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1. Pole dance classes during covid-19 times?

Facemasks are obliged by Kavka, whilst walking through the entire building and coming to our studio. Classes at Poledance Antwerp are 'bubble-free', aka when in class, we expect you to keep a safe distance from other people in the room. The Co2-meter in our studio measures the air quality so you're in a safe spot. 
Please read all extra security measures below:

- bring your own yogamat and towel for warm-up;

- when taking your first class in our studio, you will receive a 'personal pole cleaning cloth'. It's meant to clean and desinfect your dance pole in class. After class, you take it home with you for washing, and bring it back for your next pole session;

- the studio provides in 1 aerosol with desinfectant for every dance pole, to be desinfected before and after taking class;

- wash your hands with soap (at the tap in the hall) before entering the studio;

- the studio has a bottle of hand sanitizer in class. You're free to use it anytime before, during and/or after class;

- the space in which you are allowed to circulate without wearing your face mask, is indicated on the floor with tape. So please wear your facemask until you are standing in your marked pole-zone;

- classes are contactless. You should wear a facemask if you want to be spotted by the teacher. Your teacher will be wearing a facemask when spotting. After spotting, both parties will desinfect their hands (and other body parts if necessary);

- your pole instructor will wear a facemask when circulating in the room while teaching;

- please desinfect your dance pole before and after class;

- the studio will keep windows and doors open for ventilation, when outside temperatures allow us;

- please stay at home when feeling ill and/or having a fever. You will be allowed to catch the missed class up during the series that are running. 

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2. What is pole dancing?

Pole dance is a combination of fitness and dance, based on choreographic routines with a (vertical) pole, that has become increasingly popular in recent years. With pole dancing, you improve your posture, coördination, and flexibility. You also enhance your stamina and boost your self-confidence. Pole dancing is often considered a racy sport, but it’s equally elegant, energetic and feminine.
Pole dancing continues to grow popular every day and is being practised by enthusiasts in sports clubs and dance studios. National and International competitions are held on a regular basis.
On October 17, 2017, thanks to the efforts of IPSF (International Pole Sports Federation – www.polesports.org), pole dance is now officially a recognised sport and is on its way to becoming an Olympic discipline. 

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3. Why would I take pole dance classes?

Pole dance is a perfect alternative to a regular gym session.
The most important thing to take into account is that pole dance training is very dynamic and challenging, and will never feel like an ‘ordinary’ fitness session. You won’t get bored!
By joining the Poledance Antwerp ninja crew, you will:
- improve your posture, coordination, and flexibility
- fortify your core strength and stamina
- increase your confidence
- have fun and meet new people

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4. Are there any sex-, age- or weight-limitations for pole dancing?

Not really.
Our pole dance classes are for both women and men. Athletic pole, as well as gymnastics, is a sport being practiced by men and women.
Anybody who is over 18 years old, regardless of their general condition, looks or sportiness, can join us. Of course, we have to take former injuries or operations which affect your general condition into account.
Are you interested in participating but under the age of 18? Contact us and we’ll see what’s possible…

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5. How many people are in a class?

Our studio has 4 dancing poles. We allow 8 participants per class, which means that there are 2 dancers for every pole. We firmly believe that this is beneficial for all parties: your 'pole wife' will be your spotter you when you learn new tricks, plus you will be able to take a short moment of rest in between your exercises.
Private and semi private-classes are also possible.
Contact us with time and dates that are possible for you.
When organizing a workshop, we take the nature of the workshop into account before deciding how many people can participate. 

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6. What to wear?

For the first series of beginner classes, shorts and a sleeveless shirt are fine. For hygienic reasons, please bring your own yoga mat.
Your shorts should be well above the knee because you need your bare skin to ‘stick’ to the pole. If you wear too many clothes (covered up), you ‘slide’ off the pole because you won’t have any grip. In higher levels (from beginner 2/intermediate level on), a cropped sports top or neutral sports bra is advised.
Shoes are not necessary- athletic pole dance is practiced on bare feet. For the miniseries exotic pole, we strongly recommend the use of kneepads and Pleasers (aka pole dance heels).
During warm-up and/or cooling down, yoga pants/sweatpants/legwarmers can be useful. ALWAYS bring your own yoga mat and a towel for warm-up.
Any kind of jewellry (bracelets, watches, rings etc.) is not allowed during class because this could damage the poles.
We strongly advise you to NOT use body lotion, hand cream or any kind of moisturizer on the day of your class. By using these, you make yourself and the pole unnecessarily slick and you could slip off, risking injury.

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7. Are there different levels of pole dance?

Yes.
Three pole dance levels can be clearly defined: beginner, intermediate and advanced.
Everybody needs to start with the basics (aka beginner group classes). In these classes, you will get familiar with the hardcore basics of pole dance. Once these are a piece of cake, you can advance to the next group/level where we start teaching pole dance moves, pole tricks and pole combo's.

The levels in our studio are (going from absolute beginner to poleninja pro): beginner, beginner-1, beginner-2, intermediate, intermediate-1, intermediate-2, intermediate-3 and advanced.
Those who participate in the intermediate and advanced classes are considered to be familiar with basic pole moves and are able to invert in a controlled way.

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8. Do I need a gymnastic or dancers background for pole dancing?

No.
Everything you need to know is taught at our studio. Everybody starts at the very beginning. As the course builds up, you will gain body control and muscle strength by getting familiar with the core basics of pole dancing.
At this tempo, you will gain flexibility, strength and general condition without realizing it, meanwhile preventing you from getting injured. This is why you can only register for a complete series of classes and are not allowed to take single lessons.

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9. Studio policy
  • Come early: our warm-up is a genuine part of our lessons. If you miss 5 minutes of the warm-up, you cannot participate in the lesson. Classes that are missed because of a late arrival or without warning your teacher in advance, cannot be caught up;
  • do not walk into the classroom upon arrival. Wait in the hallway until the door opens and you are invited in;
  • make sure you are wearing your pole dance clothes when the class starts. Since Kavka has no changing rooms, you'll either need to change in the dance studio or change into your dancing clothes before coming to class;
  • jewelry (bracelets, watches, rings etc.) is not allowed during class - it could damage the dance poles;
  • you are allowed to film your teacher during class, but only for use at home (when practicing) and should not be posted on social media. You are allowed to film your own practice, as long as it is not disturbing your fellow students and class. Are there fellow students featured in your photo/movie? Make sure you have their permission before you share this on social media;
  • can’t make it a class? Each series has a back-to-back class to catch up with a missed lesson.
    Please inform us EVERY TIME you can’t make it to class, and if you’re interested in joining a different group than your regular group: info@poledanceantwerp.be or +32 479 59 66 28 ;
  • workshops and classes are non-refundable;
  • classes need to be taken up within the period of the scheduled classes of that series. By no means will classes be transferred to a next season.

 

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