A rotating dance pole is a special type of pole designed to spin freely in its mount. This means you'll spin even if you're not spinning! (huh?)
A rotating pole can make your spins appear to be faster, since both you and the pole are spinning at the same time.
But it can also help to show off your fancy poses and tricks. The rotation of the pole gives a great view from all angles, because even if you're not actively spinning, the pole is still rotating in its base.
Rotating dance poles used to be a specialty item, but these days they are quite common and many different brands offer a version of a spinning or rotating pole.
Lil Mynx makes an excellent quality spinning pole that converts to stationary with the flip of a lock pin.
X-Pole also offers spinning dance pole options in both friction fit and portable models.
We'll chat more about where to get one and which might be best for you in a bit.
But first....Spinning poles are not for everyone, so Your Pole Pal has created the following information to help you decide if a spinning pole is actually a good choice for you, or something you should pass on for now.
If you perform at events, competitions or trade shows, having the rotating option can add that extra wow factor to your presentation. Because it appears that you're spinning even when you're holding a stationary pose, it's pretty impressive to watch.
Your Pole Pal considers the rotating option to be an "extra" however. In other words, it's not something you need to have in order to learn to pole dance, though it can definitely add a new dimension to your dancing.
The biggest benefit of a rotating dance pole is definitely the extra "oohs" and "ahhs" you'll get from your appreciative audience as you appear to spin effortlessly and display your inversions and other advanced holds in a whole new way.
Plus the super fun feeling of constant movement. Actually, on second thought maybe that isn't so fun for everyone!
For more details, and to help you decide if a rotating model is right
for you, check out the pros and cons section below.
Because this type of pole spins freely in its mounts, you can control the speed, to some degree, by how you move your body on the pole.
Throw a fast spin with lots of momentum and you'll appear to be spinning at least twice as fast as you would on a stationary pole.
On the other hand, if you climb and invert, you can often "nudge" the pole into a slow, sultry rotation, thereby giving your audience a view of your pose from all angles, which can be very impressive!
There are a few downsides to consider though, chief among them being safety. For a pole dancing party Your Pole Pal definitely does NOT recommend using this type of pole. They are really not suitable for beginners and the risk of injury in general is much higher.
For the same reason their use in
studios is something owners and instructors should consider carefully. For more advanced students who have mastered the basics, they can provide a new challenge, but for beginners there is a real danger of injury.
If you think you'd like to try a spinning pole one day, by all means buy one that has this option (most rotating poles have a locking pin that converts them from stationary to spinning), but first learn your moves with the fixed, non-spinning option. Once you've mastered the moves and the control needed to do the moves safely, you can add the spin factor.
If you tend to get dizzy easily, keep in mind that a rotating pole will only make this worse. Many pole dancers find they get a bit dizzy when they first start to learn spins of course, but this usually subsides once you get used to the movement.
However, if you think you're more prone to dizziness and vertigo than the average person, a rotating dance pole may not a good choice for you.
A final consideration is the cost. These models are typically more expensive than a basic one piece removable dance pole
due to the spinning mechanism. The cost difference isn't huge though,
especially when you consider that any good quality dance pole represents a
And with more and more companies offering this option, the price gap is starting to close.
If you've decided that a rotating pole is your best option,
be sure to read this rotating dance pole safety information