Pole dancing around the globe

2013-04-23 15:37

Gone are the days when doing some sexy moves around a pole was considered an activity performed only by strippers in sleazy joints. These days, pole dancing has become one of the most sought-after alternative exercise routines for women around the world and is no longer relegated to the realm of dark and dirty. 

We check out a few great pole dancing studios around the globe. 

Pole Dance Cape Town, South Africa 

Pole Dance Cape Town forms part of the BodyMind Studios, a country-wide pole dancing franchise. They offer classes at 3 levels: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Each level teaches a combination of floor moves, pole spins, transitions, tricks, and chair workouts. There is no time limit for a particular level and students are free to progress at their own pace.

Up Dance, Dubai, UAE

As you can imagine, pole dancing is considered a big no-no in most of the more conservative Arab states. It was also frowned upon in Dubai for the longest time, but as the Emirate grows more and more liberal by the day, pole dancing has become quite trendy among expats and maybe even a few Emirati women. Check out Up Dance's Facebook page for more details. 

La Femme studios, Harlem, New York

New York City born, and raised in East Harlem, Carmen Victorino created La Femme Suite as an oasis for women, in no other place, but Harlem, NY. The studio offers classes for no more than 8 dancers at a time and have different series for different fitness levels. There's an on-site spa for after workout relaxation. 

Pole Dance Paris, Paris, France

In typical French fashion, this studio does not only provide straight up pole dancing classes, but also offers students the opportunity to incorporate cabaret and burlesque moves. They also advise their students to get into the swing of things by wearing high heels to class. 

Pole4Fit, Helsinki, Finland

If you thought Scandinavian countries were boring and cold-blooded, think again! Helsinki's Pole4Fit offers pole dancing classes suited to all fitness levels. Their lessons are in Finnish but their website states that they are more than happy to guide you in English too. Apart from classes, they're also available for hen parties. 

Academia de Pole Dance da Bahia, Salvador, Brazil

Believe it or not, there are actually Brazilians (like generally the hottest nation ever) out there who struggle with the same self image problems as the rest of us do! That's what makes a studio like Academia de Pole Dance so cool - it's aim is to emphasize building confidence and help students respect their bodies. 

Strut Fitness and Dance, Calgary, Alberta, Canada 

Calgary is the very heart of Canada's cowboy country, however it's not only line dances and rodeos that keep locals entertained and fit. Strut Fitness offers a wide selection of sexy dance classes, including burlesque, pole and... wait for it... chair dancing. 

JK Aerial Art Company, Seoul, South Korea 

With two different studios located in the South Korean capital, JK Aerial Art Company offer a variety of alternative dance classes, including pole dance, aerial silk dance, zumba and burlesque.

Know of any great pole dance studios? Tell us in the comments!

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