Buying the Perfect Dance Pole – Static vs. Spinning (Part 3 of 8)

by Kelly on January 6, 2010

Now that you’ve figured out where you’d like to put your pole, there are some other things you’ll have to consider before you decide which dance pole is best for you.  In this part of the series, we’ll look at the difference between static and spinning poles.

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Poles come in two versions – static (stationary) or spinning.  A static pole is similar to the pole on a street sign… it doesn’t move at all.  A spinning pole has ball bearings inside it that allow it to spin by using the momentum of your body.  Some static poles do not have a spinning option, but all spinning poles (that I know of, anyway) can be switched to the static option with a lockout mechanism.  So you can kind of think of a spinning pole as a “static/spinning combo” pole.

Why would you want one over the other???  Most people begin to learn on a static pole.  Personally, I learned on a spinning pole and still prefer it to the static option most of the time.  But there are differences to dancing on both.  You have to use your body weight differently and they build strength in different ways.  Static poles are slightly cheaper but leave less room for growth in your pole dancing.  I suggest that everyone get a spinning/static combo pole.  If you are serious about investing in a pole, it is worth the few extra dollars to have the option of spinning!

Coming up next… size DOES matter!

Do you have an opinion on this?  If so, please chime in below…

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Lucy Christlow February 8, 2010 at 5:17 pm

Heya, I have a static pole and really want a spinning one. Is there an attachment or anything like that which could use to make my static pole spin ? Thanks xx


Kelly February 11, 2010 at 3:27 pm

Hey Lucy!

Unfortunately, I don’t know of any companies that make an attachment to make a static pole spin. You never know what they might come out with in the future but for now, my suggestion would be to get a new pole that has both the spinning and static options.

There are some homemade ways to make poles spin but personally, I wouldn’t take the chance on the safety issue. Here’s a video a homemade spinning pole:

Thanks for the great question! Take care…
Kelly :)


Tina November 20, 2010 at 10:16 am

I have watched some amazing pole dancing and believe it is such a beautiful expression of art.My question is where would I find the static/spinning pole combo you mentioned in your article above? And what is the cost of a good pole? I just need a general idea of cost.Thanks so much your input is really informative.


Tumi January 30, 2012 at 1:04 pm


I started pole dancing a few weeks ago just for fun, didn’t expect to completely fall in love with in. I started on a spinning pole (had no idea static poles existed then!) and it REALLY bugs me that i can’t spin on a static pole (at all, almost!). I’m thinking of continuing pole dancing & taking it more seriously now, would you suggest i nail down the moves on a static pole first then return to my beloved spinning poles? And what exactly do you mean by “Static poles leave less room for growth in your pole dancing.”? Thanks!


cherri November 2, 2012 at 11:47 pm

theres a way you can make your stationary pole move ive done it youll need four pieces of ply wood and two lazy susans its kinda like a turn table youll place the lazy susan on one piece of wood skrew it in then skrew in the top to the other piece of wood thats the bottom part for the top piece youll have to skrew the wood to the wooden beam in the ceiling then with the other skrews skrew the other lazy susan into the wood(make sure skrew only go through wood not ceiling) and you should have it from there hope it helps


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