FAQ: What is the difference between Pole Fit / Pole Dance / Exotic Pole dance?

Pole Dancing is gaining popularity nowadays and a variety of classes makes beginners a little bit confused. 

Pole dancing can be performed in different styles and there is no single definition of each of them in the world. Moreover, it can vary from studio to studio. Let us explain how it works in ours.

We would like to recommend you to start with POLE INTRO if you have never tried pole dance before. In this class, you are going to learn how to hold the pole correctly, different types of grips with your hands and legs, a couple of basic spins, and elements that will let you feel the difference between spinning and static poles. After visiting POLE INTRO for 1-2 times, you can already choose other pole classes, because by then you’ll already be familiar with the basics and can easily practice in Pole Fit Class. Besides, there is a list of the elements (a printed copy) in the studio, so you can easily have a look and brush up on them. 

Pole Fit aka Pole Sport/ Fitness is the most technical class of them all. It focuses on learning spins and tricky elements, which can help you tone your muscles and improve coordination. No heels needed.

You move from the simplest to the most complicated tricks step by step.
As our class is for students of different levels you should not be intimidated by the students with a more advanced level. They totally understand you as they all started once. You are in a supportive environment where others can help you, for example, if you forget a move. 

Moreover, this class is essential if you want to add spectacular moves into your dance/exotic dance routine. 

Here is an example of one of our students https://www.instagram.com/p/CDjODtuhyIS/

Pole Dance class — this is what we call it. This class still includes pole elements and spins, but some choreography as well. The class structure may vary. In the beginning, you might repeat the spins and tricks from the previous class, and at the end put it all together with some choreography. Or the whole class can be dedicated to learning a pole dance routine. When you join the group, please ask the instructor what everyone is working on. But we promise you won’t get bored or feel out of place. We will make you move and sweat:)
Have a look at an example of a pole dance routine we were working on https://www.instagram.com/p/CFhe7WahKJc/

Exotic Pole dance is the class where you can put your sensuality and inner goddess out there. This class focuses on learning a dance routine that includes pirouettes, body rolls, one-leg spins, and a lot of various turns. Basically, a minimum of pole tricks, but a lot of floor work. As our groups are of a mixed level, exotic routines might include some moves that you are not familiar with, but no worries: the instructor can always come up with a modification that suits your level. 

If you have some heels or specialized shoes for pole dance, don’t forget to bring them with you. If you don’t have them yet, you can always practice in socks. Such shoes just help you perform better turns, so your foot doesn’t stick to the floor. 

Here are some exotic pole dance routines https://www.instagram.com/p/B4UETxVBb1P/



Check out our schedule to see what you would like to start with https://poledancethailand.com/schedule/

This variety in the world of pole dancing is actually one of the best things about it. Why? First of all, you’re unlikely to ever get bored with it. Secondly, It always goes down to individual preferences, but you’re bound to find a style that you really like. And if you don’t know that yet, give each of them a try and then see which one you find most useful and interesting to you.


by Daria Stark,
Studio Director