Studio Etiquette - 5. Do Not Be A Teacher

Our next Studio Etiquette guideline is Do Not Be A Teacher.


Our next guideline is a big one for many reasons: Do Not Be A Teacher.

1. Insurance One of the biggest reasons you cannot be a teacher is that our facility and instructors are covered under our insurance plan. There are requirements for our instructors to ensure safe and effective training that is suitable to our insurance company. If you are not an instructor, you are not covered under this insurance umbrella putting both yourself and the person you’re teaching at risk.

2. Progressions When teaching moves in class, there are generally different steps that come before others. One week you may be working on a foundation of a move and as weeks go on, your instructor may give different tips for where each participants is at. There are different tips when it comes to getting in a move as opposed to cleaning it up. Some tips are not appropriate at certain times as a participant may not be ready for that tip yet. Teaching someone a move when you may not have all the information for the safe progressions for that move can not only drastically increase risk of injury, it can also substantially slow down how quickly you learn that move if you’re jumping ahead and missing important information.

3. Safety First! One of my favorite sayings that I have been saying for almost a decade is, ‘Safety First!’ Our instructor team strongly believes that above all else, safety is the number one priority - even over fun - because if you’re not safe, it’s not fun. We have collectively decades of teaching experiences with a variety of education, training, etc. While it may be exciting to want to teach someone something new, it’s not safe as you may not have all the information for that move, the proper spotting requirements, etc. For example, pole is a sport that can favor different body types for different moves so some tips work for some and not others. You may inadvertently be giving tips that are actually more dangerous. Not only are you putting your safety at risk, but the person you’re teaching as well. Always be on the cautious side to keep everyone safe!

Safe training is fun training! If you ever have questions about moves, progressions, etc., simply ask any of our qualified, experienced instructors - we’d be more than happy to help.

Stilettos & Sparkles,

Sarah Longpre