Frequently Asked Questions
What do I wear to my first pole class?
For your first class you may want to wear a pair of shorts and a tank top or sports bra. You can wear leggings and long sleeves for the warm up, but skin to pole contact is what makes you stick to the pole, Pole clothing is fun, so check out our resources for suppliers.
We recommend that you don't put lotion on hands or body before pole dancing. You want to stick, not slip!
Very important: Please remember to remove rings before pole dancing! They will scratch the pole which will result in injury to the dancers.
Why should I try pole dancing?
Pole dancing has many benefits including increased cardiovascular health, strength building, self-esteem building, empowerment and a very supportive community.
It is like mixing weight lifting, dancing, gymnastics and yoga, all in one session!
Pole dancing strengthens the body, mind and soul all at once!
Is pole dancing always sexy?
There are different types of pole dancing including fitness, artistic, dramatic, and exotic. Pole can be integrated with any style of dance such as modern, ballet, salsa, exotic or burlesque.
"Polerinas" are dancers who combine traditional ballet with pole dancing, while "Russian Exotic" is one of the more sexy styles of dance. "Polerskating" is the integration of Pole Dancing and Roller Skating!
Although we support all of our fellow dancers, our studio focuses primarily on the therapeutic benefits of fitness pole dancing.
What do I wear to skate class?
Intro skaters should come with their own skates, wrist, knee and ankle pads. And wear whatever you feel comfortable skating in! (Tight jeans not recommended. Leggings, shorts or boyfriend jeans are a better alternative.)
Pole skaters should dress for pole dance, but bring your skates! Protective gear still strongly recommended (sticky knee pads are a possible alternative to hard skate knee pads).
What are your Covid protocols?
Masks are mandatory at all times.
We are offering classes with a limited capacity.
Pole dancing requires frequent cleaning of the poles with alcohol.
Crash mats are cleaned between each session.
We take the temperature of each person entering the studio.
Everyone must wear a mask at all times.
The studio is deeply cleaned every morning.
What is the connection between pole dancing and psychotherapy?
Dance/movement therapy has long been established as a type of creative arts psychotherapy.
Dance facilitates a natural emotional release and interrupts stuck patterns of thought.
Pole dancing can help improve self-esteem and self-love while increasing both physical and emotional strength. It is very empowering especially for those who have a trauma background or have felt disempowered in the past.
Why is cross-training so important?
Cross-training is fun! Sometimes we get stuck in a rut and cross-training can break us out of the mud.
Aerial arts such as aerial yoga, lyra (aerial hoop), and aerial silks train a lot of the same muscle groups. Training in another medium may help you finally get that pole move you've been working on.
We recommend checking out our sister studio, Flexibility in Flight, located right next door.
What else should I know about pole fitness and pole dance?
Please read this great article from Mind Body Green on the "9 things I wish everybody knew about pole dancing"!
Flexibility in Flight : Our partner in fitness. Take classes in Aerial Arts or Yoga.
Great article from Mind Body Green on the "9 things I wish everybody knew about pole dancing"!
Enviro-grip Liquid Chalk: The best environmentally friendly (and vegan!) liquid grip for pole dancing! (available in our studio)
XPole : Buy your own pole or pole supplies. We are a registered dealer of XPole merchandise!
PSO : Pole Sport Organization. Learn how to compete in pole fitness!
Pole PT Book : The bible of conditioning and fitness for pole!
Creatures of XIX : Pole clothing site with beautiful outfits and sticky leggings.
Pole Active is a pole clothing and supply store.
The Best Roller Skates : a review by Wired Magazine
Chaya: our favorite skate brand!