POLE DANCE STUDIO COLLECTIVE
CLASSES · LESSONS · MEMBERSHIPS
POLE DANCE STUDIO COLLECTIVE
CLASSES · LESSONS · MEMBERSHIPS
We keep our wide variety of pole, dance and fitness classes small so you always get plenty of personalized attention and spotting from our highly trained and certified instructors. We primarily offer series classes for systematic progression, but drop-ins are always welcome! We also offer private group classes for bachelorettes, birthdays & other events.
We offer private lessons/instruction for all levels of pole dancing in addition to personalized flexibility and strength training. Private lessons are a great option for students who like a one-on-one approach to training, are looking to work on specific moves/goals, are training for competition or have schedules that don't align with our regular class offerings.
We are Portland's first studio collective, providing members of The AERO Space unlimited access to our beautiful, fully-equipped studio so they may practice, train or play according to their own schedules. The member studio is open to members 24/7 and is equipped with 5 competition grade poles, 6'x6'x6" practice mats and cross training equipment.
The AERO Space is the only pole fitness studio in Oregon with two separate pole rooms and the only studio in Portland that offers members unlimited access to a fully-equipped practice space available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for a nominal monthly fee. Our mission statement is "to foster empowerment through movement education" and to that end, we offer a wide variety of classes & trainings that are intelligent, informed and fun. Our professionally trained instructors are the most experienced teachers you'll find at any studio in Portland and together they boast an aggregate of over 20 years of pole dance and pole fitness instruction experience. We pride ourselves on offering the highest level of safe and professional instruction in Oregon and we work hard to create an atmosphere of positivity, open-mindedness, and respectfulness in our classes and in our studio. We aim to give you the freedom to express yourself however you want, whenever you want.
We are located in industrial SE Portland under the Hawthorne Bridge in the Portland Cement Building at 111 SE Madison Street with parking available on the street or in our lot. We are open to members all day, every day and open to students during class times.
POLE • DANCE
FLEXIBILITY • FITNESS
POLE • DANCE
FLEXIBILITY • FITNESS
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If you have never tried pole dancing before and are curious to experience it without committing to a series, this is the class for you! This fun one-hour class introduces a variety of basic pole dance movements including dance steps, poses and spins. You might even get to try climbing or sitting on the pole! This class provides a sampling of what our beginner pole classes have to offer.
This 4-week course introduces students brand new to pole to the fundamental movements of pole dance and pole fitness. Basic spins, dance steps, conditioning exercises, floorwork and beginning level tricks will be covered as you learn to dance around, with and away from the pole. Build body awareness, strength and stamina all while having fun in a playful environment. (ie: fireman, back hook, dip spin, strong hold fan, sit)
Level I is for students who have never poled before or for those who have completed an Intro to Pole series. Learn to spin, climb, dance around the pole and on the floor and execute basic poses at a comfortable height. You will begin inverting on the ground to prepare you for pole inversions in Level II. (ie: beginner spins, basic climb, sit, forearm headstand, teddy/strong hold straddle)
prerequisite: Level I or instructor permission (climb, forearm headstand, strong hold straddle)
In Level II you will go upside down on the pole! Learn how to properly and safely invert on the pole before moving into your first inverted tricks and transitions. Intermediate level spins are introduced along with upright aerial poses and short floor combinations . (ie: basic inversion, handstands, inverted crucifix, anchor, pull-ups & laybacks/releases)
prerequisite: Level II or instructor permission (basic inversion, inverted crucifix, pull-ups and laybacks/releases)
Level III continues to build strength and body awareness by adding new aerial poses, tricks, and inverted postures to the dancers’ repertoire. Short aerial combinations and transitions are taught to help you learn how to transition from one move to the next fluidly, either upside down or right side up, on the floor or in the air. (ie: inside/outside leg hangs, shoulder dismount, hip hold, corkscrew spin, figure skater spin)
prerequisite: Level III or instructor permission (shoulder dismount, pull-ups/laybacks, inside and outside leg hangs)
Level IV polishes movements you already know while adding more difficult techniques, skills and transitions to your movement vocabulary. Learn multiple ways to enter and exit both new and familiar poses at various heights. Begin to rely more on your upper body to hold you in both upright and inverted postures while you utilize more of the pole. (ie: butterfly, brass monkey, shoulder mount, aerial invert, superman, apprentice)
prerequisite: Level IV or instructor permission (aerial invert, split grip, caterpillar climb)
Level V poses and transitions often involve very few points of contact and you will begin executing inverted moves and transitions with only your hands contacting the pole. You will begin to develop the ability to go from upright to inverted (and vice versa) quickly and gracefully, with strength and control. An advanced level of strength and flexibility is required. (ie: handsprings, jade, allegra, aerial shoulder mount, chopsticks, flag)
prerequisite: Level V or instructor permission (at least one split, no-hands jade, flag, handsprings)
Level VI offers the highest level of pole instruction available. This class is designed for students who are ready to take their poling to the ultimate level of flying, flexibility and fearlessness with flips, drops, and contortive poses and transitions. This class is for students who have mastered the moves taught through Level V and are either looking to compete or perform, or who just love a challenge. (ie: fonji, spatchcock, tabletop flip, batwing, bird of paradise)
prerequisite: some dance experience preferred, but not required
Get out of your head and into your body as you cultivate your pole freestyle in this dynamic course designed to help you feel comfortable dancing without choreography or set sequences. An emphasis on musicality and body awareness will help you tap into your creative space to allow you to enter a state of flow. No prior dance experience necessary.
prerequisite: Combos I - completion of Level II; Combos II - completion of Level IV; Combos III - completion of Level V or higher
Drawing from the moves you already know, discover how to creatively enter & exit poses and tricks and combine them together into long, fluid sequences. A workable command of foundational moves through Level II is required before enrolling in the Combos I class (invert, pull-ups/releases, spins), through Level IV for the Combos II class (aerial invert, anchor, inside/outside leg hang, shoulder mount/dismount), and above Level V for Combos III (handsprings, brass monkey knee grip, aerial shoulder mount).
Prerequisite: Completion of Level I or previous pole dance experience.
Bring your heels and kneepads for this choreography class inspired by the Russian Exotic and Plastic Strip styles of pole dance. Learn a sexy sequence each week that will focus on floor to pole transitions, basework, floorwork, heel technique and exotic movement fundamentals. There's nothing quite like this style of dance to develop your sensual movement, strength, fluidity and control.
prerequisite: Level I or previous dance experience
Take your flow down low as you learn to work the floor and the bottom portion of the pole in this ground based series. The focus is on floor work movements, skills and transitions inspired by Marlo Fisken's Floor Flow® content and simple but elegant pole technique. Create interesting level changes, shapes, and movements around the pole and across the floor. Leave your shorts at home... lots of layers, knee pads, socks and/or heels are required for this slithery, sexy class!
prerequisite: none for
Learn a choreographed routine in this floor-based pole dance class designed to provide you with a new physical vocabulary on and off the pole. Poleography combines multiple forms of dance such as hip-hop, ballet, and jazz with pole work so you can orbit around the pole with a new sense of flow and fierceness. Different spins, and styles of dance and floor work are used for each routine.
Gain a greater range of motion while building strength in the primary joints so you can master more difficult pole and dance moves. Work your front and middle splits/oversplits in such a way that enables you to hold a split without the aid of gravity or an apparatus (floor or pole) and stretch your spine and shoulders to be able to gracefully move in and out of all of those beautiful back bendy moves. No experience necessary.
Compliment your pole training and accelerate your progress by building strength and endurance in this specialty series. The focus of this class is on whole body conditioning while targeting pole-specific muscle groups. You will do a variety of exercises designed to build strength, coordination and flexibility using body weight and resistance band drills with both the floor and the pole. Variations for all body types and strength levels will be given. You'll be amazed at the difference adding a cross-training class will make in your progress!
The AERO Space is proud to offer a variety of one-off specialty workshops from time to time. These can include anything from Twerkshops and Chair Dance workshops to Heels, Flexibility or Aerial Skills workshops. A description of any currently scheduled workshop is available by email request or on our social media accounts.
Use this open studio time to practice whatever you're working on. Open Studio time slots are supervised, but uninstructed. Open studio operates as a drop-in time open to absolutely everyone, though we do give preference to current students and members when the studio is busy. All levels welcome. *Open Studio is free to all currently enrolled students and members and to first-time visitors to our studio, otherwise pay only $5.
We primarily offer series classes. Why? Because in our many years of teaching and dance experience, we have found that students are most likely to succeed in pole when they learn sequentially and systematically and develop a regular practice schedule. Pole is a highly specialized sport that requires consistency and methodology to safely train the body and to progress at a reasonable rate.
We are also really into the community aspect of pole dance--it is one of the strongest, most supportive communities we've ever been a part of. Learning a new skill with the same people for 6 weeks builds camaraderie and a feeling of safety. Having the same teacher for 6 weeks allows you to receive concise, methodical training from someone who has watched your progress and knows where you are in your training and what you need to work on. Finally, committing to a weekly practice allows you to develop the strength, pain tolerance, and mental fortitude necessary to progress in pole.
That being said, you are always welcome to drop in to any class that isn't full. We know how schedules are. Please contact us first to request a drop in.
For class enrollment please include instructor name, class time and start date in the optional notes section during checkout.