A removable dance pole is securely installed by way of a ceiling mount system, yet is easily removed when desired. These are also known as semi-permanent poles.
Friction fit poles are also removable, but because they lack the extra security of a bolted or screwed in ceiling mount, I've chosen to place them in a separate category. You can read about friction fit poles here.
The original truly removable pole (ie one that doesn't use a friction mount) was made by Lil Mynx (pictured at left).
This patented model has an internal spring mechanism and requires that you install a simple ceiling mount, over which the top of the pole fits to keep it in place.
Depending on the type of flooring you have (carpet, hardwood, etc) you may also need a floor pad for extra security.
Pictured here are examples of the Lil Mynx bolted ceiling mount (left)
and a floor pad for use on hard flooring (right).
Other manufacturers are now making removable poles, most notably X-Pole, which also makes a very good product. Their removable pole is sold as a multi-piece friction fit model standard, but you can purchase a ceiling mount separately.
A removable pole might be the right choice for you if you want a relatively inexpensive setup that offers a good compromise between safety and convenience.
This type of pole is fairly easy to take down if you need the space, yet safer than a friction fit model because of the ceiling mount.
Some good applications for this type of pole are:
While not quite as safe as a permanent pole, the removable option still offers a good degree of safety if it's installed and used according to the manufacturer's instructions.
The removable setup is, however, generally safer than a friction mount pole, due to the fact that the top of a removable pole can "grab" the ceiling mount should the bottom shift out of place.
removable dance pole does require a bit of initial time and effort to
ensure safe installation, since the ceiling mount needs to be correctly installed prior to putting up your pole. However it's faster and easier to install than a permanent pole.
Removable dance poles do require a fair bit of strength to move them into place and then tighten the mechanism that keeps them there. And if you plan to take your pole down and put it up frequently, this is something you'll have to get used to.
However, the initial installation for a removable model is not difficult. It generally requires only a few simple tools such as a drill and a screwdriver.
Removable poles are generally easy to
take down if you need the extra space, though it can be a challenge
finding somewhere to store 8 or more feet of dance pole if you have a once piece model!
If you've decided that a removable pole is your best option, be sure to read this page on safety for removable dance poles.