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pole dancingStriking a pose at my pole dancing class. INSIDER / Ciara Appelbaum

  • I took a beginners pole dancing class.
  • The class combined flexibility, strength, and, of course, a lot of dancing.
  • I left feeling energized, empowered, and confident.

Society has ingrained in us the idea that men are allowed to be sexually open, while women or femme representing individuals should keep their sexuality a secret. If they don't, are often labeled a slut, whore, or something equally degrading. Talk about double standards.

I, on the other hand, believe you should be as sexually open or as sexually closed as you want to be. Do what makes you feel the most empowered, whatever that is for you.

For me, that meant trying a pole dancing class at Body &PoleinNewYorkCity.

Theambianceisreallyfun.INSIDER/CiaraAppelbaum

Mostpeople(wrongfully)believepoledancingisrestrictedtostrippersorwomendesperatelyseekingtheattentionofmen.Someevenarguethatpoledancingperpetuatessexism.Althoughit'simpossibletoignoretheexploitativeaspectsofthestrippingindustry,awomancan—andshould—beabletodowhatevershewantswithoutitbeingdeemedadesperategrabformaleattention.

TheminuteIwalkedintoclass,Irealizedjusthowinaccuratethatnarrativeis.

Ienteredtheroomandwasgreetedwithfloortoceilingmirrors,sensualredlighting,and,ofcourse,sevenpoleswhichwerereadyfordancing.InwalkedmyinstructorPauline,astunningblondewithripplingmuscles,whobegantheclasswithavarietyofstretchesandstrengthexercises.Nothingtoooutoftheordinary.

Afterabout30minutesofstretchingandactivatingourcore,arm,andbackmuscles,wewerereadytodance.Andthenervoussweatsbegantodrip.

Thedanceportionoftheclasswasalotharderthanitlooks.

Standingatoversixfeettall,I'vealwaysconsideredmymovementsalittleawkward.Don'tgetmewrong,Ihavegrowntolovemylongbody.ButIdon'tconsidermyselfagracefulperson,andoftenfeelself-consciouswhenitcomestomovingnimbly.WhenIlookatmyreflectioninthemirror,I'mconsumedbylong,scrawnyarmsandlegs.Thisself-consciousnesswasonlyheightenedbyPauline,whomadeeachmovementseemeffortlessandcool.

ButwhenIlookedaroundtheroomandsawmyclassmateswereallregularpeoplewhowereequallyexcitedandnervous,Ifeltmoreatease.

Itdidn'thurtthatPaulinecreatedanonjudgmentalspacebymakinglightheartedremarksandpresentinganall-about-funattitude.Sooneveryoneintheclassfollowedherleadandmyinsecuritieswerereplacedwithconfidence.

Westartedthedancesectionofclasswiththemostbasicmovewalkingaroundthepole.PaulinecrankedupsomeBeyoncéonthespeakers,signifyingitwastimetofindourinnersexy.

Demoingmypolewalk.INSIDER/CiaraAppelbaum

Althoughitmayseemeasy,walkingaroundthepoledoestakesomeeffortifyouwantittolooksexy—whichwasthegoal.

Ilearnedthatasexypolewalkrequiresbrushingthetipsofyourtoesonthefloorasyouwalkwithyourbodyinacrescentmoonshapewhilesimultaneouslytouchingyourbodywithyouroutsidehand(theoneawayfromthepole).AsPaulinesoeloquentlysaid,"It'syourbody.Dowhatyouwanttoit."Ioptedtoputmyhandonmyhip.

Oncewemasteredwalkingthewalk,wemovedontolearningbodywaves,dipturns,polecrunches,andbackhookspins.

Poledancingmaylooklikeit'sallaboutattitudebutitactuallyrequiresalotofstrength.

Bodywaveswere,by-far,themostsensualmovewedidallnight.Theyinvolvefacingthepoleandwavingyourbodytowardsandawayfromit.Paulinemadeapointtotelltheclassthat,"thegoalisnottohumpthepole."But,tobeperfectlyhonest,weprettymuchwere.Ididn'tcarethough,therewasnojudgmentinthespaceandIfeltcomfortable,confident,and,dareIsay,sexy.

Afterourbodywaves,wemovedontodipturns.Isoonlearnedthatadipturnisasimpleforwardturnonthepolethatessentiallyendswithyourinsidefootonthepole.Fromthisposition,youcanbodywavethepoleagain,leanback,ordowhatevermovementyouwant.Iwasafanofdoingbodywaveswithmylegonthepole.

Theendresultofmydipturn.INSIDER/CiaraAppelbaum

Afterhavingwaytoomuchfundancingonthepole,Paulinetoldusitwastimeforthepolestrengthportionoftheclass.Wesoonlearnedhowtodopolecrunches,whichinvolvesholdingontothepoleandquiteliterallycrunchingyourlegsuptoyourchest.

Paulinesaidthatbydoingpolecrunchesnow,wewouldbegintogainenoughstrengthtoclimbthepoleanddoflipsinmoreadvancedclasses.

Aftersweatingitoutonthecrunches,wehadonemoremovetolearnthebackhookspin.

Unlikethedipturnwelearnedearlier,whichwasaforwardspinthatendedwithourlegonthepole,isabackwardspinthatismuchfasterandendswithyouonthefloor.

Ittookafewtries,butsooneveryoneintheclasswasspinningaroundthepolelikeapro.

Mybackhookspin.INSIDER/CiaraAppelbaum

Afteroveranhouroffunyetstrenuoustraining,thelastfewminutesofclasswerereservedforadanceroutinewherewegottoputtogetherallthemoveswelearnedthroughouttheclass.

Paulinedimmedthelightstogetusinthemoodandeachpersongotto"dotheirthing"onthepole,addingwhateverpersonaltouchestheywerecomfortablewith,forathree-minuteroutine.Bythispoint,wewereallreallycomfortablewitheachotherandeachdancerwasmetwitharoarofapplausefromtherestoftheclassaftertheirroutine.

Sittingonthefloorofthestudioaftermydanceroutine,"Fetish"bySelenaGomezplayingloudoverthespeakers,onethingwasforcertainIwasexhausted.Poledancingmaylookeffortless,butitishardwork.

Youshouldn'tletsomeoneelsedefine"sexy."

Astheclassworeon,Ibeganquestioningwhystrippersandpoledancersarelookedatsonarrow-mindedly.WhensomepeoplefoundoutIwastakingpoledancingclasses,itwasmetwithalotofjudgmentanddisapproval.Afterall,poledancingisconnectedtostripclubsformostpeopleandhasmostlybeenassociatedwiththeobjectificationofwomen,nottheirempowerment.MyclassmatesandI,however,werealljustregularpeoplethereforagoodworkoutandafuntime.

Asidefrombeingasurprisinglygreatworkout,theclasswasreallyempoweringforme.NotonlydidIfeelsuperstronghoistingmyselfuponapole,butIfeltgracefulwithmylong,lengthybodywhiledoingit.ThefeelingevenfollowedmeoutsideofclasswhenIconfidentlygotonstageduringapartyandstarteddancinginfrontofstrangerssomethingInormallywouldneverconsiderdoingbeforetakingpoledancingclasses.

Caughtwithabigsmilepostdanceroutine.INSIDER/CiaraAppelbaum

Theclassalsoservedasawaytoexploremysexuality:becauseit'snotaboutwhatturnsonothers,butwhatturnsmeonandwhatmakesmefeelthemostsexy.Ifeltsexyandfullyincontrolofmysexualitya feeling society had trained me to feel ashamed of.

Aside from exploring my sexuality and gaining body confidence, I learned pole dancing doesn't have to be sexy if you don't want it to be. There are styles where you don't have to dance provocatively at all. If you do want to embrace its sexy side, however, that's OK too.

All-in-all, this definitely wont be the last of my pole dancing career.






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Date: 17.12.2018, 10:37 / Views: 32333