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FAQ

Here you will find answers to some frequently asked questions about our pole dancing classes. If you have other pole dance related questions that are not listed here, please contact us and we will be happy to help you!

General FAQ

What Should I Wear For A Pole Dance Class?

As it is a fitness class, we want you to feel comfortable, so we recommend wearing clothing that you can move freely and comfortably in. Form-fitting shorts and a comfortable t-shirt or tank top are good. Leg-warmers or knee pads are also recommended for your comfort; we have these available for purchase at the studio. For the warm-up we advise wearing long pants with your shorts underneath, so that you are ready to get on the pole after stretching!

Also, we know that showing up to a pole dancing class can be daunting as it is a highly visual form of movement. Some of our students like to wear fishnets and cheeky booty shorts with red lipstick, some prefer to show up in hoodies and baggy pants with zero make-up, and others are somewhere in between. Please know that whatever way you choose to dress will not be judged or critiqued, though if you wear something sparkly it’s highly likely that we will tell you how much we love sparkly things!

We work barefoot in our regular pole dance classes as well as in our flexibility and conditioning classes (you can leave your trainers at home!), however we do advise wearing pole dance specific shoes, such as Pleasers or Hella Heels, for our Exotic Dance classes. We advise against wearing normal high heels as these don’t offer the same ankle support as shoes that are designed for pole dancing.

I have always wanted to try Pole Dancing! Where do I start?

We recommend all first-timers to begin with our ‘Introduction to Pole Dance’ 4-week course. This is designed to teach you all of the basic technique, terminology and skills that will help you to progress above and beyond. We recommend 4 weeks as a minimum time-frame to allow yourself to build strength, get to grips with the pole, as well as get to know our staff and instructors so that you can make an informed decision and allow yourself sufficient time to see if pole dancing is for you or not.

What is the difference between pole dance and pole fitness?

There is no difference! Here at the Irish Pole Dance Academy we take a holistic approach towards pole dance instruction as we want you to feel amazing! This means that our classes focus on the dance side of pole as well as the fitness side: we include choreography as standard, as well as awesome pole tricks and exercises. You will learn how to move around and with the pole, as well as learning floorwork and connecting smooth transitions between your pole poses, not just fancy tricks in isolation. You will feel like a bad-ass as you flow around the pole and build confidence with your body movement, that will ultimately help you to become stronger, more toned and more flexible, whilst increasing cardiovascular fitness.

Do I need upper body strength or do I need to be ‘fit’ in order to take classes?

There are no pre-requisite strength, flexibility or skill levels required in order to take our pole dance classes. Let us help you to build upon whatever strength/flexibility you already have and achieve your goals! For anyone at any fitness level, we always recommend that you consult your physician before starting a new fitness program.

Do I need to have a dance / fitness background to take these classes?

Although it is very helpful if you already have a dance / fitness background already, it is not necessary as we will teach you all of the fundamentals, good technique and everything else you need to know. You have the freedom to progress and learn at your own pace!

Is there an age limit for participants?

Everyone is welcome to join! There is no maximum age limit for potential pole dance students (Arlene’s mum who is in her late 50’s is an avid pole dance addict). It is never “too late” to start. However, if you are under 18 we can’t permit you to join us (sorry!).

Is there a weight limit?

Nope, no weight limit. And no, you will not “break the pole”. We aim to create a body-neutral environment in all of our classes.

How do I sign up?

Please contact us and we will be happy to speak to you about your goals and needs, and we will get you started on the best training package for you.

Can I watch a class before I decide to join?

Nope, sorry. Our studio is private because our students feel uncomfortable with the idea of people walking in and out just to have a look. Please respect this and please understand that when you become a client, no onlookers will be allowed in your class too.

I am an ex-gymnast / ballerina / aerial dancer, do I still need to take the ‘Introduction to Pole Dance’ class?

We recommend that you take our ‘Introduction to Pole Dance’ course so that you can learn the fundamental techniques that are specific and unique to the art of pole dance. Think of your movement like learning a language: you might have a knowledge of French but this doesn’t mean that you will be fluent in Italian! As an alternative, we can arrange a one to one lesson to assess your skill level, acquaint you with the pole and teach you the basic “grammar”. You may then have the option to enter a more advanced level class, suited to your ability.

I have taken pole dance classes before, do I still need to take the ‘Introduction to Pole Dance’ course?

‘Introduction to Pole Dance’ is only necessary if you have never taken pole dance classes before, or if it has been a very long time since you last practiced. Please read our class descriptions so you can see what each class entails and decide which is best for your level. If you are not sure, please call or email us and we will be happy to discuss your individual needs!

Is there anything I should avoid doing before class?

We advise avoiding the use of body lotions, oils, fake tans or oil-based moisturizers within 24 hours of a pole dance class as this will prevent your skin from properly adhering to the pole. Water-based moisturizers are fine.

I have a medical / physical condition or injury that I am worried will become aggravated by taking pole dancing classes, what should I do?

Please call us and we can discuss this in strictest confidence! We also recommend that you speak with your doctor/physician to check that this type of exercise is suitable for you and to get a doctor’s note if necessary.

Can I wear heels in class?

If you would like to dance in heels, you may do so in our Old School Pole Dance class. This is a class that focuses on the unapologetically sexy side of pole dance (after all, pole dancing was invented by strippers so let’s celebrate that fact), creating seamless movement between your tricks and slowing everything down. We love heels! However, we advise that you chose a ‘dancer’ brand of heels (Pleaser, Ellie, Anthonys, etc.) as these are designed for safety and comfort for pole dancers. Normal heels or ‘going out’ heels are not permitted in our studio, as they are not designed for pole dancing in and have a risk of causing damage to you and our equipment. We will also need you to sign a waiver if you chose to dance in heels, as you will be doing so at your own risk.

I’m not ready for the sexy side of pole dance…

That’s totally cool. We do try to create a sex-positive experience in our Old School Pole Dance classes, we aim to be as sex-neutral as possible at our studio. You don’t have to wear stiletto heels or sparkly hot pants in our classes. We aim to foster a supportive and empowering environment at the studio: all styles are welcome.

Choreography is a small part of all of our pole dance classes and we guarantee that you will love it and reap the benefits of learning a structured routine! As well as this, we feel it’s important to acknowledge and respect that pole dance originates from stripping. Whilst it’s totally grand to not want to take part in our Old School Pole Dance classes, it is not at all grand to adopt a “hashtag not a stripper” attitude when practicing pole dance. We feel it’s not hard to respect our stripper foremothers.

I’m a guy, I want to take pole dance classes. Can I join?

Men are welcome to join our classes! Please note that our classes include a lot of floorwork and sensual dance as standard, so if you are more interested in the ‘sport’ side of things or wanting to do human flags, you may prefer to take some private lessons. Private lessons can be tailored to your needs and level of physical ability.

I’m a non-binary person. Can I join too?

Absolutely. We have a lot of clients who are non-binary as well as some clients who are transgender. We try very hard to make our community welcoming to all and our studio culture one of inclusivity, because let’s face it, the world needs more spaces like this.

But, there are only 2 genders?!

Gender is a social construct. 

Where can I buy a pole for my home?

We are authorized Lupit Pole resellers, you can buy your very own dance pole directly from them. We recommend the 45mm stainless steel pro pole; this is perfect for home use as it is easy to assemble, doesn’t require drilling or screws into the floor/ceiling, has both static and spinny functions, and has a lovely hypoallergenic finish in the comfortable 45mm diameter. You can use our discount code: IRISHPOLE123

Arlene also has written very useful blogs on buying a pole for at home training that you can refer to.

I love pole dancing and I want to pole dance everyday! How many classes can I take?

You may train just once a week with us, but we advise training at least twice or three times a week for optimal results and progression! We offer a full schedule of classes that will supplement your pole dance training, such as Flexibility, Conditioning for Pole Dance, Exotic Dance, Spinny Pole and Pole Play (open training). We do also offer unique memberships where you can take unlimited classes with us (these are limited and only available upon application). Contact us or have a chat with your instructor to discuss your needs and we will be happy to help you!

Are the instructors at the Irish Pole Dance Academy qualified and insured to teach pole dance?

Yes. We have completed the relevant professional training courses in order to teach pole dance for fitness safely and effectively, such as Xpert Pole Fitness, ElevatED Pole Fitness, Liquid Motion Floorwork and Vertical Dance; you can rest assured that you are in good hands! We are also qualified Sports Specific and Occupational First Aid, with the relevant insurance. You can see our certifications on display at the studio.

Is Irish Pole Dance Academy's studio covid-19 safe?

Yes, we have risk assessments in place as well as a strict hygiene measures to prevent the spread of covid-19, and other colds and flus. We also have a Radic8 VirusKiller VK103 Air Filter & Air Steriliser from Ecocool to protect our clients and staff members in the studio. This piece of equipment is tested and proven to remove 99.9999% of all respiratory viruses and bacteria including covid-19, as well as eliminating other pollutants, dust and other allergens from the air. So you can rest assured that you are coming into a clean and safe environment when you attend our pole dancing classes!

I want to become a pole dance instructor. Do you offer professional training programs?

Unfortunately, at this moment in time we do not offer professional training programs. We recommend checking out the relevant training courses (eg: Xpert Pole Fitness, ElevatED, etc.). We recommend having a high level of experience with pole dance prior to taking one of these professional training courses. You can take private lessons with us and we will share our skills and high level of expertise with you, which will be very helpful for you on your journey to become a pole dance instructor. Please note that taking part in our classes will not qualify you or give you the necessary skills that are required in order to become a pole dance instructor.

I joined an ‘Introduction to Pole Dance’ course and I decided that pole dance isn’t for me. Can I get my money back?

We are a very busy pole dance studio with long waiting lists for first-time beginners wanting to join our pole dance classes. Unfortunately we cannot refund you if you join one of our courses and then decide you don’t want to continue, as we are then left with an empty space that we cannot fill. This would also be unfair to the eager people on our waiting list. You agree to these terms and conditions upon signing up to our classes.

Why do you have a 24-hour minimum cancellation window on regular classes?

As above, we are a very busy pole dance studio, if you book a class and then cancel with less than 24 hours advance notice, unfortunately it doesn’t give us enough notice to fill your empty space. This would also be unfair to the eager people on our waiting list. You agree to these terms and conditions upon signing up to our classes.

I am a person suffering from body dysmorphia / an eating disorder / self-harming / anxiety / mental health issues. Will pole dancing help me?

Pole dancing is an excellent outlet for creativity and expression and can work alongside a mental health hygiene practice. We aim to create a body-neutral environment. Our clients, that we are proud to support, have reported mental health benefits such as reduced anxiety, increased self-worth and increased body confidence when taking pole dancing classes alongside proper therapy. We also provide a judgement free atmosphere for persons with mental health issues, including self-harm: we won’t point at your scars and make a big song and dance about it! Please note that instructors at Irish Pole Dance Academy are not qualified mental health practitioners / counsellors and that pole dancing classes are not a substitute for proper therapy.

I am a neurodivergent person, can you accommodate me in your pole dancing classes?

No problemo! We aim to be as inclusive and accommodating as possible in regards to neurodiversity during our pole dancing classes. We have taught many neurodivergent folks in our classes over the years. Simply let us know in advance and if there’s anything we can do accommodate your learning style.

Online Classes FAQ

What Are Online Classes?

Our online lessons are pre-recorded and available to watch on demand. They are not intended to replace in-person training at the studio; they are designed to supplement your learning and support you between classes. You can use these tutorials to train from the comfort of your own home, whilst still making progress on your goals.

How do I sign up?

Simply click our ‘Learn Online‘ page!

Where can I buy a pole for my home?Where can I buy a pole for my home?

We are affiliated with Lupit Pole, you can buy a pole from their website and use our handy discount code IRISHPOLE123. Hurrah for discounts! 

We recommend a 45mm stainless steel pole.

I don't have a pole at home, can I still join?

Of course you can! We have loads of floorwork and conditioning lessons available that you can access on the dedicated ‘Floorwork Only’ option. In terms of floor space, you only need about the space of a yoga mat to take part.

But training at home isn't the same?

Yep, there is no substitute for training with other humans in an encouraging environment that has full-length mirrors, loads of floorspace and lovely high poles. Online training is better than no training at all, we promise you that you will be glad that you’re using our tutorials! They’re highly detailed and designed to help you learn at your own pace.

Any other queries, simply contact us! Happy poling!

rafahlia pole dancing

…In IPDA, I not only felt comfortable among others, I genuinely felt the desire to applaud others; I wasn’t feeling jealous of other girls. The inclusiveness I felt was amazing. It doesn’t matter if I am Greek, it doesn’t matter if I think my legs are proportionally way bigger than my arms, in IPDA there are people that are happy to see me and I am happy to see them.

Rafahlia