What should I know before taking my first class?

Please arrive 10-15 minutes early and use the call box downstairs to call up. You can find the studio name by scrolling through the call box, or simply press 121# to be buzzed up. 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 to pole. 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 students can also drop into Pole Choreography, Booty and Boudoir, Power Dynamics, Open Pole, Hott Seat! and Flexibility.

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, and sizes. Period.

What type of shoes do I need? Should I wear heels?

We normally go barefoot for beginning level classes. However, we have Pleasers heels in the studio if you want to borrow them. You are also welcome to bring your own. We recommend Pleasers heels, Glitter Heels, and more and most people wear heels for our sexy choreography classes.

What should I wear to class?

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.

Is there a changing area? Showers?

There is a curtained off closet area to change in as well as bathrooms in the building. 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. That said, the street parking is more difficult to find on the weekends. There is also an underground parking garage on 8th and Mission in the Trinity Tower. There is no validation available for the parking garage. Bikers are welcome to bring your bike into the studio while you take class as well. Please make sure to remove all valuables from your car if you choose to drive in.

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.

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 15 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 and aerial classes are limited to 6 for two students per apparatus.

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.

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 generally kept in a box labelled 'Lost and Found'.

How do I book the private pole room?

The private pole room can be reserved for free for up to two hours per day if you are a member and for a $20/hour fee if you are a non-member. To reserve the private pole room, book using the 'Room Rentals' tab. From there you can see all available booking slots, reserve and pay online.

What is the difference between the open pole membership and the studio access membership?

The Open Studio Access membership allows you to drop into the studio at any time between 7am-10pm in order to use the space during non-class times. As long as there are not classes going, you may use all portions of the studio. In order to get the Open Studio Access membership, you must complete a 15 minute safety and overview session with Amy, the owner.

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 including the ability to reserve the private pole room for up to one hour per day. To reserve the private pole room, book using the 'Room Rentals' tab. 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 Amy. E-mail amy@sfpoleanddance.com to book your safety overview session. Open Pole/Aerial Membership ($60/mo.). Open studio membership gives you access to all Open Pole/Aerial sessions, as scheduled on the SF Pole and Dance website. You may reserve any scheduled Open Pole/Aerial session. *Note that all memberships are on an auto-renewal basis. To turn off auto-renew and cancel a membership, email amy@sfpoleanddance.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 San Francisco, please email amy@sfpoleanddance.com to inquire about our short term residency program at SF 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 spare bedroom at a secured apartment building two blocks from the studio. 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!