So you’ve decided that you want to try Pole Dance, believe me – you won’t regret it! It’s a fun hobby that allows strength building and a creative outlet.
This is the hardest step!
Now you’ve got to decide if you want to take Private Lessons, sign up to a class, or learn at home.
I’m writing this post with the assumption that you have the 3 options available to you. i.e: There is a Pole Dance school near to you and you have an internet connection (which is how you are reading this post.)
Fast Track Progress – Private Lessons are a great way to fast track your progress. Your instructor’s attention is undivided and their attention is focussed on you and your progression, so there is not much time to slack off.
Personalised Training – Your training plan will be personalised and tailored to suit your needs and you will not need to fight for the instructor’s attention. A one on one session is also good for learning at your own pace. If you aren’t getting a particular trick or need special attention in some areas – your instructor can work with you on the move until you get it, or you can choose to move on and revisit it again later.
Safety – Safety is also better in a private lesson as the ratio is one on one or two on one, so there is an instructor to spot you safely as opposed to being in a class and having 10+people with one instructor.
Privacy – If you are shy or have anxiety issues, private lessons are a good way to start pole dancing and get comfortable without having to attend a class with others.
Scheduling – Private sessions are also good if your schedule is a bit hectic. Classes at studios are very structured and usually inflexible. Private lessons can be scheduled around your current time and work commitments.
Price – The cons are that this is the most expensive option to learn pole dance. Private lessons can be anywhere from $30 – $150 p/h depending on your local area and what is available to you.
No Supportive Classmates – Another downside to training privately, is that the community aspect or Pole dance is not there. There is no support from your fellow students as often they can become your biggest cheerleaders. Your instructor will offer you support and encouragement, however, the support and comradery of students that are learning the same things that you are, can mean more.
Community – A lot of people start Pole Dancing because they want to join a supportive community and have some fun. That’s one of the biggest drawcards for joining a class. You get the support of your fellow students.
Cost – Joining a class is a more affordable option when compared to private lessons.
Variety of Classes – Studios usually have a variety of different classes that you can take part in – They can vary from dance lessons, to stretching classes, fitness classes and even other types of aerial apparatus lessons like lyra or silks.
Less Time Learning – There are a lot of people around, this means there is less time learning – whether that be because the instructor is helping other students or because there are other distracting conversations going on around you, there is less focus in a group setting. There is less time learning moves as the pace is set by the class.
Safety – If you are learning a particularly difficult move, then the instructor is only able to spot one person at a time safely.
Divided Attention – The instructor has many students to look after in a class. Some may need more attention than yourself, you may be the one needing more help with a particular movement. Most instructors know how to divide their time up wisely but being in a class will always mean that the instructor has to focus on the class as a whole.
Scheduling – because a studio has structured classes, they may not fit in with your schedule and there is usually less flexibility around timetables.
You’re Shy – If you are shy or have anxiety issues when trying something new, don’t worry about it, a lot of people do – but taking part in a group class may not be the best way to delve into it.
Self Motivated – Learning at home is a great option if you are self motivated.
Price – There are heaps of online free tutorials available amongst Youtube videos – but there are some great subscription services around now. And the amount you spend on those works out to be heaps cheaper per trick that both lessons and privates.
Convenience – Learning online is very convenient when you are time-poor.
Practice at your own pace – Aren’t getting a move? You can keep practicing. Poling at home is great to go at your own pace.
Upfront Costs – The very first you need to do is buy a pole. This can be expensive as you need to invest in a good quality pole. There are plenty of cheap poles online, but these are the ones that you see on youtube fail vids. Buy from a reputable supplier.
No immediate feedback – doing it on your own means that you don’t get the help that you would from an instructor. They can be incredibly helpful in pinpointing errors in your technique or finding weak spots in your strength.
No Support – not Having someone teaching you or training with you means that you don’t get the encouragement or support that you would from a studio.
Safety – you can invest in safety mats to have at home, but having a spotter does help if you’re attempting a new trick for safety and also for your own peace of mind.
Hopefully this article gives you some insight into which option is right for you on your Pole Journey!