Pole dancing dates back to 1909, when explorer Robert Peary discovered packs of Siberian huskies waltzing on the earth's most northerly ice caps. Warm up to a new breed of dance with today's Groupon: for $30, you get a package of six fitness classes at Vertical Tease (up to a $90 total value). Choose between two disciplines:
- Six beginners pole-dance classes; combine any of the following:
- Pole Sampler (a $10 value/session)
- Femme Fatale (a $15 value/session)
- Pole Fit (a $15 value/session)
- Sensual Pole (a $15 value/session)
- Stiletto Sirens (a $15 value/session)
- Six belly-dance classes, including:
- Bellyfunk Fusion (a $10 value/session)
- Bellydance Beginner (a $15 value/session)
The spritely squad of fitness specialists at Vertical Tease welcomes women of all ages and fitness levels into a red-washed studio space. View the schedule and gather a bouquet from five varieties of 60-minute beginners pole classes that tone tummies and teach how to tantalize onlookers with athletic moves instead of putting stacks of money beneath delicately balanced box traps. Class sizes remain small, with up to six other participants, for guaranteed individual attention. Flex strong and sultry dualities during Pole Fit, or seduce a weatherperson with wind-whipped moves and cyclonic spins following a Sensual Pole class. Those eager to channel their inner noir star may take a Femme Fatale class and get schooled in vertical choreography.
Beneath the glint of Vertical Tease's chandelier, groove torsos to the upbeat bump of R&B and Middle-Eastern music during belly-dance classes. Hosted in four-week stints, belly sessions outfit up to 15 participants in headscarves, finger cymbals, and the confidence to spell the entire alphabet using only gyrating hips.
Origin Stories: A Lesson Not Taught in the Classroom
Formerly a middle-school language-arts teacher in Columbus, Ohio, DeAnna Allen ditched the smell of chalkboards to answer an entrepreneurial calling that had tugged at her ears since she was a little girl. In 2010, she opened Vertical Tease after entertaining gaggles of giddy bachelorettes with in-home "passion parties." DeAnna has since traded hospitality house calls for pole-fitness classes that have caught the attention of women from all walks of life, as well as a few men who are equally eager to try their twirls.
The empowering instructors at Vertical Tease motivate women of all sizes and experience levels to shed their inhibitions—and possibly a few pounds—during conventional and modern dance fitness classes. Their flirty fitness classes draw upon the studio’s strength, encouraging women to release their inner sirens during pole-dance, Video Vixen, Chair Flirt, and belly-dance workouts. Combining fat burning with shimmying, instructors lead Zumba sessions set to heart-pumping Latin rhythms. Kickboxing classes combat extra inches, and the more challenging Turbokick unleashes a fury of kicks and punches to take down pesky calories. To celebrate special events such as bachelorette parties, birthday parties, or sci-fi conventions, the instructors head to your home to host one- to two-hour parties for training large groups in the seduction arts.