I’ve been with the Pole Dolls family since I started back in 2013.
Pole Dolls Dance Studio, or PDDS as we students fondly call it, is owned by our pole momma Nina and her hubby Rocky. It opened its doors to all last September 2015 having different pole and aerial classes to choose from. To date, they offer pole fitness, pole spin, pole exotic, aerial silks, aerial hammock, and aerial hoops. On several occasions they introduce new classes such as contemporary and hip hop dance, hoop flow, and polesque (pole + burlesque) to name a few. So far I’ve tried pole fitness, pole spin, aerial hammock, aerial hoops, hoop flow, and contemporary dance classes. Yes, I am that addicted to it. 😀
I love how “at home” I feel whenever I am at the studio. Even if there are new students, the people welcome them with open arms, cheer and encourage them during class–especially when a trick has to be held for a few seconds for the sake of taking a good picture. 😀 I love how the teachers are very easy to get along with, and supportive of our kaartehan and requests–teacher Nina, Paula, Karen, Quench, and JL. There were several times I wanted to give up because I got so frustrated for not being able to do a trick, but they always tell me it’s ok; that it is a process and all of them went through the same phase. I’ve gained a lot of friends too who I treat as my sisters.
The regular pole classes in the studio are pole fitness, pole spin, pole exotic, and polesque. Previously, pole fitness was divided into two: beginners and intermediate. This time it is combined to foster a more supportive community. There are three poles that are pretty high, making it great for drop tricks. Thick crash mats are available to use when doing tricks. Classes are taught by teacher Nina and Paula.
So what if you’re a beginner? So what if you are an intermediate student but is afraid of doing a beginner’s trick? We all have our own quirks. People are very supportive of one another, and makes sure you have a good time.
I fell in love with aerial hoop when I saw the class’ performance in one of the recitals back in 2015. Few days after the show, I decided to join the class taught by teacher Karen.
The hoop (aka lyra) is suspended from the ceiling by a thick rope or strap. It can be a single or double point depending on your preference. I started with a lyra probably 3-4 feet above the floor to practice mounting. It looked easy but it is challenging. You have to be able to pull yourself up and hang your legs. Once you are able to mount the lyra, you can do a lot of tricks already. 🙂
Compared to pole, I find the spinning hoop more nauseating. 😀 The dizziness I felt was way intense than when I tried the spinning pole. It is best to be ready with an anti-emetic medicine such as Bonamine. Also, your body is best covered because it can cause more friction burns than the pole.
This studio was the first to introduce aerial hammock as part of an aerial arts class. This is very similar to aerial silks (taught in the studio by teacher Quench), but the hammock is one long fabric connected to a single point at the top. I tried this class taught by teacher Nina upon its launch.
Doing this sport will help you strengthen your grip and practice your pull ups. Most of the tricks done on the hammock will require you to pull yourself upright, making your arms work a lot more than when you do pole. Spinning on the hammock is also very nauseating like the lyra. I had to take an anti-emetic medicine before the class or bring something minty so smell when I feel dizzy. 😀 It is also best to wear clothes fully covering the legs and a shirt to avoid silk burns.
The studio offers several class packages depending on your budget and addiction. You may opt to walk in, buy a 5-class or 10-class card, or avail of their unlimited class card valid for a week or a month. If you are a KFit member, you can also sign up to one of their classess three times a month. You can also rent the studio with or without apparatus.
To get to the studio by commuting, make you way to Robinson’s Galleria Mall then exit at ADB Avenue side. The building (AIC Burgundy Empire Tower) is right across Galleria, with establishments Casa Bella and 7-11 in front. If you have a car, you can park inside the mall or at the open parking along ADB avenue. When about to ride the elevator, make sure you are on the side of the tenants to at least avoid the huge crowd of people going to Alliance (a networking company). It can get pretty crowded especially around 7pm in the evening on weekdays.
In summary, my rating for Pole Dolls Dance Studio are:
- Parking area: N/A (you can park somewhere within the vicinity)
Their aerial hammock, pole fitness, and aerial silks class are also available in KFit. Just search for Pole Dolls Dance Studio then book your chosen class. They sometimes change their class schedule so it is best to check their Facebook account (link below) first before heading the studio. ~~
Pole Dolls Dance Studio is located at Unit 719 AIC Burgundy Empire Tower, ADB Ave., Ortigas Center, Pasig City
Contact number: +639175477438 or +6325764101
Facebook: Pole Dolls Dance Studio