That was great to read.
I'm one of the guys involved with Pole Dancing (more on the acrobatic side) and met Jolene a couple of years ago. Since then, she has helped me advance considerably with her skills in teaching, and the way she's able to break down complex moves.
I now fortunate to help out with some the background stuff with Purity (such as some website updates, etc.). so one thing I would add to this review, is her website address http://www.puritypoledancing.com where you can also find out more information about her classes.
With celebrities including Lily Allen and Madonna embracing the latest craze for Pole Dancing, I felt it was only fair to the readers of Wahanda to try it!
Purity Pole dancing offers a variety of classes in my local area, so I contacted Jolene, one of the teachers, and booked myself and my friend in. Jolene was lovely and friendly, and gave clear directions and a map for where the Purity dance studio was. The website had clear instructions on what to wear and what to expect in the class.
Donning a pair of shorts and trainers, we made our way to the class and were the first to arrive at the class. Jolene warmly greeted us and explained a little more about how long she had been doing the classes and a bit about the competitions, classes and events in the local area for Pole Dancing. In the next few weeks, Jolene will be attending the quarter finals and the final, all set in the Reading area.
The class itself was in a one room studio, with walls covered in mirrors and 5 poles throughout the room. Shortly after we arrived six others joined us, with ages ranging from 18-40. The majority of attendees to pole dancing are female, but it’s not unknown for guys to attend too.
Jolene got us warmed up with some basic stepping on the spot, and stretches. She then taught us how to walk around the pole, of which there were three different styles. Once we had decided on a style, we were taught how to turn around the pole, how to lean back against it, stay up on the stole, and how to shimmer.
Whilst my initial hopes that I’d be a natural were pretty unrealistic, it was great fun trying all the moves, and then adding all the moves together. It’s harder than it looks, in particular I struggled with spinning around the pole, but the atmosphere is friendly and relaxed, and everyone is happy to make suggestions or discuss different ways of doing a move. Jolene also makes sure to speak to each student about each move, and is conscious of making sure all the moves are safe and not in danger of pulling a muscle!
I definitely felt afterwards that my arms and abs had had a bit of a workout.
Jolene’s class was fun and clearly instructed, and definitely removed the stigma of pole dancing being only the activity of strippers! I would really recommend this to anyone that wants to take a fun approach to fitness. With practice you’ll definitely get a full body workout, and it has the benefit of being a sociable activity, with many pole competitions and pole parties running.
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