Sometimes, late at night, firemen slip into heels and dance with their poles, spinning, dipping, and stripping away cumbersome fireproof coats and burdensome notions of masculinity. With today's Groupon, get a fireman's acrobatic workout with twice as much confidence: for $30, you get a six-class VIP pass (a $65 value) at Tangent's Pole Aerobics on Goodman Street.
Fitness instructor Rachele Maier draws on 20 years of experience to imbue empowering pole-twirling prowess to her students. Unleash the barely domesticated animal within during the course of six 40-minute lessons. Choose from a variety of courses, such as the beginner-appropriate Pole 101 class, which teaches pole-mounts, climbs, and spins. The Art of Pole sessions foster more elaborate expressions of inner amativeness. Those in the mood for something more anachronistic can don boas and feather fans for a burlesque lesson, complete with animatronic oil barons twirling their moustaches in stunned delight. Tangent's also provides a changing room with full-sized, lock-equipped lockers, letting students easily slip into and out of their work clothes.
Tangent's Pole & Aerial
When she's not wrangling her three kiddos, Rachele Maier shares her talents and experience as a pole dancer. The proud mom began practicing pole in 1991 and immediately embraced its graceful movements and tummy-toning effects. Today, she owns and operates her own pole-dancing fitness studio—Tangent's Pole & Aerial (formally known as Tangent's Pole Aerobics)—where she draws from her years of practice and certification in fitness training to lead a variety of instructional and fitness-based classes.
Her oldest daughter's artwork speckles the walls of her spacious studio, where she leads students through pole-dancing tricks, transitions, and techniques on ten 12-foot poles. She also conducts classes in theatrical dance, lap dancing, and floor routines along the studio's hardwood floors. During her private instructional parties, she dims the lights and turns on the strobes, making students feel like they're strutting their stuff in a club or the coolest library of all time.