Street pole dancing: an urban pole dancing class
Pole dancing is quickly becoming a popular form of calisthenic workout for women and (perhaps more surprsingly) men.
The strength and core control required to perform pole dancing is often overlooked, however the sport is now growing into a globally recognised conditioning method. Pole dancing classes are becoming regular parts of people's exercise routine rather than a one-off class for a hen party or novelty experience. That's why groups within the pole community are taking pole dancing out of the studio classes and onto the streets to create a new phenomena: Street Pole Dancing.
In the same way that parkour practitioners are changing the way urban spaces are seen in regards to how they can be used to exercise, pole dancing enthusiasts are struggling to make it down the streets without seeing potential poses on lamp-posts, street signs and even flag poles!
Street pole dancing comes with certain risks; you should always test the pole with your weight first before launching into an inverted pose!
Street pole dancing has been recognised as a release of the confidence which pole dancing classes can provide into the real world. Street pole dancing is taking the skills out of the studio onto the street, it is also driving more people to try a pole dancing class for themselves.
In many ways, street pole dancing is free of the stigma which can be associated to pole dancing in general as the practitioner is wearing regular clothes and simply demonstrating the art of pole dancing.
In fact, the view that pole dancing classes require you to dress up is pretty archaic now; many classes are held in regular dance studios or in the studio rooms in gyms. Bearing skin in pole dancing class is more a necessity for friction and grip than anything else.
Karen Bellini of Studio Pole Dance (Brazil) says that street pole dancing came about because pole dancing "is very addictive, when you learn some moves you always want to practise them".
Check out our awesome Pole Dance community on Tribesports, there are guides on the advanced postures, as well as Tribes with great interaction! New to pole? Take on the Challenge to Try a pole dancing class!
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