Beneath the purple-and-white-striped walls, ladies of all ages and fitness levels twirl around poles and sink seductively into chairs during The Perfect Poleforma’s alternative fitness classes. Instructors lead groups of up to 10 women through beginning, intermediate, and advanced classes. The classes start with basic pole spins and leg-strength exercises and graduate to swinging upside down, hanging onto the pole with just the inner thighs, and climbing flagpoles to add stars as new states are discovered. They also conduct parties for bachelorettes and birthday girls, allowing groups of friends free rein of the ceiling-mounted poles.
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The certified teachers at TC Dance Club International recognize that people dance for all kinds of reasons; accordingly, they structure different programs to meet the needs of everyone from casual dancers hoping to light up the dance floor at an upcoming party to perfectionists in the pursuit of lifelong grace. Their lessons incorporate a multitude of styles, including tango, merengue, foxtrot, and rain dances. On Friday nights, students can practice what they've learned in dance parties, which are set to premade mixes in a room with dimmed lights and an open bar.
Pole Play Diva Fitness Studio's flirty fitness classes blend sassy entertainment with a calorie-burning workout, bolstering women's self-esteem and diminishing their waistlines. During sessions with five students, experienced instructors provide encouragement while guiding dancers of all skill levels through the variety of fitness classes and pole-dancing lessons. From Pole Fit, which focuses on rudimentary technique, to Pole Pleasure 102, an advanced class that teaches tricky dance moves, bodies of all shapes and sizes spin, twist, and shimmy on the practice poles. Each lesson has a suggested wardrobe, and pole pupils should wear shorts with a fair amount of exposed skin to help them to grip and acclimate poles to human contact.
Founder Kerry Jenkins infuses 225 Dance with her passion for moving arts that she developed through her 17-year dancing career and a childhood love of dance. To boost cardio fitness, guests can shake hips through Latin-inspired Zumba classes that whip bodies into shape with heart-pumping dance steps. Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Kerry works to pass on her family’s tradition of Cajun dancing with classes on Cajun waltz, two-step, and shuffle and hosts an energetic dance party and dinner on Saturday night.
At Fleur de Leaf, encouraging belly-dance gurus demystify the ancient shimmying impulse during lighthearted two-hour workshops. Scheduled sessions corral 10¬–15 pupils for a soiree in which they learn to undulate with more grace than a gummy worm riding a slinky. Colorful tapestries and drums suspended on the studio’s walls set the mood as the kindly instructor demonstrates proper posture and hip-oscillation maneuvers. Shakers enthralled with their taste of belly dancing can join one of the studio’s regular classes (not included with this deal) to master the craft of lulling a nearby camel to sleep with hypnotizing shimmies.
Within the hot-pink walls of Teaze Fitness, certified pole trainers monitor each guest as women of all backgrounds and builds laugh in the face of gravity. The team teaches clients how to climb, spin, and strut around the studio's poles during a signature aerobics workout—one that blends pole dancing with yoga and mat Pilates for a full-body burn. They also uphold a one-pole-per-student rule, so poles don't shy away from unfamiliar fingerprints by turning into ropes and collapsing to the floor. With private parties and additional lessons on chair dance, flexibility, and yoga, the curriculum motivates ladies to unleash their moxie in a judgment-free zone.