“The instructors at Body and Pole are incredible. I have been to quite a few pole dancing studios in NYC. Body and Pole has amazing instructors with great accomplishments and they all do not have an ego about it.
Marlo is so outstanding on levels; without saying a word, she inspires…just watch her. She’s breath-taking and the minute you see her you can’t help but want to do what she does. Her moves are challanging and even at a beginner level, she can make you look like a pro. I strongly suggest taking her classes.
Michelle is so elegant and slinky that it makes all the moves/tricks look so easy. Class with her will make you lift your shirt in hopes that you have the muscles she does (because after all the excercise, you’ll feel like you should). So Graceful.Lian is a great business person. She has accomplished a lot in a short time.
*****The best part of the studio is what everyone REALLY wants….great instructors, longer classes for less. This is one of the more inexpensive studios w long classes and Amazing instructors.*****
MY #1 CHOICE IN NEW YORK POLE DANCING STUDIOS” – Lo
“I have been taking classes for a few weeks and I LOVE it. Marlo and Kyra are amazing. They are both so positive and encouraging and funny. I met Lian and look forward to taking her class as she is so sweet and encouraging. I can’t wait to take classes from the other instructors, too.If you’re going to take pole dancing classes in NYC, Body & Pole is the only name you need to know. Classes are small. I was worried I would feel uncomfortable in class since I have never done this before but I feel totally comfortable at Body & Pole and it’s a great workout.” – MG
“As an S Factor student who wanted to advance more in pole work, I literally stumbled upon Body & Pole earlier this year during an internet search for pole studios in NYC. I emailed Lian asking a million questions and she responded within minutes. (Now I do that to her routinely and she still responds within minutes). Honestly, that is what first attracted me to her studio.Lian is a warm and welcoming teacher with plenty of patience. I’ve never gotten a hello without a hug. And I’ve never asked a question she can’t answer. She is a genuine friend that makes her students feel at home, which to me is very important especially if you are showing up to a “pole” class completely clueless. I’ve learned a lot in just the few classes I’ve taken with Lian and she’s taught me important basics and proper form that I didn’t have, which has now enabled me to do things I never thought I’d be doing. I’ve not only developed strength and control, but also faith and confidence in myself, something I was lacking when I first came here.
I’ve only taken pole classes with Lian and Michelle, and flex classes with Olga and Isaac. All of these instructors are wonderful and helpful and make me feel comfortable in their classes. Each time I leave the studio I can cheerfully say I’ve learned something new or accomplished something I’ve been working on, whether it is a pole trick or being able to straddle my legs and touch my nose to the ground! Be prepared to learn a lot and to not give up on yourself. You will find some of the most amazing teachers here and I wish I didn’t have a day job so I can take classes all day…. (Seriously not kidding)!
Thank you Lian and Body & Pole for giving me a new appreciation for pole dancing and for myself! See you soon
- Michelle xo
“Hands down the best staff of instructors in NY ! and also the most welcoming of studios — even as a newcomer i was welcomed by regular students and made to feel that yes, i belonged there. no reason to go elsewhere for class !!” – Judy
“I discovered B&P when I took a couple of workshops at their first location. I loved Lian immediately and had such a great time but the location wasn’t easy for me to get to (I live on Long Island). But when they moved to the current spot and I discovered it was just a quick walk from Penn Station, I decided to try one of their regular class offerings. I began with a class taught by instructor Roland Brown called Pole Power & Conditioning. I was his very first registered student and enticed a friend to join in. The class is not focused on dance or movement as much as building the strength to be able to do the more difficult tricks as well as learning and practicing them. I really loved this class and his energy and love of pole fitness was contagious. Because of Roland and even the astute assistance of some of the other students that have since joined, I have really come a long way in my mastery of pole tricks. As I am 50 years old, I listen to my body and honor my energy to proceed at a pace that feels safe and Roland is very caring in treating each student as an individual and honoring that in his teaching as well. He is also so wonderful at breaking down the tricks through his explanation to help the student so each builds the foundation to “get” the trick and continue working towards fully achieving the trick. I highly recommend this class to anyone that is interesting in building the strength needed to master the difficult pole tricks.
I also discovered a class taught by Isaac Pena called Flexibility Training. Once again, I found that B&P had enticed yet another top-notch instructor to their roster of teachers. I have never in my life been able to do the forward splits fully to the ground – not even close. I had some better flexibility in other ways but that is what is so amazing in this class – there are so many levels of flexibility within the class and within each person and yet the class benefits every single person. I have a doctorate in the Psychology of Human Performance which means that I do know how to use psychological approaches to enhance my learning and push myself but because of my age, again 50, I had no idea that I could increase my flexibility as much as I have already. Truly amazing. Oh yes, and by-the-way, I am very, very close to having that forward split with either leg forward. I do work hard and stretch on my own as well. No matter what skill you are trying to learn – it is important to put the time in outside of class as well. I do have to say, however, that without Isaac’s guidance and expert instruction – I would not have really known what to do to be able to work on this on my own without, perhaps, causing injury. To anyone that wants to improve flexibility, give this a try, the pole tricks are so much prettier with nice flexibility but, in general, you just feel better in your body as well.
Recently, I have begun taking another class taught by Marlo Fisken who is, of course, one of the most amazing pole performers you could find as she has the triple threat of tricks, musicality and flexibility. It is called Pole Groove. The first part is just a whole lot of fun and you get to work up a really good sweat too – nice little cardio boost – and it focuses on movement and dance that is primarily like hip-hop dancing and some outrageous booty-popping. Get ready to work hard but realize that you have a smile on your face the whole time. The second part is a combination of movement and tricks and helps the student to learn flow and fluidity in combining dance and tricks. For me personally, I don’t enjoy just watching one trick after another – just like it is the space between notes that create music it is the dance between the tricks that make it beautiful and the full expression of the body – with emotion and depth. Bring sneakers (I recommend dance sneakers that are not worn in the street but only to class – helps you move more easily but is also good for studio hygiene) and comfortable clothing for the first half and some typical teeny-tiny clothing for the second half so the body can stick to the pole. Again, I recommend this class to anyone at any level.
Finally, Lian and Kyra are just lovely people and truly love the artistry and athleticism of pole dance.” – Maria
“I took my first class at Body and Pole a few days ago. My instructor was Rebecca Star and she was all around AMAZING!! I have taken a pole class before as well as other fitness classes but none of them could compare with the amazing instruction I received from RS. She broke things down to where each and every person in the class could understand it at their level. The best part about her is when you did something wrong she didn’t make you feel crazy, stupid or insecure about it. A lot of us in this class were beginners and I knew I wasn’t the only one that, in the beginning felt insecure about it. By the end of the class I left feeling exhausted, accomplished, secure about my body and I had a HUGE smile on my face. From my understanding Rebecca Star was just subbing this week but I must say her instruction made me take her class again last night as well as purchase a series of classes with this studio. I strongly encourage anyone interested in Pole dancing to join this studio and hopefully you will have the same first time experience I have. – Solielle
“There is no question about it, Body and Pole is by far THE best pole fitness studio in NYC. I discovered this gem last summer and my only regret is that I did not find them sooner. The space is beautiful, the staff and students are always friendly & supportive, and the instructors are top notch. Whether someone is brand new to pole or very advanced, the teachers at Body and Pole make sure each student feels both encouraged and challenged in every class. I have spent several years taking pole classes at a local studio and although I may have built some strength and a decent foundation, I have learned more from Kyra Johannesen at B&P in the last six months than I had in all the time I was in class before elsewhere. Thank you, Kyra!” – Michelle
“Body & Pole is really one of the best pole dancing studios in NYC. The space is gorgeous, clean and beautifully lit. It is also located in a well managed business buidling which is def.a plus in this city.
The teachers are AMAZING! Lian is patient and clear in her teaching, and her dancing is simply breathtaking. Kyra is the funniest thing with powerful sexy moves. Roland who teaches conditioning classes is also incrediblly talented. I am a beginner student who stumbled into his class where most students were advanced dancers. He spent so much time and attention helping me learn what is appropriate for me, that I didn’t feel left behind or silly.
Though every studio has its own approach, B&P offers a great balance between dance and tricks. The teachers challenge you to try new spins/tricks without compromising your safty. I LOVE B&P! Oh, and the price package is fantastic.” – Jenn
“I first came across Body and Pole about a year ago and will be a forever student with this studio. Reason being? Best customer service(Lian will do her best to address all questions and concerns), top notch instructors and warm welcoming. Body & Pole has not only made me feel at home, but also provided me with a place to go to escape the worries of every day stresses and focus on something I love. The comradely and support I have experienced at Body & Pole is like no other that I have experienced.
Lauren and Kyra helped me excel so much with pole, go beyond my own expectations and I cannot express how much that means to me.
Olga helped me with my flexibility. I’ve never been this bendy in my life! They are so positive and encouraging but most importantly make me feel comfortable in their classes. I cannot thank you guys enough for doing what you do. Please keep this up and cheers to many more years.” – Joyce
“I travel from Texas monthly to take class at Body & Pole. I’ve been to several studios across the country (at least 15 in various cities, including others in NYC) and Body & Pole surpasses them all. The key difference is their commitment to proper technique and safety! Other quality aspects include that they are organized, accommodating to the consumer, highly skilled and talented instructors, and have lesson plans/curriculums that nicely and neatly integrate all elements of pole dancing (flexibility, strength, dance, floor, climbing, tricks, etc….). My attendance at B & P has improved my skills and enhanced my role as a pole instructor in Texas. Also, the studio’s staff and leadership create and maintain a culture for learning, having fun and connecting with others who share passion for pole dancing without any punitive, restrictive or exploitive deceit. Simply a Superb Studio!” – Karen"I just took Finding Your Freestyle Aerial Hoop with Jen and Tracee and it was amazing! It was just what I was looking for. They really know what they're doing and the exercises they have us do really helps develop our ability to freestyle on any apparatus! I can't wait to take it again and I would recommend it to anyone looking to develop confidence in their freestyle dancing." - Adrienne