Hashtags (#) and the Pole Fitness Industry

October 26th, 2016

Simply stated, the pound sign or hashtag is visually represented by the symbol ‘#’, and by placing the symbol in front of a word (or series of words) on a social network, it will turn that word into a metadata tag.  In simple English, the ‘#’ symbol turns the word(s) immediately following it into a searchable term that can be used on that website or social network, which is activated by someone clicking on that hashtag. And, here we are yet again. It seems as though, try as we might, we just can not extricate ourselves from the ever-present eye of this social media monstrosity. In fact, it is believed that the use of hashtags began on the very popular social media platform, Twitter. Early users of Twitter figured out a way to avoid having to sort through endless mounds of random conversations to arrive at what they considered was the “meat” from the usual proverbial information overload.

It wasn’t long before companies caught on to this growing phenomena and decided to capitalize from its trending influence. Campaigns featuring new products are heavily decorated with inventive and attention-grabbing hashtags. This is especially true where Pole Fitness is concerned. The nature of pole fitness’s existence relies heavily, if not totally, on visual impact. In a matter of seconds, one’s attention is captured and it isn’t much long after that the viewer is ushered into a trance-like engagement of whimsical pole dance play. The use of hashtags in this sense gives pole fitness professionals and students the benefit of an abbreviated narration or description of a photo’s content. Effective use of hashtags gives this same viewer search options as well as succinctly answers questions that may arise about a particular artifact used in a photo. For example, when posting or advertising a picture of a Pole Fitness Workshop, the blogger/advertiser may use a hashtag to give information about the skilled instructor who teaches the workshop, or may give the name of the Studio where the workshop is being held.

Some key hashtags used in Pole Dancing are “polesport”, “poledancing”, “polefitness”, “pole”, “poler”, “polelover”, “polemove”, “polestudio”, “sobepoledance”, “poleclass”, “polegirl”, “flexibility”, “poletrick”, “training”…the list goes on.

The Pole Fitness industry continues to be trending and reflect whatever is trending in some other fitness industries. Ours is one that is ever-evolving and ever-growing. With widely-accepted nuances such as the use of hashtags in social-media networking and marketing, we are fortified with even more resources and means of turning pole fitness dreams into reality.

How To Make a Good Pole Dance YouTube Tutorial

November 16th, 2015

To teach a skill via video tutorial is an easy way for people to learn and keep up with new moves, and for you to make new followers and share your talent. This creates convenience of watching the video at any time anywhere, the ability to pause or slow motion the video, and one on one instruction. Video tutorials are sure to attract new followers and convince your current one’s that you’re serious about your job as a pole fitness instructor who always has more to offer.

While this may seem like a simple technique and most people/businesses will hop at the opportunity to expand their viewership with online video tutorials but not all video tutorials are good. The key aspect of a good video tutorial is not technical but the delivery. Ideally, a person conducting a tutorial should be trained on how to deliver a proper tutorial and the video itself should be well understood and properly formatted.

Pole Fitness Video Tutorial Manual:

Start off by introducing yourself (name) and the pole move that you will be performing. Announce the name of the studio if any that you are making the video on behalf of. Example: Hello. My name is Brittany, Im an instructor at SoBe Pole Dance Studio and in this tutorial I will be demonstrating a pole spin – Fireman.

Demonstrate the actual move so that the viewer knows what the move looks like and what to expect.

After performing the move, break each movement down to its simplest form. Provide detailed step by step instructions.

Next, repeat step three a little faster than it was done the first time.

Perform the move again at its original speed and advice your students to attempt the move with you this time.

Thank your viewers for watching, encourage them to keep practicing, and subscribe to you or the Studio you work for on YouTube.

Tips:

For every tutorial provide variations of the dance move for your viewers. For example, give alternative options for the more advanced and the beginner pole dancer (something that would make the move easier or more difficult). Also, remember to always encourage the viewer to try the move on each side of the pole (left side and right side). There are great auto-fix and stabilize options that YouTube offers under “enhancements” settings which you can access after uploading a video to make it look professional. 

Why to become a pole fitness instuctor, pole dance instructor training program, and tips how to prepare for your first training session

October 5th, 2015

After being swept off of their feet by the beauty of pole dancing and perfecting their moves, some students consider becoming a pole fitness instructor. Dreaming about becoming a pole dance instructor is natural for pole athletes who are passionate about the art of pole fitness and tried their skills on a pole dance competition. Many pole studios and organizations around the country have put in place a pole dance instructor training program.

The program is a good idea mainly because it gives inspiring students a way to obtain the skills necessary to become an instructor, teaches them safety techniques, creates body and muscle work awareness, well as addresses instructor-student etiquette. A person who is willing to become skilled in training others for pole dance is making a commitment to promote safety on the pole, guide artists and is serious about who he/she does.

The instructor training package typically includes a few hours of private pole fitness instructor training, overview of pole moves and poses taught in different levels, common situations in class, how to address delicate issues, pole anatomy, instructor code of ethics, question and answer portion, safety and well-being of students, sporting techniques, safe instructions, hygiene of the equipment and exercise area. Trainee will complete a final test of practice and theory.  A Certificate of Completion from a Pole Dance Studio and printouts of the material are given to each Trainee.

The ideal pole instructor trainee is at least a solid dancer at the Beginner level of pole dance, has knowledge of basic pole dance moves, and knows the names of the moves he/she can perform. Also, the trainee should come prepared for each session with questions to ask his/her instructor about teaching pole.  A good trainee will be well prepared for his/her first lesson by following these tips. Get a good night’s sleep (7-9 hours), eat properly (balanced meals), bring a bottle of water, socks, changing cloth, extra shorts, knee pads, notebook or iPad for taking notes, phone or camera to record short videos, list of questions for the instructor, scheduled an open pole session right after the training session to practice, and must of all ready to learn.

5 Reasons Why Pole Fitness is Better than Working Out at a Conventional Gym

June 3rd, 2015

There are many reasons why pole fitness is better than working out at a conventional gym. One of many reasons is that you are able to express yourself in a more creative way. Second, you will see faster results and better muscle cuts and lines. You can get the same or even better muscle tone without the strain of bulky weights similar to ones at the gym. Third, it’s tons of fun!   Fourth, it is safer to do pole fitness then going to a traditional gym; as pole dancers use their own body weight to work out, nothing will fall on you (heavy weights, or equipment). Last, but not least, your likes on social media platforms will improve. 

              Firstly, you are able to express yourself in a more creative way. While creating your own fitness and dance routine, you are expressing an art form that could be shown off to your friends and family. There is nothing more comfortable than getting to be yourself as you workout. This includes feeling sexy, clumsy, excited or frustrated. You will be happy expressing yourself. Pole students can do all types of tricks and moves such as the Front Hook Spin, Stag Spin, Fireman Spin, Hook & Roll and Hollywood Spin.

              Secondly, pole dancing is better than working out in the gym if you want to get faster results and better muscle cuts and lines. Doing pole fitness will get you in better shape in 6 months then going to a gym for a year. You can get the same or even better muscle tone without the strain of bulky weights similar to the ones at the gym.  Poling helps burn calories quicker. Pole dancing works every muscle in the entire body.  You are always moving, making pole both great isometric and cardiovascular exercise wrapped into one.

                 Furthermore, who doesn’t like their work out to be fun-filled?  Working out will never be boring if you enjoy dancing. Along with an exciting workout, friendly environment and sexy style, you and your friends can dress up in sexy clothes and high heels to take a class at the studio or in the convenience of your own home. Pole dancing is the new HOT & SEXY way to stay in excellent shape while having fun. Pole Dancing relies on significant upper body strength, flexibility, and muscle endurance. Women have been looking for a change in their exercise routines, which is where the art and love of pole dancing comes into play.

Another reason why pole fitness is a great alternative exercise form opposed to the traditional gym is because it is safe. For example, it is safer to do pole fitness then going to a traditional gym as pole dancers use only their own body weight to work out with reduces the risk of injury associated with weight lifting. There is a lesser chance that something will fall on you at the pole studio i.e., heavy weights or equipment as all poles are the only exercise tools that pole athletes use and are safely secured with the screws in the concrete or wood of a ceiling and the floor. There is always an instructor available to spot you during your lessons. 

                 Considering all factors listed above, it can be concluded that your presence, likes and attention to your persona on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter will improve. Appreciation on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for pictures at a pole dance studio rather than from a regular gym will spike up your followers and likes. Pole dance fitness is more fun and exciting. It is more interesting to see because it is not commonly practiced. Pretty soon everyone will be doing pole fitness more than working out at a gym. 

Pole Fitness develops confidence, builds self esteem, healthy and beautiful bodies while being a very interesting and fun workout all at once.

By Meily Martinez ad Brittany Graham

Party Ideas 2015: where and how to celebrate your special event

April 8th, 2015

Are you planning a Birthday party, Bachelorette party, or Girls Night Out? Have you exhausted all your ideas and have no clue what to plan to make the night memorable? SoBe Pole Dance Studio has an answer for you and Miami Beach is definitely the right place. Miami Beach is the entertainment hotspot for many types of events. We are located in South Beach on Washington Ave. Come book your Bachelorette Party, Birthday Party or just a Girls Night Out party with us.

    Think of getting ready, renting a limo service, drinking your favorite Champaign, getting to the word famous South Beach for a pole dance class! As you arrive you will be greeted by our friendly staff, which will assist your group with pictures and anything you may need. Then, you will immerse yourself into a fun and memorable experience of dancing on the pole like a pro with your girlfriends guided by the best instructors in Florida. We offer, Bachelorette Warm-Up Party which includes 1 Complimentary Bottle Champagne, Pole Dance Class, and party favors for up to 10 people and its $360 for 1 Hour. We also offer The Ultimate Bachelorette Pole Dance Party which all the girls seem to love, this package brings everything you need starting with 2 Complimentary Bottles of Champagne, comes with Food and Beverages, you even get to see a stunning performance from your instructor, Super Hot Dance Routine, a Pole Dance Contest- Winner Takes a Prize! Professional Photographer, Party Favors and Accessories. Package is good for maximum 20 people. With this package comes two hours of fun for only $1000. Be entertained, learn something new, and make memories that you will have for a lifetime! Your party will be loaded with FUN, LAUGHS, MEMORIES and much more! You can even book a male dancer performer as a surprise for the bride to be. We also have our Birthday party packages starting at $375.00. This particular party package consists of one complementary Bottle of Champagne, pole time, floor work, lap dance, cup cakes, party favors, and you could invite up to 10 friends. The studio requires you to call and reserve in advance (must pay in full to book a date). There are options for make-up artist and photo packages also available as add-ons. If you want to have fun with your girls for a girl’s night out and want to learn how to booty pop or lap dance, we have some new party packages for that too.  For instance, the Lap Dance Party which includes 1 complimentary Bottle of Champagne, Lap Dance Class (floor work, lap dance), Party favors, and each girl leaves with a complimentary gift from SoBe, Up to 10 people $345 for 1 hour. Our Booty Pop Class includes 1 Complimentary Bottle of Champagne, Booty Pop Class (floor work), party favors, each girl leaves with a complimentary gift from SoBe, Up to 12 people $395 for 1 hour.

SoBe Pole Dance Studio is the best place to celebrate birthdays, bachelorettes or girls night out, because of our wonderful location and friendly staff. After the party there are many placing to go and continue the celebration on the Beach ranging from Mango’s Cafe and bars where you get to drink gigantic cocktails and learn how to dance local salsa and ending your night at Mansion Nightclub – famous South Beach night club where all of the locals and tourist go to have fun or celebrate a special event. If you are having a party with us in the afternoon there is a great local place to go for lunch after the party – Flamingoes located on Ocean Drive. They serve typical American food with a Miami flavor. If you like healthy choices visit Pure Vida Cafe and enjoy healthy smoothies. If you are having dinner after your party, check out Barceloneta; an amazing Spanish Tapas restaurant conveniently located in Miami and South Beach. Open for dinner 7 days a week.  Their prices range between $5 and $23 for lunch and dinner.  It is a super relaxed setting depending on the type of person you are. If you want to show up in casual or not so casual clothes you’re welcome to. It is simply a place where good food, good drinks and good people come together. Just bring yourself and good company and get prepared for a night of excitement.