Polesilks are taught on a spinning pole with a set of silks attached at the top so that the student uses the silks rather than the pole for support.
A typical Polesilks lesson will start with a thorough warm up, a strength and conditioning section, a recap of the previous classes moves, new moves, a section of choreography and a cool down.
Here at The Dance Shack we just love the weird and wonderful positions and possibilities which can be achieved on Polesilks.
Like all of our apparatus based classes, Polesilks is taught using a syllabus which is broken down into levels. Each level is broken down into moves appropriate to the level being worked on, a family of moves, where variants of a chosen move are delved into further to show students how small variations create greater changes and offer personalisation of moves, a selection of combinations, level appropriate strength and conditioning as well as dynamic moves. At the end of each level, every student is assessed to ensure that they are progressing well and that they are ready to move onto the next level of training.
One of the great things about Polesilks is that moves can be performed with both the silks free flowing as well as knotted, meaning that the possibilities are endless, and moves which are too advanced for pole or silks, can often be given a new lease of life on Polesilks, allowing the student to feel a great sense of achievement.
If you are looking for a totally different workout, with the benefits of building muscle, increasing stamina and getting your feet off the ground then Polesilks might just be the class for you.