do any pole dance studios use free standing poles and if so what type?
Depends on what you mean by free standing. If you mean poles that are grounded but have no support on the top then yes. There’s a club in my area that has brass poles sunk into about 6 feet of concrete and are free at the top. The girls have the best time climbing to the top and scaring customers by making it swing back and forth violently. If you mean the transportable poles that have a small base and are free at the top… I’ve seen them around but they’re not very practical unless you do a lot of shows at events. Plus they’re not safe for girls my height (5′9″).
The 38mm RPole ‘Play’ Free Standing Portable Dance Pole for Fitness.