Frequently Asked Questions
I’ve taken classes from another Pole studios, do I have to start from the beginning?
Thank you for choosing Aradia Fitness! With the popularity of pole dance fitness as it continues to grow more mainstream, we understand that many students have taken or tried pole dancing before. We certainly cannot wait to welcome you into the Aradia Fitness family as you continue your pole journey. Our goal is to place you into a level where you will feel comfortable. We know it is often intimidating to get started at a new studio as class structures, teaching styles and pole technique names vary from studio to studio. If you have previous experience, it’s not necessary for you to start from the beginning. Simply contact the studio, and we will figure out the best class that suits your ability.
I’m Brand New to Pole Dancing. Where Do I Start?
We ask that students who are brand new to Pole Dancing start with our 6-week Pole 101 session. Why do we do classes in 6-week sessions? Each week is a progression of the next. Unlike many fitness boutique’s that offer the ability to drop in to any class at any time, for safety purposes our classes are levelled, and we need time to work on building your skill level in a safe environment with students at the same level as yourself. If we were to have open drop-in pole classes, this could pose to be a danger for many individuals, as our attention to our students’ skills would be all over the place with the differing levels and abilities, and there would be great difficulty placed on the instructor to know which student was in which level. In order to provide the absolute best service with the safest structure, classes are levelled and fit into a 6-week session so that the instructor can make direct progressions for you.
How long are the classes?
Our Pole Dancing program is taught differently throughout the studios. Some studios have a 4 week format, some studios have a 6 week format, and some studios have combined program format. But be assured that every student has the same high quality class. Each class is 1 hour class, once a week for the duration of the session. Classes consist of floor work and pole work (spins, strength holds and dance moves) to create a total body workout.
What Do I Wear to a Class?
We wear normal workout clothing- what you feel comfortable to move around in. As you progress to the higher levels, skirts or shorts are encouraged (especially for inverting). We dance barefoot or shoes (typically higher levels, or floorwork classes, not Pole 101/beginner). On the day of class, please refrain from applying hand lotion, this makes hands slippery. At the time of class, please remove rings, bracelets and watches.
I’m feeling a bit shy! What can I expect from my first class?
No worries! Most students feel shy and nervous in their first class, but once they walk through our door and enter our studio- they feel welcomed and encouraged! Our studio is private, with no more than 7-10 people per class. Our instructors are encouraging, non-judgemental and lots of fun! Our program consists of floor, mat and pole work, which comes together to build a total body workout with the fun of course!
How do I sign up for a class?
The best way to sign up for a class, is to visit our “Schedule” page under “Classes” and click on the class that you would like to sign up for. Pre-payment is required to hold a spot in the class. You can also register for a class by contacting the studio through email or phone. Payment options can then be discussed.
Do you offer Drop in Classes?
Many of our locations offer drop in classes along with their level programs. It’s best to contact the studio to ask about their drop in class options.
Do you offer private lessons?
Yes, many of our locations offer private and semi-private lessons. These are customized lessons, based on the clients’ interests and goals. To find out more about private lessons, please contact the studio through email or phone.
What is your missed class policy?
If you have missed a class, you can make it up with a free practice session. Check the schedule, or send us an e-mail to find out when the next practice session is. An instructor will be there to review what you have missed. You can not attend a different class in lieu of your missed class. There are many reasons for this. First, it is unfair to the students of this paid class to be required to review the class that you have missed – they might be at a different point of learning in their class altogether, which could be ahead of your level, or behind. Second, many of our classes could be full, and we only allow one student per pole. The practice session is specifically designed to assist you one-on-one with what you’ve missed.
Do you have a refund policy?
Pre-registration is a must for all classes. If you cancel within 48 hours of your first class, you will receive NO refund. If you cancel within 2-6 days of your first class, you will be fully refunded minus a $20.00 administration fee. If you cancel with more than 7 days notice of your first class, you will be fully refunded.
Who attends Aradia Fitness classes?
Aradia Fitness clients rage in age from 18-62. Our students proudly represent the full spectrum of individual form– we have freckles, curves, wisdom lines and dimples – all of which we unapologetically show off and celebrate! We are all different shapes, sizes, and fitness abilities!
Who teaches Aradia Fitness classes?
Aradia Fitness instructors share a lot with our clients as they were once students themselves! We were once students just like you who loved classes so much that we just had to teach. Even more, Aradia Fitness instructors complete a rigorous internship & training program before taking both a written & practical exam to obtain an Aradia Fitness Instructor Certification. Some of our instructors include medical technicians, teachers, stay-at-home mothers, IT Techs and more.
I haven’t worked out in a long time… will I be able to keep up?
Absolutely! The great thing about Aradia Fitness classes is that everyone is new to this form of fitness… so everyone learns together. Our pole dance fitness classes are broken down into seven comprehensive levels. Everyone starts in Pole 101 and is allowed to progress at their own pace.
How do clients advance or progress through the pole levels?
Clients quickly discover that pole dancing is not quite as easy as it looks! Pole dance fitness is a form of movement that is unlike any activity you have done before. After your first class, you will feel how sore your new “pole muscles” are. At Aradia Fitness, safety is a top priority. While we appreciate the enthusiasm of clients who want to advance quickly to do “that cool trick” she saw on YouTube, we urge you to keep the age-old saying in mind – “You can’t run before you can walk!” Depending on the time clients are prepared to invest in their pole fitness journey, we have found it takes students anywhere from 8-16 classes before they can safely & properly perform the techniques, tricks & spins of each level. The last thing we want is for a client to injure themselves while attempting a technique that their body is not yet ready for.
Is there an age requirement to take your classes?
Due to the inherent sensual nature of most Aradia Fitness classes, all clients must be eighteen years of age or older to attend classes at our studio. We CAN offer a “toned down” version of our pole fitness classes for younger groups, however this would need to be scheduled as a private lesson and parental waivers will be required.
Is there any nudity?
Nope – no nudity!
Are men and non-binary individuals allowed in class?
Absolutely! All of our classes are free of gender restrictions.
Do you sell gift certificates?
We sure do! Our gift certificates are the perfect gift and they are available in any denomination. If you would like to purchase a gift certificate, please contact the studio.
My best friend is getting married! Do you host bachelorette parties?
Of course – we host parties for ANY occasion! Please visit the “Parties” page of the website for more information.
Is there a weight limit for class?
No weight limit for the Intro to Pole Dancing or Pole 101 Class. The weight limit for classes beyond basic pole classes can range from 200-350lbs, due to the different manufactures of the pole. It would be best to contact the studio to check. However, there is no weight limit for flexibility and floor work classes and speciality classes such as lap dancing, striptease, and chair dancing also have no weight limit.
What if I want to take more than one class a week?
We think that’s a great idea! Check out the memberships tab.
How much do classes cost?
For complete pricing information, please visit the “Pricing” tab under the “Classes” page
I have NO upper body strength! Can I still take class?
You sure can! Our classes will help you build upper body strength.