OK, get those thoughts of naked women and sleazy bars out of your mind and start thinking some extremely hard and healthy exercise routines.
Pole dancing is a form of dancing/gymnastics that takes muscular endurance and coordination as well as sensuality. It involves dancing sensually with a vertical pole and is often used in strip clubs and gentlemen's clubs, although more recently artistic pole dancing (Chinese poles) is used in cabaret/circus and stage performance in a non-erotic environment. The dancer(s) may simply hold the pole, or use it to perform more athletic moves such as climbs, spins, and body inversions.
Recently, pole dancing has caught on as a new and increasingly popular form of exercise, in which women (and sometimes men) use the pole as a workout prop. This form of exercise increases upper body strength (by using the body itself as resistance) while toning the body as a whole.
With pole dancing becoming more accepted as a from of legitimate excercise, pole dancing studios are beginning to pop up all over the world. Resources such as The Pole Dance Directory can help one find a studio from those across the globe.
The standard dance pole typically consists of a hollow steel or brass pole running from floor to ceiling. In the United States, the diameter is usually around 2 inches, allowing it to be gripped comfortably with one hand. In Asia, the diameter is usually slightly smaller at 45 mm or less.
Home versions are available which may be used for practice or aerobic exercise. Materials include polished stainless steel, chromed steel, and brass. Each material allows for different gripping ability. Polished steel is one of the slickest materials, which provides for a faster, more fluid dance; brass poles provide more friction, allowing for an easier hold with hands or thighs and creating a slow, sensual dance style. Titanium poles are also now available, which provide more friction than even brass poles, allowing more sustained moves on the pole, including advanced "pole tricks", such as the "Princes Mount Inverted V", shown at the top of this page, and these:
The Bow and Arrow
The Half Mast
The Inverted Spin
The Melted Candesltick
For a video of a Pole Dance exercise routine, CLICK HERE
Credits: The woman shown in the pictures and video is not identified, but is a part of the staff of "Pole Junkies", a training company in Edmondton, Alberta, Canada. Pole Junkies provides training classes over the internet, in their studio, or in your home. For more information, pictures, explanations, etc., CLICK HERE.