As you’ve probably noticed by now, there’s a lot of scientific research behind the idea that pole skills are important for healthy and muscular bodies. That’s because you’re constantly performing physical challenges and being thrown about by gravity. In fact, there are a lot of studies proving that these skills improve joints, help in muscle training, support the cardiovascular system, and even improve skin elasticity.
The idea that you can change the “mechanics” of the pole dancing is pretty unique. It doesn’t happen with other activities, such as gymnastics, which have a fixed “geometry” to them, like an object has a definite shape. While some “form” is required because you can’t bend it around, with pole dancing there’s a whole movement pattern that changes as you change the shape of the poles.
This dynamic movement pattern makes you feel like you’re “dancing,” as if you’re balancing across the space of your position. We’re used to ballet being done in a “traditional” or fixed position, like a dancer has a chair between their legs or a dancer’s arms are crossed for balance.
There’s not a lot of flexibility in the hips or knees while you’re on the pole (unless you are practicing yoga). A few tips for keeping your hips and knees relatively flexible when on the pole (which is not an easy task):
Have someone hold your legs. Use something like a footrest.
Practice stretching your hips while on the pole, and use some elastic bands (like those you attach to your shoes.)
As a general rule, most modern pole dancers use some sort of elastic band or elastic strap to hold onto your pole. This prevents your hips from buckling under the weight of the pole (that’s like being on a chair).
Why is pole dance so popular in the Middle East?
I’m sure a lot of you think I’m crazy for writing this article or pointing out this fact. Pole dancing is very popular all over the place, but one thing that stands out is how popular dance at the poles is in the Arab world. There’s not much to it, really. You don’t see a lot of pole dancing in the Arab world due to political or economic reasons. It is, however, very much an extension of Arab culture.
Most of the dancers that we see in Arab country are men, and although they come from all over the world, mostly Westerners, most of these guys want