Watching pole dancing versus doing it are very different, because it looks so easy and effortless, but it is DIFFICULT to do. Besides trying to climb vertically up a smooth surface with nowhere to grip your feet, you burn and bruise your skin.
It's very easy to injure yourself - injuries which could have been avoided.
If you are planning on becoming an instructor, the first thing you want to know is that you need to look after your students. Injuries will cause you to lose students and give you a bad reputation.
I am Natasha Williams, and I have been doing pole as a dance and a sport since 1998 and have been teaching it since 2004. When I started teaching there was very little information available about pole moves and injury prevention. Over the years it has become more and more apparent that correct technique is critical to ensure that the joints get stronger, rather than damaged.
Natasha Williams is the founder and owner of the BodyMind Studios Franchise. She has taught most of the succesful studio owners in South Africa and has trained thousands of women in the art of pole.
She is the pioneer of pole dancing in South Africa and also has the following:
- Master Pole Instructor
- Group Fitness Instructor
- Aerial Yoga Instructor
- Founder of Miss Pole Dance SA
- Founder of PDSASA (Pole Dance Sport Association of South Africa)
- Studio nominated second best in the world by IPDFA (International Pole Dance Fitness Association) 2009
- Nominated for Pole Industry Award 2016
- International Pole Judge, Singapore, London and Hong Kong 2013
- SA Provincial and National Colours in Pole Dancing, highest overall score
- Author of “Pole Tricks Handbook”, “Pole Position” and ‘Point Your Toes!”
- Certified Master Life and Transformation coach
- BA Psychology
- Diploma in Metaphysics