This Week At Pole Twisters

  • By Carla & Lisa Broughton
  • 13 Jul, 2017

We've been busy here at Pole Twisters this week as summer is in full swing

Some of our lovely students completed their Stage 2 pole course and we couldn't be prouder! We also ran our ever popular mixed ability sessions where some of our more experienced twisters got to show off their super strength with some new and challenging moves.

Some lovely ladies popped around for a Dancehall session with our professional dance teacher. It's always so great to see our students feel confident, sexy and powerful while they're dancing and having fun!

Coming up in the next seven days, we have a six week beginners course due to start where some brand new students will be starting their pole journey!

Our Flexy & Stretch sessions are back and available to book for Mon, Tues & Wednesday at 8pm. No pole experience needed! Come get stretchy with us as we spend an hour going through some flexibility training and yoga moves – perfect for training those annoying splits!

Have a great week everyone, and hopefully we'll see you at the studio!

By Carla & Lisa Broughton 14 Aug, 2017
After our big move to our new venue we are finally done and settling in, and feeling finally back to normal. There have been some slight changes to our weekly class timetables, so please be sure to take a look at that on our website.

This weeks blog is dedicated to dispelling a common myth that puts a lot of people off taking pole lessons – the myth that you need to be strong in order to start (and that if you're not, then there's no point) and also we're going to list a few tips and tricks for increasing your strength.

Whilst pole does require strength - particularly in the arms and core – you will find during you six week beginners course that you build strength rather quickly as your body adjusts to using muscles in new ways. This muscle memory helps greatly as you learn more beginner moves, and many of our students are surprised by how much they are capable of after just a few classes. The truth is, our bodies are much more powerful than we realise, and a lot of the initial difficulty is down to the fact that we are simply not used to using certain muscles in our day to day lives. As we train and develop these muscles, we develop faster and tricks that once seemed impossible, become easy. That's not to say there's no effort required if you want to become strong enough to progress to higher stages – you will need dedication and regular training in order to build the strength needed for advanced moves. Strength is also essential in ensuring your safety when inverting or climbing higher up on the pole, and also in creating a solid foundation of posture and body positioning awareness to prevent injury further down the line.

Here we've listed some advice on how to get started with this.

1. Consider getting a home pole to practice with!
If you have a space to spin in, why not invest in your very own pole for home training? We recommend the X-Pole which is the industry standard, and are the same poles used in most
competitions. Their range carries static poles and static poles with the option to spin, both of which you can purchase directly from us! For just £20 extra we also offer a fitting service where we will come and set the pole up for you. If you don't have the space for a home pole, there is always the option to attend our Mixed Ability sessions which are suitable for anyone with basic experience and cost only £8! Either of these options are a great way of getting extra practice in
between classes, and allow for quicker progression.

2. Pilates
Pilates is a perfect way of achieving a stable core, strong but bulk-free arms, and lean, elongated legs – perfect for pole! You can learn pilates exercises either in a class, or even online! YouTubers such as Bloglilates provide free home workouts designed to be done with no equipment and in minimal space – perfect for those on a budget and those who live in apartments and don't want to annoy their neighbours by jumping around! Even better, YouTube is full of mini workouts as short as 5 minutes for those of us who have a busy day ahead and need a super quick way to train whilst on the go.

3. Strength train with weights
A lot of women are afraid of touching weights, out of fear of “bulking” up or looking unfeminine. The truth is, that rarely happens. Most women will just develop leaner, harder muscles as opposed to the muscles becoming huge (and even if that does happen, strong is sexy!). Weight lifting is actually incredibly beneficial for pole dancers, as working the muscles will in turn increase stamina and allow you to train and hold moves for even longer. We recommend starting with a small set of dumbbells, either at a gym or at home.

4. Body weight exercises
Another that you can do at home, training with you body weight is a great alternative to weight lifting, or can be done alongside. As pole requires a lot of lifting your entire body weight exercises like planks and side-planks, pull ups/chin ups, tricep dips and even burpees are a fantastic way of working the exact same muscles you'll be using on the pole. Most of these are equipment-free, but you can also purchase pull-up bars to use at home that fit over your door
frame.

We hope that this post will encourage more people to take a pole class, because whether you're strong or not anyone can start as long as they're willing to work hard! Do you have any favourite strength training tips or tricks? Be sure to let us know!

Have a wonderful week, and we'll see you in class!
By Carla & Lisa Broughton 09 Aug, 2017

This week we closed the doors of our studios in Templar Parc.  Cardiff Dance Studios has been our home now for many years but as many of you know, the time has come for us to downsize and move to a new location. Our new studio is at Dance Fitness on Broadway and we love it, we hope you do too!

It has been emotional to say the least, painting over all the artwork we made ourselves when we first moved in, taking the poles down and transporting everything.  It's a long process, but we're confident it will all be worth it.  We are so proud to have been the first dance studios in Cardiff to be created within an industrial unit and over the years we've been lucky enough to have built up an amazing community of students.  We've shared joy, laughter, success and our fair share of set backs, but we hope our students and supporters will continue to support us in this new chapter of our journey.

In other news, entries are now open for the Welsh Aerial and Pole Championships which this year will be held in Cardiff on the 17th November! We are in no way directly associated with the competition, but we would highly recommend our students to enter and give it a go. The different categories range from beginners all the way up to pole professionals, and the competition is open to performers all over Wales.

Competitions are such a fun way of meeting other pole artists, showing off your skills and even getting feedback from industry experts. It was at a competition that we ourselves were first inspired to take up pole, and so they will always hold a special place for us. We are always thrilled to see the bar get raised higher and higher each year as the pole community continues to innovate and develop.

You can visit the official website for The Welsh Aerial and Pole Championships to find out how to enter, along with information on the categories, sponsors and judges.

We hope you all have a wonderful week, and we'll see you at our new location.

By Carla & Lisa Broughton 01 Aug, 2017
Happy Birthday, Pole Twisters!

This week has been very special for us, as we celebrated 10 years since Pole Twisters first opened our doors and we embarked on the journey of a lifetime!  But now its time to close Cardiff Dance Studios.  Our classes are still running but at a new venue.

We have posted the full story of how our business came about in a previous blog post, but we really wanted to celebrate this landmark by looking back at how the two of us managed to create our business and community from the ground up against all odds!

We remember seeing our first ever pole performance many years ago, way before it was recognised as a sport and whilst it was still very new as an art form. We simply knew we HAD to learn and knew one day we would both love to go into teaching. Nobody in Cardiff was teaching at the time but we were determined and so we had to learn from a DVD we ordered online!  We were able to eventually start teaching our own classes, renting out several small dance studios around Cardiff but after a couple of years more and more classes started popping up and we knew we needed to expand and open our own studio in order to survive – so we took the biggest risk of our lives and that's exactly what we did! We were in the midst of recession at the time, and we were also dealing with motherhood, both having young children to provide for.  It felt like the odds were stacked against us but we were resilient and knew that if we worked hard enough this would all work out and we would achieve the dream we had set out for.

The rest is history! 10 years, over 300 members of staff, and a countless amount of students after we remain Cardiff's premier pole dance studio, with more classes, courses and workshops available than anywhere else. Our studios have hosted dance teachers of all different styles, burlesque, twerk, Dancehall, street dance, hip hop and have become the regular home to a massive range of weekly lessons. We've even branched out into our own Hen and Stag party business, which has helped us keep our studios open.

Nothing makes us prouder than seeing students of all ages, genders and walks of life leave our studio with massive smiles on their faces, and watching them progress from their first ever class to advanced or even professional levels.

We could like to give our thanks to all of our supporters, students and staff past and present and also to Templar Parc for providing us with our Pole Twisters home for all these years but now is the time to move premises.  With too much space at the studios we have decided to downsize and begin renting another studio from next week.

Watch this space!
By Carla & Lisa Broughton 25 Jul, 2017
Flexibility At Pole Twisters

Our Flexy & Stretch class is a brilliant way of pushing that little bit further and training harder. Flexibility and correct stretching is so very important in pole, especially for improving and advancing students where certain moves can be
quite demanding on the body - as our Tricks class found out this week!

Our classes aid in improving your range of motion which in turn makes getting into moves easier as well as putting less stress on other areas of your body, but there are many more benefits to flexibility training! Some of the most important benefits to regular stretching include:

  • Posture - Whether you practice pole or not, correct stretching techniques are also known to improve posture and release tension in areas where we carry a lot of stress, like our lower backs. Due to the sedentary lifestyles many of us live today, we spend a lot of time sitting down, which often results in poor posture that can lead to health problems later in life, and so improving posture and training our bodies into the correct alignment is not only beneficial to our well-being, it can also make us appear and feel more confident.
  • Recovery - It's also a perfect way to end a workout or pole training session, as our classes are gentle and can even be a relaxing wind down. Plus, stretching helps to clear out the lactic acid that builds up around our muscles and makes us ache the next day! It's always important to cool down after exercise but you can also use this cool down to continue your training in a more gentle way by working on those splits or back bends!
  • Injury Prevention – Being more flexible can also help prevent injury by limbering up the joints and enabling us to recover from any falls or mistakes without pulling muscles. It is proven that regular stretching aids in developing our muscle memory, enabling faster progression on the pole as our bodies adjust quickly to new techniques, and it also helps to develop our kin-aesthetic sense, meaning we have a greater awareness of our bodies and how they are moving through the space around us.
So whether you practice pole or not, there are so many benefits to getting flexy! Our classes are open to anyone of any level and ability and run at 8pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays (subject to change so check out our website calendar before you head out that evening) – occasionally on Saturdays for the cost of £5. Check out our website for info how to book!

Hope you all have an amazing week, we'll see you at the studio!
By Carla & Lisa Broughton 13 Jul, 2017

Some of our lovely students completed their Stage 2 pole course and we couldn't be prouder! We also ran our ever popular mixed ability sessions where some of our more experienced twisters got to show off their super strength with some new and challenging moves.

Some lovely ladies popped around for a Dancehall session with our professional dance teacher. It's always so great to see our students feel confident, sexy and powerful while they're dancing and having fun!

Coming up in the next seven days, we have a six week beginners course due to start where some brand new students will be starting their pole journey!

Our Flexy & Stretch sessions are back and available to book for Mon, Tues & Wednesday at 8pm. No pole experience needed! Come get stretchy with us as we spend an hour going through some flexibility training and yoga moves – perfect for training those annoying splits!

Have a great week everyone, and hopefully we'll see you at the studio!

By Carla & Lisa Broughton 10 Jul, 2017

Pole Dance

If you haven't already, why not try out our pole classes? Pole is a fantastic way to get strong and toned, whilst also gaining confidence and feeling sexy. You don't need to be strong or super fit to start classes either! We teach absolute beginners all the way up to stage 10 through our structured program.

If you fancy taking the plunge and trying out a new skill, you can book into our 1 hour taster class which runs Monday to Wednesdays at 6pm, 7pm or 8pm.

Street Dance

We also offer street dance classes designed for adults! Learn a new routine each week with styles ranging from hip-hop, shuffle, and commercial in these weekly 1 hour classes. A perfect way of getting some cardio in and burning fat whilst having fun, and also suitable for beginners as the moves will all be broken down and explained or modified for more experienced dancers.  Wednesdays 7-8pm.

Twerk and Dancehall

If you'd like to try a different style of dance, why not try our twerk and dancehall class? These hip-rocking, booty-popping, crowd-stopping, up & coming new weekly fitness/dance classes will introduce you to using your body in ways you may not be used to, and muscles you may not have known you even had. You'll be surprised by how much of a work out this class is! (You can read about our experience taking the class in last week's blog post!)

You can come and shake yo thing with us on Wednesdays 6-7, right before our street dance classes. Wanna do both classes back to back? Double your fun for an extra £2.50

Burlesque

Lastly but not least, another alternative way of getting fit and gaining confidence is through our burlesque private lessons! Taught by Flossie Smalls or another great performer, this lesson will guide you through the basics of burlesque and the art of tease. Come channel your inner showgirl, gain body confidence and learn a routine with us! Props are provided, but why not dress up too?

For information on booking your workshop, contact us or refer to our website.

By Carla & Lisa Broughton 09 Jun, 2017
So I decided to finally give our Twerking and Dancehall weekly lessons a try and I couldn't believe how many muscles are involved as you shake ya thang!

The warm-up included stretching and some of the twerking moves that we would be adding into our routine later.

The routine was epic.  To a suitable dancehall song, the moves weren't too difficult even though the song was fast.

I'd also like to mention the huge group of booty bopping girls who made this class so much fun with your funny comments along the way.  We also have some regulars, you know who you are!

I'd definitely recommend this to all ages, sizes and abilities.  Learn a new skill.  Shake that ass and come on down to Cardiff Dance Studios on Wednesdays at 6pm.  £5 pp

We need at least 2 people to pre-pay online no later than 24 hours before so we can book Martyna in so if you can make it, please get this awesome class running by booking online!

Also like street dance?  Attend this afterwards for just £2.50 extra
By Carla & Lisa Broughton 02 Nov, 2016

My journey into the world of pole dancing was through a very good and extremely persuasive friend who saw a Groupon offer and thought it would be fun and a brilliant way to get fit and learn something new.
It was with some trepidation that we arrived at our first lesson. Whilst the first lesson was really enjoyable  I suffered for the next couple of days as my arms ached so much I could hardly lift them.  However we preserved and came back for the second and subsequent weeks. As the weeks passed my aches and pains largely passed and we learnt so much the frog princess, the sun wheel, the chair to name but a few.  Each week I could feel my muscles getting used to supporting my weight and my confidence grew.  Then came the "upside down" week and this is an area  I've really struggled with. All the instructors were really helpful and patient with me and eventually I cracked it and literally turned my world upside down.
While I'm still not as good as some of the girls on my course the other girls have been very supportive and really encouraging. We've had a lot of fun in class and have occasionally dissolved into laughter when one of us has ended up in a heap on the floor unable to move due to the amount we are laughing at our mishap.  It's been just over a year since I started on this adventure and I have almost completed level 8, I can't believe I've got this far.  
I'm so glad that I kept going as I've learned a lot about my abilities and I've surprised quite a few friends and colleagues who initially had no idea that at the age of 43 I'd taken up pole dancing. would recommend this as a method to get fit?  Yes I would it's an excellent way to improve your all round fitness. I've discovered muscle groups I didn't know I had and that's quite impressive as I've been a member of the gym on and off for years.  I have throughly enjoyed learning to pole dance and would certainly recommend pole dancing as its s really good experience regardless of how easy or hard you find the different moves.


By Carla & Lisa Broughton 25 Apr, 2016
Our shutters are officially up at Cardiff Dance Studios letting in the beautiful sunlight at your lessons giving you a feel of the outdoors whilst on your pole!

Our lovely Stage 7 girls just completed their course and ended their lesson dressed as schoolgirls.  Some fantastic pictures have been posted on Facebook and well done, just Stage 8 and you'll be moving on to Tricks.  Doesn't time fly?  Also well done to the beginners completing they're course dressed as Super Heroes and continuing with their Stage 2 course tomorrow.

Mixed ability has been great this week with students having a go at pole doubles.

Our new printed stock has arrived so get your joggers, hot pants or leggings, pop into the office to take a look.

Nice to see a few more turn up to pole jam on Saturday, its great to see you are working hard on the pole on a weekend but why not stay on for Flexy & Stretch afterwards, its great to stretch out properly and improve on your splits and back bends when you are still warm.

We have a few new pole 6x week courses starting this week and can't wait to meet some new faces at our beginners taster.
By Carla & Lisa Broughton 19 Apr, 2016
Well done to Benedicts beginners pole fitness course students!  You all did fantastic at your first Stage in pole fitness and are booked on to Stage 2, keep spinning!  Plus lots of new courses starting this week so if you need to re-do a Stage or have forgotten to book on, please get in touch, don't miss out!

What a great move our tricks girls practiced last week called The Icarus...  take a look on our Facebook group videos or type into a search engine and see this beautiful trick / pose in action.  Also some great Flag splits action.

Our dance routines for higher levels workshop last Friday was so much fun.  A lovely turn-out with some great teamwork and ideas thrown in by everybody.  90 minutes just wasn't enough so watch this space as we will be running a follow-up workshop to hopefully complete the song and end up designing a great sequenced routine.  Watch the routine so far here .

Again, thanks to everyone leaving they're feedback regarding our course structures and moves, we have taken everything on-board and are in the process of re-designing every course structure, plus increasing from Stage 8 right up to Stage 10!

We've got a talented photographer attending the end of most of your courses to take some shots for you.  This is a great way of mapping your progress.  You are not obliged to purchase the pictures but I'm sure you will want to keep some of your awesome poses in a frame on your wall!

We are also just introduced £5 discount if you book a private lesson with us but you must be attending or booked on to one of our 6x week courses, take advantage guys!  One on one tuition with an instructor is great for focusing on those tricky moves.  Plus privates can be shared with a friend to cut the cost.

Don't forget you've got until the end of April to take advantage of our half price tricks and mixed ability classes.  Just £4!  We recommend that you attend pole at least twice a week so if you attend a course, pop along to mixed ability to improve on your current moves and perhaps learn some new ones!

We've created a new promo video at Cardiff Dance Studios!  Check it out here
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