Ro­manc­ing the pole: Bol­ly­wood shows how

HT City - - FRONT PAGE - Naina Arora naina.arora@hin­dus­tan­

If Bol­ly­wood’s lead­ing ladies have many fans, they them­selves are the fans of a par­tic­u­lar thing: the pole. Stars such as Jacque­line Fer­nan­dez, Yami Gau­tam, and Esha Gupta have all fallen for it. Sur­prised? Don’t be. The grav­ity-de­fy­ing act of a pole dancer is not only spec­tac­u­lar, but it’s also a fan­tas­tic work­out for en­hanc­ing strength and flex­i­bil­ity.

Ac­tor Yami Gau­tam re­cently posted a very short In­sta­gram video, in which she’s ex­u­ber­antly pole danc­ing, and cap­tioned it: “In firsts of so many firsts ... pole danc­ing !! #nev­er­sayn­ever #dance­likeit­sy­ourlife.”


As for what pole danc­ing does for one’s men­tal and phys­i­cal health, Yami has said in a me­dia state­ment, “The whole idea came be­cause of my love for fit­ness and dance. Pole danc­ing chal­lenges the fit­ness level a lot more.”

Jacque­line had a stun­ning slo-mo pole danc­ing scene in the song Chan­dralekha from the film A Gen­tle­man, and you bet pulling that off didn’t come with­out a lot of prac­tice. She also keeps treat­ing her fans to her pole dance fit­ness rou­tine on her so­cial me­dia pro­file. That, in turn, is fu­elling more in­ter­est in this work­out.

“Ev­ery day, I get more re­quests from girls re­gard­ing pole danc­ing classes. Celebri­ties have de­vel­oped a great in­ter­est in pole danc­ing,” says trainer Rok­solana Chubenko, who has taught Jacque­line.


For ac­tor Sm­i­lie Suri, who has dab­bled in ev­ery form of dance — salsa, ball­room, jazz — pole danc­ing is “em­pow­er­ing”. It helped her come out of a low phase re­lated to work and a per­sonal loss. Re­ju­ve­nated, Sm­i­lie has be­gun teach­ing pole danc­ing. “And I feel sexy,” she says, “Pole danc­ing is hard on the core. You are anti-grav­ity, and have to be fo­cused. It gives you a lot of grit.”

“Pol­ing is like a hard­core sport that works ev­ery mus­cle in your body and in­vig­o­rates the mind,” ex­plains Mum­baibased pro­fes­sional pole dancer Aar­ifa Bhin­der­wala, who has taught the likes of Yami. She adds, “A poler is es­sen­tially an ath­lete. My stu­dents are pow­er­ful women from ev­ery walk of life, and on the pole, each one is a boss.”

Ac­tor Esha Gupta, also a poler for the pur­pose of keep­ing fit, says, “It’s great for the core and up­per body strength.”


Ac­tor Jacque­line Fer­nan­dez

Ac­tor Sm­i­lie Suri


Ac­tor Yami Gau­tam

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