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Elle SA Magazine April 2014

Elle SA Magazine April 2014

 

Let’s Take It To The Streets

Give us a jungle gym, a lamppost, a street sign, or even a train and we are in pole paradise. Pole dancing has moved out of strip clubs, into dedicated studios and has spilled over onto the streets. The city has become our playground.

Today we explore the origins of street pole dancing, or the more acrobatic style of pole. A little known fact is that ancient Chinese and Indians have been pushing the boundaries of acrobatic pole for thousands of years. The traditional Indian sport of Mallakhamb (meaning “man of power” or “Gymnastics pole”) requires the performer to turn, twist, stretch and balance on a wooden pole, wider in diameter than a modern standard pole.

Award winning Mallakhamb troupe

Award winning Mallakhamb troupe

It isn’t pole dancing as we have come to know it, but it’s intense, jaw-dropping routines utilising similar principles of endurance and strength. Whilst pole is practiced today by both men and women alike, Mallakhamb remains a very male dominated environment in which women do not participate. Check out Mallakhamb Acrobats Vijay Ashok Bhojane and Rajesh Amrale as they perform on a wooden pole in the lead up to the Sydney, Parramasala festival in 2013 here.

Pole dance has furthermore been influenced by Chinese pole.

Example of Chinese pole dancing

Example of Chinese pole dancing

This form of acrobatics is most notably performed in the circus, with performers executing “gravity defying tricks” leaping from pole to pole, at approximately twenty feet in the air, similar to that of Cirque Du Soleil.

Chinese Poles Act as part of Cirque du Soleil's traveling Saltimbanco show

Chinese Pole act as part of Cirque du Soleil’s travelling Saltimbanco show

Pole dance is becoming an increasingly popular sport across the globe, with people from all walks of life seeing it as a means to improve their strength and fitness, but it still has a long way to go before it is taken seriously for the astounding art form that it is. Taking this incredible combination of acrobatics, gymnastics and fitness to the streets can help dispel any negative connotations about pole dancing. It is an easy forum for us to showcase to the public the strength, flexibility, balance and core control required to perform pole tricks.

The Pole Project team take it to the streets of Cape Town

The Pole Project team take it to the streets of Cape Town

And it’s not just us that love street pole, people have taken to it across the world to showcase their talents in places ranging from the streets of Mexico City, Poland, Argentina and Hong Kong to the London underground, creating a stream of double-takes and admiration from the general public. Who would have thought that everyday street fixtures could have so much joy to offer?

Look! Even Jason Statham is a fan:

Look! Even Jason Statham is a fan

Tips for exercising in the heat

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Boy oh boy it’s been hot, damn hot, real hot lately! Like why-do-I-bother-to-straighten-my-hair hot.

With the heat wave hanging over the wonderful Cape, we are still trying to workout on a regular basis to counteract all of the summer braai, boerewors and ice cream we have been eating lately. Whilst working out in heat actually helps you burn more calories, here are some tips for how to deal with the heat when you still want to get a good workout, without passing out at the end of it:

  • Stay hydrated!

Continually drink water before, during and after your workout. Dehydration can cause light-headedness and nausea. Whilst it’s crucial to drink enough water while working out in the heat, making sure you maintain your body’s balance of electrolytes and salt is important too. Bringing along a sugar-free sports drink can help avoid confusion, nausea and muscle cramps associated with low electrolytes.

  • Avoid temperature peaks

Working out in the morning, before the sun has a chance to kick up the heat is the best. If you can’t work out in the morning, avoid exercising during the hottest part of the day from noon to 3 pm. Always check the weather forecast before leaving for a workout. If the weather forecast indicates another scorching day ahead, now’s the time to dust off that gym membership and keep your exercise session indoors. If you don’t have one, test out a facility for a day. You can sign up for a free trial class with The Pole Project here.

  • Wear light-coloured, loose absorbent clothing. Not cotton!
  • When you’re feeling lightheaded or fatigued, take a break.
  • Alter your workout.

If you usually run outside, change it up. Go swimming, try pole dance, do yoga, go for a bike ride and enjoy the (hot) wind on your face as you breeze up and down hills.

 

Has it been unbearably hot where you are this summer? What tips have you found helpful to beat the heat this summer while staying active?

The Pole Project featured in Cape Town Magazine

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Thanks to Cape Town Magazine for an amazing first article on The Pole Project! Check it out here –http://www.capetownmagazine.com/lifestyle/the-pole-project-dance-studio-in-cape-town/28_22_19221

Doce Freire graffiti on our walls

The Pole Project is all about creativity and freedom of expression. This is what we had in mind when we commissioned Doce Freire, a young and talented artist from Brazil, to create something crazy and beautiful on one of our walls. Watch her work her magic at The Pole Project studio.

 

Building The Pole Project

Things are coming together fantastically and we are excited to have installed and tested sixteen 3.7m powder coated and chrome poles, state of the art of course made by X-Pole!

Time to have some fun!