Courses & Casuals

Brisbane City Studio

Come and learn how to pole in our six week term courses!  Unlike casual classes, everyone is at the same level, so we can teach each pole move in full detail.  Content builds week to week, which motivates you to keep coming to class.  The drive to perfect pole moves inspires you to come and train.  The side effect of all of this is increased fitness, lots of new pole friends, heaps of laughs, a sense of reward and increased self esteem!

At The Pole Gym we have a two-tiered program, starting with our Level courses and then onto our Graduates courses. All of our pole courses include:

  • Secured place in your weekly course class with a pole to yourself
  • Unlimited training time in our designated practice area
  • Extra help from our instructors during Course Help & Catch Up times
  • Join in on other course classes of the same level if a pole is available

(Level 1 course new students can also get access to unlimited casual classes for their first term)

If you haven’t started pole yet, Level 1 is the place to be! If you are joining us with prior pole experience, contact us for a free level assessment.

Level 1Level 1:

Our Level 1 courses are designed for women who have never done pole.  We focus on your first climbs and spins – everything you need to know about Beginner’s pole dancing.  The sassy-styled dance routine is so much fun to learn and Level 1 is suitable for all fitness types with no level of dance experience required.  Make sure you take advantage of our free unlimited casual classes offer for new Level 1’s as this will greatly enhance your experience and provide extra fitness benefits! Book online!

Level 2Level 2:

Focus on building your strength and furthering the tricks you learned in Level 1. Includes pole tricks designed to get you accustomed to letting go of the pole in preparation for later levels; combined into a fun routine full of attitude – Level 2 will certainly build your endurance and is lots of fun.

Level 3Level 3:

A contemporary routine that will have you climbing higher on the pole and introducing inverts into the performance. This level is a great bridge between lower and intermediate levels of pole. Focus on slow, controlled pole tricks and movement in a contemporary inspired routine that builds on the technique. Find your flow, lines and grace all while building strength and toning.

Level 4Level 4:

Time to embrace that sexy, sensual style of pole dance, all while increasing the difficulty level of the pole tricks with your first layback and more.

Level5

Level 5:

High intensity, Latin flavoured – and those tricks are getting trickier! Level 5 includes your first leg hangs amongst other new challenges.

Level 6

Level 6:

Elbow stands, butterflies and your first ‘drop’ tricks are some of the challenges you’ll find as an upper level intermediate poler. Combining these with the hard hitting Level 6 choreography increases your pole stamina.

Leve7Level 7:

Aerial inverts, leg hang changes, superman combos and more, all combine into a challenging fast-paced routine to build your strength and skills as you approach the Grads level.

Level 8

Level 8:

A tricks only course that introduces all the fundamental technique needed to prepare you for Grads Tricks levels, including Shouldermounts & dismounts, caterpillar (upside down) climbs, Jade/Jamilla split prep & plenty more!

Grads Tricks 1, 2 & 3:

Tricks only courses focused on lower to higher advanced pole moves.  Rather than focusing on finishing a level then moving up, these are programs designed to keep you challenged working on tricks suited to your level of strength, flexibility and endurance. Your teacher will let you know if they feel you’d be better suited to a more advanced group whenever the time comes, but in the meantime you’ll have plenty of content to keep you inspired and motivated. As a general guide, a student moving from Grads 1 to Grads 2 will be performing moves suitable for local amateur level pole competitions, while a Grads 3 student will perform tricks suitable to enter a state level amateur competition.

Grads Show:

At The Pole Gym we feel it’s very important that students continue to develop their dance and performance skills, rather than simply working on pole tricks.  All Graduates level students are encouraged to enrol in our 12 week pole show courses that are the feature performance at our studio show nights.  Unlike Levels 1-8 that are set routines with everyone performing the same pole tricks, Grads Show courses include feature pole trick sections that allow the student to showcase the pole tricks and combinations they are best at.  The Show itself can range from a non-themed choreography piece, through to themed and costumed choreography, through to character and plot based shows, through to pole theatre.  We pride ourselves on the creativity of our shows and invite you to be part of them as a Grad student, or to come and watch them at our show nights.

Specialty Courses:

We’re all about offering our students variety at The Pole Gym, so on each timetable you’ll find new specialty courses, although due to time/space constraints, not all of the specialty courses listed below will be on each term’s timetable. Please contact us for more info on any courses you see on our timetables that aren’t detailed here.

Spinning Pole Courses:

In the pole world, spinning pole is just as, if not more important than, static pole. (A spinning pole is where the pole keeps spinning using ball bearings, driven by your momentum).  Although our Levels 1-8 program is static pole focused, we have a range of spinning pole courses available for students to develop spinning pole skills.

Starting with Beginners Spinners courses (suitable for Levels 2 and up), moving onto Spin-Evolution (suitable for Levels 4 and up), then Spin-Addiction (suited to Levels 6 and up), Spin-Passion (suitable for Levels 8 and up) and finally Spin-Obsession (suited to Grads level students).

Please contact us to find out which spinning levels are running in our upcoming intake and take advantage of the discounts offered to combine these courses with a static level course in the same term. We strongly recommend that all of our pole students take a spinning course every few terms as they move up through our static pole levels.

Seductress Courses & Workshops:

You may see that some pole studios try to distance themselves completely from the sensual or sexy side of pole dance in favour of promoting pole as a sport.  At The Pole Gym, we proudly celebrate all styles – pole as a sport, as an artform and also classic, sexy pole dance!

Our core routines and our focus on studio show nights are an expression of pole art – and the conditioning and tricks we learn in class represent pole sport.  Our Seductress courses (and our casual Dance Dirty classes) delve into the fun, sexy, cheeky, slinky, sensual, naughty, feminine elements of pole dance.  We run three main types of Seductress courses & workshops:

Seductress Pole Dance, where the focus is all about the sexy choreography, rather than teaching new pole trick technique. There are often pole tricks in the routine and the focus is moved towards how to make the move look slinky, rather than the level of difficulty.  Some routines are for all levels (even students who haven’t started pole tricks yet) and some are level specific.

Seductress Chair Dance, where we use a chair as a performance prop and dance apparatus rather than the pole.  Learn fun tricks on the chair as well as how to move in a sensual way around it and link with sexy floor moves.  We also sometimes run combined Pole & Chair routines!

Seductress Lap Dance courses, where you can learn the art of lap dance, pretending that there is someone sitting in the chair.  Learn for fun (and a great workout!), or to perform for someone special at home – or both!

Please contact us to find out which Seductress courses or workshops are running in our upcoming intake and take advantage of the discounts offered to combine these courses other courses in the same term.

Men’s Pole:

Just like gymnastics, there are differences between the fundamental pole tricks for guys and girls.  At our studio, we are strong supporters of increasing the number of men in pole competitions and we encourage all guys to give it a go!  We have a great plan for men to learn from throughout our levels.  Please contact us for more info and to book a place.

Inverts:

A course designed to focus solely on your first inverts (going upside down) and all the right conditioning exercises to help increase strength and control so your inverts look clean and are safe.  Aerial inverts are introduced towards the end of the course.  This course is also perfect for anyone wanting to re-train their inverts, get better at their ‘other side’ and those looking to rebuild stamina after some time off from pole classes.  Inverts runs as part of the Level 3 course (the first half hour of each class), but can be taken separately. Contact us for more info on how to book your spot.

Lyra:

Lyra is the beautiful acrobatic art-form performed on aerial hoops. It builds up a lot of strength while you also have a lot of fun. Lots of pole students find that Lyra becomes their new love and vice versa, as both of these apparatus compliment the other and help the student achieve goals in both.

We run 3 week and 6 week Lyra courses that are sometimes mixed level and other times level specific.  Please contact us to find out which Lyra courses are running in our upcoming intake and take advantage of the discounts offered to combine these courses other courses in the same term.

The Pole Gym Casual Classes are all about the ‘here and now’ – maximum effort in one class.

Very affordable and open to all levels, you do not need to book into these classes – just turn up at least 10 minutes before class time and sign in.  Some of our casuals are about making you laugh so much you forget you’re working out – some are straight up about feeling the burn! Some use the poles, some are non-pole classes.  All of them are great for your fitness, well-being and to help you with your pole goals! Use them to increase and maintain fitness as a great compliment to pole progression in the courses – or as a great general fitness alternative to the gym.

Casual students come for single classes, or get discount combo passes. We can’t guarantee you a single pole to yourself in these classes as there is no set maximum – but we know how to work and rotate a large class if we need to so you still get a great workout and have a great time.

We can’t run all the casuals you see below every term due to space / time constraints, but we do our best to get as many on each timetable as possible! If there’s anything new on the timetable that you don’t see a description for here, please ask us about it!

Casuals that use the poles:

Pole Newbies is an introductory pole class open only to those who haven’t done pole before and students in our Level 1 courses – you’ll learn a couple of basic moves and get an idea of what it’s all about!  Book online!  Or, if you can’t make the times listed, we can easily arrange something for you, just get in contact with us!

Pole-Mania is a casual pole dancing workout class for all levels.  You can put in the tricks you are learning each week in your course (or other tricks you know) into the routine that is made up on the spot by the instructors.  Or if you don’t know any tricks yet, the instructor can show you something quick and basic to pick up, or fill in with more dance steps. The main aim here is to jump in and give it a go.  Don’t worry if you don’t pick up the exact steps or get the trick right – it’s all about getting your body moving.  Different song styles each week ensure you won’t get bored.

**Manic Mania is a Specialty Casual Class, where we work on the same project throughout the term with the aim of performing it at the end of term (you don’t have to perform if you don’t want to!).  Even though you don’t need to attend every week and don’t need to book for it, it’s not included in unlimited casual passes or eligible for 10-pack pass use.  Just pay for the class at the time when you show up.**

Dance Dirty is just like the Pole-Mania classes above but is dedicated only to sexy styles of music and dance.  Sometimes it has some tricks like Pole-Mania, and sometimes just dancing.  Sometimes it is serious sexy, sometimes slow slinky and sometimes silly and funny.  Come and see what it’s all about!

Urban Pole is again similar in structure to Pole-Mania classes above but we focus on urban / hip hop styles of music and dance.  Sometimes it has some tricks like Pole-Mania, and sometimes just dancing.  You can wear longer pants to this class!

Pole & Stretch Circuit is a workout and stretch class, run just like a normal gym style circuit, but with a pole twist, as some stations will utilise the poles for the exercise set.  For the first third of the class, all stations are workout stations, for the middle third it’s half / half between workout and stretch stations and for the final third, all stretch stations.  This is great motivation for a workout with a difference and a great chance to put the stretch techniques you learn in our stretch & flex classes into extra practise.

Pole-Sculpt is combination of traditional exercise sets (such as push-ups, squats, crunches, etc) mixed in with pole lifts and climbs for an all over body workout.  This is a great way to get fit, to keep fit – and to increase the strength you need for the pole tricks in your course.  Choose the level you want to work at and then push yourself for the whole class.

Mixed Trix  is a casual tricks class where you work on perfecting the tricks you learn in your courses and a few variations and fresh ideas for those tricks.  Sometimes we will partner up and work on doubles pole tricks (for example when two people climb the same pole and have to balance together!).  Sometimes we have spinning pole trix casual as well.  We advise students to finish a Level 1 course before starting this casual so you have some tricks to play with – so it’s Level 2+ (but new and Level 1 students have access to the Pole Newbies casual which also focuses on pole tricks).

Floorwork & Base Pole – Ever wondered how pole dancers make their floorwork and linking moves look so easy and fluid? It’s harder than it looks! Come and learn for yourself – you’ll learn some key floor moves and transitions around the base of the pole – and you’ll get a great workout while you’re there! Be sure to wear knee pads, leg warmers or long pants to this class.

Casuals that don’t use the poles (but are great for helping with pole goals!):

Stretch is a class designed to work on those flexibility goals, teaching and correcting technique so you can progress over time! There is no safe quick fix when it comes to flexibility, so this is a great class to get in the habit of coming along to! We like to cover all areas and mix up the focus stretches each week – and are open to requests from students in class.

Acro & Handstands is an introduction into basic acrobatic elements and balance poses, usually performed in pairs or as a group. Handstand beginner basics drills, exercises and conditioning to help with early handstand development and progression. Great for students who are new or learning handstands, who want to try some paired partner balance and for something fun and different!

Yoga Basics – Come and join our resident yogini for an energising and uplifting practice. Learn to focus your mind and use your breath in movement. This flow or vinyasa-based class, will improve core strength, balance and flexibility. Mindful movement also leads to a higher level of body awareness which will assist you in all other physical activity including pole. Open to all levels.

Pilates Basics – These matwork Pilates classes follow the traditional Pilates exercises developed by Joseph Pilates, focusing on basic core stability exercises, as well as targeting arms, legs and glutes. The class is suitable for all levels, particularly for those working on their core strength. Benefits include: increased flexibility, increased core muscle tone and strength, and enhanced muscular control.

Ballet Conditioning – A conditioning class that will help you with your lines, turn-out, straight legs and stabilisation (all the things needed to make an amazing pole dancer! You’ll go through basic ballet fundamentals, while getting a great workout!

BamBam HIIT is a full body workout that combines cardio training with strength building exercise! HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training which combines short bursts of high intensity exercise followed by less intense recovery periods. It is popular among fitness enthusiasts as the intensity means you only have to workout for half the length of time as your usual less intense workouts to achieve the same results! How cool is that? The class is named BamBam HIIT because it is instructed by qualified PT and national level pole competitor, Tammy Grindlay (aka BamBam Pole Performer).

Shake-It-Up – Do you like body rolling, hip swiveling, chest popping, twerky twerking booty grooving style cardio? Or think your might like to try? Come have some fun with us! This casual will raise your heart rate QUICKLY, and at the same time work every muscle you never thought you had. We will start each Sunday with a fun Latin flavour, so channel your Inner Inna, your Sassy Shakira, your Popping Pia Mia and come smash out a great session with Ali.

HardCORE ABC (ABC stands for Abs, Butt, Core)  includes fun upbeat tunes that we work with so that you ‘feel the burn’ quickly and maximise your session. Sets are done in time to the song that is playing so that you’re motivated to work harder for longer. We mix in standard Pilates skills, squat variations and isolation work to target the smaller stabilisers that are often forgotten about.

Lyra Newbies – Come and see what Lyra (Aerial Hoops) is all about before committing to a course! .There’s may be a bit less time per person up on the Lyra’s, and the content is always suitable for people trying for the first time, so if you want to progress with Lyra, our courses are definitely the way to go. However if you’re after a one-off lesson to get a taste of what it’s like, this class is perfect for you and heaps of fun too!  It’s best to contact the studio to pre-book a place in this casual.