5 questions you might have about Pole Dancing

by | Feb, 2016 | Pole Dancing

If you’re reading this article, I’m guessing that you’d like to try pole dancing. I’m also going to assume that you might have a few questions or be feeling a bit nervous – I get it! Trying something new is always a little bit scary.

In this article, I’ve tried to address the most common concerns I hear from people who want to try pole dancing. If you share any of these concerns, then I would LOVE for you to come along to a trial class at Stargazer Studios. That way, so you can find out how wonderful our community is, first hand.

Do I have the right body for Pole Dancing?

At Stargazer Studios, we live, breathe and believe that Pole Dancing is for everybody, and every body can do pole dancing.

Our studio prides itself on being welcoming, supportive, empowering and uplifting, and we live by these values without reservation. No matter what size or shape your body comes packaged in, we truly believe that Pole is a sport that can work for everyone.

Everyone is welcome to join our Pole4All classes. We also understand that having a larger body size can pose a unique set of challenges when it comes to exercise – both physically and mentally. Our dedicated Curves class, led by Kristie V, focuses on Pole, Body Positivity and Self Confidence.

Stargazer Studio advocates the Health at Every Size® (HAES®) approach to health and wellbeing, and this approach is evident as an integral part of the culture of Stargazer Studios.

These well-known pole stars embody pole as a sport for every body:

Am I too old to start pole dancing?

At Stargazer Studios, age is just a number. We welcome all ages from primary school, through to retirees into The Stargazer Society.

Our unique “Pole at your own pace” curriculum reflects our studio values of being welcoming, supportive, empowering and uplifting. This progressive curriculum accommodates all ages, fitness levels and strength levels. You’ll build up your fitness, strength and flexibility safely over time.

Greta Pontarelli is a well-known pole star embodying pole as a sport for every age. She started pole for the first time at age 59. She turned 70 in 2020 and is a multiple title holding elite pole dancer.

Am I too unfit to start pole dancing?

Pole is about the journey, just as much as it is about the destination. You’ll find a welcoming, supportive, empowering and uplifting community at Stargazer Studios, regardless of your fitness level.

Our unique “Pole at your own pace” curriculum accomodates all fitness levels. When you join a Pole4All class at Stargazer Studios, your instructor will be able to see exactly where you’re at in our curriculum, and will coach you through conditioning exercises, pole moves, tricks and combos that are appropriate and (with time and training) achievable. Our progressive training program helps you to build the fitness, strength and flexibility that you will need as you move through our curriculum, without pressure or deadlines. Even better, you’ll be having so much fun, you won’t even notice how hard you’re working!

Stargazer Studios also offers a range of cross-training classes to complement your pole training beautifully. Our Fitness4Pole classes will help build up your strength and endurance. Our Stretch4Pole classes will increase your flexibility so you can more easily contort yourself around the pole. Our dance-based classes will help you to move more fluidly and improve your transitions.

Is pole dancing only for women?

Stargazer Studios, and our community, The Stargazer Society prioritises inclusivity. We live by our values of being welcoming, supportive, empowering and uplifting. Everyone is welcome, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.

These well-known pole stars who are not women embody the fact that pole dancing is a truly gender-neutral sport:

Is pole dancing all about stripping and being sexy?

In short, no. Pole dancing is not all about stripping and being sexy.

If you want to go into the history of pole dancing, then it is fair to say that modern pole dancing has a lot to thank strippers for. And if you’re interested in learning about the history of pole dancing, let me know! I could talk about it all day!

However, as pole dancing has become more popular as a hobby and fitness activity, the sport has evolved. There are MANY different styles of pole dancing, that appeal to a broad cross-section of people. Pole Sport is even under consideration to become an Olympic sport!

At Stargazer Studios, the basis of our Pole4All classes focusses on building a movement vocabulary of foundational moves. This type of training shares a lot in common with gymnastics, aerials or other calisthenic-based sports. Pole4All classes are a technical skills class, rather than a dance-based class, and are therefore adhere to no specific “style’ of pole.

Our dance classes explore a variety of dance styles, and this can change on the regular. Sometimes the choreography in our dance classes is sensual or provocative, focussing on making the students feel super sexy. In these classes you’ll be be encouraged to wear your sexiest gear and platform dance heels (if you have them – they are by no means necessary). Other times the choreography in our dance classes will take inspiration from contemporary or modern dance, and in these classes you’ll be more likely to be wearing bare feet.

If you want to join one of our dance classes, but you’d like to know what style the choreography will be, you can ask in The Stargazer Society Facebook Group (only for Stargazer Studios members). The instructor will be more than happy to let you know what to expect.

I hope this article has helped to answer some of your questions about pole dancing. If you have other questions, or there’s anything we can help you with, please get in contact with the Stargazer Studios team. You can message us on Facebook, or use the contact form below. One of our friendly team members will get back to you as soon as possible!

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Sara-May took her first pole class in 2006 and has been teaching pole since 2018. She joined the Stargazer Studios team in late 2020. Sara-May is an Xpert Certified Pole Instructor, an IPSF Endorsed Pole Coach, a Certified Personal Trainer and a Corrective Exercise Specialist. She is passionate about teaching pole, and absolutely LOVES helping her students to achieve feats of strength they never thought they would be capable of.