You’re most likely to benefit from a pole. But there are some important advantages to training pole dancing at home. You can practice in a more natural environment, your dancing can be more natural, you’ll be taught new skills, and you can see others enjoying your routine, which will enhance your confidence and performance levels.
There are plenty of pole events around Australia and as part of our annual National Pole Dance Championships you can participate under the watchful eye of the expert instructors from the Australian Pole Dance Department. Read more here.
What are the differences between pole dancing and other types of aerial dance?
The primary difference is speed. Most aerial dancing is slow to start, but that can quickly change on a pole. Whereas the choreographers of classic aerial dancing work at great speeds, the choreographers of the modern pole dancing are forced to work with slower speeds and less agility but they do the same movements as when they are moving through the air.
While the traditional aerial choreographers move effortlessly along a line on the ground and can make a variety of movements, the modern pole dancers have to move at amazing speeds and can barely move the lines – and the same holds true for the moves made in the air and in the air transitions. If you want to learn advanced aerial dancing, these are good places to start.
As with basic aerial dancing, you can still use all of the basics and basic moves but to take your aerial dances beyond basic moves and into the realm of expert level we suggest you work harder and start practicing in a group or even individually.
How much do we spend on pole in Australia?
This is an interesting question because Australia is a large country with a lot of public and private funded education with an estimated 5000 people trained in aerial dance and many more in some form of aerial arts or sports. Of course there are many private funded training programs but there are also some publicly funded programs.
In 2015 we estimated that $29.7 million (US$20.8 million) was spent by universities, hospitals, businesses, charity and other organisations. In 2015 – for every one Australian with an undergraduate degree in aerial dancing a total of $15 million – about $2.2 million was spent on training in physical arts and sports including dance. But this figure is still much less than most countries.
And it can’t be right that in a nation that is so big and diverse and growing at such a pace of progress, we do such a poor job of
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