Pole Dance In Egypt
I never would have thought pole dance in Egypt existed. At least, not until Mint, the owner of Pole Fit Egypt contacted me. She said was injured and unable to teach classes and asked if I could help.
Her solution? Find instructors willing to come and teach pole dance in Egypt.
I’ve always wanted to go to Egypt. When I mentioned the opportunity to teach pole dance in Egypt to an Egyptian friend living in the US, he immediately warned against it.
“Do you know how dangerous Egypt is?” He asked with surprise. “ I wouldn’t even go there.”
So I decided against it. Well … because of that and my very limited experience as a pole instructor, plus I wouldn’t be able to adhere to the 3 month time commitment.
But I did post the opportunity on my @PoleDanceNation Instagram page. The response was overwhelming. I never thought so many people would be interested in teaching pole dance in Egypt.
Since then, many pole dancers have left their homes and traveled to teach pole dance in Egypt at Mint’s studio. And they all have come back safe and sound.
This time, when Mint contacted me, I figured I would take the opportunity to talk with her, find out more, and share that information with you. Just in case you were thinking about teaching pole dance in Egypt but haven’t quite made up your mind.
How long have you owned Pole Fit Egypt?
It’s been almost 3 years now!
What made you decide to open it?
It was a lucky accident! In 2013, I moved back to Cairo after completing my university studies in the UK. I wanted to continue my pole training but it was difficult and lonely training alone. Since I already had pole instruction experience in the UK, I decided to teach a few friends for a couple of hours on the weekend. Friends brought more and more friends and I realized … I better open a studio!
How is pole dance perceived in Cairo?
Pole Fit Egypt has introduced pole dancing to Cairo. I was very careful and patient with our marketing tactics. I educated the public through our members and I educated my members by showing them different sides of pole when teaching. We grew through word of mouth, which reflected an organic manner in spreading awareness of this new type of dance/sport.
Three years ago my first ever students would ask me not to feature them on social media and would express their presence here was confidential. Today some students join just to be part of this new trendy community!
Since the majority of Egyptians are Muslim and religion is a major part of your culture, are women encouraged to embrace their sexuality? Or do women come to you for an outlet of sensual expression?
Women are encouraged to embrace their sexuality only within terms that are suitable to their respective culture, tradition, and religion. In Islam, pre-marital sex is forbidden. Having sex before marriage is illegal in Egypt and frowned upon by Egyptian culture and society. Women are encouraged to express and embrace their sexuality only within the realm of their married life.
Some women find “women only” events & parties to be an area where they can unleash their sensual and feminine expression. That’s why Pole Fit Egypt holds a strict ‘ladies only’ policy.
I am certain women come to PFE for an outlet of expression in general. It is not merely limited to their sensuality. They find comfort in and with their body; its shape, size, and movement.
In America, we have lots of pole competitions. What performance outlets exist for your students?
At the moment there are only public aerial performances that include silks and hoop. We host an annual student showcase every year. The performance is by invitation only and again, limited to women.
When you initially contacted me, you were injured and looking for some traveling instructors. What happened?
A friend was carrying me on her shoulders, like we were at a concert, and accidentally dropped me. I broke my neck when I fell 🙁
Obviously, due to the location of my studio it was quite a challenge finding someone to instruct. That’s when I decided to contact you and try my luck out.
Voila – our PFE Resident Instructor Program was born and my broken neck turned out to be a blessing in disguise!
Oh no! I didn’t know your injury was that serious. But you’re right. It definitely worked out for the best. Which traveling instructors have you hosted so far?
- Dashiell Berri – USA
- Josh Taylor – UK
- Shaina Cruea – USA
- Carolina Daboin – Venezuela
- Marcela Restrepo – Colombia
- Maria Kostorova – Russia
- Joana Silva – Portugal
- Cristen Manser – Switzerland
- Germana Viafara – Venezuela
- Nika Pintar – Croatia
So here is my biggest question. And I’m sure a lot of other people are wondering the same thing: Is it safe for instructors to travel to Egypt?
Most definitely! Forget about the media. The media just wants to exaggerate and sell the news. Having travelled extensively around the world in Europe, the US and Asia, I certainly feel more safe in Cairo at 1AM compared to London and NY. Cairo accommodates many expats. If it was unsafe they would leave. If it was not safe I wouldn’t have been able to host 10 Instructors in the span of almost 2 years.
Here is a direct quote from one of our hosted instructors, Marcela:
I didn’t feel unsafe at any time. As a Latina I have to say I am always aware, but in Cairo you wont get anything stolen or see violence. They even leave doors open on the buildings, or the cars parked on streets without any danger. Of course, as everywhere, there are some places worse than others. But in general, I wouldn’t say that Egypt is a dangerous country for an average tourist.
Marcela made a video about her experiences teaching pole dance in Egypt. View it below:
What can instructors expect when they travel to your studio?
This video created by Marcela Restrepo is a good place to begin. -> WATCH VIDEO
Marcela’s PFE Resident Instructor Experience
Beach photo shoot + Accommodation + Salary
What are the 3 best reasons for an instructor to leave their home to teach at Pole Fit Egypt?
I will do my best not to be biased so I am going to quote 2 of the instructors who have experienced our residency program:
- The nicest people I have ever encountered -Shaina Cruea
- The beaches are beautiful -Marcela Restrepo
- The best outdoor photo shoots ever –Mint (me)
If you’re interested in teaching at Pole Fit Egypt, contact Info@PoleFitEgypt.com