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First time going to a pole class?
Is this your first time taking a class? If so, you are in for some fun. There's a few things to know beforehand - your instructor or the studio website may give you some specific information for the class but if not, here's some helpful info:
You normally do NOT need to have any dance experience/background to try pole dance.
Don't consume any alcohol/substances to calm yourself. You need all of your senses to be highly aware as this sport can be physically demanding and your safety in heels or on a pole is important.
Come with the mindset of having FUN and be open to learning something new!
Don't be afraid to let the instructor know of any injuries or if you are pregnant.
Don't try anything that you feel you are completely unable to do unless you have a spotter (or two!) with you and they are helping get you into position and ready to catch you in case you slip. This really should not be happening in a beginner class. I have tried things that I needed a spotter for - and to almost help hold me there so I could see what it felt like. NOT recommended for beginning polers!
With that in mind, don't be afraid of the pain of skin "burn" like in learning the pole sit or bumping your shins when learning how to climb.
Follow the instructor closely and don't try anything until they have completed their instructions for the move.
What do I bring/wear?
Your studio/instructor may give you specifics on what to bring or wear, but if not, here's some information:
Bring some water or a hydrating drink - you WILL sweat!
Wear appropriate clothes - short shorts, sports bra/top and tank. If you are in a cold climate, then some layers for warming up are helpful.
Bring your favorite grip aid - ask before using though. Some studios may not want certain products on their poles.
A small towel for your sweat and for keeping your pole from getting too slick.