What you need to know before your first pole class!
1. What should I know before taking my first class?
Pole classes are all about feeling comfortable, confident and of course, safe. To ensure you get the most out of your experience, we ask that you please arrive 5-10 minutes early to class so you can fully arrive, drop into your body and feel relaxed before class even begins. Wear comfortable clothes that feel good on your skin, and clothes that allow you to feel free to express yourself. To ensure you have good grip and contact with the pole, we recommend clothes that expose your skin such as shorts and a sports bra, or your favorite tank top (feel free to wear pants over your shorts for our warm up and the walk from your car to the studio).
One last little tip, to make sure we protect the pole equipment and your body, please refrain from wearing any jewelry, rings, lotions or oils during pole classes.
We are a FRAGRANCE FREE space. Some bodies have allergies to scents like perfumes, essential oils and heavily scented body products. Thanks for refraining from using these items while training and dancing with us!
Most of all, arrive with an open mind...ready to have fun, explore, strengthen your body and connect with community!
2. I’m new to pole. Which class should I take?
The best place to start as a new students is with our Intro to Pole, or our S Factor Beginning classes. These classes go over all the proper foundation and techniques so you will feel confident as you continue to grow and explore here at Steel and Grace. As a new student, you can sign up as a drop-in to any classes marked “Foundations/Intro”, "Beginning" or “All Levels”.
3. Do I need a dance background?
Not at all! Some of the best pole dancers today have zero dance background! You will learn everything you need to know in class. Start with Foundations and from there you can work your way up to more advanced classes. You can also take our conditioning classes, flexibility classes, and choreography classes to round out your training. Our S-Factor and Choreography classes will help even the biggest non-dancer find their authentic movement.
4. Do I need to be in shape to pole dance?
Pole dance is for all people of all fitness levels, shapes, and sizes. Period. So come as you are and know that we are ready to meet you where you’re at and help you explore from there. The strength required for pole dance is learned by getting started with pole. Almost all beginners feel the "hardness" of this art at first but you will be surprised how quickly your body conditions and strengthens. Just stick with your beginning classes and you will feel the difference!
5. What type of shoes do I need? Should I wear heels?
We normally go barefoot for introductory level classes, so you will not need to wear heels for the majority of our beginning and all level classes. In some of our advanced classes, speciality workshops, and our Heels and Floorwork Class we do wear heels. Check your class descriptions to see what's needed for your upcoming classes. We will give notice in our series and workshop descriptions if heels are part of the curriculum; if they are we recommend platform style heels such as Pleasers.
6. Is there a changing area? Showers?
There is a bathroom in the building located down the hall. Showers are not available on site.
7. Is there parking for my car or bike?
Yes! There is plenty of street parking and a large lot across the street. That said, parking can be more difficult during weekday mornings and Saturdays when the Farmers Market is open so we suggest you leave yourself extra time if you are coming to a class on those mornings.
8. How do I sign up for a class?
Due to the high volume of interest we recommend you sign up for your classes in advance online. Most classes fill prior to the week they are offered. You can register and pay online through our MindBody scheduler. To sign up for regularly scheduled classes, please sign up through the ‘Schedule’ page on our website. Please sign up and pay before taking a class.
9. How do I sign someone else up for a class?
You are welcome to sign someone else up for a class. Begin as you would signing up for any of our classes, and once you click on the 'Sign Up' button for the class, you'll see a screen that defaults to 'Make Reservation For Myself'. In order to pay for someone else, check the button for 'Make Reservation For Someone Else'. From there, enter the full name of the person you are trying to pay for, and check the box next to 'Pay for this other client'. After you click 'Make a single reservation', you'll be taken to a payment screen to pay for that person.
10. Do you limit class sizes?
The maximum limit for classes is 10 students, no more than two students to a pole in a full class. Sharing poles is part of our studio culture. Pole can be very challenging and taking breaks while learning while witnessing others is a great way to build your foundational skills. We are a culture of deep learning and celebrating one another. Full classes with shared dance time inspires our community and your learning. Make sure to sign up early and reserve our spot online!
11. What is your class cancellation policy?
You can easily cancel a class online 8 hours in advance and keep your class credit. For cancellations with less than 8 hours notice, your class will be forfeited and you will be charged a $15 Late Cancel fee. A class No Show will acquire a $25 fee. Most of our classes sell out so this policy is to ensure fairness and access to classes.
For students participating a committed series.These classes are designed to build on each other so your skills and class philosophy can progress with continual practice. Please speak directly with your instructor if you plan on missing a series class and they can work with you to make up the content.
12. I left something at the studio? How can I come get it?
We have a Lost and Found located in the studio. You may come in during any of our regularly scheduled class times and look for your item. Feel free to give us a call and leave a message regarding the item you are missing and we will keep an eye out for it!