How to be a pole dance instructor

How To Become A Pole Fitness Instructor?

The pole fitness industry is currently in full swing, and the demand for pole fitness instructors is on the rise. More pole fitness studios are opening up every week, and the average salary for a pole dance instructor is a whopping $52,041, according to Paysa. 

So, how to become a pole fitness instructor? To become a pole fitness instructor, you have to obtain certification as a pole fitness instructor. Once you’re certified, you’ll be eligible to work as a full-time pole fitness instructor at a studio. However, you will have to audition at studios before you can land a job as a pole fitness instructor. 

NOTE: After you get your pole fitness certification, you will need to look for jobs in the pole fitness industry. I have written a step-by-step guide on how to find yoga teaching jobs. The tactics, strategy, and steps outlined apply to pole fitness instructors as well. 

Certified pole instructors have an easy path to a well-paying job at a pole fitness studio. If you’re an aspiring pole fitness instructor, this guide will give you all the information you need to get certified as a pole fitness instructor and find gainful employment. 

How to Become a Pole Fitness Instructor

In this section, I will explore how you can become a pole fitness instructor. I will examine the certifications you need to take and how best you can prepare for your auditions for pole fitness jobs.

NOTE: At some point in your journey, you will begin to explore the idea of starting your own pole fitness studio. I have written an in-depth, step-by-step guide on how to start a pole fitness studio. Bookmark the article and return to it when you are considering starting your own pole studio.

Become A Pole Fitness Instructor Step #1) Prepare For Certification

The first step to becoming a pole fitness instructor is to prepare your finances for certification and research the different course levels you can take. Most courses offer three levels for future pole fitness instructors: beginner, intermediate, and advanced

You can take courses online where you showcase your progress by recording yourself and consulting with online teachers. Alternatively, you can take the courses in person at a pole studio or training center. On average, a course will cost you at least $500-1000 per course. 

Prepare to spend $2000-3000 in total to receive certification for a certified pole fitness instructor. If you want to obtain the highest level of certification, you’ll have to sign up for a “Master” course, which guides you through months of learning and might run up to $5000.

Note: Some courses combine all “Beginner,” “Intermediate,” & “Advanced” material in one course. These courses tend to be costly and happen over weeks/months in a retreat-style model. 

This model involves immersing yourself in learning pole fitness and usually happens in an exotic location. Look through the different schools mentioned below. Prepare to fly out to receive training.

Beginner Courses

  • Average Price: $500-1000

Each new pole fitness instructor will have to start with a beginner certification course before they can attend advanced courses. You’ll have to prove you’ve passed this course if you want to sign up for intermediate or advanced courses – there is no skipping. 

If you complete a beginner course, you’ll be eligible to teach beginner pole dance students. Beginner courses cover the foundational material about teaching pole fitness. The material might delve into basic spins, transitions, pole climbs, holds, floor work, and similar. 

If you have no experience practicing pole fitness yourself, signing up for a beginner course will give you the foundational knowledge necessary to understand the body-mind connection and safety precautions to avoid injury. 

Beginner courses will also show you the science of pole movement. It includes things such as basic anatomy, stability exercises, mobility exercises, and music counting. 

Beginner course will include the basics of teaching, such as leading pole classes with warm-ups, choreography, cool-downs, and handling emergencies.

Intermediate Courses

  • Average Price: $500-1000

Intermediate courses expand further on the foundational knowledge taught in the beginner course. You should take them once you’ve practiced pole for a few months, and you want to advance your understanding.

Intermediate courses will also teach you the material you need to teach intermediate classes. Intermediate courses will cover material such as advanced inversions, fast ascents/descents, and hard holds. 

These courses tend to be theory-based as they delve into the science behind pole fitness, and many of them cover basic lessons in physics. They teach instructors about the physics in static poles, one-arm spinning, reverse pole grabs, and combined spins.  

At this level, you will also learn how to assess your students. You will learn how to progress them through levels to advanced classes. Depending on the course, there might be additional material for teaching sports training and gymnastics.

Advanced Courses

  • Average Price: $500-1000

Advanced courses are the final level in certification for pole fitness instructors, and they immediately make you eligible to teach at any pole studio in the country. If you pass an advanced course, you can confidently apply for jobs at your desired pole fitness studios.

Passing an advanced course proves you have the knowledge necessary to teach students at all experience levels, and you’re capable of guiding them in pole fitness safely. 

Usually, advanced courses build on the knowledge presented in the basic & intermediate courses and focus on the hardest material. 

In the advanced course, you learn how to dismount poles using aerial handstands, aerial inversions, and shoulder mounts. You also learn combinations to mix these for an impressive display at the pole.

Become A Pole Fitness Instructor Step #2) Sign Up For Pole Instructor Training

The second step is to do your research and select a school that can certify you. 

There are no central organizations that certify pole instructor schools (for example, the way Yoga Alliance does for yoga schools), so you’ll have to pick a school based on which one resonates with you and how much you’re willing to spend. 

Most courses are available online that can certify you without ever leaving your home. You’ll only have to present demonstrations as a form of testing. 

You also have the option to fly out to a different city/country and attend a certification course for a few days or a few weeks. You might have to travel to attend one of the schools listed below.

XPERT Pole Instructor School

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  • Course Cost: $650

XPERT Pole & Aerial Fitness is the premier aerial fitness school in the US and the largest educational training program for pole fitness instructors online. XPERT’s pole fitness course is a small part of their large assortment of courses, as they offer a range of other certification courses in-person and online. 

Crunch, a large fitness chain based in the US, owns XPERT school. XPERT’s courses provide a mix of beginner, intermediate, and advanced courses for aspiring pole fitness instructors. 

Their certifications are recognized worldwide, and they have accreditation from top fitness organizations such as ACE, AFFA, Active IQ, Fitness Australia, and more.  

XPERT’s pole teacher training has accreditation from the “Pole Safe Federation” and the PDC. It means you’ll be able to land a job in any pole studio with their certificates. 

XPERT has won many awards for its teacher programs and trained thousands of skilled instructors worldwide. XPERT stands out by offering its courses to a worldwide clientele, and their courses are available in German, French, Spanish and Chinese.

PoleandAerial Pole Instructor School

  • Course Cost: $400

PoleandAerial is one of the most established online schools for pole instructors. Their sole specialty is pole teacher training, and they provide comprehensive step-by-step guides for beginner teachers to become certified. 

Established instructors in the pole industry teach PoleandAerial’s courses. Future instructors can consume these courses from the comfort of their own homes and on mobile devices. 

Students have access to the PoleandAerial forum community, studio locator, and community events. Their courses are relatively affordable, and beginner teachers can gain access immediately because the courses are online.

ElevatED Pole Instructor School

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  • Course Cost: $900

ElevatED provides premium teacher training for pole instructors. Their basic training courses are carried out over three days and contain over 20 hours of direct training for instructors, technique demonstrations, instruction materials, and lectures.  

ElevatED pole courses hone leadership skills and knowledge. ElevatED stands out from other courses because it approaches pole fitness training with a more intellectual angle, teaching future instructors about the science behind the movements. 

Their courses also feature information about honing your teaching skills to become a smarter, more capable, and safe teacher. The theory presented in the course needs demonstration, and teachers are judged based on their performance. You might have to fly out to a different city to attend an ElevatED course.

PolePeople Pole Instructor School

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  • Course Cost: $500

PolePeople is an internationally recognizable pole community, and they offer training courses for pole instructors. Their first pole instructor program was opened 13 years ago and successfully graduated thousands of pole instructors. 

PolePeople is a UK-based brand, and you’ll have to visit the UK to attend one of their courses. PolePeople has courses for instructors of all levels, and they can provide the knowledge you need to become a certified pole teacher.

PolePeople’s main guide is the “Beginner Pole Guide,” which teaches future instructors the basics of pole fitness over an intensive two day period. 

In these two days, future instructors learn about the basics of teaching students, and once they graduate, they can move on to intermediate classes. Their courses are affordable and recognized worldwide.

Become A Pole Fitness Instructor Step #3) Audition At Pole Fitness Studios

Congratulations – you’re now a certified pole fitness instructor! You now need to start applying for jobs to find employment. 

The pole fitness industry is very ‘niche’ which means unless you’re ready to start your own studio, be prepared to move to a city with job openings.  

While pole fitness instructors are in demand, the fact that there are only a few studios in each city means that unless they have a job opening, you might have to apply for a job in a different city. 

Here’s what you need to do to get hired as a pole fitness instructor:

Circulate Your CV

Start by formulating your CV. The CV has to state your history in dance/fitness, and it has to include your accreditation specifics. Make sure to point out your strengths and choose a template that professionally represents you. 

Present all the key information about yourself, such as your name, contact #, experience, school, accreditation, goals, and social media/video links where they can see samples of your work. 

You’ll need to provide proof you can teach pole fitness, and what better way than to showcase your videos to potential employers? 

Start sending your CVs to studios all over the country, especially in large cities. Visit a studio website and go to the “Jobs/Opportunities/Join Us” section.  

There you can apply for jobs at each pole fitness studio. If the studio doesn’t have such a page, you can email them your CV directly via the contact form. Apply to studios all over the country, and you’ll start getting interview offers within the week. 

Visit Pole Fitness Studios

To officially start your job hunt, you should visit all local studios in your area and ask if they have job openings. Most pole studio owners are sole owners/teachers themselves. You can be upfront if you are in job hunting mode.

If the studio is looking for teachers, they’ll kindly ask you to audition, and you’ll have the chance to show off your skills in front of a group of students. The key here is to get in touch with the owner of the studio personally. 

The owner is the only person who can tell you if they need help or not. If you have a few studios in your area, try to find the owner on social media and reach out to them personally. 

If that fails, you can always visit their studio and sign up for a private class, which will allow you to introduce yourself to the owner.  

Pass The Audition

Once you’ve sent out dozens of CVs and applied for jobs at studios personally, the final step is to prepare for the audition. Pole studios don’t hire instructors outright – they ask them to audition in front of a group of teachers or students. 

To get the job, you’ll have to teach a class to their students while the business owner evaluates your teaching ability. If they’re satisfied with your performance, they will hire you as a full-time instructor at the studio. 

The audition takes 1-2 hours on average, depending on the length of the classes. Most instructors are assigned a beginner class.

Take the time to prepare for your audition because it’s not guaranteed you’ll get the job. Practice in the mirror and teach a class to your friends as a form of practice. 

Become A Pole Fitness Instructor Step #4) Start Teaching Pole Classes Professionally

Once you get hired as an instructor, you’ll have to teach 2-3 group classes per day and a few private one-on-one classes. Pole fitness classes are not large, like yoga classes, where you have 40-50 students at a time. Most pole classes only have 3-10 students on average. 

You’ll personally have to pay attention to each student, and you can develop close personal relationships. To become the best instructor you can, you’ll need to come prepared and warm-up your students to prepare them for the class. 

Prepare For Class

Spend 1 hour every evening preparing your class. Practice new moves, plan warm-up exercises, discover music/playlists, and writing down notes. You want to know what you’ll teach students before you walk into the studio. 

Many teachers make the mistake of randomly calibrating their classes. Doing so is only possible if you’ve had years of experience, and you find inspiration in the moment. 

If you come prepared, you’ll be doing yourself a favor because you’ll feel a lot more energized. Going unprepared is akin to doing a college test without studying. The students are relying on you to help them progress with each class – make sure you deliver.  

Warm-Up Exercises

The most effective way to ensure the success of your class is to do warm-up exercises. Instead of delving into the routines outright, start by spending 5-10 minutes doing warm-ups. Students want to warm-up in a different manner every time, so make sure to switch-up your warm-up exercises for each class. 

Warm-ups set the tone for the rest of the class and ensure the safety of your students. Instead of doing basic stretching exercises, try to figure out active movements and motion-based stretching techniques that target specific muscle groups. 

Compliment Students

The minute your students enter the room, they feel a lot more self-conscious than you do as an instructor. For a beginner student, it takes a lot of time to gain the confidence to perform on the pole. 

Do small things for students, such as remembering their name, complimenting them, and smiling. You want to make them feel like they belong in the studio and that they’re a part of your studio community.  

Turn Up The Music

Many instructors underestimate the effects of music in the studio. If you focus too much on the theory, you might forget that the pole studio has to have a certain “vibe” that motivates students to do better – music drives that vibe. 

Crank up the music to set the vibe of the room because this will boost their motivation.

Pro Tip: Switch up the playlist and discover new music because students might get tired of listening to the same music over and over.

NOTE: In a pole fitness studio, you have to be mindful of the music you play and be aware of music licensing laws for dance studios.

Learn To use Pole Fitness Software

All fitness and dance studios use class management software to sell classes, manage schedules, and manage their members.

As a pole fitness instructor, you will use pole fitness software to provide your availability and track your hours worked. Get familiar with member management software such as StudioGrowth. Knowing how to use a studio management software will set you miles apart from the other pole fitness instructors.

Pole fitness instructors earn an average salary of $52,000 a year. According to data at PaySa, the salary fluctuates between $49,000 and $54,000 for most instructors, while the top 10% of instructors earn well over $56,000. 

The earning potential of pole fitness instructors depends on the location of the pole fitness studio and the number of classes. In major cities, the salary could be double that of small towns. 

Example: Instructors who get paid $30 per class in Spokane, WA, might get $60/class in San Francisco, CA. To increase your earning potential, you should move to a city with higher salaries.

  • Beginner instructors earn 40-50% less than established instructors with 1-2 years of experience. If you’re starting out, expect low pay until you have sufficient experience. If a studio pays experienced instructors $30 per class, you might only get $15-20 starting out.
  • Pole fitness instructors with experience of 2-3 years command high wages since they influence their local community. This influence allows them to increase their income by teaching private classes. If a teacher has taught pole fitness for a few years, they may have hundreds of potential clients. After a few years of teaching at studios, many instructors open their own pole studios.
  • Teachers earn more money for studio parties and private classes. Private classes for pole dance can cost $100-150/hour, and the teacher usually gets 50% of the private class income (depending on the studio). Teachers can earn $500-1000 each week by hosting only a few groups & private classes each day.

Pros Of Becoming A Pole Fitness Instructor

✔ Job Opportunities

Pole fitness took off recently, and around 2015 we started seeing a surge in pole fitness studios globally. 

The pole fitness industry is still very young, and new studios are looking for instructors who are hard to find because there are few certified instructors. Most dance instructors stick to a music niche, and they find jobs in dance studios and schools. 

For pole dance, you’re learning a new skill that applies to a niche branch of dance – and it’s combined with fitness. This specialization allows you to make even more money than the average fitness instructor. 

Also, you are helping students improve their fitness. You’ll find job openings in every major city, and once you’re certified, you’ll make way above the average US salary.

Typically, pole fitness studios hire from their teacher training programs, so teaching at a top pole fitness studio involves first attending the studio as a student.

✔ Easy To Build A Community 

A side-effect of being a pole fitness instructor is that you can become famous on the internet or semi-famous in your local community. 

Pole instructors tend to be popular on social media easily because they’re sharing entertainment, and they get a lot of attention. 

You can establish a strong following on Instagram and Youtube if you post pole fitness content.  

Doing so has the key advantage that after a few years, you can leverage this following to start your own pole fitness studio. Many of the top influencers on social media are pole fitness instructors or students of pole dance.

✔ It’s Fun

Pole fitness is fun – you not only get benefits such as a fit body from daily exercise, but you’ll also have a blast with your students. Pole studios often host parties, competitions, giveaways, shows, etc. 

Each week in your life is going to be different, and you’ll teach dozens of positive students who are eager to learn and passionate about pole fitness. 

Cons Of Becoming A Pole Fitness Instructor

✖ Certification Costs

The first steps to becoming a pole fitness instructor are expensive. You will typically begin your journey by joining a pole fitness studio as a student. 

After months and years of training, you will be eligible for their teacher training programs and certifications. These pieces of training and certifications are expensive. So the process of becoming a pole fitness instructor has a significant barrier to entry.

To become a pole fitness instructor, you’ll have to pass certification exams. This process is akin to getting any other diploma because you’ll need to show a certificate if you’re going to teach at any major studio. 

The certification courses can range from as low as $300-500 for a short course up to $5000 for a full master course. 

To get certified, expect to pay at least $2000-3000 on average. This certification will cover pole fitness techniques for beginners and intermediates while also teaching you about student safety and preparing you to be a teacher. 

✖ Lower Earnings For Beginner Pole Fitness Instructors

The pole fitness industry is not very kind to new instructors because it values established instructors who have a following. If you’re starting out, you’re going to make less money than the average fitness/dance instructor.  

Instructors who have been with a certain studio for a while will have a following of students who buy out their classes, while new instructors have to show they’re worthy and build up that follower base gradually.

The only way to bypass this is to build a following on social media before you start job-seeking or start your own pole fitness studio. Get used to making less than the average pole fitness instructor for at least 1-2 years.

✖ It’s Not Just About Teaching Dance

Pole fitness is not easy to teach daily, despite being very fun. The material can get repetitive unless you diversify your classes by inventing new dance sequences and routines which you practice during class. 

You’ll always have to show up earlier for class, prepare the material, create new playlists, help individual students, and do administrative tasks, which could include cleaning the studio.

If you believe that as a pole fitness instructor, you only have to teach, you are mistaken. If you are not interested in the general operations of the pole fitness studio, then you will have a tough time lasting as a pole fitness instructor.

It’s a tasking job. If you’re working out of a small studio, the owner might expect you even to sing up new students and invoice them. If pole fitness teaching is not your main job, you’re going to have a hard time balancing it out. 

✖ Risk Of Injury 

Pole dance is a serious business, and the dance sequences center around a giant metal bar, which means it carries significant risk. Skin burns, sprains, and even fractures do happen in the studio. As a teacher, you know that a single injury could render you incapable of ever practicing dance again. 

For students, this is not a problem because they don’t derive their income from teaching dance. However, for teachers, one muscle strain could cause them to lose their entire livelihood. 

You’ll have to learn to apply safety precautions during classes, not just for the students but also for your protection. Dance teachers are highly prone to injuries, and you’ll have to put in an effort not to injure yourself.

✖ Repetitive Work 

If you decide to become a pole fitness instructor after attending a pole fitness class, you will be in for a surprise.

Pole fitness classes are challenging and constantly push your boundaries. However, once you take the step to become a pole fitness instructor, you will be primarily teaching students of a specific skill level.

Continually teaching one specific skill level can get repetitive. These repetitive sessions are very different from the challenging sessions you enjoyed as a student. 

Unless you have an aptitude for teaching and imparting knowledge and skill, you will find that teaching pole fitness can be a repetitive job.


Becoming a pole fitness instructor is a lucrative career choice. While there aren’t as many pole dancing studios as fitness studios, this niche fitness industry is on the rise.  

If you’ve got the physical skills, gaining employment as a pole fitness instructor is relatively simple. 

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How to Become a Pole Dance Instructor: Complete Step-By-Step Guide (2022)

If you’re aspiring to become a pole dance instructor, by the end of this article, you’ll have the know-how. This article explores how to become a pole dance instructor, what it entails, including salaries, qualifications, and responsibilities. Without further ado, let’s jump right into it.

Table Of Contents

  1. Becoming a Pole Dance Instructor
  2. Prepare for certification & Course Costs
  3. Enrol For Instructor Training
  4. Do’s and Don’ts of a Pole Dance Instructor
  5. Benefits of Being a Pole Dance Instructor
  6. Final verdict

Becoming a Pole Dance Instructor

If you’re a pole dance enthusiast hoping to become a full-time professional pole dance instructor, prioritize getting a certification in the field.

You must also audition as a pole dance instructor in various studios after getting a certificate. Getting a job as a certified pole dance instructor will result in better-paying jobs than you would have access to as an uncertified one.


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The following section will point you toward becoming a professional pole dance instructor.

Prepare for certification & Course Costs

It’s essential to evaluate your financial position to see if you can fund the course. Most of these pole dance instructor courses are offered in three levels, i.e., beginner, advanced and intermediate.

Take an online course that requires you to record yourself and share your skill progress with your teachers. Alternatively, consider taking an in-person course at a training center.

Typically, a course can cost about $750 on average. However, this price can vary significantly depending on several factors. Set aside at least $3,000 for a complete pole fitness instructor certification.

Some courses combine all three levels in one course. Such a combination tends to be more costly and takes several weeks or months to complete. Plus, they are usually conducted in a retreat-style in an exotic environment.

Enrol For Instructor Training

Ensure you’ve done thorough research on the best available instructor schools before enrolling. Remember, there aren’t organizations that certify pole instructor schools. So, you’ll have to pick one that suits your preferences, including the payable learning fee. Do your research on some of the master trainers in your area such as XPole Xpert fitness certified instructors.

Nowadays, most of these schools can certify you without ever leaving your home. All they require is demonstrations as tests. Alternatively, you can fly out of the country to take the course for a few weeks or months. Some of your destinations may include;

● PoleandAerial Pole Instructor School

● PolePeople Pole Instructor School

● XPERT Pole Instructor School

● ElevatED Pole Instructor School

Audition for pole instructor jobs at fitness studios

After certification, the next step is auditioning for jobs at various pole dance studios. Pole dance is a niche-driven industry.

In applying for a job, be prepared to move to a different city unless you open your studio. That’s because even though pole dance instructors are high on demand, there are few studios in each city. ways of increasing your chances of getting hired include;

Visiting pole dance studios

Start by visiting local studios in your area and ask for available job openings. Since most studio owners are teachers, consider being upfront when hunting for a job. The studio owner might require you to audition by showing off your skills in front of students.

Note, you have to personally reach out to the studio owner because they’re the ones who know if they need instructors. Another trick to getting in touch with the studio owner is signing up for a private class. That will give you a chance to introduce yourself.

Drop your CV in many studios

As you construct your CV, ensure incorporating your dance and fitness history. Choose the template that represents you professionally while pointing out your strengths.


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Importantly, you should have videos showcasing your skills as proof that you can teach pole dancing. Begin by sending your CV to as many studios as possible countrywide.

You can visit pole dance studio websites or other platforms with jobs openings. However, email them your CV if a studio doesn’t have a web page. With your CV circulating out there, you should get interview offers within a week or two.

Passing the auditions

After sending your CV in circulation, you must prepare adequately for the auditions. Remember, you might not be the only applicant, plus pole dance studios don’t do outright hiring. You may be asked to audition in front of students or a group of teachers.

Alternatively, you may be required to teach students. These are meant to evaluate your teaching skills. If you impress the studio owner with your skills, they might hire you full-time on the spot.

Typically, auditions take about 2 hours, depending on class length. Note that as you audition, you’ll be assigned, beginner classes. It’s not a guarantee you’ll get the job after auditions. Teach your friends or practice in front of the mirror to boost your confidence. This is fundamental in increasing your chances of getting hired.

From Teacher Training To Teaching professionally

After getting hired, you’ll have the opportunity of teaching more than two groups of students, including private classes.

Pole dance classes typically consist of a less and manageable number of students than yoga. For example, while a yoga class will have about 30 students, pole dance classes consist of ⅓ or less that of yoga. Few students give you an opportunity of providing individual attention.

Do’s and Don’ts of a Pole Dance Instructor

Helping someone discover their skill set is fantastic, and if you aspire to explore it through becoming a pole dancer instructor, you should know a few dos and don’ts:

The dynamics of body movement

Since pole dancing involves muscles endurance and coordination, your student’s safety is practically on your hands. So, you must properly show them ideal body movements and muscle engagement that won’t harm them. Bear in mind also that not everyone is tuned to their body. So it’s your job to ensure they are adopting the proper techniques.

Ensure your students are familiar with terms related to pole dancing, such as ‘trapezius’. Additionally, ensure they understand what you’re saying. For example, “tighten your core as draw in your navel,” they have to know what comes after what. To ensure the students are following every instruction, consider moving around and see what each is doing.

If some of the students have trouble with some tricks, consider breaking the tricks into manageable parts. And if that’s not possible, show them a less advanced version of the trick.


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Your class will consist of fast and slow learners. As you help slow learners improve, also help the other group advance their skills. Studying anatomy, science, sports, and other relevant fields for proficiency is advisable.

Be welcoming

Having a welcoming face is essential for welcoming new and shy students to dance in front of others in a pair of shorts, especially if it’s their first time. Make them feel that the studio is stress and judgment-free zone.

They might not like how they look when they see themselves in the mirror, so it’s also your job to make them feel good about their body.

Ensure to wear an inviting smile while greeting your students. In addition, learn your students’ names so that they know you care about them. Even if you’re stressed when coming to class, smile because most students come to distress after a long day’s work.

Deliver Safe & Effective Classes

As with any type of fitness class, it is important to ensure that your students are safe and effective in their pole dancing. Before launching into a lesson plan, be sure to do the following:

  1. Review the basic steps and safety guidelines for pole dancing. Make sure your students are familiar with the moves before you begin teaching more advanced steps.
  2. Demonstrate each move before having your students perform it. This will help ensure that they are doing it correctly and safely.
  3. Utilize a spotter whenever possible. This will help keep your students safe while they are learning new moves.
  4. Encourage your students to take breaks as needed and drink plenty of water throughout the class period.

Lighten the mood with jokes

Most students will focus on what you’re saying not to miss anything, which can make the mood in the room too serious.

Lightening up the room with some jokes can go a long way in engaging your students. Plus, it will make the learning process fun and enjoyable.

Throwing in a few jokes in your explanations is also advantageous as it makes it easy for the students to understand your instructions. \Also, it’s a trick to ensure your students leave your class while smiling. Your students will be eager to attend your class in the next session, especially after associating it with your sense of humor.

Warming up

Since pole dancing is practical, you must warm up effectively to get your muscles ready for the upcoming lesson with your students. Remember, warm-up exercises significantly energize the muscles and target specific body muscles. The warm-up exercises usually take 10 – 15 minutes.

Note, active stretching and dynamic body movements are ideal for warming up than passive stretching. It’s because passive stretching can significantly decrease your energy.

Ensure to make warmup plans beforehand. To keep the warm-up exercises variable, try them out yourself.


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Don’t come to class unprepared

Showing up unprepared can significantly affect your career negatively. If it becomes a regular habit, you might start losing students; plus, it dampens your student spirit to learn. Always show up prepared, so your students are eager to learn something new.

Don’t exclude the music

Giving plain instructions can sometimes be boring to students. Remember to include music in your pole dance sessions. Music will lift your students’ spirit, and it’s also an essential motivator. Music also makes the pole dance routines enjoyable.

You must be cautious about the music to play. Playing music your students have heard a thousand times is bound to bore them. Choose music that most of your students are familiar with while maintaining relevance regarding the dance routines.

Don’t cut anyone out

Bear in mind that all your students want your attention. Try helping everyone but don’t let one student use up all your time. You should know that no matter how many students you have, don’t shy away from helping them at the individual level regardless of their; sex, age, etc.

Don’t show off

Don’t show your students how good you are at pole dancing. After all, they’ve come to learn and not to watch you. As their instructor, you have to focus on giving them proper guidance. As you show them cool tricks, explain how to execute them in simple, understandable ways.

Benefits of Being a Pole Dance Instructor

As you grow your career as a pole dance instructor, the advantages will be countless if you play your cards right. Remember, to succeed in this industry, you have to put in more effort. Below are some of the major importance of being a pole dance instructor.

You get to enjoy what you love

If pole dancing is your passion, you’re in the right place. However, if you’re doing it for others, you should revise your career choices.

Plus, if you don’t love pole dancing, then you’ll be a lousy instructor. But If it’s your passion, you’ll benefit by keeping your body fit through physical exercises, among others.

Numerous job opportunities

Pole dancing is a fusion of physical fitness and dancing. 2015 is when pole fitness took off. However, there aren’t many pole fitness instructors since most stick to the music niche. And they can easily get jobs in schools or studios than pole fitness instructors.

Pole dancing is more popular because of its fusion. As your train tour students new dance skills, you’re also helping them keep fit. The good thing is that there are numerous job openings daily you can apply for with different wage offers.

Building a following

Once you become a reputable and reliable pole dance instructor, fame follows whether in your community or the internet.

There are many pole dance instructors with many followers on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, etc., who entertain their followers with their dance routines. A significant advantage of having a huge following is getting high-paying clients who seek your training services.

Pole dance instructor salary

Pole dance instructor career is lucrative, and those in the industry are earning big. According to, the average salary of a pole dance instructor ranges between $50,000 and $54,000 per year. The salary weight also depends on the studio location and the number of classes you’re assigned.

Top earners’ salaries can go up to $56,000 annually. In addition, the wages of pole dance instructors in major towns can double that of those in small towns.

If you’re a beginner instructor, you’ll earn about 45% of a major instructor with two years of establishment. If you’re new to a studio paying experienced instructors $37 per hour, expect to be paid half.

The good thing is once you have a solid reputation and establishment based on your experience, you can earn up to $140 per hour for private pole dance classes. However, instructors with about 3 to 4 years of experience can also earn high wages ranging from $60-$100 per hour.

Final verdict

The Pole dance instructor industry is lucrative since it is fast rising. As already mentioned earlier, you don’t need certification to be a fitness instructor.

However, certification is necessary if you want to become a professional. Before making any major decisions about your career choices, you must ensure it’s what you want to pursue. Once you’ve established its ideal for you, feel free to proceed with it career-wise.

Pole dancing 2022 Pole dancing training at Vader College

Pole dancing 2022 Pole dancing training at Vader College

Documents: instructor certificate
Duration: 5 days
Training time: 40 hours
25 500 ₽ 27 800 ₽*

The Pole Dance Instructor Course will allow you to become a professional trainer and a sought-after specialist, to which clients enroll in a queue. Pole dance combines fitness and the art of dance. Classes are in high demand among women of all ages, but there are not enough good knowledgeable instructors. nine0008

Approximate payback time of training 2 weeks. The payback period is calculated based on the minimum wage for a pole dance instructor.

Who the course is for:

  1. Have experience in pole dancing - at least 4-6 months.
  2. Know how to perform basic elements.
  3. Want to take pole dance training to improve your presentation as a trainer and find a high-paying job at a prestigious fitness center.

Pole dance program:

  • Learning a variety of pole fitness techniques. You will be able to competently explain to your clients the principle of their implementation.
  • Correctly building the structure of a group lesson depending on the level and age of the clients.
  • Thorough development of choreography, elements and their combination.
  • Mastering the rules of insurance to improve the safety of classes.
  • The ability to overcome the psychological barriers of clients so that pole dance becomes their favorite workout. nine0017

Documents to be issued:

Pole Dance Instructor Certificate

Learning Benefits

Full-time course, lasts only 5 days. Classes run from 10:00 to 18:00. The instructor will cover all aspects of fitness on the pole: from the history of its origin to the details of the execution technique. There is a lot of material, while all the information is useful and practical, helping to build effective, interesting and safe workouts.

A unique comprehensive program, formed in such a way that you get the necessary set of knowledge to work with different categories of clients: beginners, intermediate and advanced athletes. Particular attention is paid to the peculiarities of pole dance classes with people over 30 years old, who are a promising target audience. nine0008

High level of teachers.

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As a result:

After studying at Vader College, you do not just train, you help those who study with you to become more confident in themselves and their abilities.

  1. Individual and group pole dance lessons for adult clients. The ability to stimulate and support students, remove psychological barriers and fear of the pylon. nine0017
  2. Drawing up training programs for athletes of different ages, builds and training - from beginners to experienced dancers. Inclusion in the lesson of elements and links corresponding to the level of clients.
  3. Carrying out all types of stretching. Successful work to increase flexibility and plasticity, to increase physical endurance and reduce volumes.
  4. Possession of the rules of technique for performing tricks and safety.
  5. A harmonious combination of power and choreographic elements, taking into account the structure, biomechanics of movements and the overall aesthetic impression. nine0017
  6. Competent selection of musical accompaniment for the lesson, so that it inspires and leaves only positive emotions. The ability to feel music and improvise to it.
  7. Identification and correction of typical mistakes of students. Achieve high results in a short time.

Information for admission and study


  • Passport
  • 4 photographs 3x4 cm
  • Power of attorney to conclude an agreement (when sent for training from an enterprise)


The education agreement is signed by one of the parents (guardians) if the student is under 18 at the beginning of the education

The number of places in the group is limited. Registration is not a basis for reserving a place in a group. Reservation of a place in a group is carried out only after payment.

Registration for the course at the office one hour before the start of classes.

The course is rescheduled to the next date if the minimum number of participants is not met. nine0008



Topic 1. Introduction to pole dance

  • History of pole dance nine0105
  • Pole acrobatics as the basis of dance nine0017
  • Varieties of pole dance and their features
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    Topic 2. Pole dance for beginners

    • Lesson structure. nine0105
    • Pole fitness as a basis for pole dance for beginners nine0017
    • Entry Level Elements and Common Mistakes
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      Topic 3. Strength and flexibility as a necessary element of training

      • Strength and flexibility as a necessary element of training, nine0105

      Topic 4. Pole dance for intermediate level

        nine0016 Features of building a lesson
      • Features of ligaments and transitions nine0105
      • Mid-level elements nine0017

      Topic 5. Features of classes on a spinning pylon

      • Technique for performing elements on a spinning pylon nine0105
      • Methodology for teaching dynamic elements. nine0017
      • Insurance Features
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        Topic 6. Choreography for pole dance classes

        • Fundamentals of dance composition nine0105
        • Creation of a choreographic image nine0017

        Topic 7. Pole dance 30+

        • The popularity of pole dance among older people. nine0105
        • Acrobatics and age nine0017
        • Flexibility and age
        • nine0016 Features of working with people 30+
        • Psychological barriers and ways to overcome them nine0105

        Alumni Testimonials

        Diana Korneeva (02. 2020)

        Pole dance instructor training was very interesting and informative. Discovered a lot of new things! Most of all I liked a lot of practice (exercises, elements, both basic and advanced) I advise! Thank you very much for the knowledge and new experience! nine0008

        Anastasia Mokrousova (02.2020)

        The training improved my theoretical and practical knowledge in the field of pole dance. I want to express my gratitude to the coach Guseva Natalya for her full dedication and love for her work.

        Malygina Anastasia (09.2018)

        Dense and rich program. Very knowledgeable and experienced teacher. The lessons are structured. Everything is clear, detailed and professional. In a very warm and friendly atmosphere. nine0008

        Nina Klener (09.2018)

        I really liked the course!!! During these days I have gained more knowledge and skills than in the previous two years on the pole. I am very glad that I got here. Thank you!

        Olga Gurieva (09.2018)

        The training was productive, accessible, positive. I have only positive emotions. I learned a lot of new, and most importantly, useful things for myself. special thanks to the teacher for interesting lessons. nine0008

        Kharitonova Daria (04.2018)

        Having completed the course with Natalya Guseva, I am simply delighted. Such vast knowledge is collected and systematized in an ingenious way. Thank you so much for this opportunity to learn.

        Kuznetsova Evgenia (04.2018)

        I am very glad that I took these courses. I learned a lot of interesting and new information that will be useful to me in the future, developing me as a coach. Thanks to Natalya Guseva for such a capacious and informative course. nine0008

        Tags: Fitness, Fitness for women

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        Pole dance (strip dance) / Pole Dance - “Pole dance: how I became a coach. Tips for beginners and coaches. Advantages and disadvantages."

        Hello everyone!

        I want to start by saying that the name of this branch is incorrect. Pole dance is fitness, sports, dance at the pole, but not striptease, and even more so is not STRIP DENS, because strip dance, or Lady style is a dance direction and the pole is not even close there.

        I discovered this sport very unexpectedly - I saw a photo of a friend on the playground and wanted to do the same; I quickly found a suitable dance studio and began to practice. Before that, I didn’t know that such a sport existed at all, I didn’t know that somewhere people were taught pole dancing, and I, like most, thought it was a striptease.

        Without stretching, physical training and a sports background behind me, I went to the first lesson, and it was on December 1, 2014 . On the same day I bought a subscription. I didn't know why I was going to these classes - I just liked it. I learned fast I managed to overtake the girls who have been practicing for longer than me.

        I quickly perfected everything I learned earlier, and also began to dance and learn new things.

        Already in September I began to train my first students and I must say, I have become a pretty good coach who is attentive to his students and can explain in detail how to perform this or that element, can teach dance, and even get a stretch . I realized that I put more effort into my students than they put into me at one time. nine0008

        Now I have a good bag of different trick elements (from beginner to semi-pro), trick combinations and dance sequences; I can hear the music and I can stage a dance for a performance so that it does not look like a boring set of tricks for a completely inappropriate song.

        During this time I became physically stronger, more confident in myself, I got rid of many complexes, gained stretching and plasticity, learned to dance . I also made a lot of new friends and learned a lot of interesting things about sports and medicine. nine0008

        I also continue to practice on my own, I learn very quickly, I don't consider myself a crooked coach - I do everything as neatly and beautifully as possible. I try to bring everything to the ideal. I continue to read literature, learn from the "seniors" and gradually draw knowledge from a variety of sources, compiling my own training programs and working on methods. I am proud of who I am, proud of my students, two of whom have already become coaches; Together with them I rejoice in their new achievements and, probably, I look forward to their new victories more than they do. nine0008

        • About the advantages and disadvantages of

        1. Pole dance will NOT help you lose weight. These exercises will help you slightly tighten your figure. In any case, you will have a pumped up back, abs and arms .

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