Last Updated on January 30, 2023
Not many of us are lucky enough to live in large houses or apartments. But, that certainly doesn’t mean that you can’t pole dance at home, within reason, of course! Pole dancing in a small space is completely possible, with a few compromises in place, it’s very easy to use a dance pole in a small room.
This article will help pole dancers who have the dilemma of wanting to invest in their fitness by buying their own dance pole to use at home but are seriously restricted by the amount of space available. If you’re a Pole dancer who lives in a small apartment, this article is for you!
A confined space or a small room may not sound like the ideal place to put a dance pole and I won’t lie – it certainly isn’t ideal. But, with some workarounds and a few compromises, you can definitely make the most of pole dancing in a small space.
You will learn:
- What to consider before using a dance pole in a small space
- The best portable dance poles to use when space is limited
- How to make the best of pole dancing in a small space
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Tips for Pole Dancing in a Small Space
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It’s definitely possible to pole dance in a small space, even if you do have to compromise. To begin, you’ll need to evaluate your space and decide what type of dance pole you want to use.
With a lack of usable floor space, a portable/removable dance pole is better than a freestanding pole with a large base.
One of the first times I ever saw a dance pole in someone’s house, it was in a very small space but its owner was still able to use it to practice all the time.
Evaluate your Space
First of all, you’ll need to evaluate your space and decide what type of dance pole you want to use.
As you’ll be pole dancing in a small space, the lack of useable floor-area will mean that freestanding dance poles are out of the question, I’m afraid. They take up a lot of room with their large bases, so for small rooms, you’re much better off with a removable floor-ceiling pole, such as an X Pole Sport or X Pole XPERT.
Try to aim to have clear floor space within a 2.5 feet radius of the pole.
A 4-5 foot radius is ideal, but 2-2.5 foot is the very minimum you will need to perform tricks where you’ll be very close to the pole.
If it’s possible, you could temporarily re-arrange your furniture in your room before each workout, people do it if their space is limited and they’re serious about pole!
Watch out for pictures and things hanging on the wall, it’s easy to knock things when you’re pole dancing in a small space! The same goes for light fittings hanging from the ceiling, as they’re certainly going to get kicked at some point!
See also: Can you install a pole on carpet?
Next, measure your ceiling height. If you have a low ceiling (below 9 feet) then you can easily use commercially available poles, but you won’t need all of the extension pieces that come with the pole. But, if your ceiling height is below 7 and a half feet, then the poles will be too tall for your room.
You will need to locate a ceiling joist, which is the most stable place for your pole. In a small space, you’ll want to choose somewhere with enough usable floor area to comfortable walk around the pole, which will probably be as close the center of the room as you can manage.
If you have a vaulted (diagonal) ceiling, or your pole dancing space is in the roof space of your home, then you’re still able to use a dance pole, but it requires a permanent mount. This means you will have to drill into the ceiling. As far as I’m aware, only X Poles have mounts which are suitable for vaulted ceilings.
You can buy mounts for vaulted ceilings directly from X Pole, here. – This page has many different mounts for X Poles, the one you need is called “vaulted mount” and check which X Pole you have first 🙂
If you do have a vaulted ceiling that comes down quite low, then you will be able to perform certain extended pole tricks, depending on which direction you’re facing while on the pole!
Compromising on Pole Tricks
You may have to practice a pencil instead of an extended butterfly, but you can use it to work on your fitness, strength, flexibility, floorwork, and certain moves that are close to the pole.
Have a look at this wonderful Harry Potter themed pole dance, she is dancing in a very small apartment:
(Video by Erika Rodgers who is dancing on an X Pole XPERT)
You see, it is totally possible to pull off some kickass moves within a restricted space! Here are some tips for you if you’re currently facing the dilemma of pole dancing in a small space!
Find a Dance Pole Suitable for You
There are tonnes of articles on this site with information on buying a dance pole. So that we’re not repeating ourselves, click on these links to read the articles you may find useful.
- A Guide to Freestanding Dance Poles
- Best Dance Pole for Home Use
- Different pole materials (brass, chrome, stainless steel, titanium gold, silicone, etc)
- Dance Poles vs Popcorn Ceilings
- Dance Poles in Rented Apartments – How to Deal with your Landlord
- Installing A Dance Pole on Carpet – What You Need To Know
- Portable Dance Pole Buyer’s Guide
- Safety Tips for Pole Dancing at Home
- Learn Pole Dancing at Home
We’ve also reviewed many portable dance poles to help you find the best one for you:
- X Pole XPERT Review – “The Ultimate Dance Pole” (this is the pole used in the Harry Potter themed routine video earlier in this article)
- X Pole SPORT Pole Review
- Lupit Pole Dance Crash Mat Review
- Best Crash Mats to keep you Safe
Hopefully, there’s enough information there for you to make a decision!
Pick Your Moves Carefully
You obviously won’t be able to pull everything off that you would normally practice in your pole fitness class. For example, a Janerio, Flag or Carousel Spin would be difficult to perform without adequate space!
Here are some tricks which are possible to perform within a limited space:
- Back-hook spin
- Front-hook spin
- Vertical Splits
- Down Splits
- Pole seat
- Chair spin
- Basic Butterfly
- Invert Crucifix
- Pencil / Handspring
These are just a few examples of tricks, there are hundreds more! Also, there are lots of fitness-based, strength-building and pole conditioning moves you can perform within a limited space:
- Knee Raises
- Hang tough
As you get more confident using the pole in a small space, you’ll know what’s possible an what isn’t, so you’ll be able to measure your compromises or even create your own variations of other moves.
You could try a trick such as Jade Splits, but with bent legs instead of straight legs.
Whenever you’re pole dancing at home, especially in a small space then you need to keep safety and Injury prevention at the front of your mind!
We’ve written loads of articles on this topic, so have a look at these links which All open in a new tab so you can return to this page when you’re done!
- Pole Dancing at Home: Safety 101
- How to Protect your Wrists when Pole Dancing
- How to Protect your Knees when Pole Dancing
- The Truth about Twisted grip: is it bad for you?
So, those are our tips for pole dancing in small spaces! We hope you found them useful.
Do you pole in your small apartment? Leave us a comment below to share your favorite tips and join in the conversation 🙂
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