In 2004, an independent study proved contemporary pole-based exercises more effective than 1920s pole sitting, more energizing than pole-vaulting, and more sensual than polenta. Unleash your inner exhibitionist with today's Groupon: for $40, you get four classes of Level 1 Pole Dancing and Sensual Movement, an introductory pole dancing class that takes place once a week for four weeks at Aradia Fitness (an $89 value).
Aradia Fitness provides a welcoming, supportive environment for women of every age and fitness level to explore their sexy side while simultaneously subjecting all sides to a total-body cardio workout. Pole Dancing and Sensual Movement teaches basic sensual moves and pole work over the course of four weeks, one session each week, allowing students to build on what they've learned from week to week. Classes have foundations in ballet, yoga, and striptease (though you won't be shedding any leotards or turtlenecks in class) and can help to strengthen your core, tone muscles, increase flexibility, and keep you limber. As the seductress embedded deep within makes her way to the surface, you'll engage rarely used muscles, sometimes resulting in day-after pangs of soreness, sudden Facebook friending of said muscles, and a confident new saunter.
All you need is gym- or yoga-like attire and bare feet to make your first firm step toward becoming a music-video vixen or reverse-firefighter. Students must call ahead for pre-registration.
- So far, Aradia--named after the Italian goddess who offers guidance and protection for women--has taught more than 10,000 women the ins and outs of pole dancing and sensual fitness. – Andy Holloway, Canadian Business Online
- The classes are small and intimate, so everyone gets time and help as we spin on the poles. Everyone at Aradia, including the instructors and other participants, are nice, fun, and encouraging, making you really feel comfortable at letting that sexy woman emerge from your sexy self! – Nams, Toronto location, ChickAdvisor
Aradia Fitness founders Christine Boyer and Tracy Gray used to cart a portable pole to different gyms in Tracy's Dodge Neon. Though acquaintances scoffed at their idea of teaching pole dance to inspire confidence and build muscle, the duo was determined to make the art available to everyday women. Thankfully, they had the business expertise and exercise know-how to back up their venture: Christina, a Pilates and yoga instructor, stood by pole fitness as a full-body conditioning method, and Tracy's experience as a figure skater and fitness instructor brought pizzazz to the routines. The pair's classes quickly sold out wherever that Dodge Neon went.
They've come a long way since then, having been featured in Canadian Business and Elle for their growing pole-fitness franchise. At Aradia Fitness studios throughout North America, guests of all backgrounds can practice the empowering pole spins, cardio dance steps, and stiletto heel swordplay of Christine and Tracy's curriculum. Every class and private party strives to connect pupils with their sensual side, bringing self-esteem and sinuous moves to spotlight.
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