Pole dancing is a form of dancing/gymnastics that takes muscular endurance and co-ordination as well as sensuality. It involves dancing sensually with a vertical pole and is often used in strip clubs and gentlemen's clubs. Pole dancing is often performed less gymnastically and combined with striptease, and/or lap dancing between performers. The dancer(s) may simply hold the pole, or use it to perform more athletic moves such as climbs, spins and body inversions.
Standard Poles The standard dance pole typically consists of a hollow steel or brass pole running from floor to ceiling. The diameter is usually around two inches, allowing it to be gripped comfortably with one hand.
Home versions are available which may be used for practice or aerobic exercise. Materials include polished stainless steel, chromed steel and brass. Each material allows for different gripping ability. Polished steel is one of the slickest materials, which provides for a faster, more fluid dance; brass poles provide more friction, allowing for an easier hold with hands or thighs and creating a slow, sensual dance style. Titanium poles are also now available; they provide more friction than even brass poles, allowing more sustained moves on the pole, including advanced "pole tricks".
Poles are held in place by using threading to brace them against a ceiling joist. Stationary and rotating versions are available.
Show Poles There are now poles available for use in clubs that provide stunning visual effects, though they cannot support the weight of a pole dancer. These poles are made with clear plastics and contain water, glitter and special reflective materials which provide amazing effects when used in conjunction with strobe lighting, as well as lighting hidden in their base joists.
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