Cranky puritans burned poles of all types for their role in debauched Sunday fishing trips, unclear signage, and bewitching forms of transportation. Shake off the stickler stigma with today's Groupon: for $20, you get an introductory pole-dance workout class at Sheila Kelley S Factor, with locations in Los Angeles, Costa Mesa, and Encino (a $40 value).
S Factor's thrilling courses merge principles of yoga, striptease, and ballet to build muscles and confidence in a fun, supportive environment. The method, crafted by accomplished actress and dancer Sheila Kelley, has received generous acclaim and attention from Oprah, Ellen DeGeneres, and Martha Stewart. During the introductory pole-dance class, budding pole prancers and curious firefighters are initiated in a basic, fully clothed workout that takes them for sultry spins around the cylindrical apparatus. S Factor's intimate Miracle Mile, Costa Mesa, and Encino studios are populated by an army of inspirational and experienced teachers who welcome women of all levels of athleticism and dance prowess.
Jam-packed schedules offer twirling tyros a plethora of choices to enhance workout regimes or saucy girls' day outings. Class sizes are limited to promote safety and a more private atmosphere, and flattering workout areas are softly lit and free of disgruntling fun-house mirrors. Students should wear workout attire and bring bottled water and a yoga mat to the class.