What is Pole Dancing?
It is a form of dance that uses performing arts, flexibility, strength and gymnastic/acrobatic skills. Dancers use a vertical pole (in our studio a 45mm Chrome) in order to execute tricks and maneuvers. The Pole can be stationary (static) or spinning, we offer both styles.
Do I need Dance experience?
Not at all! As Pole Dancing utilizes different athletic skills, it is open to everyone. All shapes and sizes, ages and experience are welcome. Our classes are designed to help you develop at your own pace in a comfortable environment. Just make sure to start in our Intro to Pole Classes if you have no experience.
Where do I start if I have Dance experience but have not taken Pole Dance before?
Intro to Pole – this will give you basics on Pole Dancing. While everyone is different, we recommend at least 5-7 Classes in Pole Intro before speaking with an instructor to check if you are ready to progress to Level 1.
I am a beginner - what other classes apart from Pole Intro can I take?
We have many classes that are 'All Levels.' They are based on choreography or conditioning that all help enhance your Pole Skills that you will be building. You can sign up for Pole Strong, Tempt, Flex and Vertical Barre Classes.
Can I sign up for harder classes?
Students who sign up for Level 1/2, Level 2 and Level 2/3 Classes must pass a formalized 'test' in order to sign up for each of these levels. These tests are a progression of skills, techniques and abilities that are vital for safety and to ensure that classes flow without the distraction of students not being in the correct level. In order to take this test, at least 24 hours must be given and the student must schedule and complete it during a Pole Practice Session. Please do not sign up for the test without speaking to an instructor first. Those who have not taken and passed the respective test for these levels will be canceled out of class by our system.
Can men pole dance?
Of course! Men are very welcome in all of our classes.
Who can’t attend a pole dance class?
Women who are pregnant and have not been given doctors approval cannot participate unless they have medical clearance to do so. Children under 16 years of age (those under the age of 18 years old will need a Parent or Guardian to sign a waiver before taking a class).
Can my friends come and watch my lesson?
Unfortunately we cannot allow visitors to come in and observe our classes as it may cause other students in the class to feel uncomfortable. They are welcome to sign up and take the class though!
What do I wear?
As long as you are able to comfortably move around, wear what you would to a workout class! You will need some skin exposed to grip the pole. We recommend your ankles and backs of knees exposed to help you out. Lycra shorts and tank tops are great. No Nudity or inappropriate attire is allowed. Please refrain from using body lotion the day of your class as this will affect your grip and could lead to you sliding on the pole and during floor work. We ask that you do not wear rings, watches and bracelets during class to protect the pole surface. If you are taking a Lyra Class, tank tops and pants that cover the back of your knees work well.
Can I wear heels?
Yes - You can wear pole heels as long as you are comfortable in them (in fact, Jules prefers it!). You can also choose to participate barefoot if that feels better for you! If you do decide to wear shoes, we require that they be ‘Pleaser’ brand shoes only - this brand is made for Pole Dancing, supports your feet adequately and does not scuff or mark our flooring in the studio.
What do I bring?
Bottled water is available for purchase at Pole Haus or you can bring your own. You will be expected to remove all hand and wrist jewelry prior to dancing on the pole so leave it home if you don't wish to leave it in your purse or bag. You can also bring a yoga mat for Flex or a Pole Class warm up (but you don't have to), we also rent mats for $3 per class. We also recommend knee pads for floor work and stretching, we sell them at the Studio for $12 a pair. The only other thing you should bring with you is a smile - be ready to have fun!
Should I eat before class?
Pole Dancing is a very high energy workout Our classes require energy, focus, and strength. Participants need to be fueling their bodies in a healthy way to bust a move! Having a good snack before and after can really help with muscle soreness, cramps, energy levels, attention span, and comfort. This is especially important if you have a pre-existing conditions like diabetes or anemia.
When should I arrive?
We ask you to arrive no more than 10 minutes before your class starts.
What if I am late for a class?
If you are more than 5 minutes late, you will not be allowed to participate in the class. It is unsafe to participate in Pole Dance activities without a proper warm up and late comers distract the students who are in class. We have a strict late policy and latecomers will not be buzzed into the studio. Refunds will not be issued if you miss your class due to being late, we ask that you respect this policy.
How long are classes?
All Pole and Fitness Classes are 1 hour long; Lyra/Aerial Hoop Classes are 1.5 hours. Pole Practice ranges from 1 - 1.5 hours. Check our schedule regularly for Classes and Pole Practice times.
What is the structure of a class?
All Classes begin with a warm up, some conditioning, followed by the main part of the lesson and end with a cool down stretch.
How do I purchase a membership or schedule a class?
For membership purchases, click on the link in our ‘Pricing’ Section and it will prompt you through the process. To schedule a class, click onto our ‘Schedule’ tab, enter your log in details and take it from there!
What if the class I want to take is full? Should I put myself on the wait list?
If the class you want to take is full, ALWAYS put yourself on the wait list! You have a great chance of coming off this list and making it into the class (around 95% chance!). We will give you at least 4 hours notice and let you know through your email that you provided. Please ensure that you have opted into email reminders and notifications when you set up your account.
What if I miss a class I have scheduled a booking for?
We have a 4 hour cancellation policy. Should you cancel within 4 hours of the class, this is considered a ‘Late Cancel.’ If you simply do not turn up then this is also considered a ‘Late Cancel.’ If you accumulate more than 2 Late Cancels within a calendar month, you will be charged an additional $5 per class missed on your membership for that month. If you have a 5 or 10 Class Card, you will forfeit a class should you Late Cancel. A 'no show' to class is also counted towards this total.
Where are you located? How do I get there?
We are in Center City (Rittenhouse Square area) on Chestnut Street between 17th and 18th Street. Please allow plenty of time to get into the studio, especially if you are coming from outside of Center City. We do not validate parking or have a designated parking area - there are nearby Parking Lots and street parking however, we recommend Public Transport. For parking and public transport information, please Click Here.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
LYRA/AERIAL HOOP (All Levels)
This 1.5 hour class is open to anyone who is interested in the Aerial Lyra/Hoop and wants to learn more about this physical art or continue training in it. It is designed to give dancers/aerialists the opportunity to learn about the equipment and apparatus as well as train on the Lyra. Students will engage physically each class by learning different hangs, locks, and poses on the Lyra as well as learn to execute these movements and tricks under, inside of, and around the apparatus. Spinning, transitions and combinations will also be implemented into the class. Dancers will be able to move at their own pace and develop their vocabulary and skill set in a challenging, but friendly studio environment.
EXOTIC FLOW 2 (Level 2 and above)
Get ready to work! Students will be challenged with heart-pounding, high energy choreography with a sensual flair. This class will build on the fundamentals of our Exotic Flow 1 Class with more technical pole work and inverted positions. Knee pads are required, while heels are highly recommend. Students should be prepared with both shorts and long pants.
To ensure safety and proper flow of the class, students are required to have passed their Level 2 Pole Test before beginning Exotic Flow 2.
LEVEL 2 FLOW (Testing Required)
This builds on the skills learned in Level 1/2 as well as more work on strength and conditioning. Students must pass a test in order to sign up for this class. Dancers will be taught how to invert from the floor only. In all inverted moves, dancers maintain at least 3 points of contact with the pole. Dancers may climb the pole but should not do aerial inverts or shoulder mounts from up on the pole, however, safe ways to descend from an invert will be taught. Dancers will become comfortable with a variety of spins and skills involving pull up sits. Combinations, transitions and fluid floor work appropriate to this level will be covered.
Moves learned in Level 1/2 will be applied to this Flow Class with choreography to enhance fluidity.
VERTICAL BARRE (All Levels)
Vertical Barre is a full body work out that emphasizes core strength and builds lean muscles while improving stamina - this is achieved through isometric exercises based on fundamentals of Ballet and Pilates. While utilizing the pole for stability and making use of equipment such as Thera-bands for conditioning/flexibility, Vertical Barre will help develop the necessary body awareness and strength needed to take your pole skills and dance techniques to the next level. It is suggested to bring your own mat to this class and wear comfortable work out clothes (socks are optional).
VERTICAL XPRESS (All Levels)
For the busy working dancer - get your workout on during your lunch break. This class encompasses everything in the regular Vertical Barre Class but in a 45 minute time frame - which can only mean that you will be pushed to the limit for maximum results!
Be prepared to sweat, work hard and leave feeling accomplished. Wear comfortable work out clothes, bringing a mat is optional.
POLE STRONG (All Levels)
Not your average conditioning class, this power hour helps to develop the specific muscle groups you will need for pole moves. Having trouble with your push/pulls? Working on perfecting your inverts? We have got the right exercises to get you there! This class will give you a conditioning workout that is specific to pole by using the pole! With this circuit training you will not only improve your strength, but it will also transform your coordination, flexibility and body awareness. Get ready to take your pole game to a new level! This is available to all students, regardless of level. Please note that this class is offered seasonally (generally Spring/Summer seasons).
This class is designed for those who have never taken a pole dance class and need to build their strength. The majority of this class is concentrated on becoming familiar with the pole, basic floor work, learning basic moves, hand positioning and points of contact with the pole. Strength and core stamina starts here! All moves are performed on a static pole. While everyone is different, we recommend at least 5-7 Classes in Pole Intro before speaking with an instructor to check if you are ready to progress to Level 1.
LEVEL 2 (Testing Required)
This builds on the skills learned in Level 1/2 as well as more work on strength and conditioning. Students must pass a test in order to sign up for this class. Dancers will be taught how to invert from the floor only. In all inverted moves, dancers maintain at least 3 points of contact with the pole. Dancers may climb the pole but should not do aerial inverts or shoulder mounts from up on the pole, however, safe ways to descend from an invert will be taught.
Dancers will become comfortable with a variety of spins and skills involving pull up sits. Combinations, transitions and fluid floor work appropriate to this level will be covered.
LEVEL 1/2 FLOW (Testing Required)
Level 1/2 is designed for dancers who have attended Level 1 Classes on a regular basis and are looking to transition towards a higher level of pole skills. Dancers will have a solid understanding of Level 1 tricks and are able to perform them safely on both sides. A test must be taken in order to proceed to this level. This class serves as a bridge towards building the skills for Level 2. Dancers should be able to perform the following on both sides: use different grips, climb the pole with correct technique, perform a pole sit comfortably, display control and be able to maintain form while performing certain moves on a spinning and static pole.
Moves learned in Level 1/2 will be applied to this Flow Class with choreography to enhance fluidity.
This is the quickest way to improve your pole dance skills. Private lessons are available with all instructors at our studio. They may be taken with up to 3 people at a time.
During the hour session, you will have a lesson tailored to your specific needs and the opportunity to practice moves with an instructor watching you and giving you feedback. This is also a great opportunity try something new you want to learn in a one-to-one capacity! Available as Single Session or 5 Session Packs.
LEVEL 1/2(Testing Required)
Level 1/2 is designed for dancers who have attended Level 1 Classes on a regular basis and are looking to transition towards a higher level of pole skills. Dancers will have a solid understanding of Level 1 tricks and are able to perform them safely on both sides. A test must be taken in order to proceed to this level. This class serves as a bridge towards building the skills for Level 2.
Dancers should be able to perform the following on both sides: use different grips, climb the pole with correct technique, perform a pole sit comfortably, display control and be able to maintain form while performing certain moves on a spinning and static pole.
LEVEL 2/3 (Testing Required)
This class is designed for dancers who have attended regular Level 2 classes, with a solid understanding of Level 2 tricks and combinations. Students must pass a test in order to sign up for this class. This class is the bridge that will help dancers transition to Level 3. Dancers will learn to condition themselves and dismount safely to prepare for more advanced moves. In this class, dancers will already be able to climb the pole (a variety of ways) with ease and invert from the ground in a smooth and controlled motion on both sides – which builds a solid foundation for the start of aerial work. Moves are performed on both static and spinning poles.
EXOTIC FLOW 1 (Level 1 and above)
This choreography-centered class focuses on the fundamentals of the Exotic Pole style— fluidity, extension and active flexibility. Sexy choreography paired with heart-thumping beats and specific pole strength moves makes this an exciting and challenging workout. Students will learn to control movement and isolate body parts while building skills necessary for Exotic Flow 2.
Heels and knee-pads are highly recommended. Students should have mastered Introductory Pole moves such as dip turns, pirouettes and fan kicks as well as have familiarity with Level 1 skills/techniques such as the split grip and pole sit.
LEVEL 1 FLOW
Dancers in this level will engage in floor work and simple climbs on both a static and spinning pole. There is no inverting at this level. Simplistic transitions and combinations will be taught. It is assumed that students in Level 1 have mastered Pole Intro skills and techniques such as pirouettes, different pole grips, dip turns and fan kicks.
A sequence of moves will be taught and put into practice with a dance routine. Moves learned in Level 1 will be applied to this Flow Class to enhance fluidity.
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This is not an instructed class, an instructor will be present but not for spotting or teaching. Pole Practice gives you time to work on moves and tricks you have learned in class. You must be a member to attend Pole Practice - although this is not included in your membership, it is $10 per session; if you want it included in your membership, opt for the Premium Unlimited Monthly Package. This is also a great opportunity to meet other members! No booking is needed; however if it is busy, pole-sharing may be necessary. Use this class to freestyle and work on your own pole flow at your pace. Dancers must take responsibility for their safety.
*For members only.
This class focuses on the flexibility, strengthening and stretching of muscles – elements that are so important when learning pole dancing. With a focus on front and side splits, as well as back and shoulder flexibility, dancers are taken through a variety of exercises, stretches and movements to lengthen their muscles. Notice how your range of motion improves along with your pole skills in conjunction with this class.
It is suggested to bring your own mat to this class and wear comfortable work out clothes.
This class is for all flexibility levels.
TEMPT (All Levels)
Time to get sexy and sultry! Tempt is an all-levels class designed to bring out your sensual side. This class focuses on slow, sensual choreography, floorwork and musicality, and helps build body awareness and confidence. Learn how to roll those hips, whip that hair, and slink across the floor. Elements of pole dance, chair dance and strip tease are sometimes incorporated. This is an all-levels class, so pole experience is not required. Knee pads are strongly recommend. Heels aren't required but definitely encouraged!
Dancers in this level will engage in floor work and simple climbs on both a static and spinning pole. There is no inverting at this level. Simplistic transitions and combinations will be taught.
It is assumed that students in Level 1 have mastered Pole Intro skills and techniques such as pirouettes, different pole grips, dip turns and fan kicks.
If you have some Pole Intro experience, please speak with an instructor to advise if you are ready for Level 1.
It is Pole Haus’ mission to ensure our students are given quality instruction at a level that is right for them – this means a level that is challenging, not too easy, too difficult or unsafe. Our levels have been devised with the intent to give students a sense of achievement as well as attainable goals.
Strength and endurance is built gradually and we encourage students to take the time needed to build proper technique and to master each level rather than rushing through to the next stage. Being able to perform a move encompasses more than just ‘doing’ it – we believe moves and combinations should be fluid and executed with control. We encourage students to take their time and build the necessary strength and skills in each level before progressing.
Choreography and floor work is also an integral part of pole dancing and also determines whether you are ready for the next level. The positive aspect of Pole Dance (one of many!), is the fact that every move builds on the mastery of prior steps.
All levels are taught with proper safety advice and instruction. There are required 'tests' that need to be taken before progressing past Levels 1 and above.
ALL POLE AND CONDITIONING CLASSES ARE 60 MINUTES LONG.
Please Note – if you have some pole experience but are unsure of your level, it is always best to take a Level 1 class and speak to an instructor.