Why North Shore Pole Fitness?
We pride ourselves on being a welcoming environment for people from all walks of life. Elanor, the owner and head instructor, wanted to create a studio where you did not need to already have a background in gymnastics, dance, weight training or even a gym membership, to feel like you could join in. Even just one class a week will result in changes in not just your body, but your energy, your confidence and how you see the world.
People tell us that the studio is their second home and the other students are part of their family. We couldn't ask for any higher praise.
What do I wear?
When you're starting off pole dancing, a singlet and whatever length pants you're comfortable in are fine, as long as they don't restrict your movement. In fact, leggings can be good when you're first learning how to do spins on the pole as they add a little protection to your legs. However, as you become stronger and start climbing and inverting, then short and tight shorts are better for grip and safety. However, your comfort is most important to us and we can work with whatever you want to wear.
I'm not very strong/flexible/coordinated - will I still be able to do things?
Yes! All of our instructors know how to break a move down so that there is something for all strength levels. Flexibility is something that will come, and is easy to work on at home, if you choose. Coordination will also come; just be prepared to laugh a little at yourself along the way
Is there such a thing as being too big or too old for pole?
No. Pure and simple. We welcome everyone.
I'm really nervous about my first class?
We understand. That is why we now have specific beginner classes, where you will be sharing with another beginner, so you can giggle your way through the class together. Plus, we aim to ensure that there are 2 instructors in these classes so you can get as much help as you want.
Will I be judged for getting into pole?
We're tackling the big issues here in this FAQ page. Thanks to televised talent shows and better social awareness of how awesome pole dancing is, the stigma associated with the sport is fading away. Cases of prejudice are becoming rarer and most professions are accepting of pole dancers. Of course, if you're uncertain it's always best to keep your professional and personal life separate no matter what you're into. The bottom line is that in today's world there's every reason for friends and family to be supportive of your brilliant decision to give it a go.