Whether you’re wondering about starting pole fitness, or whether it’s time to move on to the next level of pole, you’d be asking yourselves a couple of questions. So here we are to share a couple of pole stories with you!

 “I took that first step at The Pole Project”

We asked one of our beginners, Estelle, about her experience of pole…

 

  • How long have you been pole dancing?

I’ve been pole dancing since 2014 but I took a year off last year.

  • Has The Pole Project been your only pole dance experience?

I used to be at another studio but felt the need to diversify my experience.

  • What was your first impression of the studio?

It is a true aerial playground.

I love how everyone treats it like their home away from home.

  • Has your view of the studio changed since you first started here?

Not at all, I loved it from the very beginning.

  • What is it that you love about pole dance, and how have your classes at The Pole Project shaped those feelings?

I love how I can see and feel myself getting stronger with every class. I love how things that seem impossible one day becomes normal within just a few classes.

  • As a beginner, what are some of the struggles and successes you’ve faced in pole dance?

I think that it takes me longer to pick up choreography than it does for most. I’ve also always struggled with spins on static poles. I love how others make it look so graceful, yet I always feel like an oompa loompa, lol.

Then Sherice gave us the low-down on her beginner journey…

  • How long have you been pole dancing?

I have been poling since last year October – I can’t believe it’s only been since then! It really feels like my home away from home.

  • Has The Pole Project been your only pole dance experience?

Yes, I’d always been interested in giving it a go.

  • What was your first impression of the studio?

Going into any new environment can be a little bit daunting, right?!

But after the butterflies had left my stomach I felt right at home. The studio has a comforting open energy to it that can make a walk-in stranger feel like they have found their tribe.

  • Has your view of the studio changed since you first started here?

Yes definitely! I have fallen even more in love with the place, if that’s even possible.

  • What is it that you love about pole dance, and how have your classes at The Pole Project shaped those feelings?

This is a difficult one to answer, but I think if I were to bring to light how pole has shaped me, other than my body (haha), it would be allowing me to channel my inner competitiveness, build on my mental strength through some of the challenging positions and creating the space to connect with so many amazing women who live in the same city.

  • As a beginner, what are some of the struggles and successes you’ve faced in pole dance?

Well, co-ordination has always been a struggle for me. I mean I quit dancing to start Karate! But with the help of our amazing polekat instructors I think I no longer have two left feet (hahaha).

With regards success, I definitely see a difference in my core strength. It’s been quite a journey seeing how my strength has built after every class, being able to push my body to new limits in pole. 

Keri is currently straddling our Beginner and Intermediate 1 levels. We asked Keri

  • How long have you been pole dancing?

A few months, since August 2017

  • Has The Pole Project been your only pole dance experience?

Yes, and I am so glad that I chose this studio! I have never done any sort of dance before because I was too shy.

  • What was your first impression of the studio?

That I could live here. The setup, THAT COUCH, and the wonderful light streaming in – it makes you feel like you are home. Especially leaving the shoes at the door. I do that at home too hahaha.

  • Has your view of the studio changed since you first started here?

Sort of. There is a sense of togetherness amongst the girls, which is a win, because often too many girls in the same space generally ends up being a pool of raging hormones and insecurities. No b*ches here, just kats!

  • What is it that you love about pole dance, and how have your classes at The Pole Project shaped those feelings?

I love the confidence it gives you in your own skin, no matter what your size. You kind of have no choice with regards to being practically naked and doing “spreadies” because the skin grip is needed. So, you are forced into becoming confident and I think that is the best thing one could ever be forced into. Especially being someone that has been insecure about my body for years. I finally love all of it. I still poke and prod at the pudgy at times but hey, I’m not wonder woman 24/7 (hahaha).

The gains are an absolute bonus. Pulling myself up was a long-standing goal I wanted to achieve and the reason why I was able to commit 100% to my fitness journey. Gym helped me get there but after dropping the gym weights and starting pole, I achieved my goal and continue to perfect it.

  • As a beginner-come-intermediate, what are some of the struggles and successes you’ve faced in pole dance?

Flexibility and strength! I am yet to do an Aerial Invert, but I can do Superman – go figure.

The Flex & Bend class is the best thing that one could do for themselves. Since starting that, I am able to do moves so much better. The struggle isn’t so real anymore.

The other struggle is comparing your capabilities to others in the intermediate classes. Its ok because it pushes me to want to do more sooner, but then there are days when I wonder if I should be in that class… and I think to myself ‘screw that, bring it’!

To be continued… Watch this space for Part II 😊