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Frequently Asked quetsions

What makes one Pole Dancing Studio better than another?

When looking for a studio you should insist on good instructors and safe dancing. Be leery of a studio that says they "just want to have fun". Learn as much as possible about quality pole instruction before finding a teacher and hold your instructor to those standards. Be sure your instructors are not pushing you to go beyond your skill level before you are truly ready. Just because you can doesn't mean you should!

Acknowledge that pole dancing is an aerial dance form and it is complicated- more so than a person can learn in a year or two unless that person has an extensive background in gymnastics or aerial arts. Make sure your instructors are not claiming more skill or authority than they have earned. They should have an understanding of Sports Biomechanics to help you prevent injury and improve your strength and performance. As of yet, pole dancing is not recognized and accredited by any national or international fitness standard. And, even if it were, it would be difficult to monitor it. This lack of standard can lead to dangerous programs that in turn can injure students and the instructors. Just watch YouTube where you will see plenty of pole accidents or people doing moves in an unsafe manner.

Teaching pole is more serious than teaching other dance styles. Pole is an aerial art and the risks are far greater than other dance styles. Just because someone can do a move does not mean they can teach it. The beginner has no way of knowing why a move is taught in a certain way or why some moves are taught before others. It's ok to be passionate about Pole Dance but you need to make sure that your instructors have to the background to back up that passion.

Pole Dancing Fitness Class Do I need dance experience to take a class?
Sarasota Florida Fitness Studio Can any woman attend, even if I’m not young or in the best shape?
Pole Dancing Fitness Class What do I wear?
Pole Dancing Fitness Class What is the average class size?
Sarasota Florida Fitness Studio How much do classes cost?
Pole Dancing Fitness Class Can I pay for classes and workshops online?
Pole Dancing Fitness Class Do I need to bring music?
Sarasota Florida Fitness Studio Is there any nudity?
Pole Dancing Fitness Class What is your studio like?
Pole Dancing Fitness Class I’m very shy and not yet comfortable coming to a group class, but want to try it.
Sarasota Florida Fitness Studio Can I take classes if I am pregnant?
Pole Dancing Fitness Class Do you sell dance poles?
Pole Dancing Fitness Class Can my husband or friends come and watch class?
Sarasota Florida Fitness Studio Do you offer private parties/events?
Pole Dancing Fitness Class How long will it take before I am able to do the advanced moves?
Pole Dancing Fitness Class What if I miss a class in a session?
Sarasota Florida Fitness Studio Do you offer private lessons? Do you offer studio rental?

Answers:

Sarasota Fitness Do I need dance experience to take a class?
You don’t need any prior dance experience to attend or benefit from our classes. You will feel at ease with our expert instruction and supportive atmosphere. Your fellow students are women just like you. We welcome all women. top

Sarasota Fitness Can any woman attend, even if I’m not young or in the best shape?
We love to see ALL women in class! All sizes and fitness levels are more than welcome. You will find our classes to be very supportive, diverse and welcoming to all. The average age of our students is between 35-60 years old. You must be 18 years or older to attend our classes, but we do recommend age 21 or older due to the nature and maturity level of our classes.top

Sarasota Fitness What do I wear?
Yoga pants or workout type clothing that is form fitting but can easily be pulled up to your knees are fine for Intro to Pole and Level 1, boy shorts are necessary for more advanced pole tricks. Tank tops or a jog/exercise top are best for doing back slides down the pole. We do not recommend wearing skirts or shorts to the Intro to Pole class. Some of the class is spent on the floor, doing stretching and transition moves so you may bring low profile or soft gel-type knee pads if you wish. Bring or wear boy type shorts under your pants if you are in an advanced class, as you will not be able to do inverted moves and climbing if your legs cannot grip the pole. All classes are done barefoot, no street shoes are allowed on the dance studio floors. Full socks are too slippery and dangerous. As you progress through your level, you will have the opportunity to wear heels for dancing.

Also, no jewelry (rings, bracelets, watches) is allowed in class as these scratch the poles and can lead to possible injury to yourself or others. Please leave these items and other valuables at home or in a safe place, Vertical Fitness ™ is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Lastly, do not put any lotion on your body 24 hours prior to coming to your class; this will make you and the pole slippery, which is not conducive to safe pole dancing. top

Sarasota Fitness

What is the average class size?
Class size in an Intro to Pole or Fitness classes may range from 8-16. The classes are kept intimate and small on purpose; we believe this is the only way to progress safely through the levels/classes and give you the individualized attention you deserve. top

Sarasota Fitness How much do classes cost?
Our prices are varied; if after your Intro to Pole class you decide you want more of this fun, sexy, intense workout, we can help customize a program for you. top
 

Sarasota Fitness Can I pay for classes and workshops online?
We accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover and PayPal to pay for classes.  Just go to the Contact Us page and click on schedule your classes now! You can also shop online or in person in our boutique for all of your dance needs. top

Sarasota Fitness Do I need to bring music?
You do not need to bring music to the Intro to Pole class, but you may request any music that inspires you when you are in the different Pole Level/Fitness classes. Your own music choices in class helps you to become a more intuitive and emotional dancer. Women often want to develop a routine for dancing for their partners, and that routine is often worked on in class (Level 1 and above) Our sound system is iPod compatible, so feel free to bring your iPod to share your playlists and music with your class! top

Sarasota Fitness Is there any nudity?
There is NO nudity in any of our classes. We focus on helping you to feel more sensual, but our classes do not focus on 'sleazy' movements or vulgarity in any way. Our classes are supportive, classy, with a just little sensuality thrown in to spice things up! top

Sarasota Fitness

What is your studio like?
Our studio is a 1,200 square foot private boutique style fitness/dance studio. Our studio has 2 brass poles and 6 stainless steel dance poles that are 13’ tall. These are permanent poles that are anchored into concrete and steel so there is no weight limit with these poles.  Our décor also adds to the comfortable and elegant ambiance…warm, golden and brown hues that are sure to make you feel beautiful and sensual. Walk through the doors of Vertical Fitness ™ and experience it for yourself! top

Sarasota Fitness

I’m very shy and not yet comfortable coming to a group class, but want to try it…
If you feel that you just can not come into a group class at first, private lessons may be what is needed to boost your confidence. Nerves are normal, but once you come to a group class and see how supportive and fun it is, the nerves will disappear only to be replaced by impatience! Impatience for the next class to begin!

Sarasota Fitness Can I take classes if I am pregnant?
We must ask that you refrain from any Pole Dance class while pregnant. We also advise you to get a doctor’s clearance to participate in class if you have given birth within the last three months. top

Sarasota Fitness Do you sell dance poles?
We recommend and refer all of our students to X-Pole, from the UK, now distributing in the US. X-Poles are the preferred choice for ease of use and safety. The X-Pole is the safest pole on the market, and we highly encourage you to buy a sturdy quality pole. Steer clear of any pole that is spring loaded, as it is a recipe for disaster if you practice on it on a regular basis. Please visit our online store or speak to an instructor for X-Pole purchases and information. We have poles in stock at all times!
Our students that own poles excel very quickly, as practicing more than 2 times a week builds strength and agility to help with dancing and spinning/trick progression. If you do install your own pole, follow all included instructions carefully or have a professional handyman install the pole for you. Be sure to practice safely; never do moves that you have not been taught how to do properly. top 
 

Sarasota Fitness Can my husband or friends come and watch class?
We do not allow spectators in the studio at any time. This is a woman-only environment to help everyone feel safe and confident. If you wish to dance for your husband, boyfriend, partner or friend, you may book private studio time to do so. top

Sarasota Fitness Do you offer private parties/events?
We offer a variety of private events such as, Bachelorette, Girls’ Night Out, Birthday, Single Again, Bridal showers, Classes for Corporate team building and more! We can customize a party to your needs. We can offer a party type atmosphere or a class geared towards learning. We can offer any of our workshops for your private event or party as well. If you wish to book a private party, please do so well in advance, as weekend nights tend to book quickly, especially prior to and during prime wedding season! Our parties, events, workshops and classes are women only. top

Sarasota Fitness How long will it take before I am able to do the advanced moves?
Pole dancing is a challenging workout, and you need to build your strength to do many of the spins/tricks. Please give yourself time to build that much needed strength. Doing too much too fast can lead to injury. DO NOT attempt spins or weight bearing movements until you are thoroughly warmed up, and only with instructor supervision! No inversions without instruction and only with an instructor spotting you! Everyone learns at a different pace, each level is 8 weeks long, if you feel you are not progressing as fast as you would like then a private lesson may give you that extra time needed to learn the moves. As you progress toward the intermediate and advanced levels, placement into these levels will be determined by the instructor. top
 

Sarasota Fitness What if I miss a class in a session?
If you have an emergency or have a scheduled vacation and you are taking the Pole Level classes, you can make up a missed class with a private lesson for no additional charge. This way we can safely catch you up on what you missed in class. Please inform us in advance, if possible, should you need to miss a Pole Level class as it helps us to plan lessons and start the class on time. top
 

Sarasota Fitness Do you offer private lessons? Do you offer studio rental?
We do offer private lessons. Women that are shy or have body image issues they wish to address and overcome often seek private instruction. In a supportive nurturing environment, we can assist you in overcoming these issues and help you to see your inherent beauty. We also offer private lessons for any woman desiring extra instruction.

Studio rental time is available should you wish to dance for your partner or friends. Open pole practice studio time is available throughout the week for the seriously pole addicted. top

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