Voted Society Of The Year 2019/2020 and Most Inclusive Society 2016/17!
Warwick Pole and Aerial Arts Society teaches Pole Dance, Aerial Hoop, and Aerial Silks.
Cheaper than the gym and an amazing way to get fit - Warwick Pole and Aerial Arts is the perfect society to build strength, get more flexible, build confidence and make lifelong friends. We're a supportive and inclusive society that anyone is welcome to join regardless of gender, level of fitness or previous experience.
We offer a variety of lessons including:
- Aerial Hoop
- Aerial Silks
- Strength and Stretch conditioning
- External workshops
- Jams (where the equipment is left set up for free use - literal free use as jams are free)
Don't worry if you've never touched a pole or been upside down before, we have lessons for all levels!
First of all, everybody is welcome! Polers or non-polers, drinkers or non-drinkers, just come along and get to know everyone!
WPAA is more than just classes, we are also incredibly active socially! We hold themed circles in the Terrace Bar - think circle time but with drinking games - and create Pole Families to help you all settle in and get to know each other. We regularly organise one-off socials such as club nights, meals, picnics, ice-skating, days out and more. We are also starting to introduce more sober socials, such as coffee breaks in Curiositea!
WPAA also regularly perform, whether that is our Christmas or Summer Showcase, for SU events or society balls. For more information on performances, check out our Facebook page and our YouTube channel for videos of previous years. We also compete as a university and individuals in local, national and international competitions, such as IUPDC and IUAHC which we enter every year. In 2019 we even hosted IUPDC at Warwick ourselves and won!
You don't have to perform as part of our society but if that is something that interests you then there are plenty of opportunities for performing and competing at all levels, with lots of support available to help you build your perfect routine!
Where? IKEA Membership Space (next to the Pharmacy downstairs in the SU atrium) for pole lessons and The SU Atrium or The Graduate for hoop and silks lessons - lessons will be in the SU Atrium unless specified otherwise but always feel free to ask if you are unsure!
I’ve never done pole or aerial before, where do I start? Either come along to a free taster session in weeks 1 or 2 of term 1 and have a try, or sign up to any beginner class through the year. Your first lesson is always a free taster, where we’ll take you through your first steps (literally!). If you want to try us out without committing to a membership, you can reserve a space in a beginner class by messaging any of our social media pages asking to reserve a space.
Price? Outside of uni the cheapest pole classes are normally around £15 and the average around £20, but we provide fantastic lessons for just £4 per lesson! You can even buy a lesson cards below to get the classes even cheaper. These do not confirm your place in lessons, however, so please still sign up to classes!
If the below links do not work please remember you can purchase lesson cards in class with cash. Also, please let us know so we can get on fixing them!
Lesson cards come in the form of physical cards that are ticked off every lesson, so if you buy online, please make sure to go to a teacher at your next lesson and show them your email receipt so they can write one out for you!
What should I wear? The best attire for pole lessons is a short sleeved top, shorts and bare feet. Do NOT wear moisturiser or fake tan on your body 24 hours before pole lessons as it can make the pole slippery and dangerous for you and fellow members. We recommend against leggings or trousers as you generally need skin to be able to grip onto the pole, however, we are soon going to be organising a discount for sticky leggings so you can still grip onto the pole if you'd prefer not wearing shorts!
For hoop and silks, wear clothing that covers your skin (we recommend covering your legs, midriff and armpits, no one wants friction burns!) but is not too baggy e.g. leggings. Feel free to wear socks for hoop but silks is best with bare feet.
How do I sign up? Get yourself a Society Federation membership, then a membership for Warwick Pole and Aerial Arts Society below. Then click on the link below for sign ups (or scroll to the bottom of this page), which are put up each Sunday at 12pm, midday.
We use a strike system for sign ups, if you have signed up for a lesson and can no longer attend we ask that you: A) remove your sign-up from the sign-up pages and B) Let the exec/your teacher know, usually this is done by replying to the weekly post in the WPAA community Facebook page but any way of getting in touch with us works.
If you complete those steps more than 2 hours before your lesson start time, no worries! Your lesson is cancelled! However if you give less than 2 hours notice, or give no notice at all, you will recieve a strike, if you recieve three strikes in a term you will then have to pay full price for any lessons you miss.
We don't like giving strikes (and no one likes getting them!) and this system is primarily to catch out those who consistently sign-up and then don't show up, so please do not worry too much as long as you try to let us know!
For more specific information on WPAA’s class times, socials, performances, FAQs and to find out more about our exec, visit our Facebook page as well as our Facebook community group (private group for sharing of progress and inspiring videos as well as cancellations and last minute info) and check out our Instagram @warwick_pole! We'll do our best to answer any questions you DM us and of course you can also email us via firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also check out our website as it's a great hub of information that can answer most questions!
Remember, WPAA is for Everybody and Every Body!