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How to Make the Most of Your Pole Journey

Pole dancing – smooth, sexy, sensual and fierce! That’s what we see. But take a peek behind the curtains, you’d realise it’s not a walk in the park. It takes a lot of dedication and determination to get to the top (in its figurative and literal sense). 

So how do you make the most? Our secrets here…

Take everything one session at a time. Polers sure as hell didn’t wake up with superhuman powers! It takes months of practice to realise full range of motion and master even just one trick! Everyone starts out in an awkward, newly-birthed giraffe stage. But over time, they turn into a full grown graceful giraffe! It simply takes time and patience. So don’t get pressured if your hand springs look more like spring rolls to begin with – trust the process and stay consistent.

Set your own pace, run your own race. Sometimes we feel the pressure seeing our polemates nail a trick faster than we do, forgetting that we’re only in competition with ourselves. Another secret to getting the most of your pole journey is to not compare yourself to your buddy! Focus on yourself. If you failed today, try again tomorrow. Even flowers bloom on their own without competing with other flowers.

Show up! Like any other skill, you can’t step up if you don’t show up. Dedication and determination are keys to progression! Your strength, stamina, flexibility, heck even your 8-incher balancing skills develop with time. But they bid goodbye with idle times too and we don’t want that to happen, do we? Now go eat your veggies, book your class and see you on the floor, pronto! :-*

Why so serious? Give yourself a good laugh! Failed a trick? Laugh! Tipped over your heel? Laugh! Slipped on the pole? Laugh! Standing outside alone by yourself? Laugh! Okay, maybe the latter is not such a good idea, but hey you know what we mean. Everything in life cruises smoothly when you take things lightly. Embrace everything that goes with it! The burns, the morning-after body pains and the callouses! Don’t let them demotivate you, instead, let them inspire you! It’s a journey, isn’t it? So enjoy the spin! 

And last but the least, make friends! We call ourselves the TPR Tribe for the main reason we consider each and every one family! Even the ghost in the backroom occasionally sits down with us for some life advice. It’s always nice to have someone you can share anything with, especially if that someone can be anyone and everyone in the tribe! We’re here whenever you need help with choosing a heel, a pole outfit, learning a trick, naming your new pet, picking what outfit to wear to your office party, stress from work, science and the laws of gravity, someone to finish off your snack *wink wink*. ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING! 


So the next time you feel demotivated, remember that pole comes with ups and downs and flatlines in between. Enjoy and get the most out of every single part of it. And you’ll be on your way to the most awesome destination yet..the top, of the pole…and of yourself! 

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If you’re ready to conquer confidence, and become the boldest version of you, make a visit to The Pole Room. Skills-based courses and classes are fun, relaxed and totally beginner-friendly. Even if you feel un-co, or have never set foot in a dance studio in your life, you’ll be in the hands of instructors who will work with you to become your best self. Send a message to [email protected] for a complimentary trial class. X

7 Reasons to Start Pole & Aerial Classes

Pole dancing and aerial are fierce and cool, there’s no question about it! But did you know that there are way more benefits to pole and aerials than just bragging rights, Insta-worthy photos and sassy selfies? YES, we know! Shocking right? 

Here’s the motivation for you (and your friends, and relatives, and colleagues) to start and keep going!

1. Unleash your power. Both pole and aerial require you to lift your body using every ounce of strength you have (particularly in your upper body). Some newbies are apprehensive about having zero strength but we’ve all been there. But let’s not forget about your mental strength too. By achieving what seems physically impossible, you train your mind to believe you can and will, do anything you set your mind too.

2. Rebuild long lost endurance. When was the last time you REALLY broke a sweat and exerted everything your body had? Regular pole and aerial classes will allow you to develop stamina that will have you feeling your absolute fittest. Increase your weekly sessions to heighten that endorphin rush!

3. Feel flexy! Believe us when we say we get bendy…A LOT! Yoga and pilates inspired stretches compliment the tricks and fluidity that make pole and aerial moves so damn inspiring. The Exorcist upside down going downstairs? Easy peasy! 😂

4. Achieve a full-on body workout. Not a single muscle in your body is spared from this workout! You’d be gripping the pole in places you didn’t realise could grip! Like, did you know that you could hoist yourself on an apparatus using just your chest and abdomen? Yeah you can! From your head rolls to your rotating knees, you will teach your body to do incredible things. With the exception of your tongue muscle. But don’t worry, your teacher’s working out hers when she shouts “POINT YOUR TOES!”.

5. Delve into an exercise you’ll actually look forward to. It’s everything but boring! Every session is exciting and brings you closer to your goal and closer to performing on stage! It’s a mix of dancing and body work, making it a fun workout! So fun it should be called a funout!

6. Practice confidence. We’ve been through that awkward phase too! We were once too critical of ourselves and our bodies. But pole dancing helped us embrace and love who we are more! By the end of the term, we came out more confident and self-loving! Shine and Performance Night? Bring it on!

7. Belong in tribe that loves you back! Finally, it’s all about the community. A gathering of wonderful people free of judgements. You walk in the door and already feels accepted. You keep on your on pace without having to worry about who you are and how you identify. 

That’s a wrap. Take the plunge and sign up for an experience that will have you doing the unthinkable. It might just change your life. 💜

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If you’re ready to conquer confidence, and become the boldest version of you, make a visit to The Pole Room. Skills-based courses and classes are fun, relaxed and totally beginner-friendly. Even if you feel un-co, or have never set foot in a dance studio in your life, you’ll be in the hands of instructors who will work with you to become your best self. Send a message to [email protected] for a complimentary trial class. X

5 Things to Bring to Your First Pole Class

Okay, so you just signed up for your first ever pole dance class. You’re giddy and excited and can’t wait to try something cool and new! But while you’re packing your pole bag, you realise that pole dancing isn’t the gym you’re used to. So you’re wondering, “what should I bring to class?” First off, yourself! Of course. LOL okay, on to the next. 

Here’s a checklist of what to take to your pole debut:

1. Water Bottle. Hydration is essential! Pole dancing is a rigorous form of exercise and requires a lot of movement, cardio, flexing and bending. You need to keep yourself hydrated throughout the session. Don’t worry though, we have water stations for when you need a refill.

2. Pole Grip. Palms are sweaty? Eminem had a problem with that too! But nothing some pole grip can’t fix. Available in fun-size tubes at your studio, each one has different textures, scents and levels of grip, depending on your preference. Make sure you try them all until you find one that fits your training regimen just right. If you’re starting out, ask your studio manager for their best advice.

3. Towel. Towels serve more than one purpose. They’re not just for wiping off sweat. They’re handy for wiping down the pole too. So have a spare one on standby. You’ll thank us later.

4. Kneepads. Floor work and pole go hand-in-hand! There’ll be lots of knees sweeping the floor and rising up that pole! So make sure you have your kneepads ready. Take it from us, you want to be able to move freely, without having to worry about bruising.

5. Shorts. The more skin showing, the better. Not just because it shows off your go-getter self. Exposing more skin means you’ll be able to grip on the pole and execute tricks with more finesse. That’s why most of the pole vids you see on your feed show off short shorts and cropped tops. 

Most importantly, walk through those doors with enthusiasm. Your attitude will take you from total newbie to an inverting, splitting, dancing pole trickster. All good if you don’t have heels and heel protectors on hand. There’s plenty of styles at the studio for you to try on after your class.

So, you ready? Got your uplifting energy and your pole bag in check? Let’s go for a spin!

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If you’re ready to conquer confidence, and become the boldest version of you, make a visit to The Pole Room. Skills-based courses and classes are fun, relaxed and totally beginner-friendly. Even if you feel un-co, or have never set foot in a dance studio in your life, you’ll be in the hands of instructors who will work with you to become your best self. Send a message to [email protected] for a complimentary trial class. X

Courses Are Coming to TPR!

In 2022 we’ve made some exciting new changes to the timetable! In this article, you’ll understand:

  • What Courses are and how they will be a game-changer for your motivation and accountability!
  • Why Courses? Say hello to newfound commitment to kick goals you never thought possible!
  • How Courses work – how to get involved, what’s included and what’s expected!
  • FAQs (we know you’ve got plenty!)

What are Courses

Hitting the TPR timetables in 2022, courses are designed to grow you up the ranks as a Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced and then an Elite level poler. You’ll have the opportunity to perform, accomplish new tricks, and in the process smash your conditioning and strength goals.

Once enrolled you’ll attend the same night every week, with the same instructor at the same studio with the same peeps. Classes will incorporate both tricks and dance, so you get a comprehensive grasp of the level by continuing to execute what you’ve learnt in a routine. Courses will each have a start and end date, meaning when you enrol you’ll be committing to:

  • 8 classes (1 per week)
  • Week 7 grading session
  • Opportunity to perform your routine with your group in week 8

Why Courses

When you enrol into a course, you’re committing to bringing your best to every session. You have a new sense of “why”, knowing that you need to pass a specific level and pull off a performance at the end. This results-based mentality will keep you focused. You’ll eat better, train with intention, and be surrounded by people who share the same mindset.

In courses, you’ll have your tight-knit group and your allocated instructor guiding you every step of the way. The TPR Tribe will be the cheer squad that’ll get you excited about coming to class so you can keep progressing and growing your skills.

Pole Dance Journey
Typical pathway for Polers at The Pole Room

How Courses work

TPR’s Courses commence from the last week of January across our Mitcham, Highett and Kilsyth studio. CBD courses will be kicking off once the studio is open – currently scheduled for a late February launch.

Once enrolled, you are expected to show up, be open to learn and challenge yourself!

Gradings will run in week 7. In this session, you’ll be marked on your technique and ability to perform tricks learnt throughout the course. If you pass the grading you will have the opportunity to move up to the next level, it’s no biggie if you don’t but it’s always something to aim for.

Performance Nights will run at the end of most 8-week courses to conclude the term. These will be group performances (with some solo opportunities), ran out of the studio. You’ll get the full experience. Dress up, put on a show and bring your pole artistry to the routine you learnt over the course.

Booking a Course

All courses will appear in the current schedule and so booking an 8-week course is simple for existing clients.

  • Non-members: You will need to purchase an 8 Session Package, which will cover all sessions over the 8 weeks.
  • Members (Casual Flyer, Frequent Flyer and High Flyer): Members will be able to book a course as unpaid. Sessions from the membership will then be deducted from the corresponding week that the course will run (in advance). For example, if you are a Casual Flyer and have booked an 8-week course starting January 31st then one session will be deducted each week from your account starting the week of January 26th.

Important Course Dates 2022

  • Term 1    Monday, Jan 31 – Sunday, March 27
  • Term 2    Monday, March 28 – Sunday, May 22
  • Term 3    Monday, May 23 – Sunday, July 17
  • Term 4    Monday, July 18 – Sunday, September 11
  • Term 5    Monday, Sept 12 – Sunday, Nov 6
  • Term 6    Monday, Nov 7 – Sunday, Dec 18 (6 week mini Christmas Term)
  • Christmas Timetable Monday, Dec 19 onwards
End of Term Performance/Graduation Nights
  • Term 1: Friday, March 25th @Kilsyth, Saturday, March 26th @CBD
  • Term 2: Friday, May 20th @Mitcham, Saturday, May 21st @CBD
  • Term 3: Friday, July 15th @Kilsyth, Saturday, July 16th @CBD
  • Term 4: Friday, September 9th @Mitcham, Saturday, September 10th @CBD
  • Term 5: Friday, November 4th @Kilsyth, Saturday, November 5th @CBD
  • Term 6: Friday, December 16th @ Mitcham, Saturday, December 17th @CBD

 

FAQs

  • Will you still run Casual Classes? Yes all of our Dance and Conditioning based classes will still be casual classes that can be attended as normal
  • I’m new to The Pole Room.. where can I learn more about beginner courses and if they are right for me? If you’re new to The Pole Room and want learn about getting started with a course, including our introductory offer click here.
  • Are courses compulsory? No, courses are completely optional as part of your TPR experience. However, if you want to see rapid progression courses is where it’s at!
  • Do I have to perform and grade? Performance nights and grading are not compulsory but STRONGLY recommended if you want to feel a huge sense of achievement from all your hard work.
  • I’m a new client, can I join a membership? At this time, memberships are only available to those clients who have completed an 8-week course at any of our locations. 
  • How do you move up to the next level? You must have passed Grading by your instructor in week 7 of the term
  • When do the next terms enrolments open for course? We start taking bookings in week 6, however, the start of week 8 is when we will need your full commitment.
  • What happens if I cannot make all 8 sessions? It’s not ideal but also not the end of the world. You can either catch up via Private Training with your instructor outside of class times, or we can look at swapping you into another course in the same level during the same week.
  • Can I join two courses running in the same term? Absolutely! This is actually recommended for faster progression.
  • Are there any discounts for joining multiple courses? If you are a member then individual sessions do become cheaper on higher tiers.
  • What is the notice required to cancel and rebook another session in another course? We expect most courses will be at capacity so it’s recommended you give us at least 48 hours notice to ensure we can find another spot in a course.  

Excited, nervous, ready to go?! Let us know, plus any questions by posting in the comments below!


A Poler’s Journey to Finding Body Positivity

– Article By Liz D

As a teacher, I stood in front of students and promoted body positivity and confidence. “Love yourself!” “Be proud of what your body can achieve!” But the truth is, I never truly believed this about myself until recently. 

While pole dancing had always been a foundation of my fitness and pride in physical achievement, I used to have this nasty habit of comparing myself to others. And I never believed I was as good as those I shared the love for pole with.  I never realised how deep I had let this self doubt seep into my soul until I was diagnosed with coeliac disease. 

Beliefs around food

I went into quite a dark spiral that I can only recognise now. Looking back at the cliff face that I had once been standing on,  I resented my body for how it forced me to change my lifestyle.  The comparisons I made between myself and others became stronger and more negative. 

I would waiver between starving myself, then binging on food, telling myself it was ok because it was gluten free, and then saying that I deserved it when other food options were restricted to me.  I would eventually completely and utterly regret the binge and berate myself, creating such mental anguish that I would naturally be sick or force myself to be sick. 

The turning point

Through these critical moments, I always found myself wanting to be better. And to be better for my students, so that I could continue to dance freely, to feel the joy of nailing a trick or being stronger than the week before.  Without pole grounding me and holding me to a happy place, I don’t know if I would have had a strong enough reason to seek out the help I needed. 

Finding freedom and all-round confidence

Through professional help and the continued support of my pole community, I now stand proudly and confidently in my body.  I am the happiest I have ever been and I can see my value.  I love being on a pole in crop top, shorts and boots and I also love being on a pole in trackies, a slouchy tee and UGG boots.  Pole has always given me belief in body positivity but now I can preach it and know that the message I’m sharing is also a full reflection of what I believe.

Dance has been a huge part of Liz’s life. Coming from all styles, she has over 10 years of pole, jazz and tap under her belt. Known for shining stage presence, students turn to Liz for her experience in performing arts. She also celebrates body positivity and a huge passion for health on her page, @fitandfoodiecoeliac. View her instructor profile to know more and book a private, 1-on-1 lesson.

If you’re ready to conquer confidence, and take control of the beliefs that have held you back from being the boldest version of you, make a visit to The Pole Room. Classes are fun, relaxed and totally beginner-friendly. Even if you feel un-co, or have never set foot in a dance studio in your life, you’ll be in the hands of instructors who will work with you to become your best self. Send a message to [email protected] for a complimentary trial class. X

The Link Between Self-love, Confidence & Pole Dancing

– Article By Kati H

A spinning metal apparatus…not something you’d initially link with self-love, but for thousands of people all over the world (including myself), it offered exactly that. This is because true self-love goes much deeper than a surface-level skincare routine or eating well. Although these things are important, they don’t allow for us to really get to know ourselves, or offer us the chance to discover our inner strength and confidence.

The truth about finding self-love and confidence

Pole dancing gives us a unique opportunity to transform us from who we thought we were, to who we have the ability to become. It take us to the depths of ourselves because it’s hard work! Self love doesn’t come from lying in a bubble bath telling ourselves how fabulous we are. It develops through discipline and taking consistent action that challenges us to grow. We need to show, not tell ourselves how amazing and confident we are!

Personal growth through pole

Pole gives us insight that I don’t believe any other “fitness” regime can offer. I’m proud to say I’ve been a part of the pole industry for 13 and a half years. It has grown and evolved so much in that time, and I know it will continue to. There will always be a new trick to learn, a new dance style created (and new heels to buy!) and this keeps us growing and evolving with it, while keeping us humble.

Every single time we attend a pole, flexibility or dance class, we are showing ourselves love. We are doing something good for our bodies, mind and soul, and the best thing about it…it’s fun! So we genuinely want to show up, learn, and build confidence. That doesn’t mean we never have our off-days. It’s all a natural part of the process!

Being in feel-good environment

But it’s in those moments we get to choose how we show up for ourselves. We pole dancers can often be so hard on ourselves, falling prey to comparison over our fellow polers or our Instagram idols, but then we remember why we started…because we LOVE it and because it makes us feel good on the inside. And if that’s not enough to get us through our momentary struggle, then that’s when our Tribe shows up to offer guidance and support. Nobody is 100% immune to the inner critic, so this is when we can be grateful to be in a class with pumping tunes and laughter to drown out the self doubts when they creep in.

Pole has taught me so much about myself. It’s made me stronger than I could have ever dreamed (and not just physically), and it’s helped me accept and love myself fully – all while feeling confident and sexy AF in my 8″ heels! And I know it can do the same for you.

Kati has been pole-ing for over a decade and is favourited by students for her flowy, graceful style. She is also a Self Love Coach, and yoga teacher who has a focus on helping women bring out their inner strengths. View her profile to learn more and book a private, 1-on-1 lesson.

If you’re ready to conquer confidence, and take control of the beliefs that have held you back from being the boldest version of you, make a visit to The Pole Room. Classes are fun, relaxed and totally beginner-friendly. Even if you feel un-co, or have never set foot in a dance studio in your life, you’ll be in the hands of instructors who will work with you to become your best self. Send a message to [email protected] for a complimentary trial class. X

Confidence: It Starts From These 4 Places

Let’s be real. All of us have moments where we catch ourselves standing in front of the mirror, criticising what we see. Whether it’s our facial features, our body types, or even the number on the scale, we find ourselves in constant battles of wanting what we don’t have. When we’re not comfortable in our own skin, it stops us from living to the full. We make excuses to skip social activities, we keep our cameras off in Zoom meetings, and we tell ourselves we can’t wear certain clothes because we’re “too this” or “too that”.

If you catch yourself see-sawing with self-doubt and self-esteem, I hear you, GF! I’ve certainly been guilty of letting reality TV determine how I’ve felt about myself. Body love is an ongoing journey, and as a mum with 2 kids, I can tell you it’s something I work towards every day.

So how do we stop the media from setting the benchmark on how we feel about ourselves? How do we gain the confidence to feel deserving, own the spotlight, and take advantage of the opportunities that come our way? Everyone navigates their own path, but throughout my mission to be a positive-body role model for my kids, I’ve learnt to do the following 4 things to help remind myself that every-body is worth loving.

1. Owning your top traits

Start each day by counting 3 things that you’re grateful for. Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE has things about themselves that are worth celebrating. It may be a quality about yourself, or feature that you like. Big or small, bringing awareness to your strengths is a great way to put your #BossVibes on.

2. Celebrating what makes you, YOU

I once had a dance teacher who taught me a very important lesson…She said “everyone has their weaknesses. Instead of hiding them, embrace them! Make them work for YOU.” There are always going to be niggly things about ourselves that we want to change. Instead of thinking we need to fit a certain profile or look like the next trending influencer, we need to show up and give credit to these things that give us character…because that boldness is attractive!

3. Harnessing the power of positive self talk

Words are a powerful thing. Try this: For a whole day, pay close attention to your language and self talk. Do you catch yourself beating yourself up or using limiting words? Turn it right around! For example, instead of saying “I hate that I no longer fit into my high school jeans”, say “I love the fact I can indulge, enjoy myself on weekends, and have a wardrobe that flaunts my sensuality!”

4. Spending time in a community that loves you back

They say it takes a village to raise a child. I’m going to say it takes a Tribe to teach the art of self-love! Developing self empowerment is one thing, but to have a community that celebrates belongingness, freedom of self expression and diversity, is a big part of filtering out negative chatter. That’s exactly what I found with The Pole Room. It’s the one place where I’m focussed on what my body is capable of. Because when I’m doing tricks, dancing it out, and being cheered on by a room full of uplifting souls, there’s no second-guessing who I am and what I can achieve.

If you’re ready to conquer confidence and take control of the beliefs that have held you back from being the boldest version of you, make a visit to The Pole Room. Classes are fun, relaxed and totally beginner-friendly. Even if you feel un-co, or have never set foot in a dance studio in your life, you’ll be in the hands of instructors who will work with you to become your best self. Send a message to [email protected] for a complimentary trial class. X

– Article By Shanae D

SHINE 2020 POLE COMPETITION (Virtual Edition)

Your favourite TPR-exclusive competition is back in town. But this time it’s going to have a virtual twist. Yup, you’ll be performing from the comfort of your own home. Here’s how it’s goin’ down…There will be 3 category’s that virtual members can enter into:

  • Pole – Competitors will have up to 3 minutes to perform a routine using a pole
  • Werk the Floor – Competitors will have up to 3 minutes to perform a routine that is 80% floor work (no pole)
  • Just Dance – Competitors will have up to 3 minutes to perform a routine that is 80% upright dance (no pole)

If your application is successful then you’ll have just under four weeks to prepare. Should you need them, our amazing team of instructors will be here to support and guide you throughout the entire process. Each audition will be undertaken via Zoom, and in front of a panel of TPR instructors. You will be able to invite any friends/family to watch your audition via a Zoom link provided privately to you. The audition dates for each category are as follows:

  • Friday 14th August – Pole
  • Saturday 15th August – Werk the Floor
  • Sunday 16th August – Just dance 
In the above video, Students at The Pole Room talk about the lead up and their experience of competing on stage at the annual ‘SHINE’ competition.

Please note that this year the judges are not scoring on the level of difficulty. Judging Criteria will be:

 

  • Theme Interpretation /10
  • Musicality and Timing /10
  • Dance/Movement /10
  • Technique/Control /10
  • Showmanship /10

To qualify for the heats, fill out this form. Please note this competition is for students on a current TPR Virtual Membership only. If you do not currently hold a virtual membership you can get check them out here and claim your first week free. Application close July 19th and successful applicants will be announced the following day on Monday July 20th. If your name is called out, you’ll get to bring your story to life. How exciting!!

The top 6 of each category will go all out at the Shine 2020 finals on Saturday September 19th (if restrictions are lifted we may allow competitors to perform live). The winner to be sashed ‘Shine Champion 2020’. This event will be live streamed for all to view. Let’s do this, team!

 

Lyrical Video Course with Sherry

Star in a Music Video with Sherry

Our 4-week ‘music video’ course is relaunching this Tuesday at 6pm ((June 23rd) at The Pole Room CBD. You’ll be taught a fully choreographed routine for three weeks and then professionally filmed in the fourth and final week – so you’ve got a slick production and lasting memory of your fabulous routine!

A maximum of nine students will be able to join the course and learn this stunning lyrical-style routine to the Adele classic,Someone Like You. The course will not only leave participants with a share-worthy routine, it will delve into the secrets of creating beautiful flow, movement and lines. This course is especially recommended to those who enjoy exotic dance.

Sherry is a national pole champion, and a much loved teacher at the studio. If you want a sneak peek at what you’ll be learning in the course, check out the video below.

Here’s what some of Sherry’s students have said about her:
“I love Sherry I love all the Sherry classes I love lyrical” – Mitsuki
“I love Sherry’s friendliness, energy and technical skill. She’s so great at breaking the tricks down and giving you the confidence to achieve them” – Georgia

And finally, a word from Sherry herself about this course:
“My name is Sherry and I’ve been teaching pole for the past five years. Lyrical style pole dancing is my absolute favourite and I would love to share my passion for this style with those who want to learn. Lyrical style has brought a new dimension to pole dancing, and it can be very therapeutic! I can’t wait to share my expertise on the art of this type of flow movement and really spend time to build this routine with you. The goal is to nail the routine and capture the choreographed routine on video!”

To reserve your spot in this 4-week course click here and register before it’s full booked. 

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