pole01The expression ‘Pole Dancing’ produces the same reaction as Knickers, Bottom and Poo used to when we were at primary school. Snigger snigger! But most, if not all men who watch it have no idea what an art it is, or what it entails.

Pole Dancing, or Vertical Dance as it’s also known, takes as long as a year to learn. It’s very difficult to make it look polished and perfect and it requires a lot of training and hard work.
I went along to a Pole Dancing class to find out how it’s done – and hopefully to burn off some calories!
An hour’s exercise burns off up to 350 calories per session.
Each session starts with a warm-up on the ground to encourage flexibility.
Moisturiser or creams are strictly out! They could cause accidents by preventing a safe grip of the pole.
There are hundreds of moves, often with dance movements added in on the ground.
pole02Most moves have the right knee bent round the pole, with one or both hands holding tightly above the head.
Dancers can spin forwards, backwards (known as a Dizzy) or upside-down.
The poles can be fixed, or loosened at the top and bottom so that they spin freely-and boy can they spin fast!
Pole Dancing is often very painful, and dislocated and stiff muscles are common, especially the next day!
We all had to be barefoot as the feet are used as brakes, to slow us down and to stop.
I burnt all the skin off the bottoms of my feet and I couldn’t walk properly for over a week!

So if you have a chance to watch Pole Dancers in action, spare a thought for what they go through. Admire their moves. And when your mates are trying to impress each other by shouting ‘Woo!’ and ‘Gor’ and other manly noises, you can shout, ‘Good Fireman’s!’ or ‘Wow, she’s done a Dizzy!’ and you’ll out-impress the lot of them!

About Lyn

LYN FUNNELL CV (well, sort of!) Lyn had very successful careers as an Air Hostess, Sales Rep, (she was one of only a couple of women. She beat all the men regularly, becoming the Top Rep in the UK, and 2nd in the world.) And then Catering took over. She did everything from the washing-up, to Silver Service Waitress, and Chef. A few times, she had to cook the meal, dash round the other side and Silver Serve it! In between all this, she wrote as often as she could, building up a reputation as a published short story writer, (Horror and a twist in the tale,) and a Poet. She has appeared as a Performing Poet, and a Demo Chef. Then she discovered the world of the Food & Travel Writer. And that’s what she has continued doing to this day. Her main hobbies are Cookery and entering Competitions. She has won many prizes, including holidays and a moped. She enjoys entering Competitions, submitting her original recipes. She was first in many Competitions, including the Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu, Fruits of France, Bernard Matthews Turkey Recipe, and appeared on BBC’s The One Show Spag Bol contest. She was one of three Finalists, coming 2nd, which makes her Britain’s Spag Bol Queen! Now she runs B-C-ing-U! and loves it! After several years of being messed around by Editors, and having loads of contacts, Lyn formed her own online Magazine, vowing to treat her writers fairly, and to do everything possible to further their careers, publicise their books, etc. She now has a band of excellent regular writers, and the Magazine’s going from strength to strength! Lyn’s online published books; Adverse Camber A collection of my published poems. The First Book of Short Stories The Second Book of Short Stories The Third Book of Short Stories. Many of these stories have been previously published. St Anthony of Padua. The Patron St of the Old. A story of one woman’s terrible ordeal in a Home, and her family’s rescue of her. The Girl Who Watched. A Cuban girl is attacked by an English journalist & what follows! Willy the Whizz & the Wormhole. Suitable for Young Adults, aged 15-95! Get Out Of Debt And Stay Out – Forever! Unsympathetic, hard-hitting, realistic solutions to your problems. All these books are published by Andrews UK Ltd www.andrewsuk.com No, I didn’t pay them to Vanity Publish! They’re all available from Amazon, and many other online publishers. LYN FUNNELL.