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How to become a Pole Dance Instructor in Australia

by | Jul 23, 2021 | Pole Services | 0 comments

This post is for those of you who’ve been doing pole for a while and feel like part of the family at your pole studio. It’s for all the polers who are proud of the progress they have made, and want to help other people achieve that same feeling of success. This is your guide to becoming a Pole Dance Instructor in Australia. Perhaps you’ve been poling at home for a while and want to branch out into teaching your friends.

I’ll start by saying that unless stated otherwise, these are my own personal opinions formed over what feels like a lifetime in the fitness industry and a good 12 years of exposure to the pole industry.

What do I NEED to become a Pole Dance Instructor

The absolute number one thing that you 100%, absolutely, positively NEED before you start teaching pole dance is insurance.

This is a non-negotiable.

If you are not fully insured with appropriate public liability insurance and professional indemnity insurance that states that you are allowed to teach pole fitness classes YOU SHOULD NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES BE TEACHING POLE DANCE/POLE FITNESS. The only exception to this is if you are an employee of the studio for which you work. In this case, you MAY be covered by their insurance.

I am personally insured in Australia through DanceSurance, as are many of my colleagues. They cater very well to pole and aerial instructors, and understand what we do.

It’s also worth saying, please be honest and upfront with your insurer about the activities you intend to conduct. If you add additional disciplines to your teaching portfolio (aerials, for example, or teaching online) let your insurer know. If an accident occurs while you are teaching something that is not explicitly stated on your insurance, they WILL NOT COVER YOU. Don’t fudge the truth to try and get a lower premium. If you can’t afford the appropriate insurances, you can’t afford to teach pole, it’s as simple as that.

Do I need to be an elite pole dancer to become a Pole Dance Instructor?

Put simply, no. And being an elite pole dancer does not make a great pole instructor.

In my opinion, it is far more important that an instructor:

  • is passionate about coaching and supporting their students,
  • that they have a really solid movement vocabulary of fundamental pole moves, and can translate these moves to their students using a variety of communication techniques,
  • and that they have a solid understanding of anatomy, physiology and biomechanics as it relates to pole fitness.

Each studio (and each studio owner) will have their own expectations for what level of pole experience they require of their instructors.

Do I need a certification to become a Pole Dance Instructor?

In my many years of exposure to “pole world”, I have heard many differing opinions about this particular question. I believe the answer is nuanced.

Ultimately, you do not need formal certification to become a Pole Dance Instructor. You DO, however, need specific training, at the very least. This can be in the form of in-house studio instructor training. Without this, you will find it very difficult to obtain insurance.

If I don’t NEED certification, is there any VALUE in becoming certified?

As someone who has completed several pole instructor training certifications, and has been exposed in one way or another to others, I firmly believe there is value in becoming certified. When you complete instructor training that is separate from your home studio (particularly if you have had the same home studio since the beginning of your pole journey), you become exposed to other teaching methodologies and pole techniques. This helps you to form your own educated opinions about teaching and develop your own teaching style.

The Pole Instructor Training Certifications I have had exposure to and can recommend for Australians are:

Xpert Pole Fitness – a UK based company that I have personally trained with at my own expense. They offer a variety of course types, including live online courses run over the course of a weekend, and online self-paced learning.

Ecole De Pole Instructor Training – An Australian based company that many of my colleagues have trained with. These courses were written by Justine McLucas, who has many years of experience as a pole instructor. As an added bonus, the Ecole De Pole courses offer Fitness Australia Continuing Education Credits (CEC’s). This is amazing if you are an Australian Registered Exercise Professional (AusREP). These courses are delivered live in-person, as well as self-paced online learning.

What about Fitness Certification?

I personally believe that Pole Dance Instructors should have a formal fitness qualification. Not everyone agrees with me about this, and again, I would refer you to your studio owner for their expectations.

I personally draw on my fitness industry knowledge and experience on a regular basis. I understand and value that this knowledge plays in teaching safe, effective pole classes.

You can find out more information about obtaining a fitness certification by looking at your state TAFE website and searching for certificate 3 or 4 in fitness.

Become a Pole Dance Instructor… at what cost?

Before you consider making the jump from pole student to pole instructor, you should consider if you plan to compete in the future, and at what level.

Many pole competitions will not allow anyone who has ever been a pole instructor to compete at an amateur level. So if you have the urge to compete at some point, understand that by becoming a pole instructor, you may find yourself forced to compete at a semi-pro, pro or elite level.

Another thing to be aware of is that, for most pole instructors, teaching pole is a side gig, not a full-time job. So if you have a picture in your mind of giving up your day job and teaching pole full-time, know that you MAY struggle to find enough work to make ends meet.

Finally, understand that many people find, when they start teaching, that their own pole progress suffers. Firstly, the time commitment is so much greater than just the hour (or so) that the class is running. Class planning is a big job and can feel draining at times. Depending on the type of classes you teach, you may need to find the time to come up with or seek out new combos and moves to teach, and if they’re new trending tricks, try them yourself to make sure they are appropriate to the level of your class. This all eats away from your own training time and can also use up your pole inspiration energy.

What do you think?

Are you hoping to become a Pole Instructor? Drop any questions you have in the comments below.

Are you a Studio Owner? I’d love to hear your thoughts about what you look for when you’re recruiting Pole Instructors.

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PoleSphere Review

PoleSphere Review

2020 has been a strange year. The world has changed, and the way we train has changed with it. Without access to pole studios, many polers rushed to buy home poles, only to find themselves at a loss for what and how to train. Luckily, there are a number of online pole...

Share the love and support your home studio or fave pole brand

Share the love and support your home studio or fave pole brand

Welcome to the Australian Pole Directory! I can't tell you how excited I am that you're here! This website was my #isoproject, my way to be connected to the pole industry while we were all effectively confined to our homes, as well as being my way to help support and...

An Interview with Nikki McLennan of Lioness Photography

An Interview with Nikki McLennan of Lioness Photography

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How to choose a pole for home use

How to choose a pole for home use

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Sara-May Monaghan

Sara-May Monaghan

Australian Pole Directory Founder

Sara-May is passionate about pole. She did her first pole class at Bobbi’s in 2006. 

After repatriating to Australian in late 2019, she struggled to find the right studio, her favourite polewear brands and the other poling resources she needed. As a result of this, the Australian Pole Directory was born.

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