I'm seeking a pole to practice pole dancing on - a real one that will be able to support my entire weight and allow me to do inversions (eventually!) please.
I can collect in London; may be prepared to travel slightly out of London (Reading, Stevenage) if you can meet me at the station with said pole. Or I can pay postage, whichever.
I have a budget of £100-ish.
Might be worth joining studioveena.com - its a pole dancing community site, don't know if there is anyone with poles going at the moment, but worth asking there Also good for learning/practicing at home!
They are not safety approved within the Pole industry, and are famous for being dangerous to use, as they are prone to collapse.
X-Pole, R-Pole, and to a lesser degree, Lil Minx are the only brands I recommend purchasing. It's better to save up and get the proper equiptment than rush in and buy something which is unsuitable. Pole dance is a physically demanding and at times dangerous sport like any other aerial activity, and when practising at home proper precations should be taken and equiptment used. If you're upside down and the pole falls over, you can risk spinal injury, which just isn't worth saving a few quid.
I'd suggest researching properly before buying a pole, sites like Pole Dance Community will have plenty of info and advice on pole purchase and care, grip aid, mats, the use of spotters etc.
(Speaking as a PDC approved Pole Dance instructor with over 7 years experience and professional titles to my name in the sport!!!)
Yeah, I was looking at Peek a Boo poles and there was a little note saying "NOT FOR PROFESSIONAL USE!" or something, so I decided to avoid those. My instructor recommended X-Pole; I've been mentally discounting anything with Carmen Electra branding. :P I'll keep an eye out for R-Pole and Lil Minx.
Pole is really tough! - I had my first lesson on Thursday and my arms still haven't forgiven me. (My first love karate is really easy on the arms, which is one of the reasons I want to start an aerial sport; to build up strength and control in my arms.)
I think I'm going to have to save a bit, so looks like I'll have at least a few weeks to research. Argh I want one NOW though, I can feel myself forgetting what I learnt on Thursday. =/
It's not an easy sport! You'll end up with big biceps and lats like me!It took me years to be able to master moves confidently and be able to work them into a fluid routine, and I'm still no-where near the standard I want to be. Good videos to watch for inspiration, search Felix Cane, Jenyne Butterfly, Rebecca Butcher, Oona Kivela, Marlo Fisken, Natasha Wang, Jess Leanne Norris, Justine McLucas and that's just the first few off the top of my head...
X-Pole are defo the best for home use I think as you can put them up and take them down easily, I'd recommend a 50mm X-Pole Xpert, which is the standard size spinning and static option pole, I have 5 different poles of varying setup and size and think they're the best all rounder to start off with.
I don't even know what a lat is. :P Maybe I'll find out when I start developing one.
Ah I love Felix Cane! I saw a video of her winning I think it was the 2008 championships in Australia about a year ago, came downstairs and said to my mum "Mum, I just saw this amazing YouTube video. I wannna be a pole dancer". Don't think she believed me. XD Jenyne Butterfly is incredible too - when I've got a few hours I need to procrastinate I'll go look at some of those other names, thank you.
Taking it down and putting it up easily would make things so much easier for me; my parents say the only condition in which I'm allowed to have a pole in my room is if I take it down whenever anyone else is in the house. (Builders, cleaning lady, their or my friends, brother's guitar teacher, etc.) Because pole dancing is a dirty secret, obviously. x.X She's never heard of Felix Cane or Jenyne Butterfly or Giulia Piolanti or you () or any of the other dancers who inspire me, and she thinks of pole as a dirty thing that happens in seedy strip clubs with girls turning tricks in the VIP...
Argh you found that?! Yes that is me, that was my winning routine from the Welsh Heat of the National Pole Divas comp. Actually it wasn't intended to be a homage at all, I've danced to that song in performances for years, since about 2004 when my DJ ex used to play it for me, and literally threw that routine together in a week so chose the song, then realized Felix had used it. Was a bit worried about being compared tbh!!!
I hate that video the tricks are so poor in it, I was really disappointed with my performance but I came joint first with Karen Chaundy who was a world finalist about a month before so I must have done something right, or the judges were high!!! Am competing again next year in about 5 national comps and getting a showreel done of all my new stuff so will have some shiny new vids soon and hopefully this one will disappear and be forgotten about lol!!
I have to say that I found the "oops" when you dropped the fan at the end very endearing.
Please post the showreel when you get it, would love to see it.
The really exciting thing about pole for me is that I know that I'll never be a really excellent ballet dancer or gymnast or any of those things becaues you have to start so young and it takes so long; but you get videos like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zY6Z47 - she says she's been doing it 16 months! If I could do that within 3 years I'd be happy.