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How to Choose a Pole for Pole Dancing

Learn how to choose a pole from pole dancing instructor Mai Yee in this Howcast video.


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, palates, striptease and pole dancing. We have a website where you can get more information, and it is . And I'm here today to talk to you about pole dancing. If you are in the market to buy a dance pole, there are a lot of things to consider. First of all you want to decide whether you'd like to buy a stationery static pole or spinning pole and there are some poles that offer both. Most beginners do start on the stationery but if you'd like the option in the future of being able to play with the spinning pole, you might consider one that offers that option. There are 4 different types of materials that poles are made out of. Stainless steel, that's what this is, chrome, brass and titanium gold. The stainless steel and the chrome are probably going to be the most common in studios around the country. They offer good surface areas for spins, but they are a little more slippery when you are first starting and trying to kind of build up muscle power in your hands. Brass is a softer metal and the grip is much stickier on that, so for things like inversions, that's helpful, but when you are spinning, you might get a little stuck. And titanium, it's probably in terms of the grip, somewhere in between the stainless steel, chrome and the brass. You also want to decide what size pole you are going to get, what diameter size you are going to get. This is your standard 2 inch diameter or 15 millimeter pole and so you can see my hand grip how that fits around it. If you have particularly petite hands you might consider getting the smaller diameter which is an inch and three quarters, it's 45 millimeters, but do be aware that your inversions when you are holding with just your legs, that's going to be more challenging because you will have less surface area to squeeze. Consider what, if you are taking class at a studio what they use, so that you can practice with the same type of poles that your studio uses. You also want to look at the space in your home where you are going to install the pole and consider whether you are going to get something's that permanent or something that you are going to take down and travel with. If you have particularly high ceilings, over 11 feet, you are going to need to put something up permanently. Removable poles have kind of the max in terms of high they go. Want to look at your flooring as well, if there is tile or concrete that might indicate a portable pole or removable pole because you won't be able to drill into the floor. So lots of different choices. Consider your needs, your desires and buy yourself a pole.

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