It’s a question many students are asking as they try to master the pole dance, a dance that is often used to express love and acceptance.
But what’s the secret to getting a good pole dance?
How do you get the perfect look?
Are you taught how to position the hips and legs?
How do you know which parts of the body are the most vulnerable to injury?
And how do you protect your health?
“A lot of people will come to dance because they love dancing, but it’s not just dancing, it’s dancing with others,” said Sarah Pritchard, who studies dance at the University of Toronto.
Pretzel pole dancing is considered a fun activity that teaches balance and flexibility, Pritbourne said.
“It’s very different from ballet, which is a very physical activity,” she said.
The dance is not just for kids, either.
In some parts of India, it can be used to promote a sense of community.
“I think pole dancing really resonates with people because it’s such a unique dance, there’s so many different styles, and it’s so versatile, it allows you to express all kinds of emotions,” said Karim Khan, who runs a fitness studio in Mississauga, Ont.
“So, if you’re looking to have fun, or you’re having fun because it makes you feel happy and you’re feeling good, then pole dancing can really complement that,” he said.
Priceless pole dancing videos have helped teach kids the dance, said Khan.
“The videos, they’re just so cute, so easy to watch, so it really is just about teaching the right way to position your hips, and your legs, and all of that, and the right amount of movement, and not just doing a lot of spinning,” he added.
Khan, a pole dancer himself, said his videos are an important part of learning to pole dance.
“They really help the kids to understand that pole dancing actually does require a certain amount of control,” he told ABC News.
The dancing involves a series of steps and a few tricky maneuvers.
“It’s actually quite difficult, especially if you have a bad back or a bad hip,” Khan said.
However, he added that the dance is a great way to celebrate a family holiday, and that pole dances can be enjoyed by anyone.
“A good pole dancing video is one of those things where the dancing itself is a little bit of a celebration, it brings out the joy in the dance,” he explained.
Poles are used to performing the dance in the wild, and are considered sacred in many cultures.
“The pole dance is an amazing thing, and they really celebrate the joy of the dance with people, it is a really big thing,” Khan explained.