What to Wear to Pole Dancing Class

What to Wear to Pole Dancing Class

Pole dancing has evolved from a traditional dance form to a popular fitness trend embraced by people of all genders, ages, and body types. Beyond the physical benefits, pole dancing offers a sense of empowerment, self-expression, and artistic freedom. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced pole dancer, choosing the right attire is essential to ensure comfort, safety, and confidence during your pole dancing classes. Especially when trying something for the first time, you might be wondering "what should I wear to my first pole dancing class?" Let's guide you through the art of dressing for success in the pole dance studio.

  1. Should I wear fitted or loose clothing to pole dance?

When it comes to pole dancing, it's crucial to wear clothing that allows your skin to grip the pole effectively. Therefore, opt for fitted attire that showcases your shape and helps maintain skin contact with the pole. Consider wearing a fitted sports bra or a supportive crop top that offers both comfort and flexibility. We think the bandeau bralette is the perfect bra for pole because it's comfortable, well-fitting, and supportive without being restrictive. Pair it with high-waisted brief underwear or booty shorts to keep your lower body covered while providing freedom of movement.

  1. Should you wear leggings or shorts for pole dancing class?

To create a good grip on the pole, skin exposure is key! If you're more comfortable in leggings, you do you, but shorts, high rise undies, or even a thong for those brave first-timers, are ideal to expose more of your legs to best stick to the pole. To make your pole dancing experience enjoyable and safe, prioritize fabrics that offer grip. Materials like cotton, spandex, and nylon are ideal choices as they allow your skin to stick to the pole, enabling you to execute moves with better ease. Avoid overly slippery fabrics such as silk or satin, as they can compromise your grip and hinder your progress.

  1. Should I wear layers when pole dancing?

One key difference between burlesque and pole dancing, is the removal of layers. Burlesque requires stacks and stacks of clothing to strip off to reveal a fun or sexy lingerie outfit at the end. While layers are not a requirement for pole in the same way they might be for a burlesque performance, layering your pole dance outfit can offer multiple benefits. Start with a base layer of fitted clothing, as mentioned earlier, and consider adding additional layers such as a loose tank top or a flowy blouse. Layering not only adds visual interest to your outfit but also allows you to remove or adjust clothing according to your comfort level throughout the class. When you begin your class, you might feel a bit chilly, so an off-the-shoulder sweatshirt a la Flashdance may make you feel more comfy, but dropping an outer layer as you get warmed up and also begin to feel more confident, just might be the right move.

  1. Don't Forget Leg Warmers and Knee Pads

To protect your joints and enhance your performance during floorwork or tricks, invest in a pair of knee pads. Knee pads provide cushioning and prevent bruises or injuries when you're kneeling, sliding, or executing intense moves. Leg warmers are another versatile accessory to consider, not only for style but also for keeping your muscles warm during warm-up exercises.

  1. Pole Dancing Shoe Options

While it's not mandatory to wear heels in a pole dancing class, many dancers enjoy the added challenge and aesthetic appeal. If you choose to wear heels, ensure they have a strap that securely holds your foot in place and provides ankle support. Look for shoes with a clear platform, as these are commonly used in pole dancing studios to protect the poles from scuffing. If you're a beginner or not comfortable with heels, dance sneakers or bare feet are perfectly acceptable alternatives.

  1. Can I wear jewelry when pole dancing?

Accessories can add flair to your pole dancing ensemble, but it's important to choose them wisely. Avoid wearing jewelry that may scratch or get caught on the pole. Instead, consider accessorizing with fingerless gloves, arm warmers, or grip aids designed specifically for pole dancers. These can improve your grip without compromising your style or safety.


When it comes to pole dancing, finding the perfect attire is all about striking the balance between style, comfort, and functionality. Remember, the key is to wear clothing that allows your skin to grip the pole while expressing your unique personality. By opting for fitted garments, choosing fabrics with grip, and considering the use of knee pads and leg warmers, you can maximize your pole dancing experience and unleash your inner dancer with confidence and style. So, go ahead, embrace the art of pole dancing, and let your wardrobe reflect the beauty of your movements!


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