DANCE POLES – MORE THAN YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW!
Dance poles, exercise poles, vertical exercise bars – whatever you prefer to call them - require Engineering to ensure they are designed and installed to do their job safely. Gallery Metalworks Inc. in Mississauga, Ontario has been building and installing custom dance poles for many years, and we understand what is involved in ensuring this product will provide many years of service, in both residential and commercial applications.
Most dance poles are made of brass, because an uncoated brass surface provides the user with a good gripping surface. Some people prefer stainless steel poles, or poles with a chrome finish. However, these poles are more slippery than brass poles, and do not provide the user with the same feel as brass poles.
The most popular pole diameters are:
- 1.5 inches (38 mm)
- 1.75 inches (45 mm)
- 2.0 inches (50 mm)
Normally a pole size choice is based on the user’s personal preference considerations, including the size of the user’s hands. People with small hands usually can get a better grip on a smaller pole.
There are three types of dance poles:
- Fixed poles: These poles are securely and permanently anchored at the top and bottom into the ceiling and floor.
- Moveable poles: These poles are designed to be installed for temporary or short term use, and can be easily removed. They are not anchored to the ceiling or floor, but are held in place by friction pads attached at each end of the pole. The pole height is manually adjusted to ensure a tight fit. These poles are not designed or recommended for extreme usage.
- Spinning poles: These poles are securely and permanently anchored like fixed poles, but they have bearings at the top and bottom of the pole to allow the pole to spin freely with the user’s momentum. A spinning pole can be easily converted into a fixed pole by inserting a pin which prevents the pole from spinning.