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Now that it's no longer taboo to want to learn to pole dance, many women (and men!) are discovering just how fun and challenging this sport can be. If you'd like to try pole dancing but aren't sure where or how to start, this page is for you.

Feeling Stuck?

If you're already on a pole dance journey but you're not making the progress you'd like, check out these tips for pole dancing for both beginners and more experienced polers. You might just find the help you need to get unstuck and start making progress again.

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Six Ways To Learn To Pole Dance - One Of Them Is Right For You!

1 - Online Lessons

Online lessons are convenient, private, affordable, and you can work at your own pace, reviewing as often as you like without having to pay extra.

woman looking at online pole dancing lessons on a laptop

But be careful...you can't expect to sit down and watch a bunch of random YouTube videos if your goal is to learn safely and correctly.

There's no doubt that YouTube videos are great fun to watch, but they're usually just for show. They rarely offer complete or proper instruction, and even those that do are often meant as promotional videos for a specific studio.

Because they're not part of a program or series of instructional videos that build on each other, you'll be left to put together your own program. And since you're probably new to pole dancing, it's going to be difficult to know what should come first and what skills you'll need to work on in order to make progress safely.

That's why Your Pole Pal recommends these high-quality online pole dancing lessons. Go ahead and use YouTube for inspiration and entertainment, but if you want to learn safely and effectively, one of these structured programs is probably a better option.

2 - Group Classes

Group classes are one of the most popular ways to learn to pole dance, for a whole lot of reasons. For starters, these lessons are much less expensive than private training sessions.

a group of women at a pole dancing class

And being in a class with other students can be super inspiring. Plus, the group bonding can't be beat! You can find studios offering group classes in more and more cities, so there's probably one near you. To help you find a studio in your area, just visit the Worldwide Pole Dancing Directory.

You may also want to check out the group pole dancing page, where you'll find lots of info including pros and cons of group classes, questions to ask before you sign up, and how to find studios or teachers near you.

3 - Books & Manuals

Manuals, books and e-books have many of the same advantages as learning from DVDs and videos (see below), but they also have a couple of unique benefits.

pole tricks handbook

Though it may sound odd to learn to pole dance from a book, it can actually work quite well.

If you often find that classes, or even DVDs, move too fast for you, or if you just prefer to study pictures and read descriptions, learning from a book might be just the ticket for you!

Get the scoop on the latest books and manuals to help you learn to pole dance.

4 - Private Lessons

Private lessons are ideal if you're shy about learning in a group, or if you work shifts and can't get to class at the same time every week.

woman having a private pole dancing lesson

They're also perfect if you want to progress more quickly, or if you need extra help to master an advanced move or special trick that's giving you trouble.

Private lessons are more expensive than group classes, but since you're the only student you'll be able to learn a lot more in an hour than you would in a group class.

You can learn more about private lessons here, including where to find an instructor or a studio near you.

5 - Pole DVDs

Using a DVD or two (or three!) is another way to go, either as your primary learning method or as a supplement to group or private classes.

The Art of Pole DVDs

You'll need to have your own dance pole of course, but if there are no studios near you, using DVDs can be a good option for learning to pole dance at home.

There are lots of great DVDs available today, so you may find these DVD reviews helpful in choosing the best ones for your needs. Or, check out Your Pole Pal's top pole dance DVD picks.

6 - Pole Parties

group of women at a pole dancing party

Although you'll just get a taste of what pole dancing all about, a pole dancing party can make for a really fun introduction to this sport.

That's especially true if you're celebrating a special event like a birthday or a stagette party and the main goal is to have a good time.

Many studios offer parties both on-site and on location in your home or hotel. There are also a few companies that specialize only in doing parties.

Why not check out this page about pole dancing parties? You'll be glad you did!

Where to next...?

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