From Our Editors
The students at Vertical Academy Workout spend very little time on the ground. Led by certified instructors, they climb and spin on the studio's poles, practicing everything from basic grips to full routines. Depending on their level of experience, they take one of four levels of classes that teach proper pole form. Many classes also incorporate costuming and props that embrace the art's theatrical side, though only the most advanced teach the infamous pole-dance scene in Shakespeare's Macbeth. Other classes focus on fitness, integrating ballet barre exercises that tone the entire body.