Massey University Ariel Arts Club (MUACC), more commonly known as the pole dancing club, stole the show at this semester’s Clubs Day.
The event was held on the Recreation Centre’s basketball court, where MUAAC’s two dance poles and very talented dancers was the first thing attendees saw.
Passers-by were invited to try dancing on the poles, with many opting to just get a photo with the dancers instead.
Club Executive Tash Elliston was among these dancers, hoping their creative set up would entice people to give pole dancing a go.
The club meet at the Recreation Centre’s group class room on Tuesdays and Fridays for three hours of training a week.
On top of this, the club’s four executives attend classes at Altitude Pole Auckland, learning intermediate level moves to teach the club.
Elliston says pole dancing with the club is always fun, which is why she commits so much time to it.
“We have lots of laughs” she says.
“You don’t feel like you are working out and you look pretty while doing it.”
Not being strong enough is a common reason why people are reluctant to give the sport a go.
Elliston assures that apart from a few shoulder stretches at the beginning of class, all of the fitness required for pole dancing comes from doing the moves, so no time is lost while building up strength.
“The biggest challenge is setting up the pole! Seriously, they are so heavy, it can take us 30 minutes” she says.
The Ariel Arts Club has emphasised that beginners are most welcome.
This invitation is extended to the guys too, four of whom have already attended club trainings.
For more information, search for the Massey University Ariel Arts Club on Facebook or on the Albany Students’ Association website.