Is Acrobatic Pole For You?
I have no upper body strength and I’m not thin. Do I need to be in great shape to do this?
Not at all. In fact we don’t have a “typical” student. We’re a very diverse group that covers many walks of life. If you’d like to see just how diverse our students are go to the testimonials section and see how they describe themselves.
Can I come watch a class?
Sorry, absolutely no spectators are allowed for private parties or classes. The Academy offers drop-in beginner classes, a perfect place to try out classes before joining a class with progressive instruction.
I’d like to lose weight and/or gain muscle, will this help me?
This is the perfect class for you! Our students tout toned arms, boast about weight loss, and have more self confidence and empowerment than ever before.
I’m not interested the dance aspect, is there a way I can just learn the acrobatics?
We offer a class just for that! The Men’s class has a strong focus towards the acrobatic arts.
What if I have experience; can I register for a higher level?
Of course you can! We have eight ranks at the Academy; four beginners, two intermediates, and two advanced. You will have to test into the levels, so be sure to email Michelle to set up a test date before registering. If you are a former student and you should also contact Michelle to determine which level is right for you.
How do I sign up?
It’s easy! Go to our registration page, fill out the form and submit. Be sure to send in your payment to secure your spot.
The class times don’t work for me, will you be offering more times?
There are three options available to you:
- Your input is always welcome, use the box at the bottom of this page to submit suggestions of other days and times.
- If you have a group of 8 to 10 and you would like to take a class together, email Michelle to request a specific day and time for your class.
- You can take a private class with Michelle; the cost is $80 an hour for up to three people. Email Michelle to arrange a date and time.
Are there age restrictions?
Yes, you must be 18 to register and attend classes.
What if I need to cancel my registration?
You will forfeit your deposit for that session. The balance may be transferable with just cause, email Michelle for more information.
When do I need to register by?
Payments for the entire session must be received on the 25th of the month prior to the start of the session. So if you would like to register for the May session, you must register in April and pay by April 25th.
Preparing For Class
Most importantly, for your safety and the safety of your classmates, absolutely NO lotion or body oil; friction is your friend in pole class!
What should I wear?
Plan on wearing layers, because as you warm up you will want to be able to stay comfortable.
Beginners may want to wear yoga pants/sweats over boy shorts and a tank over a jog bra. Depending on your personal comfort, a bra and panties is a valid option.
Keep in mind that the friction of your body is what keeps you on the pole.
What should I bring?
A yoga mat to stretch on and water
Who will be there?
You! Your classmates (a maximum of 8 to 12 depending on the class), your teacher and an assistant if it is a very big group. No spectators are ever allowed.
Where is the studio located?
The studio is located in St Louis, Missouri in the South Grand business district at 3190 S. Grand Ave.
Are men allowed?
We offer classes specifically for men. As everyone’s skills progress, with everyone’s consent, more advanced classes may be mixed gender.
Do I need to wear heels?
Heels are not required. Most of our students opt to go barefoot; a few wear ballet flats or heals.
Do I have to take my clothes off?
This is not a strip inspired workout, not that there is anything wrong with that!
In the first and second sessions, you will need to expose below your mid-thigh. As you progress, you will need your inner thigh and arm pit exposed. Farther down the road you may need to expose your waist.
One of the most incredible results of pole class is that the longer you do it the less you care about people seeing your body! We know this may sound unbelievable, but it really becomes about how to master the next stunt and not what is showing!
How many people are in a class?
Beginner 1 & 2, Transwomen, and Men’s — maximum capacity is 12
Beginner 3 & 4, Intermediate 1 &2, Advanced, Open Intermediate2/Advanced — maximum capacity is 10
How are classes organized?
There are eight ranks at the Academy: four beginners, two intermediates and two advanced.
- Beginner 1: 2 sessions (8 classes)
- Beginner 2: 2 sessions (8 classes)
- Beginner 3: 2 sessions (8 classes)
- Beginner 4: You must test into intermediate, so Beginner 4 lasts as long as it takes you to pass the test.
- Intermediate 1: You must test into advanced, so intermediate lasts as long as it takes you to pass the test
When should I arrive?
Plan to arrive a few minutes before your class starts as we will try to start class as promptly as possible. DO NOT enter the training room until the class that in session has left.