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Exotic Curves Studio, 9008 Fifth Ave, Bay Ridge
Cost: 6-week package $150, drop in $10-$30
Calories burned per hour: 485
Sweat level: Moderate to considerable
Soreness the following day: Moderate
A sultry soundtrack (Massive Attack, Rihanna…) and lowered lights sets the mood for an hour of core-centric floor moves, shoulder-burning climbs, and heart-rate raising spins. Yes, you will suffer the occasional pole burn, bruise or crotch bang (a technical term) but these are all just signs you’re working hard. The perks of dancing at Exotic Curves are the small class size (8 max) and the one-person-per-pole rule. Apart from beginner and advanced pole, there are classes devoted to “booty popping” and chair dancing (nope, we didn’t make any of this up).