Frequently Asked Questions
What is pole dancing/pole fitness?
Pole dancing/fitness is a combination of dance and acrobatic/gymnast movements using
a vertical pole.
Is pole dance/pole fitness safe?
Pole dancing/ fitness is safe as long as you listen to your instructor, follow directions and
abide by the studio rules. We are here to ensure your safety in all movements. Remember
to always listen to your body and not push beyond your limits.
What are the benefits of pole dancing/pole fitness?
You will see many benefits once you begin your pole journey as a Pole Diva. The most
obvious benefit will be an increase of body strength especially in your upper body and core.
However, pole is definitely a full body workout and you will notice all around improvements.
You will also gain a great sense of confidence and empowerment. Pole Fitness teaches you
how to build confidence, have fun and love your body.
Is pole dancing/pole fitness a good workout?
Pole dancing/ fitness is definitely the ultimate fitness workout! Unlike other activities, you will have so much fun and you won’t realize you’re working out!
Do I need to have upper body strength to pole dance?
Pole Fitness does require a lot of upper body strength. But don't worry if you don't have any now, you will build the strength and muscle faster than you can imagine!
What should I wear to class?
We recommend wearing shorts and a tank top to class. The more skin that you have exposed the better grip you will have on the pole. Clothing makes you slip and not grip the pole well, so for safety reasons you will want to have more skin exposure. More advanced students tend to wear shorts and a sports bra as they progress into more advanced pole movements that require more underarm and side grip.
Should I bring shoes?
We typically practice barefoot for Intro to Pole but upon completion of Intro to Pole, you may wear stiletto heels. No wedges are allowed please.
Is there a weight limit?
The recommended weight limit for Xpole poles is 250lbs- 300lbs. However, there are other dance and floor moves that you can still do without climbing on the pole.
Is there an age limit?
Ages ranges from 18 years to 60 years of age. Pole fitness is Great for the Mind, Body and Soul.
Do I need prior experience?
You do not need any prior experience before your first pole class. Our Intro to Pole class is the perfect place to start if you are new to pole! You will begin to learn how to become one with the pole.
How many students are in class?
We allow a maximum of 7 students per class to accommodate enough pole and time for each person to participate. Unless otherwise specified.
Do the poles spin?
The poles can be set to either static or spinning mode. As a beginner you will start with the pole on static to ensure that you are safe and comfortable on the pole. Once you are comfortable and we feel it is safe, we will progress you to spinning pole.
Should I do pole fitness on a full stomach?
No. We recommend waiting at least an hour after you’ve eaten before attending a class so you can give your best effort.
Can I bring someone along to watch my class?
No. We ask that you come alone unless the person accompanying you is paying for a class as well.
FAQ for Silks and Lyra
What is Aerial Silks?
Aerial silks (also known as aerial contortion, aerial ribbons, aerial tissues, fabric, ribbon, or tissue, depending on personal preference) is a type of performance in which one or more artists perform aerial acrobatics while hanging from a fabric.
Is aerial silks a good workout?
Aerial silks are especially great for improving upper body strength - it's one of the best ab workouts around. Great news is that aerial silk workouts count as cardio too while providing strength-building benefits. This makes aerial silks a great form of exercise to improve upper body strength and to aid weight loss.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO AERIAL CLASSES?
We recommend tight-fitting clothes (like yoga pants and leotard or tight-fitting shirt) that cover the back of your knees and your armpits.
You might be going upside down, so make sure your shirt won't go upside with you! We require bare feet for most of our classes, but you
are welcome to wear socks during warm-up. And please make sure to remove all jewelry, watches, and zippers before getting on our
equipment so you don't damage it.
MY CHILD IS INTERESTED IN AERIAL. WHERE CAN HE/SHE START?
We have a great kid program at Kiki Dance Studio! If your child has never tried aerial before, we have a kid class that will be perfect for them.
IS AERIAL SAFE?
Just like any physical activity, aerial arts comes with a certain degree of risk. However, we take a very proactive approach to ensuring that risk is minimized as much as possible. We purchase equipment from reputable vendors, we inspect our equipment on regular basis (you can always ask to see our equipment and inspection logs!), we utilize mats, and we train our teachers to use spotting techniques and progressions to safely work with students in the air. We also post our safety rules on our wall, require teachers to be certified in first aid and CPR, and have weekly teacher training sessions to make sure our instructors are always growing and learning.
Open Gym is practice time for existing Kiki Dance Studio students to practice skills they have already learned. An instructor is present for safety and spotting but new skills will not be taught during this time. Polers and Aerialists who are not members of Kiki Dance Studio may join us for Open Gym with authorization from a Kiki Dance Studio instructor.
Come Turn Exercise Upside Down with us, Literally.
Please feel free to contact us for any questions you may have.