Pole dance: what is it and what are the benefits
Pole dance is a mix of gymnastics and dance with the pole , not to be confused with lap dance, another activity that involves the use of a pole but is not a sport, but a playful one for entertainment and practiced in strip clubs.
Pole dance is based on the performance of acrobatic figures, which require considerable strength, flexibility, coordination, agility, flexibility and endurance .
Having become a real sport, pole dance saw the first Italian Championship take place in Rome in 2010 , promoted by the Italian Federation of Pole Dance, while the first World Championship took place in 2005 in Amsterdam.
Pole dance: the origins
According to historical sources, pole dance developed in North America during the 1920s depression years . The circus performers seem to have used awning poles to perform real performances during the traveling shows.
Other sources instead indicate pole dance as a sport that derives directly from Mallakhamb , a practice that uses a wooden perch on which men usually performed, which was born in the twelfth century in India.
The pole dance then gradually began to evolve, moving from a traveling show to a fixed appointment in bars around the 1950s, simultaneously with Burlesque.
Pole dance: the instruments
To practice pole dance you only need a pole. But not everyone is the same. The dimensions of the pole – which influence the executions – vary from 50mm diameter to the smallest of 38mm.
The materials mainly used for poles are stainless steel, chromium-plated steel for electrolysis or round brass bars.
The different surface finishes of the material have unique gripping properties : polished steel is one of the most slippery materials among those listed therefore suitable for figures that require less grip (anchoring), and allows a faster, more fluid dance, while the poles made of brass provide more friction, allowing a stronger hold of the hands and other parts of the body that allows the realization of a slow and sinuous dance or sudden locks for tightening the legs or arms during the fast descent.
Pole dance: the benefits
Pole dance is an intense and complete sport – as well as fun – which requires commitment, dedication and the right physical preparation to increase strength, endurance, flexibility and coordination.
All this allows you to burn calories and at the same time to tone the whole body . Already in the first three months of training you will notice the first results: the shoulders are shaped, the back and arms are firmed, the waist becomes thinner , legs and buttocks are sculpted and at the same time become stronger and more resistant.
If the practice intrigues you and you want to start, all you have to do is grab a bag, put a sweater and a tank top inside and look for the nearest school to try a lesson . Thanks to the boom in recent years, you will not struggle to find a serious structure in which to test yourself.