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Just a quick clip from one of our pole classes :))
Aerial Silks with Alyona Dakhnovskaya
Date: September 3, 2015
Time: 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Vaughan – 20 Jacob Keffer Parkway, Unit 8
An introduction to various holds, spins and tricks using silk fabric. You will gain strength quickly. No experience is needed to take this class. Shorts are required.
Space is limited. Reserve your spot today.
Call 647-822-7772 or Contact Us by Email.
OUR NEXT WORKSHOP: July 19, 2015
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm in Newmarket
or 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm in Vaughan
$40 per person
HIP MOVING, CHAIR DANCING, FLOOR WORKING… HEART RACING!
You’ve gotta try this!
Target your thighs, arms shoulders and core! With your own body and a chair as resistance, increase flexibility and build strength. We’ll wind up the class by pulling all those sexy moves together into a HOT ROUTINE that will be ingrained in your body and mind for you to take home!
Space is limited. Reserve your spot today.
Call 647-822-7772 or Contact Us by Email.
This is an amazing move by a world champion pole dancer…Jenyne butterfly!!!
Completely real. Nothing fake about it at all.
Author: Mer G
Published on www.fitnesscultchronicles.com
If you’re like us, you were devastated when your parents shot down your idea of making it big as a world famous “dancer”. Hadn’t they seen Flashdance? How else were you supposed to get a body like that without swinging around a pole? Well fear not friends, now you can get all the physical benefits of pole dancing while still being able to look Mom in the eye at Thanksgiving. Read below for five things you didn’t know about pole dancing and some basics on the fitness movement.
It Dates Back Past 96′s Striptease
It’s hard to believe, but the exotic dance that takes place at your local “Major League Yabbos” and modern day pole dance fitness can both be traced back to ancient times. According to the International Pole Dance Fitness Association (IPDFA), pole dancing that we know and love today has a fusion of Chinese, Indian, French and Dutch elements. “Chinese Pole” for example, dates back past the 12th century and was primarily used by acrobats for circus performances. “Indian Pole,” or “Pole Mallakhamb” was used as a way for wrestlers to develop speed, reflexes, concentration and coordination.
Modern Day Fitness Benefits
Let’s face it, pole dancing can be pretty intimidating to try out if you’re just starting your weight loss journey or if you just have body issues in general. Fear not though because taking a class at a reputable studio won’t require you to go topless with just a G-string on…if they do then please find the nearest exit because you just landed yourself a job at the strip club. Pole dance fitness classes can be performed fully clothed so you can experience all the great benefits which include increased flexibility, endurance, balance and overall muscle strength.
Celebrities Do it Too!
Celebs like Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus are pretty much a given for having taken the pole for a spin or two, but even the more “demure” celebrities are trying it out. “I was incredibly ungraceful at first. The upper-body strength and the core strength you need to do it gracefully is crazy. I take my hat off to the women who can do it. You have to be incredibly strong,” said Emma Watson who had to learn how to work the pole for her role in “The Bling Ring.”
2016 Olympic Contender?
Despite being denied for the 2012 Summer Games, a large effort is still being made for the Olympic Committee to recognize pole dancing as a sport and include it in the lineup for the 2016 Olympics. Until then, competitors will continue to show off their skills at events like the annual International Pole Championship.
It’s Not Just for Women
Although the sport is primarily dominated by female competitors, men are starting to break into the field as well. Check out International Pole Championship competitor Steven Retchless on America’s Got Talent…body glitter included.
As published on www.eventhuse.co.uk
As with so many things linked with sex and sexuality, pole dancing was born from moral and honorable origins. As it evolved, the art and principals of the dance got hidden under a mask of debauchery, stigma and decadence, snowballing from a tribal ritual into an erotic pleasure, and picking up a world of prejudices, ignorance and judgement along the way.
Having experienced this bias first-hand after being chastised for taking a pole dancing lesson myself, I decided to clear up a couple of preconceived ideas about the mysterious and seductive art of ‘The Pole’. Here are some interesting fact and insights into this weird, wonderful and exotic world.
Pole dancing as we know it today is worlds away from the plethora of cultural influences it has accumulated over the centuries. The Chinese were using the pole for fitness and circus entertainment as far back as the 12th century, and some of their moves are still being performed today. In India, over 800 years ago, wrestlers were using the pole for training and also created a competitive sport using the pole based on yoga which tested precision, speed, reflexes, concentration, co-ordination and agility.
While the origins of pole dancing lean heavily towards the athletic end of the spectrum; an undeniable sensual and erotic influence has infiltrated the sport as we know it today. And that’s ok. In fact it’s great, because if you see any of the beautiful, strong and professional women who really know how to work the pole, it’s not sleazy, it’s not degrading, it’s empowering. And although the haters are always going to hate, look around you folks, numerous dance forms through history and across cultures have had a strong sexual influence. Belly dancing, Rumba, Tango. All these hip swaying dances are suggestively sexual. However the real origins of the exotic pole dancing of the west come from the traveling fairs of the 1920’s American depression, where women would dance around the poles holding the tents in place. And the original name of the dance? The ‘Hoochi Coochi’!
Not Just For Sex
Pole dancing has further evolved since its Hoochi Coochi days and is now a serious sport, taught in schools and practiced for fitness purposes. In fact it is currently being evaluated as a serious addition into the hallowed grounds of the Olympic Games. That’s right – One day soon, pole dancing may well be a competitive Olympic sport! Respect!
Strength and Skill
And while the heavy weights, the runners, the throwers and the lifters might all sneer at the thought of scantily clad ladies writhing on a pole in their sacred Olympic Games, the sport demands more strength and skill than anything I’ve ever tried before. Serious pole dancers need incredible amounts of core strength, upper body power, stamina and endurance. After just one session my arms and shoulders ached and my poor unworked core felt fully worked out!
It’s not just strength and stamina that these dancers need to perform; sliding up and down on a pole for hours, holding yourself in gravity defying positions, using only your body to grip the metal is hugely physically demanding and most professionals will always be sporting burns and bruises as a result of the activity. In fact, back in the day the bruises and burns garnered from training and performing on the pole became a mark of respect amongst artists.
Talking of which, while pole dancing today is a predominantly female orientated field. When people first started using the pole for sport, performance and fitness, the majority of those practising were male. Nowadays in India the national ‘Pole’ championships is a very male dominated environment in which women do not even participate.
Many people today associate pole dancing with a sleazy scene where women are objectified and degraded, but let me tell you from first-hand experience, one of the most surprising outcomes of my personal dabble with the art of the pole was the feeling of empowerment, confidence and inner power that I felt. These women are in control. They control their bodies, they control their audience and they command an inherent respect and awe. This is girl power at its sexiest.
Last but definitely not least, pole dancing is pure unadulterated fun and a GREAT way to get your hen group to bond over each other’s attempts to swing around the pole with grace and ease. It’s not easy, but giggling about your failed moves and triumphant successes is a fantastic ice breaker and an energizing activity to start a night out. In conclusion, let’s face it ladies, we need to learn to embrace our feminine guiles. Our sexuality, and sex in general, should be celebrated not chastised. So before you judge, before you form an uneducated opinion, before you listen to the preconceptions of others, take the leap, don your Bride-To-Be sash and take your hen group on a journey to discover your inner pole dancing champion.
Author by Ivan Dimitrijevic
Published on www.lifehack.org
When people hear about fitness and the health benefits of different forms of workouts, they seldom think about pole dancing as a viable option. Much like some popular Latino dances like tango, which started out in shady back alleys of poor neighborhoods only to later gain popularity across the globe, pole dancing has quickly become a very popular form of exercise and even a competitive event.
Not only is it a great way to embrace your inner sexiness, but it also has numerous health benefits that shouldn’t be overlooked. If you want to learn more about the benefits of pole dancing and how it can improve the quality of your life, just read on.
1. It helps you burn calories quickly
Most people in the modern world could stand to lose about 10 pounds of fat, so any form of exercise is welcome. However, pole dancing taxes the muscles in the entire body and you are always moving – making it a great isometric and cardiovascular exercise wrapped into one. You can burn as many calories in a 30-minute session as you would doing aerobics and calisthenics, and this will lead to significant weight loss over several months.
2. It builds your self-confidence
Once you get the basics down and strengthen your muscles a bit, you will quickly begin to develop some serious skills and a body that makes heads turn. Being confident isn’t just about your state of mind – you will actually start to walk tall and improve your posture. Your skills on the pole will translate into real life and you will be able to move with the nimbleness and graciousness of a cat.
3. You’ll be less stressed out
One of the biggest benefits of pole dancing is actually related to your psychological and emotional health.
When you are stressed, adrenaline starts slowly building up in your body, making you anxious, easily annoyed and depressed. An intense pole dancing session will help you blow out all that adrenaline and cause your body to start producing endorphins, the hormone associated with feelings of euphoria. You will be calmer and happier after a good workout.
4. It will motivate you to work out more
If a workout feels like a chore and you don’t really see any serious progress or you don’t actually pick up any skills that are applicable in real life, then you will quickly lose motivation. Pole dancing develops a strong body, builds stamina and makes you feel sexy. As your skills improve you will be motivated to work harder and it is incredibly simple to work on your moves at home – all you need is a pole and some free space.
5. You become more limber
People often forget the importance of joint mobility and flexibility. As you become more limber you will have fewer problems like back pain, a stiff neck and muscle soreness. You will also minimize the risk of sprains and will be able to move more freely.
6. It’s good for your bones and joints
Joint pain is a serious and persistent issue for many people and women in particular have a higher risk of developing osteoporosis later in life. Developing strong bones and connective tissue, along with increasing joint mobility, helps significantly decrease the risk of osteoporosis in women. Since you are not putting huge stress on your joints, as you would if you were running or skipping rope, pole dancing is a very safe form of exercise. Due to the fact that you are constantly strengthening the muscles in your hands by gripping the pole, common repetitive strain injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome can also be avoided.
7. It’s good for your heart and blood flow
Pole dancing is as good for your heart as any form of moderate-to-intense aerobic training, and since all the muscles are being engaged at some point, regular exercise promotes blood flow. This is particularly important for women who live a sedentary lifestyle and spend hours sitting in a chair.
8. You develop greater balance and kinesthetic awareness
Kinesthetic awareness is your brain’s ability to calculate where your body is located in three-dimensional space in relation to other objects around you. When you start performing more complex routines, your kinesthetic awareness increases. This means less chance of injuries due to bumping into stuff. Combined with good balance, increased kinesthetic awareness allows you to avoid nasty common accidents like slipping, falling, and knocking things over and having them fall on your feet, etc.
9. It can help you have an easier time during pregnancy and at childbirth
One of the lesser known benefits of pole dancing is that this form of training can be beneficial later on in life when you decide to have a child. Pole dancing develops exceptionally strong back and abdominal muscles, which helps minimize back pain during pregnancy and actually helps you have a smoother and less painful childbirth.
10. You will be able to fall asleep much easier
Resting is just as important for a healthy body as working out and eating the right food. Unfortunately not many people get enough sleep and most of the time it’s because they just can’t go to sleep. Regular workouts that tax the body, combined with the stretching you do as part of your pole dancing training, will ensure that you get a good night’s sleep every time you hit the hay.
The benefits of pole dancing aren’t limited to developing a strong body. It can help you improve your mental and emotional health, prevent injuries and increase mobility, as well as give your social and love life a boost by making you more confident and agile. You should definitely give it a try.