Updated blog post 5/16/2016:
So you want to know about pole-dancing in Korea? Yes, it exists, although stripper pole-dancing does not, (just want to clear that up), and yesterday I took my first pole dancing class. I will tell you right off the bat that I failed miserably. I just started going to a new dance studio called JK Pole Dance a few weeks ago. They offer classes in hip hop, jazz, K-pop, silk art, pole-dancing, and now Zumba! (taught by yours truly.) The dance studio has two studios, one for regular dance classes and one for the pole classes. The pole dance studio has 4 poles so if you want to take a class you should call the studio ahead of time to reserve a spot. The first day I basically learned the basic warm-up steps and I attempted to learn trick #1, which is just a spin around the pole with one foot on the ground and the other foot behind you in an arabesque. It was not as easy as they made it look. Between having to make sure my foot was 10 cm away from the pole (after being here for over a year I am still unable to convert inches and feet to centimeters. I regret not studying harder in math about the metric system) and concentrating on my arms being at the perfect 70 degree and 30 degree angles it was just not happening for me.
Pole dancing would be an awesome form of dance to add to my repertoire, but after spending an hour just trying to master one step, I know it’s not going to be that easy. I’m hoping next time that I can at least get two feet off the ground. Just trying to add to my recession-proof skill set in case I should ever need to go down that route. (Dad, if you’re reading this I am totally kidding). But seriously speaking, pole dancing is a great upper body and abdominal work-out. It takes a lot of core strength and I’m not lying when I say I’m feeling a bit sore today.
Directions: Go to Hapjeong station (green line 2) and use exit 8. Walk straight out of the exit for about 5 minutes. You will pass 2 SK gas stations. At the second gas station turn right. You will pass two side streets. After the second side street, look up and on your right hand side you will see a sign that says “Dance Studio.” JK Pole Dance is at the basement level of a building right next to a fish restaurant. You can find a map on the studio’s website.