What should I wear to pole dancing class?

Are you getting ready to attend your first pole dancing class?

Congratulation, these tips will help.


If the idea of taking your first beginner pole dancing class has got your palms all sweaty, relaaaaaaax. We’ve all experienced a case of the nerves when it was time begin any new life experience.

But, after diving into your pole fitness class,  you’ll see there’s nothing to worry about. 

One of the most nerve-wracking things you can ever do is try something new in front of a group of people you don’t know. Especially if it’s something some feel is sexual. That requires upper body strength. And a crap ton of confidence to do that something new while half-dressed in a room full of strangers.

Many first time class attendees buy a pole for home use and take an online course before attending their first class with life students. I don’t feel that is necessary, but if that will help you, then you should do it.


1. Embrace a confident attitude from the time your walk in the door

Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent. Therefore, when you come to class, walk-in with your nerves intact and your head high.

You’re courageous enough to try something death-defying and new. Very few people have the guts to take that step. And with most things in life, “The START, STOPS most people”.

Pole dancing is an exciting experience and your confidence will naturally skyrocket as you get through the class.  You’ll feel accomplished and sexy!  Just turn on your alter ego and be fearless.

2. Tag team and take your class with a friend

Having your friend present eases the discomfort triggered in an unfamiliar environment. Many pole design classes provides several new member specials that are budget-friendly and designed to allow you to enjoy classes several times before committing.

For the price of dinner and a movie, both you and a friend can indulge in a new fitness style that challenges your body and forces you to work together to succeed. 

3. Honor your body

Be fearless!  Skin is supreme during pole classes. Exposing your skin provides a level of friction needed to help you stick to the pole. That said, come to class prepped for the experience. Here’s how to dress for your first beginner pole class.


First off, don’t wear any lotions or oils, if you do you will slide down the pole and you will use more energy.  Inside of the studio, you’ll find 90% alcohol in the spray bottles and towels to wipe the poles down. 

This will help keep the pole free or your natural body oils or perspiration.  If you have sweaty hands you can spray your hands with the alcohol, just plan on hydrating and moisturizing when you get home.

There’s also Dry Hands, originally it was used by golfers to alleviate sweaty palms.  Somehow us polers got a hold to it and the rest is history.  Dry hands is a liquid light talc-based product that can be used to thwart off hand perspiration. So studios provide it for class members, some expect you to bring your own, but it is a good product to add to your backpack.

Please don’t over do it or you can end up sticking to the pole, and that is no fun! Secondly, make sure you are showing off that body!  The least amount of clothes the better!  You can wear a sports bra or tank top, and we suggest wearing shorts.  Don’t worry about your body weight or size and definitely don’t worry about your cellulite. You will find the pole dance community to be very aware and very accepting of all shapes and sizes of people.

YOU WON’T BE SHAMED or JUDGED we have all been there!

Everyone in the class is there to have fun and to get fit, be sexy and have fun.  This is not high school and no one is judging you. Most pole dance classea trives of supportive people.

However, if you are not ready to brave shorts go ahead and wear leggings.  Eventually, you will feel comfortable enough to wear shorts and maybe even a sexy bodysuit. Of course, the less you wear, the better, but if you’re not comfortable exposing too much, adjust the dress code at your own comfort level.

Once you see how other women look and dress – in every shape and size – you’ll lose your inhibitions and scale up your pole clothes accordingly. This is a normal process that we see happen over and over with new students.


Lastly, you are probably asking what do I need to wear on my feet? Every class and studio is different, so check with them first. Some require certain footwear, others don’t. In our beginning pole classes many of our students do rock classic stilettos because they like they way they feel wearing them. Others start out in their socks.

In our advance cours stilettos are part of the requirements, so just check with your stuido and instructor.

We are a community of sensual beings so of course, we suggest wearing Pleaser pole dancing heels or stilettos.  They make look intimidating if you see some of your classmates or instructors sporting 8-inch heels, but trust us they are practical and you can start at 6″  we guarantee you’ll want to upgrade your sexy to at least 7-inches. 

Here’s the inside secret on the stilettos. In the inside, wait for it …..there’s a suede-like cover over the cushion which it makes it more comfortable for standing than you ever could possibly imagine. 

How else do you think the girls at the club are able to stand and dance for hours in super high heels?  Next, the platform….. it may look a little scary but really it’s a lifesaver as it absorbs the shock of the wood floor.  Also, it helps balance and level out the heel.  Listen, if you’re not ready to try stilettos, just bring socks it is not that big of deal when you start out. 

The best way to know exactly what to bring to each class is to ask. If they are organized they should have this info online, or at least provide you a printed check list.

If you are wondering where in the heck do I get those sexy shoes, yout studio probably sells them because they can make alot of money reuqiring new members to wear “the right shoes” and then sell them to them at outtrageous prices, sometimes over $150.

We don’t do that at our studio. We just tell student to go to (you guessed it) and find a shoe they like, they will save money, and it is easier on everyone. You can return your shows easy if they don’t work out.


Ok, I am just going to say it the way it is. Many of our competitiors in other pole dancing studios over real low class fees for beginners. However what they don’t tell you is they get you in the door then they sale you over priced shoes at $150+ . However how they really make their money is they sell low quality dance poles in the $500 range.

Honestly some sell poles to students to practice at home with that aren’t safe, and should never be sold.

We don’t do that! We are looking for students that will love the entire exprience and stay with us for many years and want to move forward to advance classes over time at their pace.

Honestly, if a studio, only teaches pole dancing and no other type of dance, this can be a warning sign. Many of these classes tend to be run by former strippers who have never learned in the real world it is not about QUICK GRAB CASH, it is about providing real value to the market and developing long term, long lasting business relationships. Treating your customers like a mark at the strip club is not going to work out.

The truth is you can click on pictue here, this pole is perfect for home use and I am sure Dottie would agree, it all you need and sells for less than $200. You don’t need to pay $500 for a pole that is 1/2 the quality.

Eventually you customers will find reputable studios. If you have experienced these bait and switch tactics, I encourage you to find a new studio.

So, as far a s poles go, any pole recommended here at www.DancePoleReviews.com will be a good buy and good value. I have known Dottie for a long time and our philosphies of business and how you treat customers are congruent. I am so glad she asked me to write this article for her readers.

We ulimately want to develop solid relationships and see our new members move up to advance classes. (In our advance classes everyone wears basically the same Uniform, but we don’t REQUIRE this for newbies)

Our beignners class is called Dance Pole Virgin, it runs six weeks, is limitted to 8 students and runs $59.00 a class. We don’t sell shoes, poles or clothing we feel you can find the best value on Amazon.

Our world-class instructors also radiate with welcoming energy to help you.
It is a postive and friendly enviroment. Our members are great and you are assured a smiling embrace as you enter your first class. No bait and swtich money grabs here, just a place of empowerment and positivity. This is the type of dance stuido you need to look for and I must say int he pole dance community this is these types of studio are the majority.

I hope these tips will help you to get ready for your first class. I want to thank Dotitie for inviting me to write this article for you, and any feedback is appreciated. Who knows maybe she will aske me to write on a simular topic in the future. Enjoy your class, hopefully you will arrive calm, cool, confident and reay for action and the funniest exercise you will ever experience.

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