So You Think You Can Dance?
An Intro to Pole Dance Fitness
Once upon a time, most people thought pole fitness meant taking off your clothes and dancing for mysterious men in smoke-filled clubs to pay your bills. While pole has roots in the sultry world of gentlemen’s clubs, pole dance fitness provides an experience that’s a far cry from those assumptions. What’s Pole Fitness? Pole Dance Fitness combines gymnastics, dance, and bodyweight training to create a full body workout that’s fun, sexy, and athletic. There are popular misconceptions that pole dance is something only young babes in their 20s with perfect bodies are allowed to do.
Let us be the first to tell you this is far from the case.
Any woman (or man) of any age, size, or shape can enjoy pole fitness without guilt, shame, or embarrassment, especially at our location. Pole fitness is effective for improving full body strength, especially in your upper body. As you learn strength holds that allow you to move with fluidity and poise, you’ll develop a graceful rhythm and style that’s all your own. With every class, you’ll experience athletic improvement in functional strength that can be used in every area of your life.
Fitness Benefits of Pole Dancing
Everyone joins pole dance classes for different reasons. Some women want to enjoy the experience of being a sex kitten in a safe environment; others enjoy the ability to feel like a pole warrior princess. Depending on your experience, benefits of pole include: Weight Loss: You can burn as much as 250 calories in a pole dance class. Of course, pole alone may not cut it. You’ll have to live by the mantra “eat clean, dance dirty” for best results. We’ve seen plenty of students walk through our doors and shed up to 60 pounds – and sometimes more – in six to eight months with consistent pole practice. It’s easy to release weight when you’re having fun and enjoying yourself regularly.
Build and Tone Muscles
Improved Sex Appeal + Sensuality
: Pole fitness shows you how to support your entire body weight using one or both arms, a feat which is way tougher than performing standard biceps curls at the gym. Pole movements build and tone your muscles consistently because they provide a combination of strength training, endurance, and flexibility along with dance movements.
: Sex appeal and sensuality are very personal journeys. Each and every one of us is only responsible for being sexy and sensual to ourselves and those we deem worthy of seeing us as such. That being said, there’s something to be said for the natural sexiness and fluidity a woman develops with regular pole dance classes. Whether you’re simply indulging for yourself or seeking to learn something special for your lover, pole is something many women have used to reclaim their sensuality. Greater Poise + Confidence
: Improved coordination, balance and personal confidence are also reported – and observed – in regular pole dance attendees. You can’t help but to feel pretty badass once you’ve mastered the art of lifting your entire body up into an inversion wearing 6-inch heels. (Did we mention this is a great skill to have in the event of a Zombie Apocalypse?) Increased Flexibility
: If you’ve found yourself straining to touch your toes, or even enjoy basic yoga poses, then try pole. The movements, stretches, maneuvers learned to execute routines is strengthened through the natural development of flexibility over time. Pole studios often provide supplemental flexibility and contortion classes to help you safely increase your flex appeal for pole moves.
“Dancing Here is Fun!”
“Some studios are dirty, but Evolve was very clean! There is plenty of parking in the neighborhood and you don’t get a snobbish or competitive vibe from the other students. After your introductory class, they reach out to you via email, so they’re pretty personable as well. Dancing here is definitely fun and a huge workout.”- Yelp Review
What to Expect at Your First Pole Fitness Class
So you’ve been watching YouTube videos, hearing your friends talk about the fun they’ve had trying pole at a birthday party, and you’re so sick and tired of everyone getting in on the fun but you. Now it’s time to jump in and try your first pole class – so where do you begin? First, take a look at our schedule
You’ll see the class listings automatically populate based on the date you click, so you can see which classes are available immediately.
We recommend Pole Virgin
It’s the perfect class for you if you have never taken a pole class. In this class you will be introduced to the basic moves, needed to become a magnificent pole dancer. We suggest you take this class at least 4 times before moving on to our Pole Vixen Classes. What Happens in Pole Virgin? First, you will begin with the warm-up, which incorporates Yoga and Pilates in a sexy way. Next, you’ll learn pole transitions, like Around the World, for example. These moves are done around the pole without lifting your body. After this, you'll learn Pole Spins like the Firefly and Sun Wheel. Class will finish with a quick routine that combines all moves and before leading to our official cool down.
What to Wear to Your First Pole Dancing Class
Most pole dance enthusiasts and class members wear a tank top and shorts. Depending on your comfort level, you might not be ready to bare so much skin – and that’s okay. We recommend a tank top and shorts, but if this isn’t your style, feel free to come in your athletic capris and yoga pants. While we strongly recommend a tank top, a short sleeve shirt is also acceptable.
Be advised: you’ll need to roll up your sleeves and pants in order to have skin free. Your skin is what’s needed to grip the pole and gain traction in movements – especially skin at the crook of your bendy joints such as knees and elbows. You can opt to tie your hair in a ponytail or bun, or keep it loose. Body sprays are okay as long as they’re not too strong. And shoes? Industry standard is 6-inch heels, however, you definitely won’t lose out on anything if you attend your pole classes barefoot until you’re ready to try your moves in heels. With that being said, there are two things we definitely stress for all class members: 1. No/Minimal jewelry 2. No Body Lotions, Oils, or Gels
Why No Jewelry?
In order to prevent accidents, snags, scratches and damage to your jewelry or the poles, we prefer you take your jewelry off or keep it to a minimum. There’s never any fun in performing a pole move and hearing the unsightly screech of a ring scraping along a metal pole. Also, the jewelry impedes your grip, which is not helpful for learning. (You also keep the stress of loss stones and jewelry pieces at bay.) Why No Body Lotion or Moisturizers? Your skin needs to be dry, and skin conditioners and lotions tend to add an extra layer of lubrication that makes you slippery. Lipids, oils, and slick moisturizers not only contain ingredients other members may be allergic to, but they coat the pole with slickness that makes mastering moves hard at any level. Yes, we know the last thing you want to do is walk into class looking like Ashy Larry, but we promise nobody will probably notice, and you won’t be the only one. (Don’t worry; you actually end up getting used to the no lotion rule over time.)
“Great Twist on Letting out Your Inner Vixen!”
“I had my first class here the other day and it was just pure fun! Lori was very nice, fun, and helpful. I’m hoping the more I go the stronger and better I’ll become. Can’t wait for my next class! It’s truly a different but great twist on a workout while letting out your inner sex vixen.” - Yelp Review
Incorporating Pole Dance in Your Lifestyle
Perhaps one of the reasons you’ve considered pole is to add an exciting enhancement to your lifestyle and wellness routine. Like we’ve discussed, pole fitness is excellent for toning and building muscles, shedding unnecessary weight, and building full body strength and endurance.
With a physician’s approval, we recommend incorporating pole dance fitness in an overall lifestyle management program that includes clean eating, adequate amounts of fresh water, and some cross training. Cross training activities that pair well with pole dance fitness include yoga, Pilates, kettlebell training, CrossFit, Fluidity, and running.
One thing Evolve instructors also absolutely love are green juices and smoothies. Green juices and smoothies are full of raw vitamins, minerals and enzymes that improve your health and well being. They’re featured in popular fasts and diets, but they’re best incorporated as a consistent part of a healthy lifestyle. We’re not saying you have to have a green drink morning, noon, and night, but it wouldn’t hurt to try one two to three times per week to see if it helps give you added energy to power through your pole routines!
Pole Dance Fitness FAQs
How long will it take for me to move from Level 1 to the next level?
Progressing from Level 1 is determined by many factors. How often you attend class, how strong is your core and upper body strength, are you completing beautifully executed spins, etc.? There is no exact answer, feel free to speak with your instructor and she will let you know when you are ready to progress.
I’m a classically trained dancer, can I take an Advanced or Challenging Class?
We don’t suggest it… Here’s why. Pole dancing is a different dance form than Ballet or Jazz. Yes, we add in a couple of Rel-eves and Stag’s in our combinations but Pole Dance is technique separate unto itself. We use different movement for our poses especially Advanced Classes, that require extreme core and upper body strength and repetition to perfect and make beautiful.
Advanced Classes move quickly as the students are familiar with the Climbs, Inverts, Spins, and Poses.
How long are the classes?
All classes are one hour unless noted differently in the class description.
How do I make a reservation for a class?
Feel free to give us a call at 323.230.9605 or enroll through our Class Schedule
What if I miss a class and I have a monthly package or class package?
There is a 6-hour cancellation period. If you fail to cancel prior to 6 hours, you will be charged a $20 fee.
Are you serious?
Yes, we are very serious. If you don’t cancel your class, this may prevent your fellow students from taking your place. All class packs are valid for 60 days only. No exceptions.
What do I wear or bring to class?
Please DO NOT wear any body lotions or oils to class as it makes the pole slippery and dangerous. Ladies dress comfortably. Tank tops, shorts or yoga capris. Expose your ankles/heels. For intermediate/advanced classes you will need sports shorts or hot shorts. Bare legs are necessary to grip the pole for climbing and inversions. Cloth style knee pads (optional). These protect your knees during floor work and can be purchased at any sporting goods store for around $10. If you own a yoga mat, please bring it to class. Please leave all hand and wrist jewelry at home! Why? You can lose diamonds and damage your jewelry and the poles.
What kind of shoes should I wear?
For pole lessons, pole dance stilettos are recommended to get the best movement around the pole. We sell Pole Dance Stilettos that start at $40. Please do not bring your stilettos from home unless they have a platform and a rubber sole. If you don’t have or prefer to dance without stilettos, you may dance with your bare feet or half soles. For Fitness classes bring you may dance with athletic shoes, with bare feet, or half-soles.
Where do I buy exotic dance stilettos?
We offer exotic dance stilettos for sale at our studio with prices that begin as low as $40. Do I need to get in shape/lose weight before I start to pole dance? No, women of all body types and fitness levels are welcome in our classes. Pole Dancing will help tone and sculpt your body. The maximum weight for the X-Pole is 280 pounds. Do I need have dance experience? What if I am not flexible? You do not need dance experience to join our intro or beginner classes. We start with a warm up to help develop strength and flexibility. Pole classes start with simple movements that anyone can master. From there, you will build your pole dance skills step-by-step, day by day or week by week.
I'm 17. Are there an age requirements for pole dancing?
There is no age restriction; however, we require younger clients to get parental consent if they are under 18. Where can I get my own pole? You may purchase your own pole at Evolve Dance Studio. We carry the X-Pole brand. Contact us at 323.230.9605.
What is your class refund policy?
Once you have registered for a pole lessons, classes or any series, we do not issue a refund. If necessary, you may transfer your class to a friend or relative.
I have Perkville Points, Client Credits and a Yelp Deal. Can I redeem them all at once?
No, we only allow one offer redemption per transaction.
Do you have a parking lot?
No, there is metered street parking immediately in front of the studio. Also, there is free parking on Hayworth Ave, one block west of Fairfax.
Thank you for reading this page. We're confident we've shown you why Evolve has the best pole dance classes Los Angeles has to offer. Not in Los Angeles? That's fine - our students and members drop in from Beverly Hills, Mid-City, downtown Los Angeles, Mid-City, West Hollywood, and Century City. We're really only a 10-15 minute drive away.