I discovered in class that exotic dancing can be even more of a workout than pole dancing. We were moving, flipping, rolling, twisting, gyrating, squatting, standing, swishing and whipping our legs up and around in all kinds of aerobic ways. By the end of the day I had worked out so hard that everything hurt and I felt like I was going to throw up. I could hardly walk back to the car. Also because I have less body fat than the average girl, I didn't have the cushion I needed to soften the moves. My studio is carpeted. But this class was in a studio with a hard wood floor and so my hip bones, tail bone and spine took a beating on the floor over and over. And my tail bone was already bruised at the start of the class from a pole dancing exercise we did yesterday. I suppose I'll be finding bruises all over tomorrow. But it was worth every minute of it.
I learned a ton of new progressions, all using safety methods endorsed by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. And I'm licensed to use them in my classes now. In a couple days I'm going to start re-doing my entire level 1 lesson plan. Then the level 2, the level 3 and the level 4 pole class as well. I'll only have a week to do this as my next session of classes begins July 22nd.