FAQ's & Studio Policies
Q: WHAT DO I BRING / WEAR?
Shorts are strongly preferred, leggings are also acceptable for beginners.
Tank top or T-Shirt.
ABSOLUTELY NO JEWELLERY. It will damage the poles.
Do not wear oil-based lotion the day of class. It will make the pole slippery. If you are unsure about your lotion, skip it and check with your instructor about what your skin needs.
Heels are not required other than for Exotic class, however if you would like to wear them in tricks class we do allow this. Check with your instructor to make sure you will not require bare feet. You may see our instructors teach in heels from time to time also! But we do not expect you to do the same unless you wish.
Knee pads are recommended for sensitive knees or floor work classes.
Bring water and a towel to stay hydrated and keep your pole clean!
Q: HOW DO YOU STAY ON THE POLE?
A: We use our skin to grip the poles. We offer a range of poles – some people prefer chrome and others brass. We also have standard 45mm as well as some 40mm poles for people with smaller hands! If your hands become slippery or you are prone to sweat, we can help you find products to improve your grip on the pole.
Q: DO I NEED TO BE ABLE TO DANCE?
A: Not at all. You can pole dance even if you've never been to a dance class before. We assume that our absolute beginners have no dance experience at all. We'll teach you all the basics.
Q: DO I NEED TO BE STRONG AND FLEXIBLE?
A: Absolutely not! Strength and flexibility is improved upon from day 1. You do not need any background in fitness to attend our classes. We design our pole dance lessons to include conditioning and stretching – this may be on the pole or it may be partner work or strength training. We want to develop your pole skills over time and safely. It doesn’t matter where you start from, all we aim to do is make you better than you were last week. Progress is measured in millimetres and not miles. We aim to facilitate YOUR pole journey! Whatever that looks like for you.
BOOKINGS AND MISSED CLASS POLICY
You must be booked into class in advance to guarantee a spot in the class. You can book into classes via Bookeo (with the exception of Early Bird Passes - please see our Pricing & Booking Details page for information on how to book these) Please see our How To Book Online page for step by step instructions on how to book your regular classes.
All memberships, classes and class packages are non-refundable.
Because we are a small business and there is often high demand for our classes, we must enforce a strict cancellation, no-show and tardiness policy. There are absolutely no refunds given for missed classes or late cancellations. You can cancel your class via Bookeo up to 24 hours before the start of your class which will allow you to reallocate that class. After this time however cancellations will be classed as ‘late cancel’.
We save a space for you in the class you booked in for and it is your responsibility to ensure you attend. If you do have to miss a class, you can take a catch up class by turning up to the class you wish to come to. If space is available in that class then it is yours! Please note however that we cannot guarantee space in catch up classes.
Catch up classes MUST be taken in the same block as your booking, i.e if you purchase a month block starting the 1st, your catch up class MUST be taken by the 1st of the following month. We cannot roll catch up classes over in any circumstances.
If you know you will be away for one of your classes, you are more than welcome to take catch up classes in advance.
Please see your instructor at the start of class to check availability. Missed classes do not roll over to the next bookings period. If you do not attend all your classes or catch up in this time, you forfeit the missed classes. We can only guarantee a space in the class you enrol in.
For those with Unlimited Memberships / Packages, regular no shows will be noted via the Bookeo system. If you repeatedly are unable to attend your booked classes and give less than the 24 hour notice window, then Leeds Pole Dance Studio reserves the right to suspend membership for the unlimited booking option.
If you arrive more than 5 minutes after the class start time, you will not be able to join the class under any circumstances. After 5 minutes you will be considered a "Late Cancel" and result in forfeiture of the class. Unlimited members will be classed as above and this will result in a Late Cancel notice.
Every class requires a warm-up. If you are late, then you are missing the most important part of the class. The warm-up increases muscle efficiency, reduces potential for injuries, and prepares your body for the movements being performed in class. Your health and safety is our number one priority, therefore, this policy must be enforced.
Leeds Pole Dance Studio has minimum age requirements for all of our classes. Students must be at least 18 in order to join our classes on their own. Minors over the age of 14 years old are able to attend our adult classes with consent of a parent or guardian. A parent or guardian must come in with any persons under the age of 18 to provide a valid form of identification. Once done, minors are allowed to take the classes on their own and book as they wish without the parent or guardian present. Leeds Pole Dance Studio instructors will maintain the right to dismiss the underage students if they are deemed to be hindering the progress of the adult class.
Leeds Pole Dance Studio strongly believes in being a welcoming and safe environment for everyone. All classes are open to all genders. Men & women are more than welcome to book private lessons, group classes, attend events or rent the studio. We believe in equal opportunities and building a safe and strong community.
We do not allow the use of phones to text and call during class unless pre-agreed by your instructor (for individuals on call or if there is a special reason). We do however allow filming yourself for your development and future progress.
Safety is our highest concern. During class you will be given safety instructions and points which are crucial. You may also at times be required to assist and spot your fellow students in difficult or complex moves. Please pay attention to your instructor and fellow classmates at all times. We do not allow the use of phones to text and call as a distraction may result in injury or misunderstanding key points.