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Pole Dancing

I consider myself an awkward person so when I decided to give pole dancing a try, I was absolutely shitting it. Yet, I stuffed myself into my leggings and set off on my merry way, determined to be brave. When I arrived (late whoops) I was immediately greeted with a cheery ‘grab a pole’ and welcomed to join in. Even though I picked the wrong class to go to because all the girls were quite advanced, one was even wearing terrifyingly giant heels. I still had a great time just doing a little beginner class in the corner. I enjoyed it so much I literally left the class and bought a membership. If you’re interested in giving it a go to, and you should, here’s my top tips:

1. Throw out all expectations- I fully expected to walk into a room lit exclusively with red neon lights vaguely resembling a strip club but I couldn’t have been more wrong. It looked exactly like a regular dance studio, complete with mirrors and normal lighting. It just had poles as well. More importantly, it is not overtly sexual, you completely decide how far you want to take it on that front. The most I did was a body role. 

2. You will be able to do more than you think. I thought I would be proud of myself if I did a single spin without flopping like a pancake. By the end of the class, I had done my first headstand, completed a tiny routine and smashed several spins. All of which made me feel like a sexy butterfly. 

3. Wear shorts. Really the more skin the better, I went in leggings and there were a few things I couldn’t do because I just didn’t have enough friction. 

4. No one is looking at you. They’re just there to become stronger and better and couldn’t care less what you are doing. I was the only one staring and that was just because I was in a jealous awe of what they could do. 

5. If you can go by yourself, it gave me such a confidence boost being anonymous. I didn’t have any one to compete with or anyone that I actually cared about there to judge me. (Not that real friends would but you get my gist) 

6. Try and get over yourself. Although I felt like a complete idiot at first, I was better at it once I just started enjoying myself, rather than worrying about what I looked like. 

Remember the worst thing that can happen is you don’t enjoy it for an hour and don’t go again, so be brave and go!

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