Pole dancing is a great way to work out, or to create the most seductive form of semaphore since traffic conductors began waving flowers and chocolate in lieu of miniature stop signs. Flag down a confident strut with today’s Groupon: for $29, you get five pole dancing, dance, or fitness classes at Pole Fitness Studio Miami in Miami Beach and Coral Gables (up to a $99 value).
Pole Fitness Studio Miami invites women of every age and size to get fit and bolster their self-esteem with sensual pole-dance and general fitness classes. Experienced instructors kick off many classes with a series of sexy stretching and warm-up exercises, demonstrating dance transitions before students tackle the chairs or poles. Most of the studio's gurus, including founder Susan Hilferty herself, are trained ballerinas who use their strength and agility to demonstrate pole tricks to their pupils. Classes from Level 1 Beginner Pole to Sexy Chair Dancing enable every woman to celebrate and awaken her sensual side, imbuing spinning limbs with strength, confidence, and the ability to live in an old firehouse. The Pole, Sweat & Tears class uses the pole as a prop in targeted muscle-building, and Knocked Up! sessions marry boxing techniques with a high-energy cardio routine.
Curtains cover the interior windows at both of Pole Fitness Studio Miami's locations to ensure privacy, and mirrors line the walls to enable students to correct any errors in form and high-five their own reflections. Although beginners can pole-grip in their bare feet if they choose, Pole Fitness Studios recommends stilettos for higher-level pole classes as they are as specially tailored to the dance form, much as ballet shoes are to ballet and clown shoes are to weeping in the dark of night.
Pole Fitness Miami
On the surface, Susan Hilferty appeared to be living the American dream—a promising position as a pharmaceutical rep, plus an upcoming marriage. But for a woman who grew up studying at The School of American Ballet and dancing on stages including Lincoln Center, selling pills felt empty at times, and Hilferty found her need for physical expression growing stronger. While visiting a friend in Los Angeles, she took her first pole-dancing class, and almost immediately, her life took a new direction.
Though she faced resistance from friends and family, Hilferty saw in her classes how pole dancing transformed women—giving them new confidence, encouraging them to overcome insecurities, and helping them heal from past traumas. She called off her wedding, continued taking classes, and eventually opened Pole Fitness Miami. Today, she and her team of trained ballerinas lead pole-dancing and dance-based fitness classes at two locations. Ranked on CBS Local Miami's list of Best Places For Unique Workouts, the boutique surrounds saunterers with purple walls, subdued lighting, and gauzy curtains to create a sultry atmosphere. Additionally, Hilferty and her crew help students obtain pole-dance certifications, as well as arrange pole-dance parties so groups of damsels can strengthen their bonds or celebrate becoming volunteer firefighters.