Well, this is super scary to me, anyway...
I've made the decision to convert my dancing pole into a Chinese one.
This is scary because it's PERMANENT.
BUT. I've hit a bit of a brick wall with the pole dancing, because of my skin type - I can't do some of the grips I want to do (like anything involving the brace grip, practice for the flag and shoulder mount, or any of the conditioning exercises) without developing the strength and I can't develop the strength until I can do the grips.
The only conditioning exercise I CAN do is pole crunches, and I can only do them if I'm wearing PVC pants so that I don't slither everywhere:
do the other holds or at least the preparations for them on a Chinese pole but on my metal pole I just slide straight off immediately - even my Dad can't hold onto it and he's very strong from climbing, but he doesn't have clammy skin either so I think we both have a friction problem.
Soooo, next week, Ed, my Chinese pole instructor, has told me to bring my pole over to him and he'll apply a coating of permanent rubber to it. After that, I should be able to improve quickly at home because I'll be able to practice all week, gain a great deal of strength... and disappoint anyone who was enjoying seeing me wearing short shorts, because you have to wear jeans or trousers and preferably a long sleeved top to do Chinese pole.
I think that when my grip strength has improved significantly I can get another dancing pole (or get one pre-emptively anyway, maybe). I can't buy a new pole and convert that because they have a different, bottom-loading design now and that's rubbish to convert, so it has to be the old sort - it's pretty convenient that I have the old one. However, it's still a frightening thing because my pole cost over £100... arrrghhh...
I guess that at least 'Chinese pole acrobatics' is something I can put on my CV, whereas 'pole dancing'... not so much.
Also, another plus, all this Chinese pole (as well as having stopped gorging myself on cereal) has reduced my waist size back down to 27 inches, like it was a few years ago