Starting pole dancing can seem a little scary at the start, especially because the entry level can seem like an expert level to some beginners.
I’m going to spend today showing you how to get started with pole dancing and what you will experience and I’m going to break down some things about pole dancing I wish I had known before I started.
Now before we start I just want to let you know that comments are always welcome, so if you have any questions at all then please send them through to us, we will answer them.
Where To Start
Firstly you need to decide if you’re going to learn pole dancing at home or at a studio, for people looking to advance quickly I recommend online classes, it’s far easier to train at the level you’re at and if you miss something you can just hit restart and pick it up again, however, we should weigh up the pro’s and con’s to both:
Trying Online Classes
So, if you are looking to accelerate your pole dancing abilities then online classes are perfect. I recently spent two months (almost three) now learning pole dancing at home (I show the course I used and the review here) and I must say it allowed me to fix lots of error’s I was making and it developed me into a much better dancer.
Pros to online classes:
- You can learn at your own speed and repeat the steps and movements that you find hard by simply clicking a button.
- It costs $60 to start an online pole dancing class and in that $60 you will learn everything a normal person would pay $5000 + to learn over the course of a few years, on top you will need to buy the pole. For everything, you’re looking to pay around $140 to start from home including your pole and all the lessons which is significantly cheaper.
- You can start at your level, when you go to pole dancing classes there will be a mix of beginners and pros, this makes it hard to learn the basics and even harder to learn the advanced stuff because you have not been to the class since the beginning, with online lessons you can learn at the exact level you’re at.
- It’s easier to be confident and progress because you’re in your own home and have access to everything you need instantly, no long drive to the studio, while you also can practice whenever you get a spare moment.
There’s loads of pro’s to online classes, but let’s move onto studio pole dancing lessons…
Trying Pole Dance Studio Classes
If you like being social there’s no better place to go than a pole dancing studio, most people are kind and you will all have something in common, it can be a bit intimidating at first, but once you get the first lesson out the way that fear will disappear.
Pros to studio classes:
- The social aspect is amazing and can motivate you to become a better pole dancer.
- Teacher feedback can be helpful, even though I just use my phone to record myself for feedback, but teacher feedback is great too.
- It gets you out the house, to a new environment trying something different, that in itself is amazing for the mind and body.
- You don’t need to buy a pole and have it in your home.
What I Recommend
You could go to a pole dancing studio, see if you enjoy it if you do then start online classes and once you’re at a higher level you can join a studio and go down once per week to get teacher feedback and gain pole dancing friends.
How Much Will A Class Cost?
I wrote a whole article on the price of pole dancing here, but for private classes, it’s around $60 – $120 per lesson and for a group, it’s usually around $16 – $30 per lesson.
This can go up depending on your area and the person who is teaching you.
You won’t need to bring anything major, just wear some tight clothes and bring some water and they’ll have the poles, crash matts and everything else you need to get started.
How To Find Pole Dancing Classes
You can find classes using Google, just google ‘pole dancing classes [enter your city/town name]’ and you will find the pole dancing classes in your area, if there’s none then your best bet is to start online, as there’s no point in waiting for classes to apear when you’ve got the pole dancing bug.
There are also so many gyms that have pole dancing classes so search for gyms in your area that have pole dance as a class, this will be cheaper as your gym membership will cover the cost of the class.
If you have any more questions I do my best to answer within a few days, so use the comments below and I’ll do my best to help you.
What You Should Know Before Starting Pole Dancing
Here’s a few things that I wish I knew before I started pole dancing:
- You need core strength.
You can master most of the basic pole dancing moves without too much strength, but it really helps if you do some strength workouts along with your pole dancing practice, it’ll speed up your ability to learn pole dancing.
Pole dancing is 60% technique and 40% strength and the strength part is the easiest part to master at the beginning and will allow you to spend longer practicing as well as open up extra pole dancing moves.
- Stretching and flexibility
Another important factor in pole dancing is flexibility, you don’t need to be too flexible at the start, but it does help when you come to doing the advanced moves.
The issue is that flexibility takes time to build, so it’s a good idea to stretch daily and start getting your muscles ready for the harder moves that you will learn in the future.
- Practice makes perfect
The reason I love online classes is that you can practice every day and this alone will allow you to excel much quicker than normal people.
Just a simple 30-minute daily pole dancing session will cover your fitness, weight loss, and pole dancing skill and within no time you will be smashing the positions you used to dream about doing.
- Check out our article
We did an article on how to improve your pole dancing ability, you should definitely check it out.