Where is the studio located? I can't find it!
The OPD Studio is located at 201-233 Hunter Road. Come in the right most door, and then up the stairs, we are on the top floor.
I'm nervous for my first class!! Is that normal?
YESSSSSS!!! Big huge YES! :) Almost everyone is nervous for their first class, but class is so fun and relaxed, most people feel at home within minutes. We strive to create a positive, welcoming & safe environment for all our students and we ask our students to do the same. Bring a friend with you if you are too nervous to come on your own, then you both get to experience our awesome studio, it's win-win-win!
How do i book my first Intro To Pole Workshop?
Follow the link to our online scheduler and create your profile, find the workshop you want to attend and when you go to "purchase" the class, select the discounted pricing option for that workshop, which is $10.99 per person. Make sure you get a RESERVATION confirmation (not a "Purchase Confirmation", that's just your receipt) A Reservation Confirmation email will include the day/time of your class(es). If you don't see a Reservation Confirmation, check your junkmail and make sure "Notifications & Reminders" are turned on in your Mindbody profile, and to check your Spam Folder.
What should I wear & bring to pole class?
Your comfort and safety is extremely important to us, so make sure your comfortable. We recommend that you wear tight fitting shorts, tank top and a sports bra, however if that's too much skin to bear on your first class, then capri's and a t-shirt or tank top will also work as a beginner. Runners are allowed, though most people train pole in barefeet. A note book to be used as a Pole Diary is highly recommended to help you keep track of what you've learned. You will also find it acts as a reminder of how far you've come and how wicked awesome you are! Otherwise, bring a bottle of water, a smile, and an optimistic attitude!
Is Pole class hard?
Not gonna lie, it can be, but the trade off is that it's also SUPER FUN and it's WORTH IT! You are using your body to elevate and spin your body on a pole, so while it can be difficult (and at times frustrating, we've all been there) it is also INCREDIBLY rewarding and it makes you INCREDIBLY strong and confident! We've got lots of techniques up our sleeve to help our students keep progressing at an appropriate pace, so don't you worry!
I don't think I have enough strength for pole, might this be true?
Nope! This is one of the most common misconceptions about pole. Pole is for GETTING strong. Any body type can pole. Every student that can make at least one class a week, will more than likely see a strength increase each week. You always want the next trick or spin or invert, so it's easy to self-motivate yourself to continue and practice, which in turn makes you stronger!
Do you have different "levels"?
We have created a instructional curriculum that we run each student through at their own pace to help encourage student attendance, progression and motivation and it works WELL for us! We do have a class specifically for beginners, to help them feel more at home, but after they are comfortable, they are more than welcome to join all the other classes (except Advanced of course). Just keep in mind the 1st Free Class credit only works in Fundamentals class.
I am not very physically active, where should i start?
If you have or think you have a health condition, please talk to your doctor before starting physical fitness. Otherwise, Pole: Fundamentals is the best starting point for anyone new to Okanagan Pole Dance, even if you have previous pole experience. Here you will learn how our classes are run and the techniques and names that we use for the basic moves. However, if you can't make that class due to scheduling issues, we will still accomodate beginners in other Strong & Sassy classes.
Is there a weight limit?
Nope. Our poles are competition grade, industry leading X-poles that are additionally reinforced specifically for studio use, with steel liners and secured permanently at the top and bottom. The poles can handle the weight of several people on one pole with no issues.
I used to pole dance ages ago, or at a different studio. Can I start with intermediate classes?
We ask that all our new students start in Pole: Fundamentals to learn how our classes are run, as well as the terminology that we use, even if you have previous experience. Then you are free to try the other classes. The Advanced class requires OPD instructor evaluation and permission before you can join.
Can I wear my underwear and bra for the classes?
The general rule of thumb is that all your lady bits or man bits are securely covered. Short shorts and sports bras are fine, but a generic bra, lingerie and thongs do not provide adequate coverage in the classroom environment and cannot be worn as your only layer of clothing :)
Is there separate attire suggestions for each type of class?
Clothing-wise no, footwear, yes. Dancing in heels and boots is only allowed in Sassy class.
How do I do that thing I saw on YouTube?
This is a question we get a lot and even if you are really good with descriptions, you're going to need to bring the photo or video in for your instructor to see. Then, the instructor will decide if it's within their skill level to teach and your skill level to learn. Remember, your safety is our main concern, so if we feel you're not quite ready for that particular move, we will let you know and help you with the progressions you need to master in order to get to your pole goals!
What is the general attitude of the students?
Amazing, friendly, supportive and positive are the best words for the OPD students! Not only that they are talented, strong and knowledgeable in their sport. However, we are all human, and sometimes we judge ourselves and maybe even each other. To help remind ourselves to think postively and realistically, we ask that our students read and follow the 10 Commandments of a Pole Dancer by Aerial Amy.
How many classes should I go to per week?
To see progressions in strength, most of our students train 1-2 times per week at our studio. The Strong and Advanced classes are more strength based than the Sassy & Choreo classes. We recommend you should make sure your body has the appropriate time to recover and rebuild between your strength classes, usually at least 24 hours.
Is there a change room?
You betcha! We have two restrooms and two change stalls.
How can I view the schedule?
Follow the link at the top and bottom of the website
Follow the link at the bottom of most of our FB posts.
Follow this link: https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/home?studioid=44855
MOBILE APP: Search your phones App Store for "Mindbody" and then search "Okanagan Pole Dance"
How do I use the waitlist? How does it notify me if I make it in?
When a class you want to attend is full, click the sign in button as usual and it will ask you if you want to join the waitlist. Then watch your email prior to the class, it will notify you via email if a spot opens for you in that class, up to two hours before class starts. After that, the instructor will try calling you if a spot becomes available, so make sure your profile has your correct number listed.
Is the studio private or are people able to see/watch the classes?
The studio is located on the second floor, so no one can see in our many windows, which let in all the wonderful natural light.
How long until I can go upside down?
Depends on your current fitness level and determination. Our instructors are trained to recognize when our students are physically and mentally ready to attempt inverting on the pole. It's one of the most memorable progressions you will make, and we want to make sure you do it safely, so we always coach our students through their first inversion when we feel they are ready.
How long can my shorts be?
We want you to be safe & comfortable, so if you want to wear capri's until you are ready to wear shorts, that's totally fine. You will find as your pole technique improves, your shorts will need to be shorter, as you require more and more portions of your body for tricks and spins! It's a safety issue, not just a fashion statement ;)
Why are some peoples shorts so short?!
Grip, grip, grip!
The minimal amount of clothing that pole dancers wear is directly attributed to safety. If you can't grip the pole because your shorts, pants, skirt, shirt, etc, is in the way, you're going to slip off the pole and you will probably hurt yourself. Imagine trying to open a jar with a glove on, it's not going to happen. Same concept in pole class. Your skin becomes a functional part of your body in pole class, so most pole dancers become more confident in their skin over time as body appearance becomes less imporant than the amazing functions it can perform :)
What sports compliment pole?
Any kind of fitness, cardio and any cross training in general will benefit your pole dancing as it keeps you fit.We find that yoga is a really good compliment to pole as it promotes endurance, strength, posture and alignment as well as increases flexibility. A lot of pole moves are derived or inspired by yoga moves as they translate so well! This is why we offer yoga classes in studio!
Do I need a dance background to be good in pole?
Nope! While it's definitely helpful to have a previous dance or gymnastic background, it's certainly not necessary. OPD Owner and Lead Instructor, Erin Smith, has no prior dance background and neither does CPFA Pole Instructor Stephanie. Not only that but there are plenty of Pole Stars that were once regular people at the start of their training, Zoraya Judd is one of our favorite examples. Look her up for some inspiration!
What different types of pole dance are there?
Lots!! Just like there are lots of types of ballroom dancing, there are lots of types of pole dancing. You combine pole with lyrical dance, contemporary, ballet, jazz, hip hop, partners, groups, acrobatics, silks, comedy, and so on! Pole can be strong, powerful, gentle, flowing, exotic, sensual, funny, entertaining, emotional, hilarious, whatever else you want it to be and whatever makes YOU FEEL GOOD!
Why does OPD use chrome poles?
We prefer a chrome finish on our pole as it is a good middle ground for grip. A brass, powder coated or silicone pole has better grip, but this prevents some tricks, like drops, from being feasible. It is also the standard for competitions.
What is spin pole vs. static pole? Which is easier?
Our poles have the ability to work in a "static mode", which means they are fixed and do not move/spin and we can also unlock them to work in a "spin mode", which means the pole spins on itself. Spin mode is both easier and more difficult than static mode for different reasons. It's easier because rather than "controlling your grip" you just have to hold on tightly in your position while the pole is spinning for you, which makes your poses look even more incredible. Spin mode is more difficult because of the increased centrifugal force (it can be harder to hang on because you're spinning faster, depending on the amount of momentum you have created). Learning to adjust the amount of momentum you use for spin pole, as well as getting your vestibular (balance) system used to the extra speed of spinning, is the trick for mastering spin pole. This is why we always start on static and then progress to spin pole at our studio.
How do I clean or make my pole less slick and improve grip?
We have a couple different cleaners at the studio and lots of cleaning cloths for the poles. Grab one of each for your pole at the start of class and use it as often as necessary during class when you notice your pole becoming slippery.
When you clean your pole, please make sure you spray the cloth, not the pole, so it doesn't get on the floor or in someone elses face ;) And always clean your pole before & after your class.
There are also specific bottles for cleaning your yoga mat, please make sure you spray it down after class.
It's also helpful to NOT use lotion (or tanning products) on pole day. Most lotions have products in them that make your skin too slippery for pole. We have had some students that use products like Cetaphil lotion when they're skin is too dry that acutally helped give them the right "tack" for pole. Everyone's skin is a little different, so it takes some experimenting, but never feel afraid to ask your instructor or fellow students for advice! :)
If you have sweaty hands, and most of us do, we also have special grip aids available for purchase inside the studio. If you find your grip frustrating you, be sure to ask your instructor if you can trial some grip aid and then purchase a bottle for yourself. Don't forget to label it with your name!
Are we allowed to take photographs or videos?
Yes, during the Free Dance portion of class, not during instructional time. We actually encourage you to as it will help you see how amazing you look as well as help you correct a technique that may be slightly off. It will also act as a reminder down the road of how much you have progressed. We just ask that you respect others privacy and only film and photograph yourself unless you have specific permission from the other student(s).
If you have any that you would like to share with us, we love to feature our students on our social media sites and website, feel free to email or text them to us!
Is there stripping involved?
Nope. None of our pole classes include stripping, pole dance is a form of fitness in class. Unless we were to offer a specific "strip tease" workshop, there is no exotic stripping of clothes in our routinely scheduled classes.
Can I rent the pole studio?
Yep, for certain activities. We will always ask the purpose that it's being rented for, which must be approved by the studio owner, but we welcome inquires and generally rent the studio for private practice time or photoshoots. See the Studio Rental page for more details.
What muscle groups does pole dancing target?
All of them! Pole definitely targets the upper body and core, but as you become more advanced and start inverting, your lower body and back will also get an incredible workout. You are moving most of the time in class which also adds the cardio component to the mix!
Can I buy gift certificates?
Absolutely! Using a credit card you can purchase a gift card for any amount on our online scheduler!
Go to the online scheduler
Click "Online Store"
Click "Gift Cards"
Select Customizable Gift Card from the drop down menu
Enter the information required
Click "Make Purchase"
How many people per class?
We book a maximum of nine people. There are nine poles for students and we want to make sure you each get a full class on the pole. We also need to make sure that our instructors are not overwhelmed and have enough time for each student.
Can I bring my own yoga mat?
Of course! We have yoga mats at the studio that get cleaned after each use, but you are most welcome to bring your own as well! :)
Do I have to remove my jewelry?
Some of it, yes. You will need to remove rings, bracelets or watches, and any other dangley jewellery so that you, your jewellery and our poles don't get damaged :)
75 minutes sounds like a long workout, will I be able to move the next day?
The class is so much fun, the 75 minutes generally FLIES by and most people aren't ready to stop when it's time to start stretching because they're having such a good time! It is an excellent workout though and it's not uncommon to feel it the next day! Make sure you are taking in enough protein after your workout to rebuild the muscles you just worked so hard and the delayed-onset-muscle-soreness people experience after working out is often drastically decreased!