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Different Styles and Levels of Pole Dancing

This is the transcript of our Episode 2: Different Styles and Levels of Pole Dancing from Pole On The Call that aired Thursday, January 13, 2022.

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Hi everyone, it's us again: Pole on the Call Podcast! My name is Cris Rivers.

And I'm Mændy Mac.

And today we are so excited to get into episode two on the topic:

Different levels of pole, the different styles and shapes and colors and everything!

Yes and how it all fits in for you and what what should you do, like where do you start that stuff? I love this. So um the reason why we wanted to talk about this is because when you go find the pole studio, whether it's on the website or you walk in, and you see the classes they offer, it could be overwhelming. You're like oh my god there's intro to floor, there's intro to pole, intro to floor level one, level two.

They might have silly names!

Yes! Intermediate pole, beginner pole, advance pole. So we're gonna kind of break it down a bit um right now. Do you want to start?

Yeah beginners! So like let's say you've never taken pole class before. You want to look for a class called "Intro to Pole" or "Beginner Pole," "Level 1 Pole." That would be a good place to start. If you've had experience in other studios and you're unsure of what level you should be, you can always contact the studio and see. But I would never assume that someone's level 1 in one studio is gonna be the same as another level 1.

Yes with that being said there are some studios which, not in many studios, but they unfortunately require you to take a pole test. I should put that out there, so before you even enter a level, some studios will require you to do certain tricks before you can take that class. I'm not sure if I agree with it but it works for them, so kudos to you.

So after you look into your beginner course, or if you've already done your beginner courses and you want to move up, you might want to go into a level one and a level two. There's so many different ways I've seen this. Some studios do level one slash two, which is to get you from level one to level two, and then other studios will do level two, which is just intermediate tricks, working on your invert from the floor, and solidifying your knee holds and things that you should be able to do low. Which will also be considered kind of intermediate pole, depending on where you go.

And then if you want to even go further, you have — like our studio — I mean we only have four poles, but we don't have a lot of students in the community, so we combined our level one and two. So we've got our level one and two students in the same class. So they'd be like beginner, you know intermediate. For those students, we'll be learning all of like the static spins, the walks around the pole, different points of contact, different handholds. And then the level twos you know, climbing up the pole, doing more of that sort.

Then after your level two, you get into — you guessed it— level three, which is a little inverting, it's a little bit more fun, a little bit more challenging. It requires a lot of core strength and a lot a lot a lot of practice, which would be introduced in level two. And you go into it more in depth for sure in level three.

Yes I mean even like competitions, like PSO. Level two is for those with not a good invert but who can invert maybe once or twice, and then level three is when you really should be getting more into stuff like that.

Yeah for sure, at our studio, a lot of our students are competition students so we kind of model it after the levels for Pole Sport Organization, so that's how we we do it like. Level three would be the the aerial inverters, so you'll be up in the air, you know inverting, and doing more than one tricks.

And other studios and even countries that might get into high intermediate, beginner advanced.

But then after level three, you get level four because now you're like more comfortable upside down you you're doing multiple tricks in the air, maybe you start to incorporate some dynamic stuff, less points of contact.

Yes even inverted combos instead of just one trick. You go from one trick to another to another. Here at the studio we do level three and four which is taking you from really training your inverts, to you should have your inverts, and we're working on shoulder mount inverts, we're working on advanced inversion tricks, and different ways to go from there — combos and things like that. The level before you will always provide you with the information your muscles need to move on to the more advanced.

When you should advance? Yes that is such a good question. When do you know when to advance? y

Yeah a lot of students come and they're like, "When can I get out of level two, level three?" Our studio is kind of easy for us to to assess that because we do combine the levels. We have a Level 1 & 2 Class. We have a Level 2 & 3. We have a Level 3 & 4. So you kind of like, you can see how you are as compared to everyone else in the class and kind of like um you know classify yourself as maybe more of a level three than the level four in the class. And you can visit level two / three and you can visit level three / four and still be okay.

But for other studios maybe they'll have like a test unfortunately. I did not like that, because I came from a studio that was like that and I kind of got trapped in a level because I could not do this one move on the right and the left. And there's going to be some moves that you're never going to get! For me, I don't want to be trapped at the level because I can't do this.

Yes, so your instructor will definitely be able to help you but it's also on what you feel. If you want to push yourself — like I know I might be high level 2 but not yet at level 3 try that level 3 class. The worst that could happen is you completely suck and have to go back and do level 2, and that's okay! At least you got your workout in for that level you got to experience it, and you got to tell yourself "yeah this isn't for me, i'm not ready."

But I'm hoping that you are ready because usually we are ready and we stop ourselves, and hinder ourselves, because we're scared. Because it does get kind of scary the higher you up the higher you go up.

Yeah after level 4 it's level 5.

Yes level 5. Not all studios do level 5. It's really considered advanced pole and even some studios combine level five with pro level.

Yes yeah that's what I was gonna mention too about level five is when you you know — well in our studio — you've pretty much mastered what is to be mastered of the basics of doing everything, and exploring, and then you become you know a content creator of new things — then you'd be level 5.

Level 5: What you should expect? You should be able to do multiple tricks in the air like combo, combo, combo!

Yeah it's really combo heavy, especially inverts. You should be able to get from a brass monkey from a shoulder mount into brass monkey, to this, to that.


Yeah to do all these things. Yes it's really is pro level, that's why some studios connect there, because you pretty much do everything. But unfortunately some countries in some competitions they separate it…there's no comment! By all means, but I would say level 5 is kind of, I'd consider you a pro because that's some pretty good [ __ ]!


Okay and then the different styles.

We can talk a little bit about the styles that we have at our studio! I'm wearing the Pleasers. These will be worn in our sexy style classes. We have um Sexy Tricks Class would probably be like the beginner, um well not really beginners, it's an all-levels class, where you do progressions of tricks that would be in a sexier style. You learn how to dance in these beauties! And then we have like a Sexy Floorwork class where you have your knee pads on maybe on the floor doing those tricks and progressions. And then there's a Sexy Flow Class that we have, if you like to do more of like dancing and not too worried about like learning new tricks you just want to flow them all together.

We also have, as Mændy went into earlier, we also had the different levels of course, because some people just want to train those tricks, we also do Mixed Level, which is all-inclusive, which is pretty cool because we do we start with level one tricks, but then we give advancements for those who we are ready for it and need it. And it's pretty nice to come in as like a level one, level two, and then see someone higher than you, and be like "wow that could be me!" It's pretty cool.

Yeah yeah it's inspiring.

Yeah for some people the next level is too much for them, they don't like to be around other pollers who are doing more amazing things than them.

That's right, you know it's not for everyone — but some people like to be really inspired.

We also do different classes. Like we have an incredible instructor Ms. Kelly Torza who created Pole Ballet, which I personally love. I haven't been able to go last month because it's been crazy, and I'm so sorry Kelly! The way she set it up, is you do about 20 — 30 minutes of ballet warm-ups, the plies, ronde jambes, and all of that with the pole.

Yes and then you do 30 minutes of a ballet routine which incorporates the pole.

It's gorgeous.

Always gorgeous. I'm so sad I missed it this month but I will get better. We also do, like I teach Latin Flow because my Hispanic Heritage. Every month I try to change the theme. Like this month we're doing Bachata, so and last month Meringue. So what happens is I'll teach you, or yeah I'll teach you — I don't know if other teachers are doing this kind of flow, if you are come find me! But uh what I would do is I will teach you like the Spanish, the Bachata step, the Meringue Step, that Salsa steps, and then from there we go into a choreo which incorporates simple pole moves, but mostly you get that Spanish dance.

So like if you um know that you are bad and you don't do your pole conditioning you can come to Pole Fitness Class. At our studio we each teach it differently, but it's always fun, and you get all of your conditioning in.

It is similar to other studio's pole conditioning classes. It's not trick heavy. It's working on building the strength like your pull-ups, working on your grip strength, like your pole climbs, your endurance.

Sometimes we do climbing races!

It's pretty much calisthenics on the pole.

We'll like have you you know upside down in your um cross ankle release, and we'll try to like pass the yoga balls to each other!

I have not experienced that yet but that sounds like fun!

We also do — we just started Creative a Flow!

Oh yeah!

Yeah um which goes into, we'll give you like six tricks and other variations, because we try to make sure those tricks come with different variations, and you can pretty much string them together with whatever entrances you want — whatever exits. You don't have to go like jasmine to genie to like invert. You can, those will be like the moves you might get, the jasmine, the genies, and you work it in like a cool way into a jasmine, slide down, speed bump, stand back up, into your invert, things like that. It's to give you the freedom and ability to just create by yourself, just mess around, just flow with it, see where this takes you.

And we also have Pole Flow.

Yes which is a guided version of the Create a Flow, so like if you are like so overwhelmed and you don't think that you are capable of making your own flow yet, you just come to class and you'll learn a flow on spin or static pole, and kind of get the feel of like how the movements would flow. And then maybe get your own movement patterns from that.

Yes! We also do Pole Inversions which, is in other studios but by different names. I've seen it called Pole Inverted, Pole Inversions and Spinning, um pretty much. With that here, what that class focuses on is inverting. Whether you have an invert, where you don't have it. We take everything from the floor, that can be done on the floor. And then we do add conditioning to work your way into an invert, and so far every student that has come by has at least done one which is amazing!

I have seen that in other studios they also use that class to incorporate spinning, because um what I learned while teaching pole inversion is a full hour of inverting is not doable for everybody. So it is nice to incorporate something else. Other studios do spin, I do 20 minutes of ab workouts on the floor, which you will love!

That's like the um we had a handstand class at one point. But it's too much to just do handstands yes for the full hour. So we have a class called Base & Floor Tricks and we go through different types of handstands, but we also incorporate some floorwork, different types of things, so you're not just like always trying to like, hold that handstand. Because handstands are a journey!

So we just finished talking about different styles that you'll find in our studio, and you might find them in other studios by different names. But there's also different categories and divisions, and other