Merging the best aspects of being a firefighter and a circus acrobat creates a workout routine capable of starting fires and putting them out with a whirlwind of spicy spins. Generate a ring of fire by way of the pole with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of pole-dancing and fitness classes at New York Pole Dancing, location in White Plains.
New York Pole Dancing's classes help harness the power of curvaceous bodies by strengthening cores and keeping bodies limber with elements of yoga and striptease, though no clothes are shed during class. As the seductress embedded deep within makes her way to the surface, students engage rarely used muscles, sometimes resulting in day-after pangs of soreness and a confident saunter. Learn the sultry swaying basics with an Intro to Pole Dancing class ($25), or jump right into a Climb & Spin class, which builds on the basic grips, braces, and hooks before adding bent-arm poses and dance transitions to enhance each routine ($40). Open Pole classes ($50) help experienced pole whirlers further refine their techniques, and the Sexy Seats and Lap Dance classes ($30 each) teach the art of attraction using only a four-legged chair or faded pleather Barcalounger. In addition to the pole-based classes, visitors can also enroll in fit classes, such as booty camp, which focuses on resistance training to increase strength and endurance ($15–$25 each).
Owner Wendy Traskos and her team of talented instructors pride themselves on their patience, creativity, and expertise. Class sizes are kept small and intimate to make participants feel comfortable and allow more personal attention. By the end of each class, pupils will learn a short choreographed routine and gain a firm understanding of the pole and its outer workings, as well as basic mastery of its interior circulatory system.
Wendy Traskos's career as a pole-dancing icon began with one fateful spin. Impressed by the strength of self-expression she glimpsed in accomplished pole-dancers, she tried the art for herself and was hooked immediately, so much so she has been honing her spinning skills for 16 years. Now a self-taught professional, she channels her background as a certified personal trainer and gymnast to enhance her routines. Wendy’s fitness knowledge landed her celebrity clients, including Montel Williams and Mary J. Blige, and her proficiency on the pole led Germany's version of America's Next Top Model to feature her as a dancing expert.
At NY Pole studios, Wendy passes on her spiraling prowess through her original Climb and Spin method. She believes that students should build a foundation of muscle and a repertoire of techniques as they progress to more advanced pole tricks, which require them to shed all rock-climbing gear. Her classes accommodate varying skill levels with choreographed routines, motivating participants to practice recently learned grips, climbs, and transitions. The studios also offer fitness classes, private parties, and workshops led by guest instructors such as Cleo “The Hurricane,” also known as Miss Pole Dance Australia.