Body Confidence & Self Esteem
through Pole Dancing*:
Pole dancing is unique in that it transcends all forms and styles, which allows women to find their own rhythm with this integrated dance practice. Diminutive esteem and confidence are addressed by learning to "take up more space;" "letting go" to drop into more organic movement; observing the subtleties between "authentic" versus overly-muscled movements; and moving in a sensuous, feminine way that powerfully connects women to the beauty of their bodies.
Distinct from a psychotherapy milieu, our focus in strictly on movement and facilitating physical and emotional expression through dance; which, in particular, provides an empowering and safe way for women to connect with their emotions, bodies, inner strength and creativity. Group classes consist of women of all ages, shapes and abilities (most of whom do not have previous dance experience).
The Dancer’s Conditioning Workout:
Advanced techniques to maximize results. Appropriate for all fitness levels. A one hour class intended to strengthen and lengthen both core & structural muscles. This comprehensive workout draws upon ballet technique, yoga, Pilates, and calisthenics to maximize gains in functional strength, flexibility, balance/agility, and cardiovascular endurance. Specific methods are instructed, which include progressive muscle relaxation, diaphragmatic breathing, antagonist-agonist stretching, isometric conditioning, and neuromuscular proprioception. The warm-up for Level I - VIII pole classes incorporates this workout.
Pink Ribbon Program:
The Pink Ribbon Program is an internationally recognized Pilates-based Recovery Program developed by a survivor for survivors. This exercise program is designed to help women regain mobility, strength, and function post-operatively. This exercise program begins with a four-staged process that helps stretch and strengthen the shoulder, chest, back and abdominal muscles, increasing range of motion in those areas affected by surgery. In addition to this program, we introduce a variety of feminine movement sequences to reconnect women to the natural language of their bodies, cultivating a sense of femininity, while reclaiming the ability to feel sensuous, powerful, and beautiful.