Jenny Hewett swings her way around the Burlesque-Pole fusion class at Dubai Marina’s Capella Club.
Brazilian burlesque instructor Milla Tenorio has been hard at work learning the ins and outs of pole fit to form a fusion class, which aims to works muscles you never even knew you had.
Step by step
Having been regulars of Milla’s burlesque dance classes, we were intrigued to see how the patient and personable instructor has blended the self-empowering styles. We share the pole with another dancer and Milla begins with a dance-based warm-up. She then demonstrates the routine, which involves the use of a chair, fireman spins and back bends. It’s been some time since we last did pole fit and we struggle at first to get any lift (perhaps due to the fact we expended our energy at hip-hop classes the hour before). Milla says we need to lift ourselves enough to be able to get the momentum we need. It’s tougher than regular burlesque, but ideal for pole fit girls who are at an intermediate level.
The next day every muscle in our body aches, the true sign of a good work out. We also have bruises under our arms and on our legs.
• Milla is a brilliant and inspiring instructor, we can never fault her.
• The class involves a routine, which is often missing from most pole fit sessions.
• It’s not ideal for beginners, so make sure you clock up some hours on the pole beforehand.
Dhs75 per class. 8.30pm. Sun. Capella Club, Dubai Marina, parking in Dubai Marina Mall (04 452 6000).