“It was absolutely AWESOME I enjoyed it SO much,” I say whenever someone asks how my first pole dancing class was. A few weeks after school started, Sarah, one of the coolest girls I know, asked in our dorm hall group chat if anyone wanted to attend a pole dancing class on the 28th of January as a slightly early way to celebrate Galentine’s Day. And of course, I said, “YES YES YES” and bought one Drop-In ticket, all within probably 5 minutes. I was so so excited!
Sarah, Mary, and I met up Sunday morning, and drove to East Austin, where the wonderful VAMPS Dance Studio is located. When I stepped my foot into the studio, I just knew that I would fall in love with this sport – yes, sport! Pole dancing was officially made a sport in 2017 when the Global Association of International Sports Federation recognized pole dancing!
After around 15 minutes into class, I realized that though pole dancing is fun, it definitely isn’t the easiest. I had to use muscles that I wouldn’t use during a normal workout. Overall pole dancing is a killer workout and trust me, I was so sore for a few days after class. The only really easy thing we did in class were the basic stretches before and after class, along with walking around the pole.
I honestly felt pretty good about myself when we started walking “sexily” around the poles. Okay, to be completely honest, I looked like I was constipated half of the time we were learning the dance routine, so I have absolutely no idea how professionals can look so freaking good while using every single muscle in their body. The pole twists, so other small routines were pretty easy once I started getting the hang of it.
However, there was this one move called the Horizontal Leg Fireman. I basically had to slide down the pole with one leg out. And yeah . . . Damn, it looked so easy when the instructor did it, but it was harder than I thought when I attempted the move! I literally had to use so much strength to hold my body weight up, and honestly it was pretty hard to feel “sexy”, especially cause I could see myself in the mirror making faces as if I was lifting an elephant on my shoulders.
Though some moves were challenging, I can definitely say that I enjoyed my first pole dancing class. After a while, I started feeling more comfortable with my body and I loved how the class itself was so carefree. The only rule was to enjoy yourself and have fun!
I honestly enjoyed the class more than I thought I would, and I would definitely love to go back and take more classes. It was not only a great workout, but also a fun and sexy adventure. I really, really recommend that people try out pole dancing–at least once! It’s so, so fun; please don’t be shy! I promise, you will not regret it! So, go get those booty shorts on and prepare yourself for a fun, mind blowing experience!