Frequently asked questions

We have answered many of the common questions people ask before they attend our classes. If we haven’t covered yours below feel free to send us an enquiry.

Q. We would like to book DRAGONfly for a performance: however we are unsure our venue is suitable?

A. Don’t Panic! First of all it is very rare that we are unable to utilise a space for performing. If you are concerned at all simply contact us and also provide a few images of the space you have in mind: including the ceiling and the floor. We can organise a site visit hereafter if required.

Q. How much height is required for performances?

A. The minimum height required for pole performances is 3metres: for all other aerial work a minimum of 4metres is required.

Q. We would like to book DRAGONfly for a tour/International performance?

A. Send us in as much information as you can and as early as you can to allow planning. The cost of the booking will depend upon the nature of the assignment and its location. Travelling costs will need to be covered and accommodation. Please use the Catch DRAGONfly form to make your enquiry and to obtain a quote specific to your needs.

Q. What type of Modelling is DRAGONfly available for?

A. Many varieties including Aerial: Commercial: Dance: Fitness: Sports: Artistic: Swimwear: Catalogue and Television. Please note strict NO-NUDITY: Implied will be considered depending upon the specifics of the shoot. For other types of modelling not listed please use the Catch DRAGONfly form to make your enquiry.

Q. We would like to book DRAGONfly for a modelling assignment?

A. As above the cost of the booking pends upon the nature of the assignment and its location. Travelling costs will need to be covered along with accommodation if required and pending upon the distance. Please use the Catch DRAGONfly form to make your enquiry and to obtain a quote specific to your needs.

Q. I am worried I’m too heavy to do the classes; do I need to be a certain shape/size/weight to take

A. Where pole fitness is concerned the short answer is No. The pole equipment for example has a recommended weight limit of 18 stone. Often the poles will have more than this on them during double performances. What is important is to consider the manner in which it is used. Having someone at 18 stone climb or perform conditioning moves will not take the poles down. Having someone at 18stone charge at the pole however will increase the force and how it is applied: this could cause collapse. It is always important to listen and follow the teacher’s instruction.

Where Aerial work is concerned: Aerial Hoop: Silks: Rope Etc. it really depends on your current state of physical fitness and your weight relative to other factors such as height and shape. As a guideline we recommend that you should be able to do one pull up in order to mount the equipment.

As with the pole: it is important at all times to listen to your instructor and only use the equipment as directed. Anyone misusing the equipment will not be allowed back at class. The anchors and all equipment are industry rated but have guidelines on the loads they can take and the manner in which those loads are applied.

If you are unsure at all we recommend trying pole fitness first: you can still exercise using the pole without having to initially lift your body weight or suspend it and while at class we can advise if and what aerial equipment would be suitable for you to use.

Q. What is best to wear to pole fitness?

A. The usual gym clothes are best. Shorts are preferred to maximise skin grip with a vest top and trainers or bare feet. If you are uncomfortable about wearing shorts for the first few lessons then you can wear jogging bottoms or leggings. We recommend bringing a pair of shorts with you so you have the option to change.

Most materials are suitable but please avoid: demin : leather or PVC – these will restrict movement and hinder performance.

Q. What is best to wear to Aerial sessions?

For Aerial work and Acrobalance, neat fitting clothes will work the best. Items such as leggings: under armour and a long sleeved top are ideal so that you can move freely round the equipment. Thick knee high socks are recommended. Please do not wear your best clothes: items can get snagged and worn on the equipment.

Q. What is best to wear to Stretch and Flex sessions?

Loose fitting clothes will be ideal to ensure you are able to move freely and be comfortable though out the class.
Wolanski’s Pole&Aerial Fitness does offer its own range of clothing: visit the sister website to find out more here.

Q. How do I reserve a session?

A. To reserve your session use the online Catch DRAGONfly contact form to specify which tutorial you would like to book with Miriam. A 50% deposit is required to secure your spot: failing to secure the deposit means the date cannot be held and is subject to being reserved by another client or organisation. The deposit is due no later than 14 days prior to the workshop. The deposit is non-refundable. Any remaining monies are due at the beginning of the session: classes will not go ahead until the fee is cleared.

To attend weekly sessions please refer to the sister website for details:

Q. How much do tutorials cost?

A. This depends on what session you are interested in. Please refer to the individual pages of this website relating to tutorials and the variety on offer. The costs are located along with the name of the tutorial.

Q. What should I bring along to a tutorial?

A. Bring along a towel and ensure you are wearing the correct clothing. You are more than welcome to bring water but no fizzy juice or caffeinated drinks. A positive and good sense of humour will also greatly help.

Q. What should I expect when coming to a session?

A. On arrival you will have a disclaimer form to fill and there will be a mandatory warm up with stretches at the beginning of each class before commencing work on the equipment. Nearing the end of the session there is a cool down period with stretches to help prevent muscular strain and facilitate recovery after exercise.

Q. Anything else to know? (Important information)

A. Moisturiser and fake tan will cause grip problems and leaves behind a residue which causes damage to the equipment and hinders grip making it more difficult to perform moves and affecting safety of everyone at class.

If you do use moisturiser or apply fake tan, make sure you leave at least 48 hours before coming to class to ensure you are able to work safely. There are some products where you may apply to the body closer to your session. Please check with us if you are unsure at all.

Jewellery must to be removed before using the equipment. This is for your safety: your spotter’s safety: the instructor’s safety and to protect the equipment. Participants are liable for any damage caused to equipment where the safety rules have been ignored.

If you require grip aid products for use in class, we recommend the following: please note these should be applied to your body and not the equipment.

Pole Fit: Mighty Grip – Dry Hands – Liquid Grip
Aerial Fitness: Tough Skin Spray

To book or make an enquiry about Miriam visit the Catch Dragonfly page on this site:
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