If you want to try your hand at some adventurous athleticism, pole dancing just might be the activity for you. Once deemed too risqué to exist in the mainstream, pole has become a mainstay in the workout routines of many.
Pole dancing is a great way to embrace your sensual side while getting a hardcore workout. I’m a professional ballet dancer, and pole gives me a great outlet to let loose while still challenging me to strive for more. Plus, it serves as cross-training for my job, which comes as an added bonus.
Though there aren’t too many studios that offer pole dancing in St. Louis, I’ve attended the few that do—and, let me tell you, they all exceeded my expectations. Read on to hear about where you should take pole dancing classes in the Gateway City.
Map of Pole Dancing Studios around St. Louis
Michelle Mynx Academy of Dance
First on our list, we’ve got Michelle Mynx Academy of Dance. Located in Tower Grove East, this studio is staffed by expert teachers who will give you the tools to polish your pole skills.
Favorite classes include Basework and Low Flow, which involves only the lower half of the pole, and Shape Shifters, an advanced flexibility trick class. And don’t forget the Ass and Sass class, taught by Michelle herself!
Looking for more than just your average pole dancing class? Michelle Mynx Academy of Dance features frequent workshops and events to help you hone your craft. They also bring in guest choreographers to expand their students’ pole dancing repertoires. Participating in these events can help to further immerse you into the world of pole.
Additionally, Michelle Mynx Academy of Dance offers private lessons to provide invested students with some extra attention. These can also be used as a placement class for new dancers. If you’ve attended the studio before, you can choose your favorite instructor to provide you coaching on your weaker areas.
- Address: 3190 South Grand Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63118
- Website: Michelle Mynx Academy
Pink Lemon Studio
If you want a chance to dance on a 14-foot spinning pole, sign up for a class at Pink Lemon. They boast an incredible facility, with a huge wooden floor and mood LED lighting. With Pink Lemon’s 1-person-per-pole rule, you won’t have to compromise your time in the studio for another classmate.
The environment at Pink Lemon is congenial and supportive. The instructors consider themselves a “pole dance sorority”, so the energy in the studio is rife with the feeling of sisterhood. No need to worry about overly competitive classes here!
Pink Lemon also offers aerial hoops, aerial silks, and chair dancing classes. Basically, if you want to try any style of sensual dancing, they’ve got you covered.
And, as a bonus, Pink Lemon certainly wins the superlative for most fun studio name. Mm, pour me some pink lemonade!
- Address: 1708 W Terra Lane, O’Fallon, MO 63366
- Website: Pink Lemon Studio
Next up, we’ve got Dahlia Pole. Located in St. Peters at Dudas Fitness, Dahlia’s a bit of a drive from downtown St. Louis, but their classes are well worth the trip.
Dahlia offers classes for pole dancers of all skill levels. They’ve got an excellent offer for new beginner students: your first three Level 1 classes are available a discounted rate. If you want to try pole for the first time, but aren’t sure you want to commit, Dahlia’s got my seal of approval.
And if you’re looking to host a pole dancing party, Dahlia’s got you covered. They offer two packages (Lavish Party and Posh Party) depending on the size of your group and the amount of time you’d like to spend on the pole. Each party allots for 45 to 60 minutes spent pole dancing, plus some extra time for leisure and chitchat. I highly recommend a Lavish Party for a birthday party or a bachelorette’s night out.
- Address: 3963 Old Highway 94 South, St. Peters, MO 63304
- Website: Dahlia Pole
Venus Pole and Fitness
If you’ve never heard of Venus Pole and Fitness, you’re not alone. Once Dahlia Pole’s main location, this studio recently rebranded. Now, it serves the Florissant community as the town’s sole pole dancing studio.
Venus Pole and Fitness’s namesake is the Roman goddess of beauty and love, and the studio is oriented around embracing the spirit of Venus. If you want to embrace your inner goddess, this is the studio for you.
Like Dahlia Pole, Venus Pole and Fitness offers fun party packages. You can choose your preferred dance style for the party from the following options: pole dancing, twerk, exotic dancing, burlesque, and strip tease. If you want a chance to get hot and heavy in the studio, book a party at Venus for your next special day.
- Address 1: 12785 New Halls Ferry Road, Florissant, MO 63033
- Website: Venus Pole and Fitness
Free Flow Fitness
Last but certainly not least, there’s Free Flow Fitness. With classes like Freaky Flexibility and Flowtastic F*ckery, one thing’s for sure: this ain’t your G-rated dance studio.
Free Flow Fitness prides itself on being women-oriented. Their mission is to empower women to embrace their bodies through building the strength needed to pole dance. This uplifting energy is palpable as soon as you enter the studio and serves as the perfect pick-me-up as you work your way through class.
Free Flow Fitness is located all the way out in Bridgeton, so be sure to allot additional travel time if you’re driving in from St. Louis proper. Make sure to plan ahead: they require all students to reserve a drop-in spot at least two hours ahead of each class time.
And if you’re a big fan of Free Flow Fitness, why not purchase some of their merch? Their line of printed cropped hoodies, tees, tank tops and more are beyond cute—not to mention practical, since you can wear them to pole class.
- Address: 11726 St Charles Rock Road # A, Bridgeton, MO 63044
- Website: Free Flow Fitness