has been nurturing beginner pole dancers for over 10 years in Newcastle, making us one of the longest standing studios in the area. We have seen thousands of beautiful women, just like you, take their first leap into a new passion for pole dance and we can’t wait to help you find your place!

We have Pole – Intro classes 4 nights per week at our Tighes Hill main studio, and these are the perfect place to start your journey! With a maximum of 4 students per class, you will receive plenty of one on one attention from our experienced and qualified instructors, to ensure that you have your basic skill set perfected before moving into our beginner’s classes.

Our boutique studio specialises in intimate classes, where every student has the opportunity to work closely with our teachers to perfect their technique and find their own unique style, so get in touch and we will help you find just the right fit, whether you have never tried pole dance before, have a little experience or have had some time off, or are a long-standing pole dancer just looking for change. We can help!

Written by Toni Hearn