The pole has permeated an eclectic mélange of historical activities, from pagan May-Day festivals to medieval barber pole jousts. Celebrate the cylinder with today's Groupon: for $15 you get a 90-minute weekend workshop at Blush Pole Fitness & Dance in West Allis (a $40 value).
Blush Pole Fitness & Dance boosts self-esteem while treating trainees to an intense and fun workout. The American College of Sports Medicine supports the certification of Blush's trained instructors so they can facilitate groove-retrieval and mojo enhancement for women 18 and older.
The Let Me Make You Blush Pole-Dance-Teaser Weekend Workshop combines three elements of exotic dance to build core strength, tone arm and leg muscles, and enhance fireman impressions. Participants shed shyness by perfecting techniques in pole dancing, floor work, and wall dance in a safe and nudity-free environment. Dancers leave with newfound confidence, and poles leave knowing they have more of a purpose than fly fishing or defining points of planetary magnetism.
Blush Pole Fitness & Dance sports a large, well-lit studio with 10 poles and wall mirrors for self checking-out. It is one of the only pole-dancing studios in the Milwaukee/West Allis area where each student can practice on her own pole, allowing for constant physical exertion. Call to inquire about class times and dates.
- Without a doubt, pole dancing provides a workout for whatever your comfort level. I try a few advanced moves like The Fireman, which requires good core and upper body strength. I definitely feel it in my arms and abs the next day. – Tim Cigelske, Milwaukee Magazine
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]."