Devyn Ortiz

Working the curves

CAREERS AND ED: Pole-dancing classes graduate from the stripper cliche

Pole dancing classes have become increasingly popular in recent years, and strippers aren't the ones getting schooled. Lawyers, doctors, social workers, stay-at-home moms, even postmenopausal women with gray hair are turning to a turn around the pole to learn more about their bodies and their sexuality. From group classes at gyms to private lessons in home studios, pole dancing can be now learned at any comfort level.

Once a week, eight to 10 women gather in the small, dimly lit, mirrorless classrooms at San Francisco's S-Factor (2159 Filbert, SF. Read more »