I started my pole dancing adventure in September 2019. I can say I was a fit person back then but I had absolutely no upper body strength and zero flexibility.
Not much changed since then but there’s definitely some improvement. I’ve got few cool poses to show on my pole resume and I’m able to do a basic climb … 😀
When I booked my holiday in Mauritius I just started to work on my one-handed spins, I thought I am the champion 😀 I didn’t want to spend two weeks away from the pole so I googled Pole Dance Mauritius. Yes! One studio on this tiny island, I am totally going!
I visited the website to find some info. Single Drop In class costs 600 MUR, which is about £12. Membership is recommended. Classes available – Level 1, Level 2, Stretching, Pole Conditioning. I texted studio on Facebook asking about the way of teaching and informing about my level of skills (zero). I got a reply from Yulia, the owner.
Yulia has been training pole since 2012 and she’s got Russian nationality. Which means she was born for pole 😀 In 2017 she completed XPERT Pole and Aerial Fitness course and became an instructor. Later in the year she moved to Mauritius and opened her first studio. She also completed Basic and Advanced Pole Acrobatics teacher training, Stretching and Flexibility instructor, Improvisation and Exotic Dance course.
I looked her up on Instagram and was so impressed! Her girls were amazing! I couldn’t wait to try pole under her supervision.
Yulia’s reply was very nice. She told me that she teaches on open level and to book Level 1. Also she was on holiday and her friend was replacing her which was a little bit disappointing for me. I really wanted to meet Yulia.
I booked my class when I was already in Mauritius. Studio wasn’t very easy to find. One of the top floors, somewhere in the back of the big shopping centre. I arrived 10 minutes early ready to wait but I was let into the class so I was able to watch Stretching too. OMG! I wasn’t into stretching back then so I was pretty shocked! The way the teacher was bending student’s back seemed very painful but the result looked amazing! Studio was nice and spacious with brass poles and one pink coated 40mm pole.
Finally my class has started. The warm up was pretty hard and longer than I was used to in my studio. By the time we started poling I was already exhausted 😀 And that’s when it all became confusing for me. Melanie, the teacher who was replacing Yulia, explained that everyone will be doing head stands by the pole. She explained the technique and told us to try it with the partner. Everyone looked a little bit confused but some of the students gave it a try. Those who didn’t, got some help from Melanie. Few did a splendid job and had a nice pictures taken. The others (me) weren’t able to hold long enough for the picture and couldn’t move their arms after few tries 😀
To sum up, Lo Bosco studio is teaching pole on an amazing level but it was to hard for my set of skills. I left the studio without actually learning anything new. I wasn’t able to do the head stand so there was nothing else for me to do. Melanie’s way of teaching was showing everyone the same trick and working on it through the whole class. No individual program, which I am used to. Someone who is starting her/his pole adventure without previous fitness experience will find these classes a little bit intimidating. Or maybe it’s just me.
Although if I was staying in Mauritius and was taking the classes regularly, the progress would come really fast. Yulia is creating incredibly strong and flexible pole dancers. I can’t wait to go back there and try her classes again now, when I am much stronger than I was!