Here at The Pole Project, pole dancing is our life! So, naturally we know what pole dance and aerial art is all about and how much blood, sweat and tears goes into becoming an advanced poler/aerialist.

But, there are those out there that are a little sceptic… maybe because the general perception of pole dance lends itself to scantily clad women, sleazy nightclubs and strip joints. In real life, it’s a lot more complex than that.

What is it?

Pole dance has become one of the fastest growing trends in the world of fitness across the globe. It might look like it’s just a bit of occasional fun for a few half-dressed women but it has a massive following worldwide, it offers enormous fitness benefits along with being a great artistic outlet and really improves one’s self-esteem in the long-term.

Aerial Art on the other hand might be seen more as a circus act than a dance or fitness form, but that’s exactly what is it… dance and fitness incorporating the use of hanging equipment like hoops and silks.

We call them both sport, and pole dancers or aerialists are athletes. Incorporating elements of dance, acrobatics and gymnastics – it’s a complete body workout and one of the best ways to develop flexibility, coordination, balance and muscle definition.

Who does it?

Everyone.

It’s not only women who take up the challenge. The amount of men getting into aerial and pole fitness is on the rise. There is now a large amount of kids around the world enjoying the sport with competitions like World Pole Sports even offering a comp category for children.

And no matter your size, fitness level, colour or gender – anyone can pole with the various offerings of pole manufacturers worldwide; from the width of poles to their finishes, everyone will find a pole that they feel comfortable on. Chrome pole is the norm, but finishes like powder coating and brass are also available for more grip, and even silicone – for those who feel more comfortable in full garb.

What’s the difference between pole fitness, pole art, exotic dance, hoops and silks?

Gosh, where to start…

Pole fitness, pole art and exotic dance are all a form of pole dance – pole fitness focusses on the workout using a fixed vertical apparatus, whereas pole art is more the dance and expression side of pole, and exotic dance is the more sensual side of pole dance that usually incorporates heels and quite a bit of floor work.

Hoops and silks are aerial dance equipment pieces that hang from ceilings or A-Frames to allow performers more freedom of movement and expression whilst exploring a three-dimensional space. Hammocks, straps and trapeze bars also form part of the aerial arts – considerably harder than learning dance moves on a fixed vertical pole.

Where can you try it out?

At The Pole Project of course!

Call us on 021 461 0215 or email info@thepoleproject.co.za to enquire about rates and timetables.