I wanted to take lessons, and contacted them and inquired. They have free introductory classes, and even lend you the shoes, but after talking with them I decided to take the "Pussycat dance" class because many women get bruises from pole dancing, and I was too close to a competition to risk it.
I had a great time! Just a few of us, I was the oldest as usual. We all had on tight fitting clothing that allowed us to move, and the place is full of disco lighting, flashing and pulsating, and loud music coming from every corner.
You cannot find the address of Sedusa Studios online, too many oddballs might show up trying to watch. They tell you the address after you make an appointment over the phone. Oh...it was feeling a bit naughty and nice!
Several gleaming, shining poles are situated throughout the room, just waiting for you to take a spin.
We wouldn't be able to use the poles though, we were there to learn to dance. Have you seen the movie " Pussycat Dolls "?
Here is a video of the Pussycat Dolls performing to the song "Bottle Pop" which is the song we learned to dance to.
I guess it's becomeing competitive now so I may just have to look into those lessons yet again, and risk a few bruises.
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Byline: Meredith May; Chronicle Staff Writer
Although there was no award for best stage entrance at the U.S. Pole Dance Federation West Coast Regional Competition, Melissa Hein would have been a shoo-in.
Kneeling before two brass poles in a nun's habit and veil, she looked to the heavens until the Madonna song "Like a Prayer" kicked in. She tore off her tunic, Chippendales-style, to reveal a white bikini and 6-inch heels, then swung herself upside down onto the pole, did the splits and propellered down to the floor.
The audience in the Fox Theatre in Redwood City went nuts.
Eleven women with serious abs and bone-crushing quadriceps competed Saturday for the title of West Coast regional pole dance champion, in a contest devised by the U.S. Pole Dance Federation, which formed in 2008 to steer pole dancing from the strip clubs to the sports arenas.
In the past few years, pole dancing has emerged as a popular fitness class, and fans are already studying the YouTube videos of the genre's first pole stars such as the first national champion, Jenyne Butterfly, and Miss Pole Dance Australia Felix Cane.
"These competitions open people's eyes to what it is pole dancers do," said judge Kira Lamb, a professional dancer and aerialist who has toured with P. Diddy and Gloria Estefan.
"A lot of people understand and accept aerial fabric for dancing, and it's pretty much a similar art form but with a pole," she said.
Because pole dancing is still somewhere between cabaret and athleticism, judges came up with some rules of decorum
No nudity. No G-strings. No vulgar music or language. No talking to the crowd. And it wasn't even listed because no one felt the need to say it: Absolutely no passing money to the dancers.
But officials aren't blind to the fact that pole dancing's strength is its sultry style. That could be the reason behind the rule that all dancers must wear at least 6-inch heels in the compulsory round.
"That's what's so great about the pole community, it embraces both being sexy and strong," said Christina Kish, co-owner of Poletential studio in Redwood City.
The competition consisted of two 10-point rounds. The first compulsory round was scored much like ice skating. All performers had 90 seconds to perform a minimum number of tricks: two spins, an inversion,...