At the request of many lifelong students who have dedicatedly driven for many years to Nashville for dance lessons, a renowned fitness boutique and pole dancing studio, The Chrome Bar, has opened a location in Murfreesboro.
“We are thrilled to share our new spot with you,” owner Alethena Austin says on the Chrome Bar website. “Join us as we slowly open our second location [located in Murfreesboro] with a limited schedule and classes in small groups.”
Chrome Bar is a renowned pole dance studio launched by Austin in 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. She is the 2010 United States Pole Dancing Champion and has toured the world performing and teaching this form of dance exercise that helps women develop strength, flexibility and grace. With a huge international following, Murfreesboro is fortunate to have brought her here with her specialized dance form.
Once limited to the ranks of exotic dancers, pole fitness is now considered a sport, and it is officially recognized by the World Association of International Sports Federations.
Classes take different forms. Several levels of pole dancing lessons, chair dancing lessons, and floor dancing lessons were offered at Austin’s studio in Nashville. She is slowly adding classes to Murfreesboro and carefully following COVID-19 protocols.
Pole Dancing Level 1 is for those who have never taken dance lessons, lack upper body strength and are completely out of shape but want to get in shape and start dancing. feel like a strong and sexy woman. Level 2 adds to the basics with the addition of spins, pole climbs, and what they call “exotic flow.” And level 3 is where things kick off. Students will learn to set up routines and become familiar with aerial skills, such as inversions.
Murfreesboro’s “soft opening” schedule includes an introduction to the pole on Sunday; Pole Basics on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays; Spins and Climbs and Exotic Pole on Mondays; and Floorwork on Saturday. Floor work is described on the website as “…the most fun you can have and call it exercise…everything you need to know to put your dancing skills on the floor. Sexy fiery crawls, big fan kicks and mesmerizing wavy legs. This class is perfect to start finding your dancing attitude at Chrome Bar.”
Yoga clothes are best to wear for the first few classes, but nothing too baggy. And no body lotion or oils, because they make the stick slippery, which is dangerous. While heels will eventually be added to the equation, their website suggests taking initial classes without them until ankle strength is developed. Also, the heels they wear aren’t dress shoes, they’re made for pole dancing. Students will also need knee pads.
Currently, they require the wearing of the mask at all times in the studio and during classes. By limiting classes to five or six people, each customer will have their own pole and can keep it clean with EPA-approved cleaners. In addition, all students will be asked to stay in their car until five minutes before class begins.
They also offer pole dance and chair dance nights. The cost is $350 for six participants for one hour and fifteen minutes. A champagne toast completes the evening dance.
All instructors are trained by Austin, and several are graduates of Middle Tennessee State University.
Those who want to see what they teach or learn more about the RAA meeting and Chrome Bar presentation, click here. To sign up for classes and learn more about Austin, go to http://www.thechromebar.com/murfreesboro. Follow them on @thechromebarboro.
Chrome Bar Dance Studio
118 Vine Street West
Hours: Check class times on their website.