Sedusa was one of my few stops on my drive back home to Seattle. I made a point to stop there partially because Felicia had reached out to me when she heard about my pole dance tourism project, and partially because no small number of people recommended I stop when I mentioned I was headed to LA.
As one of the first pole studios in the US, Sedusa opened its doors in 2004, offering a safe space for women to explore their sensual side, building grace and power as dancers.
While many studios focus on the fitness aspect of pole, Sedusa embraces the sexy side of pole. "All of our pole students wear heels from day one (with the exception of students with injuries), and our focus is on feeling, moving, and flowing, not on tricks" explains Felicia, who recently took over as the new owner of Sedusa. She hopes that "Sedusa will inspire women to embrace sensual movement as a way to build confidence, strength, and empowerment by getting in touch with that sexy dancer within."
While sexy pole is the core class at Sedusa, there's a huge variety of classes that range from advanced pole fit to pussycat dance classes. A full list of class offerings can be found under the classes tab of their website.
Sedusa offers nearly as many off the pole classes as they do pole classes, which can supplement pole work, or give beginners a less intimidating way to work up to using the pole.
There's no denying that the physical space is absolutely stunning. It almost feels like a sexy pole dance theme park. Every detail feels planned out to create a sexy dance environment. I quite enjoyed a little photo shoot in the pole cage on the main floor.
The studio has two large rooms for classes, as well as a small room that can be rented out for private practice.
I took two classes at my visit to Sedusa- Advanced Pole Fit and Ballet Pole, which is an intro to spinning pole class.
Both of my classes took place in the smaller upstairs room. I was surprised that half the poles were 50mm, which I hadn't encountered at any of my other studio visits. It provided a good challenge during the spin pole class, since I've never been on a 50 before.
I appreciated the smaller class size in this room, and especially the fact that the instructors seemed to know the students personally. They even asked me to stay after and chat about my project.
In advanced pole fit, we worked on transitioning from a handspring to a brass monkey (video below). It was one of my pole goals to be confident in a handspring by the end of my trip, and this class definitely helped me get there!
We also worked on a really tricky drop from a jasmine, that I wasn't able to get a video of, partially because I fell down on almost every attempt!
Overall, Sedusa is probably the most unique space I visited on my trip, mostly for its size and beauty. These attributes are also matched by their super friendly instructors. I would highly recommend this studio to anyone who finds themselves in the bay area, it's worth the trek from San Francisco to Campbell, and that's coming from somebody who hates to drive!