What should I know before taking my first class?
Please arrive 5 minutes early and use the call box downstairs to call up. Knock on the door when you arrive and we’ll let you in. For a pole class, you should not wear any lotion or oils on your hands and legs. Sweating will release the lotion back to the surface of your skin, and you could slide off the pole! You also need to have a lot of skin exposed in order to stick to a pole, so we recommend wearing shorts and a sports bra. It may feel weird to wear so little clothing at first but fabric will slide off the pole and many tricks are impossible when you’re covered up. You can purchase shorts, sports bras, and grip aid in the studio. For aerial and flexibility classes, we recommend leggings and a fitted tank top.
I’m new/experienced to pole/aerial arts. Which class should I take?
All new pole students should start with Foundation pole classes so that they get the proper foundation and pole technique training. New pole students can also drop into Active Flexibility and Handstands & Inversions. Once you’ve taken at least three Pole Foundations classes you can also start taking Heels Choreography (Beg/Int). If you have never taken class at Berkeley Pole & Dance before, note our new student special 3 class pack for $80 (1 month expiration from date of purchase).
How do I sign up for a class?
Students must sign up online before coming to the studio. This is to ensure that you’ve signed the liability waiver and read our Terms & Conditions. To sign up for regular drop in classes, sign up through our scheduler on Mindbody on the ‘Schedule’ page above or create your Mindbody account here.
What is your class cancellation policy?
You can easily cancel a class online 24 hours in advance and keep your class credit. For cancellations with less than 24 hours notice, your class will be forfeited. Most of our classes sell out so this policy is to ensure fairness and access to classes. Note that this class cancellation policy is strict.
Do I need a dance background?
Do I need to be in shape to pole dance?
Pole dance is for all people of all fitness levels, shapes, sizes and genders. Period. If you are big, mid-sized or little, you can attend class. If you are an athlete or out of shape, you can attend class. All genders are welcome. If you are a human, you can take class. However, if you are under 16 years old you may not take pole classes and if you are under 18 years old you must have a parent come in person to the studio to sign a liability waiver in order for you to take class.
What should I wear to class? Should I wear heels?
For pole dance classes, you should wear shorts (something like a boy shorts cut), a tank top and a sports bra (if you have breasts). It may feel weird to wear so little clothing at first but you need to have a lot of skin exposed in order to stick to the pole. Fabric will slide off the pole. You can purchase shorts, sports bras, and grip aid in the studio as well. For aerial and flexibility classes, you should wear leggings and a fitted tank top. We normally go barefoot for beginning level classes. You are also welcome to bring your own. We recommend Pleasers Heels and Glitter Heels if you are considering buying your own. For Heels Choreography, please wear heels or socks if you prefer not to wear heels.
How does the waitlist work?
If you are waitlisted for a class, you must pay in advance to be added to the waitlist. If a spot opens up 24 hours or more before class you will receive an email or text to either accept the spot or pass it along to the next person. Please ensure your communication settings in MindBody are set to receive texts and emails from us for class notifications. Our front desk team can help check these settings for you if you’re unsure.
If a spot opens up less than 24 hours before class our front desk team will call you in the afternoon (M-F after 4 pm) to see if you want the spot.
If class fills and you do not get into a class that you have been waitlisted for, you will maintain your class credit for future use on your account.
Is there a changing area? Showers?
There is a curtained off closet area to change in as well as a bathroom. Showers are not available on site.
Is there parking for my car or bike?
There is 1 hour metered parking right outside of the studio and 2 hour residential parking on the surrounding side streets. Please be mindful of all street sweeping and other parking restricitons signs. Parking tends to be more difficult to find in the evenings. Bikers can lock their bikes up outside the studio, but bikes and scooters are not allowed inside. Please make sure to remove all valuables from your car if you choose to drive in.
How do I sign someone else up for a class?
After you click on the ‘Sign Up’ button for the class, you’ll see a screen that defaults to ‘Make Reservation For Myself’. In order to pay for someone else, check the radio button for ‘Make Reservation For Someone Else’. From there, enter the full name of the person you are trying to pay for, and check the box next to ‘Pay for this other client’. After you click ‘Make a single reservation’, you’ll be taken to a payment screen to pay for that person.
Do you limit class sizes?
During COVID-19 and Social Distancing all classes are limited to one person per apparatus as follows:
Pole – 4 students max
Aerial – 4 students max
Flexibility and handstands – 4-6 students max
For drop-in classes, the maximum limit is 14 students, for two students to a pole. For series, the maximum number is 8 students for one student to a pole. Flexibility classes are limited to 11 students.
I left something at the studio? How can I come get it?
What are the different membership options?
We offer one membership – the Studio Access Membership ($200/mo with a 3 month minimum commitment)
The open studio access membership gets you full access to the studio anytime there aren’t classes, workshops, or other events going on from 6am-11pm, giving you flexibility in your training schedule. Classes, workshops, and events are not included with this membership and must be purchased separately. In order to book the Studio Access Membership, you must complete a 15 minute safety overview. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to book your safety overview session.
*You must email us to cancel your membership as they are on an autopay schedule
I'm a visiting instructor interested in the short term residency program. How do I apply?
If you are a traveling pole dance or aerial dance instructor visiting from out of town and are looking for stops through Berkeley or our other Bay Areaa studios, please head to the “Join Our Team” page to submit an application for a short term residency program at our Pole & Dance studios.
We offer 1-2 week short term residencies for guest instructors. During the residency, guest instructors will be scheduled for between 2-7 weekly classes at the studio. In exchange, Guest Instructors are compensated at the normal instructor rate. Guest Instructors also receive free room and board at the studio owner’s house in Berkeley.
Other perks include all the open studio time your heart desires, 20$/hour private rental rates for hosting your own private lessons. Having many guest Instructors at our studios is one of the many things that makes us special. We host many guest instructors and look forward to hosting many more!
Do you have any new student specials?
Yes! For first time students, we offer a 3 class package at a 25% off for $80. These 3 classes expire after one month from date of purchase. Please click here to set up your Mindbody account and to sign up for your first class.
How do the 5-week series work?
Our 5-week series are small, performance oriented series where students attend one class per week for 5 weeks. In class, students will develop choreography to music and develop unique and interesting combinations.
After 5 weeks, the choreography will be perfected and polished to be stage-ready. Our series begin every January, July, and October and Berkeley Pole & Dance hosts Student Showcases where series groups show off their perfected and polished routines that they have built in February, September and December.
Note that there are no make up sessions for the series but if you do miss a week, you will be given the choreography to practice during in-studio time. All series performers also have the opportunity to attend a dress rehearsal before the show for further polishing.
I'm from out of town and I'd like to drop in for open pole time. How does that work?
Email us at email@example.com and we’ll work with you to set up training time!
Can I use my membership package for someone else?
Do you have a late policy?
Yes! We enforce a strict 10 minute late policy. This means that any student who arrives more than 10 minutes after class starts will not be allowed to take class. Your class will not be refunded and you will also not be allowed to reuse your class credit. This is to ensure safety and fairness for all students.
Do I have to share a pole/lyra/silk?
During COVID-19 and social distancing all classes are limited to one person per apparatus.
We are a community oriented studio and in most every class, students will be expected to share poles, lyras, and silks. This is beneficial to students because you get to see movement on other bodies and help each other. As well, the studio is an open concept space and there will usually be multiple classes at the same time. If you are sensitive to noise, we recommend booking a private lesson or time in the private pole room. Alternatively, evening weekend classes and early morning classes generally have lower attendance and students will be more likely to have their own pole.
Can my friend/partner/etc. stay and watch?
We don’t allow observers at the studio to ensure that all of our students feel comfortable while taking class. There are several coffee shops right around the studio that they can go to while you’re in class.
Do you allow dogs or children at the studio?
We do not allow dogs or animals in the studio unless they are service animals. Per state law, service animals (but not emotional support animals) are allowed to come into the studio and accompany their owner throughout the space. We allow emotional support animals in the space only if they are kept in a carrier and near the front desk area. Emotional support animals that are too big for a carrier case must be kept outside in the hallway on a leash or left at home.
No children are allowed at the studio.
We allow students 16+ in classes but a parent or legal guardian must physically accompany them to class for their first visit to sign the liability waiver.