About Pole Pro
We aim to introduce people to an atypical fitness/dance routine that is maintainable, exciting, and affordable. From the wide selection of fitness and dance classes to the supportive and encouraging environment, Pole Pro will create a positive experience that will keep you coming back.
Pole Pro was founded in 2010 by Anne Reed. Anne quickly fell in love with pole and it’s amazing benefits. While she found that gym routines could get boring, pole was fun, exciting, and held her interest. Realizing there was nothing like it locally, Pole Pro was started to share the pole love and build a local community
Pole Pro is home to 8 poles in both 50mm and 45mm (competition standard) size. We have chrome, stainless steel, brass, and powder coated poles. Our studio is approximately 1000 square feet with room to spin and dance to your heart’s content. We take the safety of our students very seriously and keep crash mats on hand for intermediate and advanced tricks.
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Brief History of Pole Dancing
Mallakhamb, a gymnastic form of exercise from India, is the most ancient and primitive form of modern pole fitness. Competitors would show their strength and agility by performing poses and feats on a wooden pole. In English, Mallakhmb translates into Pole Gymnastics and dates back over 800 years. Modern pole dancing only dates back to the late 1800s. During the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893 a provocative dance, similar to Bump n’ Grind, became popular. The dancers became known as the “Hoochie Coochie Dancers.” Later, during the American Depression, traveling fairs moved from town to town entertaining the crowds. Many of the fairs were held inside tents that were supported by one pole in the center. Provocative dancers began to incorporate the pole into their routines, which evolved into the type of erotic dance performed in gentlemen’s clubs. Today, the two have been combined making a truly unique and challenging form of exercise and dance.