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What should I wear?
The more skin you have to stick to the pole the better! In beginners, you will need the backs/pitts of your knees bare and your upper left thigh. Wearing a pair of shorts and a singlet that you feel comfortable will be best. If you are feeling a little nervous, you’re welcome to wear longer leggings - as long as they are above the knees. Apart from these basic requirements, you are more than welcome to wear whatever type of outfit you like, whether it’s beautiful lingerie, pole outfits etc. We also sell some stunning merchandise in our Parlour, which you’re more than welcome to try on.
Footwear: Our Siren instructors wear high heels because we adore them. You may purchase a pair of these from our Parlour, wear your own heels from home, have bare feet or even ballet slippers!
No: Jewellery, moisturiser or oils on your hands or body.
It is best to have your legs and torso covered for your Lyra class because we tape our Lyras with a special ‘grip’ tape to make things easier and safer for you. It’s a good idea to invest in a ‘onesie’ or a ‘unitard’. We sell these in the Parlour in a range of colours and sizes. The unitard works well, because it keeps your lower back and stomach covered as your separate shirt may ride up and cause the hoop to burn you anyway. You're more than welcome to wear your pole clothes too, just make sure nothing is dangly or baggy and you can move around in it easily.
Footwear: Bare feet or ballet slippers!
No: Jewellery, moisturiser or oils on your hands or body.
Whatever you like! As long as you can move around in it easily. Your teacher will usually inform you of your costume on your first lesson, so just go from there!
What if I'm...
... not strong, flexible or coordinated enough?
You do not have to be strong and flexible to start Pole or Aerial - Pole and Aerial MAKE you strong and flexible! Our classes consist of conditioning, stretching, technique and routines that will gradually build up your strength, flexibility, coordination and fitness. We presume that you have no fitness/strength/flexibility/dance experience when you first sign up to beginners - we don’t expect you to be able to touch your toes or hold your own body weight! Our routines are also choreographed so that people without any dance experience will be able to follow.
... too old?
Never! We accept people all ages from 18+. There are plenty of amazing older dancers who started off with no experience whatsoever. The great thing about Pole Dancing, is that you don’t have to be trained up since you were a child to be truly amazing at it. It’s actually something completely achievable if you put your mind to it.
... a boy - am I allowed to enrol?
Yes! We welcome and do not discriminate against any sex, gender, race, age, religion, occupation etc. from enrolling.
I'm so... wet!
(but not in the good way)
Poles can be quite slippery at times, especially for those with sweaty hands! You will find that the more skin you have in contact with the brass, the easier it is for you to stick on. All of our Lyras have a special tape covering the bare metal to make it easier for you to grip. There is no miracle cure for unwanted... wetness (if you find one, PLEASE let us know!), but there are some products that you can use which ‘manage’ the pesky problem. Here are some that we have tried and tested:
We sell this at the studio, and it is great for making your hands sweat-free.
Dirty Girl ‘Poletice’
Poletice stops your hands from sweating for the whole lesson. Before class, combine the powder with some water, leave it on like a facial mask (on your hands) and then wash it off after ten minutes.
Shaving cream & Hairspray
Often your legs are actually dry, which causes even more slipping than sweaty legs! Rub a pearl sized droplet of shaving gel between your thighs and behind your knees (anywhere the pole needs to grip) and finish with a coat of hairspray!
This has a similar effect to dry hands.
A type of powdered tree sap commonly used by aerial performers.
You can buy from most sports stores.
* Please do not use Itac - it ruins our brass poles!
How many classes do I get in my course?
Our regular terms go for eight weeks, and if you buy one course - it means that you get one class per week for the duration of the eight weeks. You will receive one hundred dollars discount off your total for every additional class you purchase.
What happens in class?
Every lesson, you will do a warm up at the beginning of class that focuses on warming up the body with some fun, easy dance steps, then we condition the body with some exercises to build strength. And finally, stretching to promote flexibility. Next, the instructor will go through a few key moves in the syllabus, that is available to look at in the classroom. You will learn something new every week and also revise the moves you learnt the week before. Then you will work on the routine, which will be broken down into 30 second increments and repeated over and over again until you remember it! We finish off with a cool down to stretch out the muscles that were just used.
How many people will there be in my class?
We are an intimate, boutique studio with limited students per class so that you receive quality service and attention. There is maximum 6 students in Pole Dance and Lyra classes, and maximum twelve students in any other class offered.
What happens if I miss a class?
If you miss a class, you are welcome to attend another class of the same tier (ie. price). This must be done in the same term, and only if there is availability. Catch up classes are subject to a ‘first in first serve’ basis, with priority to the students already enrolled in that class. You may ‘book-in’ a catch up class to ensure availability, or simply turn up and hope there is enough room. However, if you ‘book-in’ and don’t show up, your catch up class will be forfeited. All catch up bookings and cancellations will only be valid if you email us within 24 hours of your requested class and receive a written reply (valid email is email@example.com).
What happens when my class falls on a Public Holiday?
If your class falls on a public holiday, we will offer you a catch up class to do during that same term. We are usually open on most public holidays.
Do I have to perform at Nightcap?
At the end of every term we host a special event called ‘Nightcap’, where students can perform the routines that they have learnt during the term in front of their family and friends. It is not compulsory to perform, but if you choose not to - we would love you come along as an audience member to enjoy a lovely night of canapes, socialising, inspiring performances and to cheer on your fellow Sirens.
Before you join...
Can I have my family member/friend/boyfriend/child/pet etc. watch the class?
We do not allow anybody who is not participating in the class to watch the class or attend practice time because it may cause students to feel uncomfortable or intimidated. Any of the above people may wait for you to finish in our beautiful Parlour, drink tea and enjoy complimentary treats. Young children and pets can not be left unsupervised. There are lot’s of delicate items like feathers, costumes, books, glassware, hot tea etc. that small children and pets might ‘seek and destroy’ and worse, hurt themselves if they are left to their own devices.
Can I watch a class before I join?
Unfortunately we do not allow people to watch the classes before enrolling. This is again because we do not want to make the people in the class feel intimidated and uncomfortable. If you are unsure about joining a class, come along to one of our scheduled sample sessions or join the class casually to see whether it's right for you.
How do I know what level to join?
If you are coming from another studio or have ‘industry experience’, please refer to our “Classes” page, where you will find a description of all the levels and the prerequisites for each one. The moves may be called different names, and the syllabus might vary from your previous studio - if this is the case, it is best to email or phone the studio and arrange a time with an instructor during ‘Practice Time’ to evaluate you. Otherwise, just book into the class that you think you’re in and you can always swap it if it’s too difficult/easy.