Hello! We’re so excited that you want to give pole dancing a try, and we hope it’s the start of a new passion for you! Here is how to get started:

Step 1: Set up an account with MindBody

MindBody is the booking system that we use to manage class registrations, whether that is for a 6-week pole dance course or for one of our drop-in classes. You can either register through this website, or you can download the free app onto your phone. I recommend getting the app for your phone using the button below. It’s very convenient to book into classes that way, or to cancel a booking if you need to. It will ask for your information, as well as get you to sign our waiver form.

You can also pay for classes through MindBody using a credit card (unfortunately they don’t take Visa Debit cards) and you can enter that information during account setup, or you can leave that part blank and pay via an e-transfer to the studio. Either way, we’ll need you to set up your MindBody account first so everyone does need to complete this step.

If you already have a MindBody account (a few places in Nanaimo use them, including Modo Yoga, Crossfit Nanaimo, and Oxygen Yoga & Fitness) then you can use the same one to book classes at Luxe! From the app’s home page use the search bar at the top of the screen to search for Luxe Studios, then you can add us to your favourites and view the schedule.

Step 2: Choose a class

Okay so we’ve got a MindBody account set up, now we can register for a class. What do you take first?

Any of our Foundations classes are perfect for beginners and are designed for people with little to no experience! Right now we have:

  • Pole Dance Foundations – Saturdays at 11am
  • Exotic Dance Foundations (lots of floorwork, some pole) – Sundays at 1:30pm
  • Chair Dance Foundations – Sundays at 2:45pm

We will be adding more classes in January, we will have that schedule up by the end of November!

Cross Training classes: These are classes that help you build strength, skills, and flexibility that will help you with your dance classes! These classes are open to all levels including total beginners. Cross-training is really important if you’d like to make significant progress in your pole dancing and strength gains, I recommend starting them as soon as you can! Right now we have:

  • Conditioning – Tuesdays at 6:15pm
  • Bodyweight Training & Hand Balancing – Thursdays at 5:00pm
  • Active Stretch – Saturdays at 12:15pm (excluding the first Saturday of every month)

Decide Whether a Membership or Punch Card Works for You

Punch Cards: Buy either a pack of 5 or 10 classes, you can use them as you like for any classes excluding specialty workshops. If you are attending 1 class a week, or a class every few weeks due to a variable work schedule then this is the most cost-effective option for you.

Membership: Memberships get you unlimited classes every month, and it starts from the first class you attend so no need to wait for a new month to start. So if you bought a membership and attended your first class on the 14th of the month, it would expire on the 12th or 13th of the following month. If you want to attend more than one class per week which is definitely recommended, this is the lowest priced option and they start at $99+tax per month with a 12 month commitment. Please see the pricing link below to see all of the membership options.

Full Pricing List is available here

Whether you attend our cross-training classes or lift weights at the gym, we definitely recommend doing complementary off-the-pole training if you are wanting to move up to the more advanced levels of pole dance! If you would like a workout plan designed for you that you can do at home or the gym, get in touch with Angela at Aria Fitness. She is both a personal trainer and a pole dancer, so she can help you to get the most of your on and off the pole training!

Getting Started

Updated on 2019-11-26T09:33:40-08:00, by Goldie.