Taking a pole dance workshop - in fact, I have taken several of them - have been one of the best investments (other than my beloved poles!) that I have made. I have learned more in just a few hours with instructors such as Sara Jade, Nicole the Pole, Sammie Lee and Torwa Joe, just to name a few.
And I was left extremely sore from hours of exciting practice!
A pole dance workshop is similar to a pole dance class that you would take at a studio - in some ways - but very different in others.
A workshop usually lasts 2-4 hours and a regular class would last 45 minutes to 1 1/2 hours. It is also usually taught by a well-known instructor or performer (not that it can't be taught by a local teacher!) but the "famous" in the world of pole dance sometimes have tours, statewide, national or international and will advertise their workshop dates on Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms. Your local studio may be notified of this info as well and offer to host one there.
Usually there is a level indicated that the material will be taught at - beginner, intermediate or advanced with possibly some pre-requisites such as being able to cleanly invert or maybe for an advance class, to be able to hold an Ayesha.
The instructor will pre-notify you with what to wear, what will be taught and if you need to bring anything extra, like heels, grip aids, leg warmers, knee pads or a hoodie if you will be doing lots of floorwork on a carpeted floor.
The style of instruction is usually indicated too" sexy, athletic, working on fundamentals or maybe a certain thing like shoulder strengthening moves.
A pole dance workshop will cost more than a pole dance class. I have paid between $50 USD to $175 before, but it was two classes combined and it went on for almost 5 hours and I still haven't perfected all of the material! But it was WORTH IT.
Some instructors will allow you to take pictures or record the session, but ask ahead of time. Sometimes they will ask that you not post what you record because it is material that they use to teach specifically in workshops. Please respect their wishes! You will get all of your money's worth and more, trust me :)
Sometimes you may take a workshop and feel that it was too far above your level or that the description was not accurate and you were not able to perform the exercises that were taught. Kindly explain this to the instructor in private and see if he or she will be willing to show you something new at your level or maybe give you some tips on a move that you have been trying to nail.
I've taken them at Pole Expo in Las Vegas, at my local studio and at studios in my surrounding area. You can find out about upcoming events like this from your own local studio, a studio in a nearby city or by contacting any of your favorite pole artists on their websites or social media accounts.
There are also large conventions internationally that host many of these types of classes, such as Pole Con and Pole Expo.