As with any form of physical activity, what you wear to your pole dancing class greatly impacts your ability to perform and enjoy yourself. Wearing the right clothing can make all the difference. It can improve your comfort, confidence, as well as your flexibility and grip on the pole.
We want to make sure you’re properly kitted for your first pole dancing class, so here are the essential pole dancing fashion items to consider ahead of your class.
Rest assured that our guide is for everybody, whether you’re a beginner or a pro looking for some pole dancing fashion inspiration.
What to Wear to Your First Pole Dance
Sports Bra Or Tank Tops
Sports bras and tank tops are excellent for your first pole dance class or experience. Whether you’re pole dancing at home or in groups, they are the go-to clothing, especially for beginners unsure what to expect at their first class.
You’ll likely get a sports bra or tank top recommendation if you ask anybody, especially if you haven’t already bought your pole wear.
If you don’t have either of those (which we strongly doubt), your best bet is to wear something sleeveless. Sleeveless materials free up your hands, making it easier to grab and hold on the pole with your armpits – depending on the dance move.
Shorts Or One Piece
Wearing loose, comfy cycling or jogging shorts can help you stay relaxed during your pole dance class. They’re more practical if you cycle to class.
Not a fan of loose clothes? Tight shorts are also a great recommendation. They are flexible, which makes them perfect for performing complex pole moves.
One-piece bodysuits are also a go-to option. They are convenient but can be tricky. We recommend one-piece bodysuits with few or no cutouts in the midsection. The cutouts leave your flesh exposed to the pole, increasing the risk of slipping or abrasions.
Bodysuits are only recommended if you can’t find a comfortable alternative to wear to your pole dancing class.
Knee pads are helpful for pole dance moves that require you to get down on the floor. The protective pads are also helpful, especially in preventing knee injuries during your class.
Planning on perfecting pole dance moves that require crawling or gliding down the pole to the floor? Be sure to pack your knee pads.
Using ankle tacks allows you to keep your balance on your heels while also holding on to the pole securely. In addition, you can try your first few pole courses with the support on barefoot to see if it improves your grip.
Dancers run the risk of sustaining various injuries, particularly to the wrist. Wrist wraps offer that extra layer of protection against serious injuries. Not sure of your wrist’s strength or grip? Combine wrist wraps and grip aids for excellent results.
Socks can cause you to slide off the pole, so avoid them if you can. Rather, use leg warmers when doing the fundamentals, and keep your legs warm to prevent muscle cramps.
Arm warmers are a great option for those with delicate skin. Wearing arm warmers to your pole dancing session will help protect you from scrapes and pole burns. Grip strength is also enhanced with the aid of these warmers.
A grip aid can be helpful if you need a little extra help holding on. No one wants to feel like they can’t hold on to the pole in their first class.
Therefore, if you find that you have difficulty grabbing the pole during your first few sessions, it is a good idea to bring a grip aid to class. This way, you’d massively improve your grip like Spider-Man.
Using a grip aid does not make you a lesser pole dancer, so don’t feel bad about doing it if you need to. You can create your own learning curve by picking the methods and tools you use to learn pole dancing.
Wearing an antiperspirant to pole dancing class is a requirement.
Sweating when pole dancing is a sure sign that you’re giving it your best and enjoying the physical challenge that this acrobatic dance style presents.
Take along some deodorant to apply in case you start to sweat excessively.
Heavy sweating from physical workouts can leave you dehydrated and thirsty. This should be a more familiar feeling, especially if you’re used to working out.
Having hydrating fluids, preferably water, is essential to replenish the lost body fluids.
Remember to bring a water bottle and some glucose to class every day. You can add a couple of extra electrolytes from coconut water, bananas, and electrolyte drinks to energize you.
When you’re just starting out with pole dancing, protein shakes are like a lifesaver because they’ll keep you hydrated while also providing a boost of motivation and health.
Protein drinks made with milk can aid exercise recovery by repairing muscles and tissues. They can also help to reduce muscle soreness.
Lactose-intolerant pole dancers can switch to egg white or plant-based protein shakes for a similar level of replenishment.
Dos and Don’ts of Pole Fitness Fashion
Do: You may go shoeless or wear indoor rubber-soled shoes if you choose. Your gripping rubber-soled shoes or bare feet will be a huge aid as you learn the fundamentals of pole dancing.
Don’t: Please don’t show up to your pole dancing class with socks on. Socks will make it difficult to maintain balance and grip the floor. It also increases the likelihood of falls.
Some pole fitness studios strictly prohibit the use of heels during their pole fitness classes. This prohibition is aimed at placing emphasis on muscular strength, coordination, and stamina. You may be allowed access to the dance pole with heels while learning the sensual style of pole dance (essentially stripper pole dance).
Tops and Bottoms
Do: We recommend that beginners should wear longer jeans that cover the back of the knee and a t-shirt or tank top until they become comfortable with the pole.
Professionals can wear shorts, tank tops, or sports bras as they are more experienced and rely on their skin to stick to the pole. Wearing wicking clothing is also recommended because of its sweat-absorption properties.
Don’t: Wearing pants or other items that limit your range of movement is not recommended. When practicing correct alignment and posture, it is helpful to wear clothes that allow you to see your legs clearly rather than wearing baggy clothes.
- Consider bringing an extra layer to use while you warm up and cool down.
- Avoid wearing necklaces and rings, as they could be a distraction when learning new moves or perfecting older moves.
- A hair elastic is a must-have item.
Wearing the appropriate gear and outfits to your pole dancing class can significantly improve your experience. To put it simply, you will enjoy yourself.
Prepare to sweat a lot, but that won’t stop you from developing a passion for the pole.
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