“What Do I Wear to a Pole Dancing Class?”

I frequently have new students messaging me asking ‘what do I wear to a pole dancing class?’ and with the advent of my new Floor Work classes I’ve had to answer a whole new round of questions about appropriate attire. Therefore, I thought it would be worthwhile to put together a ‘master post’ of sorts, with information on which outfits you need for which classes.

“What do I wear to a pole dancing class for beginners?”

You are just starting out so what you will be working on most are spins, basic climbs, and seats. For these moves you will need your legs and feet exposed to provide you with grip.

What you will need:
what wear pole class shorts

From left: Bad Kitty, Juicee Peach, Move Dancewear

What not to wear:

❌ Trainers – unless for medical reasons, it is ideal to pole bare foot as you use your feet to climb and grip

❌ Leggings – you need your skin exposed in order to grip the pole

❌ Rings or bracelets – these can be dangerous AND scratch our precious poles! 😠

“What do I wear to a pole dancing class for more experienced students?”

After several months as a beginner you might be progressing to higher levels. As your confidence grows on the pole and in the classroom, you may want to experiment with different pole brands, and wear something a bit cuter. Obviously by cuter I mean leopard print or shiny judging by my selection below.

What you will need:
what wear pole dancing class shorts

From left: Juicee Peach, Bad Kitty, Cleo, Rad

what wear pole class tops

From left: Cleo, Bad Kitty, Cleo, Rad

“What do I wear to a pole dancing class which is exotic or sexy?”

If you have an exotic pole choreography class lined up then it is best to wear something you are comfortable in. Sexy style pole is difficult enough as it is without throwing in knicker adujstments every two minutes. So dance in pole shorts, or dance in baggy tracksuit bottoms, wear whatever makes YOU feel sexy. However, if you would like to don something a bit more risqué then here is a selection for you.

What you will need:
what wear pole dance class

From left: Paradise Chick, Sway, Cleo

what do i wear to a pole dancing class shoes

From left: Taboo, Xtreme, Stardust

“What do I wear for a pole dancing class which is floor work based?”

Finally, so you have got the pole bug and now you want to learn those cool moves you see your favourite dancers and instructors doing off the pole on the floor. Clothing for a floor work class has got to be comfortable and give you plenty of range of motion for those flexy floor moves.

What you will need:

From left: Sarah Scott, Cleo, ASOS, ASOS, Bones


From left: Poledancerka, Queen Accessories, Bunheads

  • Other great things to wear for a floor work class or workshop include thigh high socks (I’ve heard good things about the American Apparel ones) and leg warmers (available from any dance shop or Amazon and Ebay).
What not to wear:

❌  Sticky leggings – so anything in leather or PU as it won’t slide on the floor as easily.

❌  Bare feet – depending on what moves you are doing you may wish to wear socks to protect your feet from burns.


What are your style picks?

Leave your favourite items in the comments for me to drool over. What is your clothing advice for any of the above classes?

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  1. I love these pole clothes! I want the Cleo cheetah crop top so bad! And knee pads haha
    But I feel I’m not good enough to justify the price yet, so my go-to is Forever 21 sports wear (shorts and bras). They’re very cheap and do the job well. For skimpier bottoms I use bikini bottoms, they usually have the good coverage where we polers need it 😉

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