Earth, an alluring enigma, is balanced in the void of space upon two poles over which it sensuously spins and ineffably shimmies. Harness the power of your polarity with today's Groupon: for $19, you get a 90-minute Let Me Make You Blush weekend workshop at Blush Pole Fitness & Dance in West Allis (a $40 value). This workshop is for women only.
The talented and certified instructors at Blush Pole Fitness & Dance teach women of all shapes and skill levels how to fortify their feminine mystique during an array of sweat-inducing pole-dance classes. During each 90-minute Let Me Make You Blush weekend workshop, instructors craft a sensual dance routine by combining elements of exotic dance, pole dance, floor work, and wall dance, all practiced in bare feet, high heels, or a sultry pair of galoshes. As students slink, spin, and slither across the bright, mirrored studio, instructors offer suggestions to help each enticing motion flow with ease. Workshops are held on Saturdays from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. through April, with the exception of the February 11 workshop, which runs from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Blush Pole Fitness & Dance
The perception of pole dancing is changing. When Maureen Metzger and her business partner DJ Hamilton started Blush Pole Fitness & Dance six years ago, Maureen says, "people thought [the instructors] were strippers." Since then, she's seen attitudes adjust as pole dancing went from taboo to a possible Olympic sport. Maureen equates pole dancing with aerial arts, on par with performances seen in shows such as Cirque du Soleil. She leads a series of classes and workshops that focus on upper-body and core strength or hone in sensual spins and dances. "You can be sexy and sensual," Maureen says, "and it doesn’t have to be tasteless . . . I watch Dancing with the Stars, and I think that is way more sexual than anything we do."
Occasionally, she still has to spend some time fighting inaccurate stereotypes, including an episode in early 2012 that involved inviting Jim Stingl of the Journal Sentinel to studio for a fact-finding mission. But mostly, Maureen and DJ concern themselves with empowering women to be "strong physically and emotionally." There comes a time, she says, when "you stop feeling sexy, you age, you gain weight, you get so busy with other parts of your life. . . I think we lose [that] and [pole dancing] reminds us to be women." She credits pole dancing as a vital ally in boosting her self-esteem during a double mastectomy in her battle against breast cancer.
And though Maureen is the first to tout the power of pole dancing, she is also one of the first to undercut some of its weightier connotations, much like a doctor who uses a stethoscope that squeaks. "[We're] totally willing to laugh at ourselves," she says. "Nobody is taking this too seriously." The lighter mood, in particular, helps welcome shy students, who Maureen and DJ witness transform into "strong, confident, sexy, and feminine [women]."
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