We are a small town studio in a location that pulls people in from all over. Diversity is such a wonderful thing to have in the world of aerial arts and we want to make our studio welcoming for everyone! Our mission is to create an empowering and supportive environment for anyone who wishes to explore their artistic side, while building strength and having fun. In addition to providing a reliable instruction to all students, your safety is a top priority. That being said, we have gone above standards to ensure that you can safely succeed in our classes. We also strive to promote a body positive concept of fitness for all!
Frequently Asked Questions
What do I wear?
What to wear depends per class.
*Avoid jewelry, zippers and buttons for basically all classes!!!
- Pole: NO LOTION! Skin is important! It is how you grip. Shorts and tanktops/sports bras are preferred. Heels are optional once you get the basics down!
- Silks/hammock/hoop/chair: coverage is important for these apparatuses! Leggings and shirts or full bodysuits recommended.
- Floorwerk and twerk: socks to slide! Preferably over the knee socks. You may also want knee pads for extra protection. Shorts or leggings that aren’t too tight to ensure you can jiggle where you need to.
- Belly dance: what ever you can move in! Jiggly attire, hip scarves, etc. are welcome but not required!
Do I need to bring any supplies?
We highly recommend bringing a water bottle! Hydration is important! Otherwise, almost anything you’ll need for a class will be provided(minus wardrobe). You are welcome to bring things like your own yoga mats, but we do have plenty for you to use. You may eventually want grip aids and we encourage you to use what will help you. We do have some you can try to figure out which works best for you before you buy.
How do the sharing vs. non-sharing passes and classeswork?
We are moving back to sharing apparatuses. This is something we always did pre-pandemic(2 people per pole for all classes and up to 4 people per aerial apparatus). We are making some adjustments to that. For some pole classes(not intro or pole flow) and for most aerial classes(minus aerial yoga) we will be doing 2 people/pole or aerial apparatus. If you do not want to share, there are class passes at a higher price point that give you the capability to avoid sharing. If you are using these passes, it is your responsibility to call, text or message us to reserve that apparatus for just you. Also note, if you are using one of these passes and sign up for a class that only has 1 opening we cannot guarantee that you can have your own apparatus. 2 “open” spots are needed for that except in some pole classes(though still contact us ahead of time to make sure)
Do I need a dance background/strength/flexibility/etc.?
Unless the class has listed prerequisites, you need no experience! Background in dance or a regular workout routine can be helpful, but entirely unnecessary to start. You will build the strength, flexibility and the muscle control you need to progress during our classes!
I saw this thing on Instagram, can I do that?
We will gladly teach you that move if a) you are at a level capable of safely learning it and b) we are qualified to safely teach and spot you for that trick/combo.
Are only women allowed to take classes?
Your gender won’t stop you from getting a solid workout in; we welcome everyone here! We might recommend different clothing options(ie: dancers belt) or give a slightly different instruction(ie: avoiding delicate areas) for your own comfort and/or safety.
Is there a weight limit?
Nope! All body types are welcome and embraced here!
Sometimes, no matter the body type, variations may be necessary and we will always do our best to find a suitable variation or work on a similar movement that works with the individual.
What do I do when I arrive?
Please let your instructor know your name when you come in, they will get you confirmed as arrived from there! There is a dressing room with cubbies for your items in the back of the studio(there is also a bathroom back there). Please wait there while the class ahead of yours is finishing up. Take this opportunity to meet your new classmates, you already know you have this similar interest in common!
You can also stop and grab some hand sanitizer available right when you walk in, in the dressing room and right outside the dressing room on the glass shelf. Let us know if you need a mask(recommended for non-vaccinated students)
Do I have to sign up ahead of time?
Signing up ahead of time is what reserves your spot in the class. It is not required, but if you don’t you may be driving out to find out that we don’t have room in the class. We strive to give our students enough attention to learn appropriately and because of this we max out most of our classes at 8 students and some max out at even smaller numbers. If you haven’t signed up or were stuck on the waitlist(and don’t mind risking being sent home) you can absolutely come out to see if we had any no shows!
Is VDC a safe space for LGBTQIA+, POC, etc.?
Absolutely yes! Diversity and inclusion are incredibly important to us. We have a variety of staff and students(and their families) who are in these communities. We do not tolerate hatred towards them or others.
If you cannot respect your fellow classmates and instructors(this includes using correct pronouns and chosen names), you will be asked to leave and forfeit your class pass.
I want to practice from home, how can I safely do so?
This will vary depending on what you are trying to practice. We do have some options for virtual classes that do not involve apparatuses; these are great options for any student!
Pole: We highly recommend x-pole brand poles(you can even purchase them from the link towards the bottom of our home page). We understand they can be expensive, but assured, cheaper options are cheaper for a reason. We want you using safe equipment that is designed for more than walking around the pole looking cute. The poles we use in studio are chrome 45mm specialty height studio poles.
Aerial: Again, we highly recommend using worthwhile brands for rigs, and aerial equipment. And again you are looking at a pricey investment for your safety. Please don’t use amazon for these purchases! For rigs, vvolfy metalworks has our personal favorite, though you can absolutely ask us for a more comprehensive list of rigs we’d recommend. For aerial equipment it can vary widely what we’d recommend based on the apparatus, how much space you have to work with, spinning capability or not, etc. You can always reach out to our owner to get recommendations just for you!
For all: Please remember your safety when practicing. That means don’t forget the safety mat, always have someone present to spot or get you help in case of an emergency. We always recommend only working on movements you’ve already been trained in for your safety. If you would like to find out more you can always reach out for more details and recommendations.