Hometown Visit: Milan Pole Dance Singapore
By: Karen Lee
Have you been to any pole studios in your hometown? Our traveling blogger Karen Lee talks about what it was like attending Milan Pole Dance Studio Singapore in her hometown for the first time.
Oh the warm fuzzy feeling of being home! Finally spending Chinese New Year with my family for the first time after 3 years, it was absolutely blissful to be back in Singapore. After heaps of Bah Kwa and pineapple tarts, I needed an excuse to get back in shape. What better than to schedule a pole class and check out the scene in my hometown.
Walking pass the bent on Bukit Pasoh Road, I ravel at the fact that I have only been to this quaint little neighborhood once, but many years ago. In the evening twilight, the lights from the shophouse bars were twinkling, as if guiding me in the right direction to the studio I was visiting that night.
I walked up a narrow stairway, traditionally tucked between two shophouses. Milan Pole Dance Studio Singapore (MPDSS) seats on the left of the second floor landing. I was still getting re-accustomed to my Asian culture, and was a tiny bit taken aback by the array of shoes and sandals across the front of the door. Why, of course, I slipped off my Havaianas and stepped through the door that was ajar.
I was greeted by a pleasantly large room, and Yumi with her cool pastel rainbow hair. I was promptly signed up, while admiring the soft blue glow of the room which I assumed was from the evening light shining through the pretty white windows. I thought there were no fairy lights, but they were actually hidden behind the top end of the mirrors which created a beautiful ambience. The bathroom is located at the right side of the studio, and there are cute numbered lockers for our belongings.
I quickly changed to join the class, but had a little trouble trying to find a free pole as the students there chope (Singaporean slang for “reserve”) poles for themselves and their friends with foot thongs and such. I chuckled internally at the typical Singaporean choping-with-tissue-paper culture and finally found a free pole right behind the instructor. Perfect.
I took a Contemporary Pole Choreography class with Vanda that evening. She specializes in contemporary and pole gym, which is evident in her strong and lean figure. The routine was cool, and I enjoyed learning it, which was challenging yet not too difficult.
It was also on spinning poles. At first, I thought maybe my pole was missing its pin, but Vanda clarified it was supposed to be spinning. I’ve always done my classes on static poles unless it was specified as a spinning class. I was a little nervous but excited to take on the challenge. Thankfully, the choreo wasn’t too crazy so it was easy to handle it on the spinning pole.
Vanda, with her amazing musicality, explains her moves really well and gave us time for practice while helping those who needed extra assistance. I definitely recommend this class, especially for pole dancers who are looking to add grace and improve techniques in their pole dancing.
Another popular class at Milan Pole Dance Studio Singapore is their Exotic Dance, which includes sensual floor work. In contrast to being artistic and fluid like in Contemporary Pole, it brings out your sexy wild side on the pole. A new choreography will be taught each week and may focus on stripping or lap dancing. Pole heels are encouraged. Pole fitness classes focusing on core and tricks are also popular, such as Flexy and Pole Conditioning. Once a week on Sundays, poles are removed for aerial hoop and silk classes.
Coming this April, there will also be an intensive training weekend with guest teachers from France and Australia. Check out their website and Facebook page for more information. (Links below.)
Started in Milan, Milan Pole Dance Studio also has branches in Montreal, Dubai and Miami. A special feature that I really like is their reservation application, available both on iPhone and Android. So convenient, you can book your next dance class on the go!
It was a great experience withMilan Pole Dance Studio Singapore and I would absolutely love to try out the other classes offered at the studio. Definitely going back when I am in Singapore again.
Milan Pole Dance Studio Singapore Fast Facts
Address: 11A Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore 089825
Telephone: +65 6222 9086
Milan Pole Dance Studio Singapore Review:
Location: Convenient. Closest to Outram Park MRT Station. Several buses brings you there, stopping on New Bridge Road. Lots of bars around and close to Chinatown and the central of Singapore.
Price: Reasonable. A single class is SGD$40, 10 classes for SGD$350, and 25 classes for $750. There is a promo for 3 classes right now, Pole Trio for $60.
Cleanliness: Nice, clean studio, with separate alcohol bottles for cleaning the poles and mats. But I would prefer to bring my own rag/towel since they reuse the provided rags throughout the day.
Poles per studio: 11 removable poles in the spacious studio, no need for sharing poles.
Class size: ~10 students per class.
Meet Blogger: Karen Lee
Since May 2015, Karen left the vibrant fashion industry of New York City to chase a new dream which changed and has continued to change her life in so many ways. Now a gypsy-dancer, she has been to several cities in North America for dance congresses, roamed through Brazil to study intensively in Brazilian ballroom dancing, and is now traveling and teaching within Asia and Southeast Asia. Karen fell in love with pole dancing shortly before leaving New York and kept up the passion by visiting different studios in every city she goes to. She now writes for PDN and has her own travel and dance blog.