i am new to any kind of dance, and after many years of yoga, pilates wanted to explore the beautiful and extremely mysterious (to those of us who never wore a tutu as a kid) world of pole.My first few pole classes were a disaster. I had no idea what i was doing and beginner is NOT like beginner yoga. The classes I went to were high cardio (realized halfway thru class when out of breath), awkward and not easy but fun. I am not going to be a professional dancer, I am almost 30! i just wanted to explore a new form of movement, find some grace & agility. ANYWAY.. my 4th ever class was with Elizabeth Pike, and it made me so very happy. I was able to follow along since she was nice enough to make sure I was between a few people who knew what they were doing, and i actually learned alot from her general corrections. She also took the time (in a class of about 13) to give me a couple of quick personal pointers. Her energy and attitude were also fabulous, her love for dance is infectious!!!!!! love love love looooove Elizabeth's classes and her balls to the wall attitude and will be there every Tuesday that my schedule allows me to! Sadly tuesday's class is only one hour with no option to stay for two hours until you get more advanced, so hoping for more success at Goddess Dance I took Sunday's class.. and LOVED It!!! The other coach really helped me understand that pole is an art form, meant to empower a woman, not a demoralize her. Knowing that helped me gain an iota more grace and elegance in my dance movements and also made me aware that grimacing while dancing is probably taking away from own experience. She and Elizabeth's clear passion for this art form is really inspiring! Those girls gave great, clear instruction, they were also really awesome to me (clearly the most inexperienced person in a pretty tight knit class) and again placed me between ladies who knew what was up so i could follow along.The best part of the class was the music!! Where they find their music, IDK but it's wonderfully crazy!Really pleased to have found Goddess Dance, and keep on my movement journey with Elizabeth and her staff's fearless leadership!Thank you Goddess Dance Studio for helping this tall awkward person find grace (even if I can't quite see it yet, i know its in there now!)
Horrible place. Don't bother. Just a week or so into the six week session, they moved twice the distance from our house. They had not disclosed this move before, and their excuse was "SC ordinances state if you aren't 50 miles away, no refund". I can find no such ordinance. The owner of this place is rude and obnoxious, and doesn't care a bit about customers, just about her dollar. Stay far away.
Usually the first thing people do when they walk into the Goddess Dance studio is remark upon what a fun space it is. With its high ceilings, beautiful wood colored floors, tall windows and teal accents you can't help but think you're lucky to dance somewhere so lovely. A converted dance studio in an old building, there are little cubbies for storing personal belongings safely out of the way. Big mirrors. The dance hall often smells of cleaning products and fresh which makes me feel pleased. The space is well-lit and features a staff that care enough to watch you to your car after dark. Goddess Dance offers many different kinds of specialty dance and fitness classes such as American Tribal Style (ATS) bellydance, hula, pole from beginner's to advanced, aerial hoop/lyra and much more. I have taken mainly pole dancing and extreme conditioning at Goddess Dance since September of 2012. I have lost 42 pounds. I have found all the instructors to be very knowledgeable, professional while at the same time extremely playful, sensational with their girl's next door charm and very welcoming. I discovered after taking classes at another pole dancing place that all the local pole dancing studio owners in the Charleston area started out at Goddess Dance studio first and nearly all of their staff were customers of Goddess Dance studio. I took three five week workshops at another place and after feeling angered once I heard from a friend I developed there that we were paying different rates I grew to open my eyes about other bits of trappings. Upon talking with the more advanced classes, they told me that they and the owner all started out at Goddess Dance first and that they loved it there. Upon changing over to Goddess Dance studio I learned that the experience and knowledge of pole maneuvers was unparalleled. The owners, managers and pole dancing instructors always try to make Goddess Dance a truly friendly and safe place to learn to dance. It is clear they love what they do and strive to build a community around the love of dance. They are graceful dancers and a perceptive teachers. I have truly enjoyed each instructors' different ways of teaching and how they all have a gentle style of teaching while at the same direct honesty. I have never felt self-conscious in classes, only encouraged & challenged. They are strict on work ethic, discipline and do not allow skipping steps or cheating with the use of grip aids unlike the last place I was at.Whether you are new to pole dance or are already an experienced dancer, you will find something that appeals to you. From weekly classes geared towards beginners to high-level advanced workshops, there is truly something for everyone.
I am so happy to have found this place. The owner and trainers have pushed me to accomplish feats that I never knew I was capable of doing whether it be in fitness, acropole or surfing. They always push me to drive harder, push harder and, thankfully all the while reminding me of tips to stay safe in the mean time. Whenever my days are filled with stress I know that when I get to my class at the end of my work day, I always find the studio neat and tidy, with staff that are always bubbly and happy to see me personally. They get to know everyone on a personal level and don't allow us to make excuses. They are forgiving and encouraging when we (or should I say: "I") need to be coddled and they don't let us (or "I") indulge in negativity. I have never seen a place that picks the women up emotionally & build confidence to new levels, kicks butts in the fitness aspect, and at the same remain as role models. I've been a member at Goddess Dance now for over 3 years and can't be happier. The pricing is fair and they have options for every budget. When my purse strings have to be tightened, I still feel like I have options. The owner is very understanding and compassionate towards long term clients and she is a master at teaching pole techniques and acrobatics skills. She can teach me a pole trick and as I practice it look at me when I'm doing it to pin point ways to improve my stuff instantly.
Goddess Dance Studio is awesome!!!! After doing the Ultimate Workout for the first 4 1/2 months, I dropped 4 dress sizes! In the next two years to follow, I lost 4 more dress sizes and I'm in the best shape of my life! Even better shape then when I was in my 20's! The atmosphere is colorful, comfortable, tidy and fun. The goddess staff are forthright; they care about you and keep you accountable, focused and don't take no nonsense. I am thankful for these ladies, they've really changed my life.