The pole and aerial industry falls into a gap between regulated sports such as gymnastics and artistic/creative expressions such as theatre/circus. It might shock you all to know that there is no legal requirement for certain qualifications to teach in the industry, and currently no real way for students to check pole schools for qualifications. This is why we shout about it! All of our instructors have had the most comprehensive training available to the pole and aerial community - We have all qualified with Spin City or Xpert (in most cases, both!) and we all continue to grow our knowledge through various additional courses, workshops and learning materials, not just in pole and aerial… Our team has done workshops up and down the country in things like injury prevention, safeguarding, safety in rigging, physiology and anatomy. All of our instructors are insured, always, for the things that they are teaching, our equipment is checked regularly and our policies and procedures (as well as those of the studio) are regularly checked and updated accordingly.
I give you this back story so that you know that when we say we have done everything we can, you know that we mean it. The minimum requirements for the industry is not where we stop and rest!
That’s where we’ve been - but what about the re-opening?
Well! Thank you for reading all this - we are so grateful to have such wonderful students and we know that the new procedures are different to how we normally operate, but we are certain that our gang will work together to make sure that we are fully (and safely) operational in no time.
Classes are now able to be booked- through the website or the teamup members app!
We’d just like to finish this blog post by saying a huge THANK YOU to all our students who have supported us by attending classes, socials, commenting on our page and sharing this experience with us. We couldn’t do this without you <3
SFAA team xx