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4/28/13 1:48 P

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Welcome!! I love the Men of Pole! My class at Twirly Girls is called Boys, Girls and Twirls. And the incomparable Sean Michael teaches at our studio. I take his class and love it. I'm glad you found pole and are enjoying your journey. :)

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3/15/13 1:58 P

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Sounds like you've had some great classes. Wish there were more opportunities nearer to me. The main reason I got certified in silk hammock was because I wanted to do it, and our studio wanted to offer it. We don't have ceilings high enough for silks.

I can see both sides to whether or not males should be allowed. Having seen how good men can become on pole because of their upper body strength, I think it's a shame many studios won't allow them in.

However, on the other side when you stop to think of how many men look at pole as something you only do in a strip club, I can see most women's reaction to allowing men in the studio.

To be honest, even in a zumba class at the gym, if a guy comes in and really dances, it's fine; but if the hang in the back and barely move and mostly leers at the women, then I have a problem with it.


At one gym where I used to teach, the exercise bikes, treadmills and elipticals were all facing into windows which gave a view of the cardio/dance room. We did have blinds. I always closed the blinds before class. We were there to exercise, not entertain the people on the equipment.

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3/13/13 8:52 P

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Hi Sue. Thanks for the welcome! In addition to silks, I've dabbled in aerial rope, lyra, hammock and static trapeze. I actually had a month-long project/program in college at Seattle's School For Acrobatics and New Circus Arts (SANCA).

I am looking forward to taking pole lessons when I get the chance. I know there is a studio in town that allows guys to do pole (at some of the lessons). I completely am fine with the fact that men aren't allowed in many pole studios—I get that it's a "safe space" thing.

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3/13/13 6:08 P

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Welcome to the team Anthony. I think you may be our first male member. I'm Sue. I do silks, pole, silk hammock and a little lyra occasionally. (It's a long drive for me to get to the school that has lyra.) I'm impressed that you've been to circus school! I took my hammock instructor training at Boulder Circus school, but that was all I had time to take there.

As far as guys and pole, I have seen some amazing pole routines by guys. Unfortunately, many pole studios are female only. (The one where I teach is. They won't even let guys take silk hammock even though the hammocks are in another room and not the pole room.) Hope you can find a place to learn pole.

Hope is the high; dread is the low; life is the stuff in between! -- Medium

"There is no such thing as destiny, only different choices. Some choices are easy. Some aren't. Those are the important one; the ones that define us as people." Quote from the movie 23.
Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You, too? Thought I was the only one.’” (C.S. Lewis)
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3/13/13 7:47 A

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Hi! I'm Anthony. I'm not sure how many guys you have on this team, but now you have at least one. :) I started doing silks a while ago, but got frustrated because being overweight made it difficult for me. I've lost weight now and I'm getting back into it. I haven't tried pole yet (except a little Chinese pole when I was at circus school), but I'd like to!

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