Safe Dance Practices
Dancing is fun, it’s good for you, and it’s great exercise. Pole and exotic dance is also Empowering.
Does this mean you won’t be learning to dance in our classes? Absolutely not – our classes focus on dance routines that have been developed by professional pole dance instructors. Choreography ranges from basic through advanced – and you choose how far you wish to take it.
However, as with any activity, if not practiced correctly, you can suffer strains and serious injuries. Pole dancing in particular combines advanced techniques requiring strength & agility likening it to a sports activity. Naturally you will want to avoid practices which can lead to injury or strain and as well as prevent you from enjoying your dance.
The majority of injuries are caused by improper warm ups and cool downs, carelessness and trying to progress beyond your current abilities. The following guidelines will help to ensure that you enjoy dancing and avoid injury when you dance.
1. Always consult a physician before beginning a new exercise or activity.
2. Warm up and cool down before and after every dance session. A good warm up should start with a brief but mild cardio activity to circulate blood to the body, followed by at least 10 minutes of full range of motion limbering type movements for all areas of the body. Always include a cool down period after your routine.
3. Advanced moves and inverts should only be attempted in the presence of a spotter and preferably with a “crash mat” in place until you are sure of your ability to perform the move correctly.
4. “Test” your dance pole before every use to assure that it is stable and safely in place.
5. Stop dancing at the first sign of fatigue, injury or other discomforts. Do not push yourself when your body is warning you to stop! Protect injuries byresting until fully healed.
6. Be aware of your surroundings and the environment: objects or other people around you can get in the way and result in injury to yourself or others.
7. Keep adequately hydrated: drink plenty of water before, during and after dancing.
8. Do not attempt to eat candy, gum or food while dancing.
9. Do not consume alcohol before or during dance sessions.
10 Do not attempt new, more complicated moves alone without a spotter AND a crash/safety mat
11. Finally – Even the simplest dance routine can result in injury by using improper form. The use of proper body mechanics is essential in practicing pole dancing to avoid injuries – learn proper technique from a certified professional instructor