FAQs

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All genders, abilities, ages and fitness levels are welcome at Tempest.

Is it safe to come to the studio during the COVID-19 pandemic?

We are working within the government safety guidelines to allow our classes to be as safe as possible. Obviously there is some element of risk in every environment but we have put safety measures in place. We have a COVID-19 Informed Consent form that you must complete prior to attendance and we have all of our safety policies for you to read. There are hand sanitisers on entry, strict social distance guidelines and we will not share kit until it is considered safe to do so. Masks are not considered safe when exercising but we will wear a mask if we are required to spot you with your permission and would expect you to wear your mask whilst being spotted.

Where is the studio?

Mission Hall, Station Road, Columbia, Washington NE38 7BE

Where can I park?

There’s plenty of on street parking. Please avoid parking close to local resident’s drives and on kerbs.

I’m unfit and overweight, are your classes suitable for me?

Absolutely. Everyone works at their own pace and pole dance and aerial provides a great mix of aerobic exercise and toning. If you are in ill health have a chat with your GP before embarking on a new exercise programme but everyone is welcome.

Can I purchase a block of classes?

Not currently due to the COVID pandamic. Yes, usually, block cards are £35 for 4 sessions (2 month expiry date) or £65 for 8 sessions (3 month expiry date). Your cards are for use at Tempest Washington only and can not be transferred to another person. The date cannot be extended and there are no refunds on cards so please be aware of this when purchasing your block card.

I have a physical disability / injury – can I take part?

We encourage everyone to work with what they can do, rather than focus on what they can’t, but if you have an injury that is not healed (such as a pulled muscle) it is best to let your body rest while it repairs itself. Let your instructor know, in private if you prefer, of any condition you have so we can make reasonable adjustments and manage any risk. We have disabled access and toilet facilities.

What should I wear for class?

Pole: Pole moves require a good grip on the pole, so bare arms and legs are perfect. Ideally wear short shorts and a vest top. If you feel uncomfortable feel free to wear tracksuit bottoms and a t-shirt at first, but please be aware this will limit the number of moves you can learn.

Aerial: Aerial moves can cause some chafing and bruising so leggings and a t-shirt that covers the armpits are ideal. For hoop and trapeze you may need to cover your arms and knees so legwarmers are a great accessory. You may wish to wear shorts/legwarmers on our untaped hoops during the COVID pandemic.

Jewellery can cause injuries and damage the kit so we ask you to remove all jewellery before class . Don’t use any body lotion or hand cream on the day of your lesson as they make the poles slippery!

We work in bare feet in scheduled classes but certain workshops and parties we dance in high heels. We only allow official pole shoes such as Pleasers.

What’s the difference between scheduled classes, private lessons, workshops and parties?

Scheduled classes are regular classes open to anyone over 14 years (aerial) 16 years (pole).

Private lessons are just that, a private session for one person or a small group of friends. They’re perfect for anyone who is a bit shy about joining a group or feels like they need extra help, or someone who wants to progress quickly, or work on an audition or competition piece.

Workshops are occasional sessions which are pre-booked and have limited numbers. We also run workshops from other disciplines, such as Hula Hoop, Sound Healing, Burlesque, Salsa Dance, etc.

Parties are fun, often themed, sessions for hen parties and birthdays. The focus is on having a giggle, learning cheeky moves and short choreographies, and participants leave with photos and prizes! Parties will return when the government advised we can have larger numbers.

Do you teach men?

Absolutely. We regularly teach men as we don’t think this dance and fitness discipline should be limited to women. Contact us to find out which classes will be best for you!

Why do you teach Pole dancing?

We use pole for fitness and fun. We fully embrace the sexiness of the art form and encourage women and men to feel good about their bodies. Those who want to can have a lot of fun and gain confidence with sexy dance moves, but pole fitness requires a lot of strength and discipline. We even offer family pole sessions great for gymnasts and good fun for family bonding.

What are the age are limits for classes?

We have no upper age limit and have had students starting pole in their 60s.

Kids classes: Pole 4 years, Aerial 6 years (During the pandemic we will allow 4 years for aerial with a parent spotting.)

Adult classes: Pole 16 years, Aerial 14 years.

We are able to provide private lessons for people and children of all ages and abilities.

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