What should I know before taking my first class?
Please arrive 10-15 minutes early. The door is locked for security purposes. Please knock and we will open the door for you. 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 ‘Pole Choreography’, ‘Intro to Lyra’, ‘Intro to Silks’ and ‘Flexibility’.
If you have never taken class at Oakland Pole & Dance before, note our new student special 3 class pack for $70.
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. All unlimited members who late cancel will be charged an additional $10 late cancel fee.
Do I need a dance background?
No. Some of the best pole dancers today have zero dance background! You will learn everything you need to know in class. Start with Foundations and from there you can work your way up to more advanced classes. You can also take our conditioning classes, flexibility classes, and choreography-dance classes to round out your training.
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. If you are a man, a woman, gender fluid or non-gendered, you can take class. If you are a human, you can take class. However, 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. Once a quarter, we have puppy pole dance where non-humans can attend class too.
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 boobs). 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. However, we have heels in the studio if you want to borrow them. You are also welcome to bring your own. We recommend Pleasers heels, and Glitter Heels if you are considering buying your own. For Sexy 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. You will receive an email if you are added in to class off of the waitlist. Our waitlist is limited to 2 people so anyone who is on the waitlist has about a 50% chance of getting in to class. 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.
Tell me about your referral program?
Yes! We offer a referral program through Perkville. By creating an account on Perkville at https://www.perkville.com/biz/8289/perks/, you can earn points for checking in to class on social media, attending classes, referring friends, and posting your videos from class. Points can then be redeemed for studio swag, classes and more!
Is there a changing area? Showers?
We have a private bathroom that you can use to change at the studio. Showers are not available on site.
Is there parking for my car or bike?
Yes! There is plenty of 2 hour street parking in the neighborhood. The is an abundance if bike racks just outside of the studio that our students are welcome to use. Please make sure to remove all valuables from your car if you choose to drive to the studio.
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?
For drop-in classes, the maximum limit is 16 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 12 students and aerial classes are limited to 8 for two students per apparatus.
I left something at the studio?
How can I come get it?
You may come into the studio to look for your lost items at any time during normal scheduled class times. They are kept in a box labelled 'Lost and Found' but we are not responsible for lost or stolen items.
What are the different membership options?
We offer 4 different types of membership options, including: Unlimited Monthly Membership ($300/mo.) This membership is for anyone who takes 3+ classes per week and wants to save money on a per class basis. The unlimited membership includes access to all of our classes, including pole, flexibility, lyra, silks and dance classes. You'll also receive full access to the studio!
If you would like full unlimited membership at both our Oakland and San Francisco location we have a Citywide Unlimited Membership for only $50 more totaling $350/mo. This gives you all of the benefits of the Unlimited Memberships at both of our Bay Area locations.
12 Class Limited Membership ($240/mo.) The 12 class membership gets you 12 classes per month and unlimited open pole time. The 12 class limited membership includes access to all of our classes, including pole, flexibility, lyra, silks and dance classes.
Studio Access Membership ($120/mo.) The open studio access membership gets you full access to the studio between the hours of 7am-10pm giving you flexibility in your training schedule. In order to book the Studio Access Membership, you must complete a 15 minute safety overview with the studio management. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to book your safety overview session.
*Note that all memberships are on an auto-renewal basis. To turn off auto-renew and cancel a membership, email email@example.com
I'm a visiting instructor interested in the short term residency program. How do I apply?
If you are a travelling pole dance or aerial dance instructor visiting from out of town and are looking for stops through the Bay Area, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about our short term residency program at SF and Oakland Pole and Dance. We offer 1-5 week short term residency stops that allow you to teach regularly scheduled classes at the studio. In exchange, you will be compensated at the normal instructor rate. You can also stay in the studio owner's house in Berkeley. Other perks include all the open studio time your heart desires, 20$/hour rental rates for hosting your own private lessons and between 2-5 classes for you to teach (depending on breadth of apparatus skills). We look forward to hosting you!
Do you have any new student specials?
Yes! For first time students, we offer a 3 class package at a 30% off for $70. 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: https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/ws?studioid=759106&stype=-98
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 ready to be performed on the stage. Every 4 months, Oakland Pole and Dance hosts a student showcase where series groups show off their perfected and polished routines that they have built. 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 dress rehearsal for further polishing.
I'm from out of town and I'ld like to drop in for open pole time. How does that work?
If you are an experienced pole dancer or aerialist/mover and you are visiting from out of town, please note that our Open Pole works differently from most studios. At this time we currently offer open studio access to our Unlimited Studio Members only. To view our Studio Access Membership click here.
Can I use my membership package for someone else?
No. Packages and memberships cannot be shared between multiple people and cannot be used to purchase classes for other students