Kind of like Pilates…on steroids


Pole dancing is on the way in. 

Seedy stereotypes are being shrugged off as more people are taking up the sport, and as an avid seeker of the mythical “fun work out”, I’m pretty keen to see what all the fuss is about. 

Rhythm and I have never been that closely acquainted, but I was always rather good at the jungle gym at school so I reckon I’ve got this pretty well covered. 

Dress code for the studio is not strict; anything from spandex to knickers will work as long as legs are mostly bare for optimum pole-gripping success. 

The only issue I have with this is that in the midst of a Queenstown winter, donning a pair of short shorts is not exactly appealing. 

I neither look nor feel in the slightest bit minx-y. 

The instructor, the ever-exuberant Raha Sangsari, takes us through a series of basic moves making it look easy in a pair of sparkly silver hot pants that I am secretly a bit jealous of. 

It’s kind of like Pilates. 

On steroids. 

Up a pole. 

This initially is cause for concern as I have the upper body strength of a kitten and the likelihood of me supporting my own mass for an extended period of time does not look promising. 

I start to get into the swing of it, and once I get over the giggle reflex, flicking my hair back and swinging round a pole was actually highly enjoyable. 

I’m actually almost okay at it. 

However, switching from left to right proved the most arduous of tasks. 

I understood the premise, but the reality just wasn’t working out and I found myself splay-legged at the bottom of the pole wondering how on earth I have reached this point. 

Raha offers some solid advice: “As long as you stick your bum out and your boobs out it’ll be fine.” 

This may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I definitely recommend you give it a go. 

And if the pain in my upper body is anything to go by, it’s certainly one heck of a workout.

All you need to know 

What Pole dancing at Queenstown Pole Studio 

67 Gorge Road, level 2 

Wednesdays 6pm 

Casual  class

(includes yoga) $35 per week 

5/10 but the more into it you get, the bigger the thrill