It's only taken me 18 months but I've finally got around to visiting another pole studio other than the one I normally attend.
I'd had a few people ask me if I'd heard of The Pole Precinct, if I knew of the instructors, it's location, what they offered, and things like that. I honestly don't know where the expectation comes from that I would know, but I thought why not go check it out.
The Pole Precinct is located in Salisbury (Queensland, Australia) so reasonably central'ish for south side of the city people. I believe you're looking at a 15-20 minute drive from the city if the traffic is behaving. I know nothing about behaving traffic as I live in the opposite direction, am rural, and it took me 50 minutes to drive there, on a Sunday, with no traffic.
|The block that houses The Pole Precinct: 623 Toohey Rd, Salisbury|
Initially I overshot the small industrial/commercial block it's located at; a mixture of being unfamiliar with the area and I honestly didn't notice The Pole Precinct sign. A quick check on the map, double check of the building number, perfectly executed U-turn (of course), and I was where I should be. Now that I'm familiar with the location, sign - it's colours and style, overshooting is a one-off and really nothing unusual for me.
First off there is plenty of on-site parking (free) which is always a bonus. I'm not sure how busy it would be during a week day when the other businesses are open, but of an evening and weekends there certainly won't be any problems parking your car.
|Sliding door main entrance, roller door opens to the fitness space|
The studio is marked by a modestly signed sliding doorway. I must confess I appreciate this subtlety. I know some people aren't ready to boldly announce, or be obvious about pole dancing and pole fitness, just as some community members aren't as receptive to it as they could be.
Inside the foyer is fresh and bright. I like the colour scheme they've selected, green/white/black, it's quite refreshing and light really (oh god, my inner interior designer wannabe is showing, let me just tuck her back in).
There are two doorways, the one on the left takes you into the pole room. This is an air conditioned space which is a necessity here in Queensland. There are eight poles in this room: two brass poles and six stainless steel ones, all 45 mm and all three meters tall. There is plenty of space between the poles, storage for your gear, and a nice wood laminate floor. The poles can vary between static and spin. At this stage mirrors aren't up yet but they are coming, hey they are a necessity for self correction and to see if you really should have gone that other size in pole shorts.
|Eight poles ready to go|
There is a shared toilet next to the studio, it's kept unlocked and is available for The Pole Precinct clients to use. It has two toilets, a basin, and hand towel. I found it surprisingly clean and wouldn't hesitate to get changed there those times you find yourself unable to change before arriving.
When I arrived on the open day Dani and her team were giving a class so I had the opportunity to speak with Daniel (Dani's partner). We talked about the location, safety, lighting, which all got the thumbs up from Daniel. The Pole Precinct is located amongst long term businesses who are all receptive and supportive of their arrival, half the battle is having friendly neighbours.
I was fortunate enough to be there for the instructors performance. I don't know these ladies personally but they freestyled amazingly, showcased their craft beautifully, and made me envious enough to top up my motivation to continue on my own pole/fitness path with the consistency that I have been of late. They all had wonderful technique, flow, did beginner to advanced level tricks, and something you pick up on quick... they all pointed their toes!
|Dani (at top) and team|
When I got home I checked out The Pole Precinct website. I especially admire the listing of the Instructors Qualifications, and Title & Accomplishments they have gone for, held, or currently hold.
Dani is not only immensely qualified in pole and pole fitness, she is also above and beyond as a qualified fitness trainer. Dani has also picked a well qualified, well educated, and experienced group of instructors to join her in her venture.
The timetable and class offerings cover a broad range of options including the various level courses run over eight week blocks, a variety of casual classes, Mum's and Bub's, Men Only, Booty, plus multiple fitness options.
I'm not quite sure what else people would want to know that I may not have covered. The website is very informative and as with any business phone if you have a question. I found Dani, Daniel, her staff and the support people she had around her on the Open Day all very approachable and friendly. I think it's exciting and nerve-racking at the same time to start your own business, it will be a huge learning curve, there will be good and bad days, but I get the impression The Pole Precinct is here for the long haul.
On a personal note I must say I'm excited that a new pole studio has started up. I try not to have an "Us and Them" mentality but the more opportunities there are to pole and to get the message out, the more mainstream pole dancing and pole fitness become, helping to remove that 'perceived' stigma some insist on attaching to it.
Basically, for each new pole studio... it's more of US and less of THEM!