I'm A Stripper, And This Is What I Wear To Work | HuffPost Life
With their gravity-defying moves around the dance pole, sky-high heels and perfect hair, strippers can be nothing short of magical. Kelsea Alabama, a dancer and pole instructor in Los Angeles, spends her workdays twirling gracefully around a pole in 8-inch platform heels, teaching her students to do the same. Seven years ago, Alabama was a wannabe dancer in Portland, Oregon, without any formal dance training, save for a few ballet classes. Eventually, she saved up enough money for a move to LA. Dancers use their footwear to keep from falling during complicated inversions, crisscrossing those heels to keep them securely locked to the pole. The height of the shoes creates the illusion of super-long legs, while the high platform prevents them from becoming full-on torture devices.
Platform shoes can be fun to wear, and we do provide the option for polers of all levels to use them at Ascension. However, in every heels-specific class, we cover extended foot and ankle warm-ups, conditioning, and techniques such as weight distribution, walking drills, and pivoting. We also do additional stretches at the end to alleviate the pressure of walking with an elevated heel.