Do you ever wonder how to get better at pole dancing?
The truth is, you’ll find online articles about several ways to improve your skills. However, most of those recommendations are a waste of your precious time.
That’s mostly because they didn’t come from a pole dancer or someone who has spent years with a stripper pole.
As usual, we have distilled everything and mixed it with our first-hand experience to bring you 15 important tips on how to get better at pole dancing. Find them below and keep them close. Bookmark this page if you have to!
Join a Pole Dancing Class
Pole dancing is a participatory sport, meaning you get better by learning and practicing new moves.
There are several moves in pole dancing that you may never be able to learn on your own. For example, the inverted crucifix or the superman move. You’ll learn them faster by joining dance classes where instructors guide you through the intricacies of such moves. You can then go back home to practice the moves in your spare time.
Combining pole dance classes with pole dancing at home can greatly improve your skills – and within a short time too.
Get Your Own Dance Pole at Home
Do you know you stand a higher chance of attaining perfection when you practice more? The key to more practice is getting your own dance pole at home.
Pole dancing is one of those activities that strongly proves Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000-hour rule.
The more you practice your pole dancing moves, the better you’ll get. Have you danced for 10,000 hours altogether since you started pole dancing? If not, it’s time to get your own dance pole and practice at home.
Wondering what a dance pole costs or unable to afford one? Buddy up with a friend and share custody.
You’ll find that owning your own stripper pole will improve your love for pole dancing, especially as you can practice whenever you feel like it.
Be careful to avoid buying fake dance or stripper poles. Read our guide on how to detect fake dance poles.
Practice Your Moves
As with almost everything else, repetition aids mastery in pole dancing. The more you practice, the better you get.
During your personal practice hours, start with the pole dancing moves you’re most familiar with. This will build your confidence and motivate you to take on newer and more complex dance moves.
You can also experiment with perfected dance moves. Find comfortable iterations to the dance moves you already know and master them too.
Stretch and Warm-Up
Pole dancing without proper warm-up exercises can be counterproductive. Consider it a fitness exercise where you have to prime your body and muscles before starting the main reps and exercise regimen.
It’s best to start with simple warm-ups and stretching exercises. You can do some yoga, Pilates, basic twists, etc., to get your blood flowing.
Stretching and warm-up exercises also help awaken your nerves, increase alertness, and boost body temperature.
Maintain A Workout Schedule
I promise you; you won’t become an expert after one pole dancing session!
Pole dancing skills and results build up over time. Scheduling a specific time helps you stay consistent and builds discipline.
Your scheduled period should fall on days and times you’re sure you can meet up. Don’t make excuses or find reasons to stay away. To inspire discipline, you can pair up with an accountability partner.
Getting your partner involved would motivate you and give you reasons to remain accountable.
Watch Online Tutorials
Online tutorials are a great way to spend more time in the classroom at no extra cost. It allows you to maintain your learning experience outside the classroom.
Watching online tutorials via YouTube or other channels can also help you perfect certain moves you’re experiencing difficulty with in class.
With the wealth of online information available on YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook, you’ll find yourself more immersed and motivated to try new pole positions. The best part is you can show off those moves in class.
Explore Different Pole Dancing Styles
Many beginners get stuck with the same pole routine. Are you experiencing the same? It’s time to try new ones.
Explore those dance moves, and you’ll be better for it. You can also watch your friends or colleagues in dance classes to pick a few inspirations.
Trying new things and new dance positions will help you build your portfolio quickly and push you from being a beginner to an intermediate quickly.
Do a Complementary Workout
Pole dancing shares similarities with certain workouts. For example, Pilates, yoga, swimming, gymnastics, trapeze, climbing, circuit training, and weightlifting are fitness activities you can practice on the side to gain agility and build your upper body strength. Combining these workouts with your dance routine will yield faster results. You’ll also acquire muscle mass, which you may not get through pole dancing.
Get Fit and Strong
Fitness training improves your pole dancing performance. If you’re not fit, you may not be able to withstand the intense and complex pole dance maneuvers. Increasing your strength is a guaranteed way to push beyond your current limits and unlock your internal abilities. Regular exercises and workout sessions are some of the ways you can build your strength.
Document Your Progress
If you’re new to pole dancing, the concept of journaling may seem strange.
It’s not compulsory to use a pen and paper, especially if you’re not a fan. You can start by taking a few pictures and videos each day on your phone. This can help boost your morale and sense of commitment.
Documenting your progress can also help you to better appreciate how far you’ve come while picking common issues that could be affecting your progress.
If you haven’t already started, whip out your smartphone during your next pole dancing exercise.
Ease Into Harder Moves
Many beginners make the mistake of rushing into new dance moves. This rush can often leave them with injuries or a sense of inadequacy.
While the enthusiasm to be better is appreciated, it is best to approach newer and harder moves with caution. Start by breaking the move down into simpler basics. Chances are high that you’re already familiar with the basics.
Use the existing knowledge to your advantage, ensuring that you attempt and perfect the basics and work your way to the more complex iterations.
Also, we recommend performing all new moves as close to the floor. You should also use a crash mat to your advantage. Crash mats absorb the impact and prevent your skin from directly hitting the floor during falls.
Don’t Get Discouraged
You’ll try and fail – but you’ll get better until perfection!
It is important to always remember that pole dancing is a long-term effort. The perfection of each dance move is the culmination of the hundreds of hours invested during practice.
The hard pill is that you won’t start seeing results until you’ve dedicated weeks of consistent practice. But you’ll be proud of those results when they trickle in.
So, avoid being discouraged. Motivate yourself to be consistent, and you’ll see results.
Eat a Balanced Diet
As a pole dancer, what you eat affects your overall results.
Even if you’re pole dancing for fun, it’s still expected that you eat a balanced diet. Eating right helps keep your body healthy and keeps you mentally alert.
The right food and nutrition also provide the essential building blocks for repairs and rejuvenation, especially when you suffer pole kisses or injuries.
If you haven’t already, now is the time to eat healthy and trim.
Give Time for Rest and Recovery
Rest is just as important as pole dancing itself. We recommend having a “cheat day” when you take a break from pole dancing to relax and rest your muscles.
Hard as it may be to believe, pole dancing is a full-body workout.
Each session involves high metabolic activities that break down fat and body tissues. Such a high-impact activity can leave your muscles sore and bunched up if you don’t rest properly.
Give yourself time to rest and recuperate.
One of the commonest problems pole dancers face is the use of their dominant side. Dwelling on your dominant side may make it impossible to perform moves requiring the less dominant side of your body.
The key to attaining perfection is to unlock both sides.
Using both sides of your body can greatly improve your flexibility and help you perform certain moves better.
Try to consciously switch sides from time to time while mastering the limitations of each side. This can help you to improve on the side and ultimately unlock your Pro status.
I have been pole dancing for a little over 5 years. I’m happy to share my experience and recommendations on this blog while also encouraging more women to take on the beautiful art of pole dancing.