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Thoughts During Your First Ever Pole Class!

1. HOLY SH!T I’M NERVOUS FOR MY FIRST POLE CLASS..
So you’ve probably just walked into the studio. You see the layout. The poles all lined up, huge mirrors to see everything you will be doing, and you’re just trying to grasp the fact that you actually made it here, regardless if that was by a friends coaxing or by your own free will. No denying now, you are DOING THIS!
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2. WHAT THE IN THE WORLD…
So you’ve watched the other students pour in for the same class, all looking just like deer in headlights (much like yourself). Your instructor has introduced themselves, and now your heading into the studio playing follow the leader with whatever the instructor is doing. You watch this person doing beautiful movements with their hips, legs and arms, and you feel like a toddler trying to learn hula-hoop for the first time. The thoughts running through your head consist of “I am not sexy at all. How does the instructor move like that?! Is it wrong to stare at them? Wait, how do I do this? Oh god no, my body does not move like this.” Your mind is taking over your body here, and you in way over your own head!

3. AM I READY FOR THIS?
Now you’re all warmed up! Instructor now says, “ Okay pick your metallic dance partner!” And all you can think is “omgomgomgomg… Now it’s real. This is the moment we came here for. Sh!t…” You pick your pole, grasping your hand around the cool metal, checking it out up and down, questioning if you’re ready for this. But damn it all your doing it anyways!


4. HAHA YOU WANT ME TO DANCE NOW?

Whether we like it or not, pole is a dance! So now you must dance! Instructor says you will be doing some basic dance moves with your pole. Probably some of the toddler hula-hoop as you called it. Again, this instructor makes it look effortless. You oblige and get to check yourself out in the mirror as you’re doing so. You can’t help but giggle at the ridiculousness you feel, but at the same time you notice your nervousness has started to melt away too… All the classmates are laughing and giggling and instructor is cracking jokes to help break the ice!pole dance meme

5. OH. WHAT’S THIS??.. THIS IS ACTUALLY KIND OF FUN!!…
Okay okay, you’ve learned how to walk around the pole. Adding in some fun sultry movements and wandering hands (yes touching yourself with your own hands!) You are a pro at walking – got this sh!t down. Now this instructor busts out this Olympic looking spin and you laugh inside. No way is this happening! BUT, your instructor said it’s actually easier than it looks! Sure…. as if you’re going to trust this person you just met 25 minutes ago… I mean… they are obviously still alive and now teaching the classes, so really, you have to at least attempt to trust the expertise they must posses. Alright, they walk you through the placement of your limbs on the pole, and now on the count of the three, you’re going to go for it. You say a little prayer and at three, you push off and there you go!!

6. WOOOOHOOOOO YEAH!!!!
WHAT. JUST. HAPPENED. YOU DID IT!!!! Whaaaaaaat. Mind blown!!! You are feeling kind of petrified, but damn that was fun! Instructor says get up and do it again. And you’re like, uh HELL YEAH. You bust back up to your feet and bang out another one of these spins! You are LOOOOVING THIS. pole dancing is my fave

7. YEAH BRING IT ON!
Dance, done. Walking, done. Spin, mastered. BRING ON THE NEXT THING!! You are feeling PUMPED! It’s been 45 minutes and you are feeling way more confident than you did when you first walked in here and measured up the studio! Instructor leads you through the next move – the strength move! Okay, so you were so sure you were out of shape and weak, and now you are really questioning if this will make or break you. But you’re feeling pretty good so far, so you’re ready to tackle the strength aspect head on! You take a deep breath and give it your all. You insides are all smiling at how strong you actually are! You are kind of shocked, but overall impressed with yourself! YOU ARE ON A ROLL!

8. WHAT’S MY STRIPPER SONG..?
Class is almost over! Instructor reviews everything you learned in class so far, and you’re amazed all over again. You feel more confident in the movements that you first did when you walked in, stronger with your spin, and in awe with your strength! Now the instructor says, “we need to do this as a class, put it all together in a routine!” They let the class pick their song of choice, and recommends to pick a song that makes you feel strong, sexy, and confident. And you’re like, oh my god I have the perfect song.. BUT you would never admit it, not yet! So the instructor picks a song, and bam it’s time to strut your stuff!

9. I AM A SEXY BEAST!
OW OW! Someone call the fire department, this place is on FIRE! You move to the music confidently but following your instructor for guidance. You can’t help but keep a smile across your face, and you hold your chin a little higher as you bust out all your new moves! The song finishes, you’re exhausted but ecstatic!

   10. WHY HAVE I NOT DONE THIS BEFORE & WHERE DO I SIGN UP FOR MORE?!

 Clpole dancing meme 2ass is over! You’re so impressed with yourself, and you know that you need to come back! You are feeling so much more confident in yourself. Silly, but more open! Proud and also a little embarrassed, but in a good way! You have come out of your shell, and did something out of your comfort zone! You question why you haven’t done this before, like really? You know that you want to fee l like this more often, and you cannot wait to come back next week! This is your jam now. You can’t imagine why anyone would not want to come back and feel this amazing?! You cant help but leave the studio with the biggest grin on your face, and cant wait to tell your friends all about your awesome experience!

-Blog Written by Instructor/Admin Assistant – Asher Moorji

Ashley’s Pole Journey!

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It all started when my best friend said “Hey, let’s take a pole class!”. Honestly, I was completely unsure of this idea, but I had been searching for something new and fun to do for a long time so I said “Yeah lets do it!”. So I signed up, and waited patiently for her to sign up as well. Unfortunately, by the time she got her butt in gear to sign up, the class was full!

Now, back then I just had my son (second child), my best friend was the only person I talked to, and I was definitely not a do-something-on-my-own type person. But something in me said, just do it. So I showed up on my first day, nervous as hell, but oddly excited. My instructors were the dynamic duo T&T (for anyone who has been to Aradia before knows exactly who I am talking about).

My first class was probably a sweet disaster. We started with an unusual warm up. We did all these weird movements (which unless your’re already a dancer, you have no clue what is going on) like hip circles, and pelvic tilts, and booty shakes. I felt ridiculous and I’m pretty sure I looked ridiculous too. But nonetheless, my instructors made me laugh and reassured the whole class that this is normal, this is what it feels like! After our warm up we hit the poles! I was a little terrified. Pole, at that time in my mind, was only associated with strippers and sexy dancing. I felt like I would never compare to that. However, I would come to find, that the more we started working on the pole, the more I realized, this was not the case!

Sexy didn’t even need to be associated with pole! And that’s when I realized “hey, I like this!” After my first class I felt a little silly, but I wanted to come back right away. I was hooked instantly!

Each week I went back I learned more, I laughed more, and I had so much fun! Needless to say before I even finished level 1 (now known as pole 101) I was signed up for level 2 (now known as beginner polecanvas 16). I kept going back to classes and moving up the levels. I was lucky enough to have the same instructor from level 2 all the way to level 9. Each week I learned something new. Most of the time it was awesome, but sometimes it was so frustrating that I didn’t know what I was doing there. The more classes I took the more I realized that Pole made me feel better about myself. I felt strong and confident! I was not an active person (still not really haha), but pole was my fitness! The only thing I needed.

I believe working out should make you feel good. Pole made me feel GREAT. I learned how strong I was and how I could hold my weight upside down! Eventually taking limbs off the pole too! It’s amazing how empowered I felt. Once I was completely addicted, I decided that I wanted to do more than just take pole classes. I wanted to teach it. As luck would have it Aradia decided to have instructor tryouts! You bet your butt I was going to that! I actually tried out twice to be an instructor, the first time I did not get the job. That was completely understandable, as I was NOT ready and needed to learn SO much more. So therefore, I trained harder and by the time tryouts came around again, I was ready! This time I got offered a job as an Aradia Instructor! I literally screamed when I read the email! And the rest is history.

Pole has literally taken over my life, in a great way! After I became an instructor, I also became the admin assistant for the company! So when I say pole is my life, I am not kidding. I love my job more than anything!

I would recommend anyone who is unsure of pole to try an intro to pole class. Even if you don’t want to commit to a full 6 weeks, then hey – at least you tried. Pole is so empowering and fun! It’s a challenge but an awesome experience as well. You could be surprised at how much you enjoy it. As for me, I’m sure I’ll still be a poler by the time I’m 90. My cane will be my pole!

Enjoy your journey!

-Ashley Moorji