Deciding what to wear is one of the first challenging choices we make everyday. Deciding what to wear to your first, or your 20th pole class, should not be as challenging.
FACT: Dressing appropriately for a pole dance class does not mean exposing large amounts of skin. You’re going to dance not to tan, and there are plenty of options if you prefer to stay more covered up. The outfit breakdown below outlines how you can do that, and why you should pick a tank top over a t-shirt, and socks over yoga pants. We stock a lot of these things at the studios, so check in with our friendly office manager before, or after class and we can get you set up to dance safely and in style.
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A positive approach - Comfortably approaching your pole class is 90% attitude and 10% what you’re wearing. Exercise, including pole dancing, generates endorphins that can help boost your mood, so if you aren’t feeling absolutely excited about class, don’t worry - you will be by the time the warm up is done.
A tank top - We suggest a fairly close fitting racer back, or full back tank top for a couple of reasons. First, you will need the skin of your arms and underarms to provide traction as you grip the pole. If you’re wearing sleeves it will make executing certain spins and grips a lot more challenging. Second, the full back coverage will protect the skin of your spine and shoulder blades from pole burn when you’re doing squats or other moves with your back against the pole. P.S. Don’t worry about germs - we sanitize the poles with an alcohol spray between each use!
A hair tie - It doesn’t have to be an ‘80’s scrunchie, but we encourage those! You’ll want to keep your hair out of your face while you learn the moves. You can let it down and shake it out when you dance it out in the last 10 minutes of class.
Short shorts - We love short shorts, for the same reason we love tank tops - they expose enough skin on your thighs to provide the necessary traction to grip the pole while protecting areas that need to be protected from pole burn. If you’re wearing tights or yoga pants you increase the chances that you’ll slide right off the pole instead of gripping it. That means you’ll have to work a lot harder to prevent injury. Not sure where to get a pair? We have them at the studio - just ask.
Knee pads - These are crucial if you have sensitive knees, bruise easily, or if you intend to do a lot of floor work. Since knee caps are fairly mobile we strongly recommend you buy a pair to ensure that your knees stay safe and you can keep dancing for years to come. If you ever arrive for class without yours, let us know ASAP. We may have an extra pair that we can loan you.
Socks (or leg warmers) - Your shins and calves will be making a fair amount of contact with the pole as you dance and spin. One of the best ways to prevent pole burn and bruises is to protect those areas. If you like having your feet covered, go for a pair of socks. If you prefer to be barefoot, leg warmers are great - or you can always double up and wear both.
Heels - It’s toe tips or no tips here! Pole dancers always point their toes. Take some of the stress out of your joints by wearing heels to ensure your toes stay pointed. They don’t have to be dramatically high when you start, but as you get comfortable, you’ll find that the extra inches can help add that extra height to your spins, and more drama to all your other moves. NOTE: Make sure your heels have ankle straps, or are boots. Otherwise, you might accidentally kick one off when you’re dancing. That would be tragic!
Other accessories to consider:
Mighty grip - If you have moist hands, use a lot of lotion, or just have trouble gripping the pole, stock up on some mighty grip. Ask the office manager for a bottle the next time you come in.
Socks with grip - If you opt not to wear heels, socks with grippy bottoms will help you find traction on the floor, and on the pole while providing a little extra protection for your feet.
Elbow pads - If you have sensitive joints, or find yourself bruised in this area, consider a pair to protect your elbows.
Do you have questions about this list? Did we miss your favourite accessory? Do you want to see a “What to Wear?” post for a specific class? Let us know in the comments, and share pictures of your favourite workout outfits with us on Instagram!