Pole Dance: Myth and Reality

Pole dance, once almost exclusively associated with nightclubs, has now won the hearts of many women as a dynamic form of exercise and art.
What is the difference between pole dance as a recreational activity and what happens in clubs?

Pole Dance as Sport and Art

Denisa, a 35-year-old doctor from Banská Bystrica, has been practicing pole dance for three years. "I started because I was looking for something that would be fun and keep me in shape. Pole dance is the perfect combination of strength, flexibility, and elegance," she says. Pole dance studios today offer a wide range of courses, from beginners to advanced, and women of all ages find new friends and a supportive community here.

The Difference Between Clubs and Studios

Pole dance in nightclubs often serves as a form of entertainment and is associated with erotica. In pole dance studios, on the other hand, the emphasis is on technique, strength, and creative expression. "People often think pole dance is just for fun in clubs, but in reality, it's a demanding sport," explains Denisa. Training is usually conducted under the guidance of a trainer, especially for beginners. The trainer helps with technique, safety, and motivation. "At the beginning, I had a trainer who showed me the basic tricks and gradually led me to more advanced moves," says Denisa.

Pole Dance Competitions

Competitions are held worldwide, with the best competitors participating, sometimes even in pairs. Preparing for a competition provides additional motivation and goals for many dancers. The store Loveheels.eu sponsored the last edition of the Pole & Me competition, traditionally held in Prague.

Pole Dance vs. Gym

Many women prefer pole dance over traditional gyms. "I never enjoyed the gym, but pole dance is so fun and creative," says Zuzana, a 24-year-old assistant from Prague's Suchdol. Pole dance exercises are very varied, and each session is different, maintaining motivation and interest.

Clothing and Footwear

Special clothing is essential for pole dance, allowing freedom of movement and grip on the pole. Short shorts and sports bras are the standard choice. High platform shoes, often of the Pleaser brand, are popular among those practicing the "exotic pole dance" style. "Shoes add a new dimension to the workout. They help me with certain moves and also look great," adds Zuzana.

Are Shoes Necessary?

Shoes are not necessary for all pole dance styles. Many people start without them and gradually transition to using them. "I started without shoes, but now I can't imagine exotic pole dance without them," says Zuzana. Some prefer to train without shoes for better contact with the pole. Shoes can help with some tricks and add aesthetic value.

Poles and Safety

There are several types of poles, differing in material and installation method. Some are static, while others can spin. Poles are securely attached between the ceiling and floor to ensure stability. "In primary school, we climbed poles, but pole dance is a completely different experience," says Denisa with a smile.

Community Reactions

While some may have stereotypical views and prejudices, more and more people are recognizing the physical challenge and artistry of pole dance and starting to respect this sport. "My friends were initially surprised, but now they support me, and some even started training with me," says Denisa.

Men and Pole Dance

Although most pole dance communities are made up of women, this sport is also gaining followers among men. They compete and bring their own dynamics and style to pole dance.

Pole Dance as a Path to Self-Esteem

Pole dance has brought many women not only physical fitness but also increased self-confidence and personal satisfaction. "It's amazing to see how women change and grow through this activity," adds Zuzana. Additionally, it's a great way to meet new people and become part of a supportive community.

Anyone Can Start

If you are interested in pole dance, you can start attending courses in studios across Europe. "It's fun and challenging at the same time. I recommend it to anyone looking for something new," says Zuzana. You can also get a pole for home if you have enough space. Pole dance is not just about moving on the pole. It's an art, sport, and path to self-discovery and empowerment. Whether you are looking for a new way to exercise or crave a new challenge, pole dance might be just what you are looking for.

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