FAQ

I’ve taken classes from another pole studio, do I have to start from the beginning?

Thank you for choosing Aradia Fitness! With the popularity of pole dance fitness as it continues to grow more mainstream, we understand that many ladies have taken or tried pole dancing before.  We certainly cannot wait to welcome you into the Aradia Fitness family as you continue your pole journey.

Our goal is to place you into a level where you will feel comfortable.  We know it is often intimidating to get started at a new studio as class structures, teaching styles and pole technique names vary from studio to studio.

If you have previous experience, it’s not necessary for you to start from the beginning. Simply email us at calgary@aradiafitness.com, and we will figure out the best class that suits your ability.

I’m Brand New to Pole Dancing.  Where Do I Start?

We ask that students who are brand new to Pole Dancing start with our “Teaser: Intro to Pole Dance class”.  After completion of your Teaser class, you will then be ready to begin with our Pole 1 class series!

How long are the classes?

Each class is approximately 60 minutes long.  Classes consist of mat floor warm-up and pole work (spins, strength holds and dance moves) to create a total body workout.  We offer several dates and times of each level every week, which allows you to create the frequency of attendance that best fits into your lifestyle.

What Do I Wear to a Class?

We wear normal workout clothing- what you feel comfortable to move around in.  As you progress to the higher levels, skirts or shorts are encouraged (especially for inverting). We dance barefoot or wear Foot Undeez.  After Pole 2, students are welcome to bring in their dance shoes or boots. On the day of class, please refrain from applying hand lotion, this makes hands slippery. At the time of class, please remove rings, bracelets and watches.

Click here to see pole wear, accessories, and grips available for purchase at the Aradia Fitness Calgary studio.

I’m feeling a bit shy! What can I expect from my first class?

No worries! Most students feel shy and nervous in their first class, but once they walk through our door and enter our studio- they feel welcomed and encouraged!  Our studio is private, with no more than 10-12 people per class.  Our instructors are encouraging, non-judgmental and lots of fun! Our program consists of floor, mat and pole work, which comes together to build a total body workout with the fun of course!

How do I sign up for a class?

The best way to sign up for a class, is to visit our “Schedule” page under “Classes” and click on the class that you would like to sign up for. Pre-payment is required to hold a spot in the class. All class registrations and class payments are accessible through the Schedule House Registration portal (you can also download the Schedule House App!).  This allows you to create a user account where you can manage your class schedule.

Do you offer private lessons?

Yes, we offer private and semi-private lessons. These are customized lessons, based on the clients’ interests and goals. To find out more about private lessons, please email us at calgary@aradiafitness.com.

What is your missed class policy?

We allow a 5 hour window for class cancellations. You can manage your class cancellations through your Schedule House Online user account.  Any cancellations made 5 hours or less prior to class start time, or any no show attendances, will count as a “late cancel”. In the event of a late cancel, you will lose the class credit or for memberships, will be charged $5 +GST.  Thank you in advance for your consideration of other clients, as we want to ensure that spots are available for those that need them.

Do You Have A Refund Policy?

All sales are final. In the event of extenuating circumstances (such as illness, injury or other emergency), please email us at calgary@aradiafitness.com to discuss a possible class extension or missed class forgiveness. These are determined on a case-by-case basis and are not a guarantee.  Please review our Policies for additional info.

How do women benefit from Aradia Fitness classes?

At Aradia Fitness, clients are always meeting new friends and basking in the light-hearted community of exceptional women. Women begin to feel confident and capable as they notice increased muscle strength & definition. Clients also find that their flexibility improves as they engage in movement that works their body’s natural and form. Even more, their sense of wellness increases as they learn to take a moment in their busy days to breathe, become present and enjoy the beauty of their own femininity.

Aradia Fitness workouts have been designed by fitness professionals with the average woman’s health & fitness goals in mind. Our dance & movement classes seek to help women learn to embrace their sensuality as an important part of their overall well-being. At Aradia Fitness, we strive to offer the classes you can’t find at any typical gym… workouts that are not only challenging, but fun as well!

Who attends Aradia Fitness classes?

Aradia Fitness classes appeal to women from all walks of life.  Our clients are career women, stay-at-home mothers and students… women of all ages, shapes and fitness levels.  Aradia Fitness clients range in age from 18-62; however most clients range in age from late-20s to mid-40s.  Our ladies proudly represent the full spectrum of the female form – we have freckles, curves, wisdom lines and dimples – all of which we unapologetically show off and celebrate!

Who teaches Aradia Fitness classes?

Aradia Fitness instructors share a lot with our clients as they were once students themselves!  We are women just like you who loved classes so much that we just had to teach.  Even more, Aradia Fitness instructors complete a rigorous internship & training program before taking both a written & practical exam to obtain the Aradia Fitness Instructor Certification.  Some of our instructors include paramedics, sales managers, teachers, stay-at-home mothers, personal trainers and more.

Are the classes overly sexy?

Women today are striving for authenticity.  They are looking to achieve balance in their mind, body & soul.  At Aradia Fitness, we understand that a woman’s sensuality is a beautiful part of who she is and what she brings to this world.

In our studio, we teach women to unapologetically love their bodies and themselves.  In our beginner pole dance fitness classes, you will learn to shift & sway your hips as you walk.  You will learn how to take the time to transition between stretches by running your hand over your hips & embracing the curves of your body.  On the pole, you will quickly learn to move with confidence & finish off your spins with a gentle & beautiful back arch.

Our classes are super comfy, light-hearted and full of laughter!

I haven’t worked out in a long time… will I be able to keep up?

Absolutely!

The great thing about Aradia Fitness classes is that everyone is new to this form of fitness… so everyone learns together.  Our yoga workout in the beginner pole dance fitness classes is designed to gently build the strength & flexibility you will need to advance on the pole.  Our pole dance fitness classes are broken down into six comprehensive levels.  Everyone starts with the Teaser class, then continues to Pole 1 and is allowed to progress at their own pace.

Clients who are a bit intimidated by the pole can still bask in the amazing Aradia Fitness environment by participating in our unique line of Sexy Fit workouts.  Our Sexy Fit classes appeal to women on all ends of the fitness spectrum… we offer gentle, yoga-inspired workouts for the beginning fitness student up to high-energy, cardio-blasting classes for the very active client!

How do clients advance or progress through the pole levels?

Clients quickly discover that pole dancing is not quite as easy as it looks!  Pole dance fitness is a form of movement that is unlike any activity you have done before.  After your first class, you will feel how sore your new “pole muscles” are.

At Aradia Fitness, safety is a top priority.  While we appreciate the enthusiasm of clients who want to advance quickly to do “that cool trick” she saw on YouTube, we urge you to keep the age-old saying in mind – “You can’t run before you can walk!”

Depending on the time clients are prepared to invest in their pole fitness journey, we have found it takes ladies anywhere from 8-16 classes before they can safely & properly perform the techniques, tricks & spins of each level.  The last thing we want is for a client to injure herself attempting a technique that her body is not yet ready for.  Taking atleast one class or more per week will help you advance more rapidly then taking infrequent classes… it’s like any other workout.  The more frequent, the more results.

Is there an age requirement to take your classes?

Due to the inherent sensual nature of most Aradia Fitness classes, all clients must be eighteen years of age or older to attend classes at our studio.  We CAN offer a “toned down” version of our pole fitness classes for younger groups, however this would need to be scheduled as a private lesson and parental waivers will be required.

Do I have to wear those crazy shoes?

In the Teaser Class and Pole 1 you will dance barefoot. After that, you are welcome to wear high heels if you’d like to. Heels definitely increase the workout (not to mention they make your legs looks great AND they’re sexy!) but they are NOT required. If you DO choose to wear shoes, please make sure they are pole dance shoes with an ankle strap or dance boots. We know you have TONS of fabulous shoes in your closet, but unfortunately those are not acceptable shoes for the studio. If you have any questions as to what acceptable pole shoes are, just ask us – we are happy to help.

Is there any nudity?

Nope – no nudity!  Some classes may teach striptease techniques but you are covered at all times.

Are men allowed in class?

Our beginner pole classes are for women only.  As much as we love men, we believe a women only environment is less intimidating as you begin your pole journey. Most studios do offer Co-Ed classes, so please contact the studio that you wish to attend.

Do you sell gift certificates?

We sure do! Our gift certificates are the perfect gift and they are available in any denomination. If you would like to purchase a gift certificate, please email us at calgary@aradiafitness.com or you can purchase through our online store!

My best friend is getting married! Do you host bachelorette parties?

Of course – we host parties for ANY occasion! Please visit the “Parties” page of the website for more information.

Is there a weight limit for class?

No weight limit for the Teaser: Intro to Pole Dancing or Level 1 Pole Class. The weight limit for classes beyond basic pole classes can range from 200-350lbs, due to the different manufactures of the pole. It would be best to contact the studio to check. However, there is no weight limit for flexibility and floor work classes and specialty classes such as lap dancing, striptease, and chair dancing also have no weight limit.

I don’t have a dance background (and to tell you the truth, I’m not even that coordinated!). Can I still take class?

Absolutely! As a matter of fact, most of our students have no dance background. (And you might be surprised to find out how coordinated you are after a few classes!)

What if I want to take more than one class a week?

We think that’s a great idea! The more classes you take each week, the faster you will progress!  Check out our Class Packs and Memberships to decide what the best option is for you!

How much do classes cost?

For complete pricing information, please visit the “Pricing” tab under the “Classes” page

I have NO upper body strength! Can I still take class?

Of course you can!!!  The beauty of pole fitness is that it trains your upper body (as well as the rest of it) to build the strength necessary to progress and it all begins from the FIRST class you take!

 

Have a great day!  If there is a question that we have not answered please free to email.