Pole dancing is a fun form of exercise that challenges you and strengthens you. Want to get fit like a pro? Here are the top pole dancing classes in Perth.
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WHAT IS POLE DANCING?
Pole dance is a form of performance art, traditionally associated with strip clubs, combining dance and acrobatics centered on a vertical pole.
Despite its risqué origins, public perception of pole dancing has changed dramatically, especially in the last decade. It’s shaken off its old, negative stigma (that was once seen as a realm only for strippers and exotic dancers) and instead blossomed into a well-respected industry that’s gone mainstream, admired for the skill involved and recognized for being an effective, proven, fitness alternative that gets you results.
It is practiced by fitness enthusiasts in gyms and dance studios, with a wide range of amateur and professional competitions held around the world. In fact, there is now serious debate on whether pole dancing should be accepted as an Olympic sport. Just check out the video below to understand why.
HOW DID THE PERCEPTION OF POLE DANCING CHANGE?
Well in summary, during the mid 2000’s, promoters of pole dance fitness competitions were actively trying to change the public’s perception of pole dance, promoting it rather as a non-sexual form of dance and acrobatics that should be recognised for the skill involved. Fast forward to 2015, and ladies (and gents) of all fitness levels, shapes, sizes and ages are attending pole dancing classes near their suburb to challenge their fitness levels, try something new or perhaps they are just curious.
WHAT’S POLE DANCING EXERCISE LIKE?
Pole dancing is essentially resistance training – as you are carrying your body weight on your arms and legs while you lift or spin around the pole. It’s also an upper body workout, requiring you to develop core muscles so you’ll progress to do more, advanced moves. Core strength is vital in order to attain proficiently, and like with any athletic sport, rigorous training and practice is necessary. So if you want rock solid abs, then this may be for you.
It’s also a great cardiovascular workout, and you will get the opportunity to work on and improve your flexibility over time.
Keen to give pole dance a try? Check out where you can learn to pole dance in Perth below:
– BOBBI’S POLE STUDIO, Perth –
This is where I completed my 8 week beginner course recently. I absolutely loved it and recommend it to all my friends.
Bobbi’s Pole Studio offers a range of exotic dancing classes all taught by some of the world’s top Showgirls & Pole Dancers, including speciality classes like lap dancing, floorwork, splits and flexibility and trim & tone. It’s unpretentious, supportive and a friendly, girly environment.
They offer beginner, intermediate and advanced classes which are held 7 days a week, with morning, lunch time, after work and evening times available.
Phone: 08 9227 1993 | 4 Chelsea Street, Perth WA 6000 (Opposite Claisebrook Train Station)
– SHEMOVES DANCE FITNESS STUDIOS –
(Perth, Joondalup, Canningvale)
Shemoves uses pole dance, sensual and exotic dance to stretch, strengthen, trim, tone and burn fat, exclaiming that “every Shemoves studio is a beautiful, safe, ladies-only environment, where women from all sortsof backgrounds (and all ages and sizes, too) come to get strong and fit”
Shemoves is located in three locations, Perth, Joondalup (north of the river) and Canningvale (south of the river). They offer all the general pole dancing courses you would expect, from Polemoves for beginners right through to advanced, flex appeal and lap moves – but they also offer other unique classes for those who wish to try something completely new.
Aerial classes in Aerial Hoop (lyra) and Aerial Silks (silkmoves), ‘polesque’ (which combines burlesque with pole dance spins) are popular here, as well as the ‘Smoulder & Burn/Spin’ class.
They also have dance classes like ‘LaViva’ (which is a cardio dance fitness class that is inspired by Latin, Middle Eastern, South American and Indian dance styles combined) and ‘Clubmoves’ which shows you step by step some of the sexiest new dance moves direct from New York club scene.
I did a Shemoves beginners course, as well as a large number of smoulder & burn casual classes a few years back at the Joondalup location and had a positive experience there. I made new friends and the teachers were fun-loving and friendly. I recommend Shemoves Joondalup studio too, for those who live far north.
- Perth: 183 Lord Street, Perth, WA
- Joondalup: 1/12 Ascari Lane, Joondalup
- Canningvale: 1/78 Catalano Circuit, Caningvale.
– DIAMOND POLE DANCE, Joondalup –
Diamond Dance is owned and run by the 2014 WA Pole Cahmpion, Jacinta Diamonds, who has competed in many state and national pole dancing competitions; including the 2015 World Pole Dancing Championships in Beijing and is a regular performer in Perth. Her background as a former state gymnast, gymnastics coach and pole dancing instructor makes her extremely skilled and experienced in the best pole dancing lessons on offer.
She offers a wide range of classes to suit everyone, including ‘technique’ classes and ‘extend’ classes. Technique teaches you pole tricks and how to do them safely while Extend incorporates what you have learned into a beautifully chorgraphaed routine. The studio also offers handstands, lap dancing, flexibility, acro and toning classes. Another unique thing they do here is the workshops & events, which are always changing with new, cool things to learn.
Another pole dancing studio north of the river is Diamond Pole Dance, located near Shemoves in Joondalup. I’ll be checking out this place soon. I’ve heard great things about it from mutual friends (some of whom work in the entertainment industry who say this place is great! ) .
Phone: 9300 9065 | 6/200 Winton Road, Joondalup
– CORE FUSION STUDIOS, Southern River –
If you live South of the River, Core Fusion Studios Pilates & Pole is a great studio that offers not only pole dancing classes, but also core pilates, including group matwork and group reformer classes. The studio offers combo deals for both pole dancing and pilates together at great package rates.
Their pole dancing courses range from beginners through to advanced, and they also offer pole stretch classes. The director overlooking the pole dancing classes here is intentionally recognized and awarded pole dancer & performer.
– FANTASY FITNESS AND DANCE, Perth –
Fantasy Fitness and Dance offers a wide variety of training from Aerial Silks, Pole Dance, Aerial Hoop (Lyra), ballet, fire arts, fitness and more. This is the best studio for especially those wanting to nail their Aerial tricks.
Another great thing about Fantasy Fitness and Dance is they offer membership. The benefits of being a member include unlimited classes, free posture analysis, discounts on any aerial courses, unlimited practice, free body consultation and discounts on any Fantasy apparels. Learn more about their membership here: http://fantasyfitnessanddance.com/membership.php
I’ve been to this studio also and really liked it, plus I think they are one of the most affordable pole/dance studios in Perth.
Phone: 0423 196 013 | 1/6 Uppill Place, Perth
– ROAR FITNESS, Cockburn –
For those living South of the River, another option is Roar Fitness 24/7 – they offer Beginners courses and an intermediate course.
Any pole dancing studios in Perth I missed? Leave a comment below and I’ll add it into this list.