7 Pole Dance Tips for Beginners
If you’re new to pole dance, the great thing is that you’ve already made the commitment to take a pole class – yay! This took me a year to do, so it is no small thing.
When I meet beginners, they are often quite nervous. The best thing you can do is really get stuck into it. Enjoy it, love it and see what pole can do for you.
I love it when people want to be the first on the pole. Make the most out of your session and really try.
Who cares if you slip, or don’t get the legs perfect? You have to try!
I know it will come in time and you will be better and stronger with each spin.
So here are some of my favourite tips for beginners 😀
1. Ask Questions
I love asking questions! I know we all feel like we shouldn’t ask questions as we don’t want to look stupid, but it’s super important that we do.
In pole there’s so much that you just don’t see. Of course, you can see what the move you at trying to do looks like but it’s the little pushes and pulls that you don’t see, and that’s what makes the moves.
With most moves on the pole, there is always that ‘push and pull’. If you can’t feel it, ask!
We also accept that moves in pole are painful, but if you’re not sure if it should be, ask!
2. Listen to the Teaching Points
I know we are all super keen to just jump on the pole and try out this sparkling new move. Just give it a few minutes of listening time first and then give it a go!
It’s all in those little details – those pushes and pulls or slight movement that’s you may not realise.
I quite often find that people are only really using one hand. Yes, both are on the pole but only one is being used.
Think back to the instructors and make sure you’re covering all the points. And if you’re not sure, ask!
3. Don’t Give Up
When we first start pole we often think that we will nail moves almost immediately. This isn’t the case – at least not for me.
Sometimes we just need to remind ourselves that pole is something completely new for our bodies to try. There really isn’t much like it. I find that new moves always feel much easier the second training session around.
The best thing to do is try it as much as you can in class so that the next time around will feel even easier. Even if you feel like you are not getting closer, you are!
4. Listen to the Pain
We all know that pole is painful – we’ve all seen the bruises!
But while we do accept the pain, it isn’t always the norm.
If you do something where the pain feels wrong, stop and ask! We may experience bruising pain but shouldn’t feel stress through our arms – especially if we are using the inside arm in a low position.
Listen to your body – an injury which could then stop you from pole dancing, just isn’t worth it!
5. Focus on Yourself
We all do it, and it’s hard not to – but we look around the room and think that the person over there can do this move much better than we can. Stop focusing on others and be selfish!
We need to look after ourselves. The more focused pole time you have, the better your technique will get.
Who cares if somebody can do it better than you? You don’t know their background and they don’t know yours. There will definitely be moves that others will get before you, but there are also definitely moves you will get before others.
So be selfish. Be brave and be the first person to step up to the pole.
6. Enjoy It
Pole is so much fun, so remember that. I’m sure you wanted to try something new that you would enjoy – and definitely because it’s fun!
If you can’t get a move who cares? You will get it one day and that will be brilliant. So for now enjoy it. Laugh about what you are doing and keep it fun. It’s amazing to have a hobby that we can enjoy.
7. Make Friends
Pole is such a great community, both online and in class. You will get so much more out of your lessons if you have people there who will support you and help you.
Talk to everyone before and after class. Add them on Facebook. Go along to any pole socials that you can.
You will love it
No matter what level you are, there are still moves and tricks that you find difficult. There are moves you aren’t strong enough or flexible enough for.
If you don’t try, you won’t get there… so give it everything. Get ready to be obsessed by pole 😀