‘Hey. Does this pole still work? [slides down a fireman’s pole] Wow. This place is great. When can we move in? You gotta try this pole.’ Dr. Raymond Stantz – Ghostbusters.
I remember the only reason I wanted to be a fireman when I was younger was because I liked the idea of catching a pole to work. That and I loved Backdraft! (Check out the recent interview I did with John Baxter, Robert De Niro’s biographer where he slates that movie). Sadly the fire pole has been phased out over the years due to god damn health and safety after a firefighter got up in the middle of the night to take a leak and fell through the pole hole. While he survived the 15 ft fall, he suffered brain damage, a fractured pelvis, broken ribs, and fractured vertebrae. On top of that, one of his lungs was punctured and his very full bladder, ruptured. Full story here. Jesus Christ right?
Pole Dance Nation and Aerial Nation creator Nikki St John is an actress and author of Pole Dancer. Available for download on Amazon.
FACT: It’s reported that prior to the invention of the fire pole in 1878, most fire stations simply contained a set of stairs that firefighters would have to descend whenever an alarm rang. At this time, stairs in fire stations were almost always of the spiral variety, legend has it to stop curious horses from venturing upstairs and inevitably getting stuck.
Natasha Wang is the IPDFA Instructor of 2015, IPC Ultimate Champ 2013, 2012 Pole Art 2nd Place, 2011 US Pole Dance Champ, X-Pole Athlete, MilaKrasna Ambassador, X-Purr. You can check out here store here.
FACT: The earliest recorded pole dance was in 1968 with a performance by Belle Jangles at Mugwump Strip Club in Oregon.
FACT: Dance poles have two different modes, spinning and static. The spinning mode is when the pole uses ball bearings to spin. This mode can be used to complete more experienced pole moves, make moves easier to complete and to add a more dramatic effect to the move.
Introducing Cie, from Essex! She demonstrates some amazing dexterity and is not confined to the studio.
FACT: In 2015, Celebrity Health & Fitness magazine reported “royal bodyguards” as saying that Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge took pole dancing lessons to lose weight after giving birth to Prince George in 2013,
Jonny Boie is a Las Vegas based Competitive Pole Dancer, Yoga Teacher and AC Model. For Workshop or private classes you can email him here.
FACT: The pole fitness community has pushed for pole dance to be represented as a test event in the 2012 London Olympics. However, since this is a relatively new trend, there is no standardized scoring for competitions and technique descriptions vary among fitness clubs in different regions.
Ellie Conner is a Pole dancer and lover of sparkly things You can use her discount code AERIALELLIE10 at Indi Pole Wear.
FACT: I went on a pole once and it ended terribly. For a drunken dare I scaled the pole and climbed the rafters of the night club, only to be pulled down by a security guard who took pity on me.