My name is Mai Yee. I'm an instructor at Sheila Kelley's S Factor Studio in Manhattan, New York. I've been doing this movement for five years now. It's a movement that combines ballet, pilates, striptease, and pole dancing. We have a website where you can get more information, and that's www.sfactor.com.
I'm here today to talk to you about pole dancing. Pole dancing is different than any other type of exercise or dance that you may have tried because it pulls in this other element of your sensuality as a woman. And that's really what makes it so special and beautiful. At sfactor where I teach, we really try to take students to come from that place of sensuality. Something that helps to do that is to slow down more than you're used to. You're carrying your focus inside and you're feeling what your body's feeling. you're noticing what your emotions are and you're moving from that place. And then when you learn the movement‚ you learn the technique, you infuse the movement with feeling good in your body and feeling sensual. Something that adds to it is having music that you love having something really yummy playing in background and moving to music that's going to make you feel sensual and sultry.
It's really important to warm your body up adequately before you do any kind of movement on the pole. That's a must to prevent from injuring yourself. If you do some push-ups to warm up your back and your shoulders, some sit-ups to warm up your core, stretch your legs, which we're focusing on your hamstrings and your quadriceps and do a whole body stretch as well.
People sometimes worry that they need a lot of arm strength to get started. And you're definitely going to build arm strength but you're going to do this gradually. Take it slow, be patient with yourself, learn basically how to move around the pole, maybe first without your feet leaving ground.
When you're first getting started, a walk around the pole will be the first thing you're going to do. Put your hand above your head onto the pole. Just feel your body weight hanging off that arm. Just get used to that feeling of holding your body weight away from the pole. Let your body start to fall forward. You're going to catch with your foot and fall forward again and catch with your foot. And when you feel comfortable with that, add a little extra swing with your leg so you can get used to that feeling of swinging around the pole and then starting with easier spins and as your arm strength builds up and you start to add something more advance, tougher tricks.