Policies & FAQs

“What types of classes do you have?”

We are a family-based studio with fitness options for Adults, Teens and Kids!

For Adults:

Rising Goddess Fitness is primarily an Aerial Fitness studio with a focus on apparatuses including Pole Fitness, Aerial Hammocks and Aerial Hoop. However, we offer many other classes for adults that are designed to be a complement and a supplement to your aerial training routine. Our Supplemental Classes include Fabric Fit, Aerial Hammock Yoga, Hoop Fitness, Circus Circuits and Piyo.

For Kids & Teens (Ages 9-17):

Teens love our unique classes that are structured to help them cross train for other sports through strength and flexibility training. It’s also a fantastic way for them to make new friendships and build self-confidence. Classes for kids and teens include Aerial Hammocks, Aerial Hoop and Acro Pole.

 

“How long are your sessions? Do you have an ‘off’ week between sessions?”

Students may join any of our classes at any time! There’s no need to wait for the start of a “session” or the start of a new month as our classes run continuously and without any “off” weeks. Our class format allows our students flexibility, providing the ability to regularly mix and match the types of classes taken, which keeps content fresh and provides a diverse cross-training opportunity.

To enroll in our Aerial Classes, you have the option of signing up for just one month’s worth of classes through our A La Carte package or enrolling in one of our Membership Club options. We have convenient membership options for adults, teens and kids!

Our Supplemental Classes may be purchased on a one-class basis or you may enjoy savings through purchasing our four or eight class passes.

“How long are your classes?”

Our Pole Fitness classes are 80 minutes in length and Aerial Hammocks and Aerial Hoop are 60 minutes in length. Supplemental Classes are between 50-60 minutes in length, depending upon the class type. All kids classes are 50 minutes in length.

“I’m nervous! I don’t have any dance experience! What if I’m not in shape? I’m not strong enough!”

ALL of our classes are designed to accommodate your current skill and fitness level. If you are a beginner, you will start at the very beginning of the program along with other students that are at a similar experience level as yourself. No prior experience is required and our classes are for students of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds. In fact, most of our students begin with no prior fitness experience at all. It’s our job to help you build the strength needed over time – you are not expected to have that strength upon first walking in our doors! As you progress, you will be amazed at the tremendous growth you will experience in terms of the strength, flexibility and endurance you will develop. Our amazing instructors are extremely supportive and knowledgeable and all are trained through the concept of differentiated instruction – meaning our program is designed to work with each individual student at her particular level. Our studio environment and philosophy is based upon positivity, encouragement and most of all having fun while getting an incredible workout. Our goal is to have you leaving the studio feeling confident, empowered and super excited to return!

“Will I fit in with the rest of the class? What type of students are at your studio?”

Absolutely! Our classes are filled with everyday people just like you. It is normal to feel a little nervous on your first day, but all jitters will dissipate when you step foot into our welcoming studio. The classroom environment is light-hearted, warm and inviting. With every week that you attend, your bond with your classmates will strengthen and your love of this type of fitness will grow. Eventually you will wonder how you ever lived without it in your life!

“Am I too old to start aerial dance?”

No! We cannot emphasize this enough. Women of all age ranges love the benefits of aerial dance. In fact, there are women who started aerial dancing in their 50’s and 60’s that are now national competitors. Aerial dance focuses on strength building exercises that are incredible for maintaining bone structure. Every student is encouraged to learn at her own pace. The most important thing is to have fun and reap the benefits of the highly effective workout that aerial dance offers.

“What is your approach to Pole and Aerial Instruction? How do I know which aerial class is right for me?”

Our studio utilizes an approach to curriculum that is as unique as our students. As a student in our aerial classes, your first 24 weeks will follow a structured curriculum that is intended to provide you with all of the fundamentals and base skills needed for the particular apparatus you are learning. The progression of levels during your first 24 weeks as a student include:

  • Tier 1: Foundations Level (Weeks 1-8)
  • Tier 2: Beginner Level (Weeks 9-16)
  • Tier 3: Transitions Level (Weeks 17-24)

Following completion of the Transitions Level, students will enter the more fluid and differentiated levels in our program. During these levels we will focus on more differentiated instruction, recognizing that every student’s skill set and pace of progression is unique. We believe it is important for students to receive the individualized attention they deserve without being lumped into a rigid curriculum structure once they’ve reached the Intermediate (and beyond) level. All of our instructors are trained to adequately challenge you while providing space to progress at your own unique pace. This approach allows you to grow with the program as opposed to the program dictating your pace of growth. These differentiated levels include:

  • Tier 4: Intermediate Level (Minimum of 24 weeks enrollment and instructor approval for progression)
  • Tier 5: Advanced Level (Minimum of 24 weeks enrollment and instructor approval for progression)
  • Tier 6: Elite Level (Ongoing)

After reviewing our class descriptions, if you have questions regarding which class would best fit your current skill level, please contact us and we will help with placement in the appropriate class.

“What do I wear?”:

Aerial Hammocks: Please wear leggings or long workout pants that cover behind your knees. Additionally, wearing a shirt with sleeves is required in order to protect the fabrics and your underarms. Please do not wear rings or clothing with zippers as they will tear the fabrics. Class is held barefoot or in socks.

Aerial Hoop: We recommend wearing leggings or long pants that cover the back of your knees. A tank top or t-shirt is appropriate for this class. For beginner students, leg warmers often help to cushion the backs of the knees as you get used to the apparatus. Class is held barefoot.

Pole Fitness: Most beginner students feel comfortable wearing capri length yoga pants and a tank top or t-shirt. We recommend having at least your calves exposed to allow better grip on the pole. As you progress, you will want to wear shorts to allow for climbing. Please do not wear lotion before class as it will impact your ability to grip. Class is held barefoot.

No jewelry policy: Jewelry should not be worn in any of our classes as they can cause damage to the equipment or cause injury to you.

“Is there anything else I should bring with me to my first class?”:

Besides any new student paperwork that you were provided prior to your class, we ask that you bring a bottle of water to stay hydrated during class. We have a filtered water cooler available in the studio for you to refill your water bottle. We have a student lounge and dressing area where you are free to leave your personal belongings during class. Although our studio is safe, we cannot be held responsible for any items you bring with you into the studio.

“How many (Poles, Aerial Hammocks, Aerial Hoops) do you have?”

Our pole studio is outfitted with 7 poles, all of which are X-Pole Competition Grade poles. Five of the poles are 45mm diameter and are made of stainless steel. Two of the poles are 40mm diameter and are made of chrome. We also have one silicone pole as well. Being a cutting edge aerial studio, we feel it is important to offer pole diameters that are among the most popular in the industry. Our hammocks studio is outfitted with ten aerial hammocks. All of the hammocks are adjustable for your height. We also have 7 aerial hoops at the studio with a variety of sizes in both single and double point.

“Are men allowed in the studio?”:

Rising Goddess is a fitness studio designed with workouts tailored especially for women. However, we do offer several Co-Ed classes as well!

Scheduling:

Enrollment in any of our classes or workshops must be completed through our online scheduling system. Because we desire to keep class sizes manageable for our instructors and enjoyable for our students, we do not permit walk-ins.

Tardiness:

Unless you have made prior arrangements with your instructor, if you are more than 5 minutes late for a registered class, we ask that you not attend. While we understand that outside circumstances may occasionally interfere with attending on time, this policy is in place for your safety. A proper warm-up is crucial to staying safe and injury-free. Out of respect for your instructor(s) and fellow classmates as well as your own body, please do your best to arrive on time. It is our suggestion that you try to arrive 10-15 minutes prior to your class start time. We have a student lounge and merchandise boutique available for you to visit while you wait for your class to begin.

New Clients:

All new clients must fill out the New Client Paperwork, including the Student Agreement and waiver, prior to participating in any class or party. No exceptions will be made. Please plan to arrive 10 to 15 minutes early for your first class with us.

Participant Age:

All participants must be 18 years of age or older with the exception of specific teen or children-designated classes. If you are under 18 years of age, we require a parental consent. This is for insurance liability purposes and no exceptions can be made.

Payments:

We accept cash or credit/debit cards for payment. All membership plans require a valid credit card.

Refunds and Transfers:

All purchases are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Class Cancellations by Management:

Management reserves the right to cancel a class at their discretion. We make every effort possible to guarantee the class you registered for will run. However, in the event it doesn’t, we will contact you in a timely manner. It is rare that we would need to cancel class due to inclement weather or outside circumstances but in the event we do, you will be contacted by your instructor or management.

Medical Conditions or Injuries:

Prior to signing up for classes, please check with your physician if you have any medical issues. Information regarding any past or present illnesses, surgeries, diseases or conditions that may limit your ability to participate in any of our classes, must be disclosed to us at the time of registration. Enrollment in any of our classes is done so at your own risk. Always disclose any concerns or conditions to your instructor so she may allow for appropriate modifications. Remember – safety is always first. You are responsible for respecting your own limits.

Pregnancy:

Please do not attend any of our aerial classes if you are pregnant. If you have recently given birth, please check with a physician for clearance before taking any aerial classes. Enrollment may be permitted in some of our non-aerial classes during pregnancy as long as a doctor’s release is provided for that specific type of exercise. If you are currently pregnant, please contact us prior to enrolling.

Alcoholic Beverages/Drugs:

Alcohol or drugs are not allowed to be consumed before any physical activities at the studio. We reserve the right to refuse service, without refund or credit, to anyone who is or appears to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol or may be a danger to self or others.

Belongings:

We have a student lounge and dressing area where you are free to leave your personal belongings during class. Although our studio is safe, we cannot be held responsible for any items you bring with you into the studio. This includes, property loss, theft or damage.

Attire:

Typical athletic wear is appropriate for all of our classes. Please remove your shoes at the front. Only bare feet, socks or indoor shoes are allowed within the classroom spaces (with the exception of Bollyx). For all aerial classes, please do not wear any lotions, oils or creams on the day of class as they can make the poles slippery and damage the hammocks. Remove any jewelry that may scratch or get caught on the equipment. Also, please do not wear anything with rivets, hooks, zippers or studs on the hammocks. Please wear something that covers your underarms while on the hammocks.

Safety:

Safety is our number one priority. As such we have several rules that must be adhered to in order to ensure a safe environment for all students and instructors. Students may not, under any circumstances, instruct each other. Leave all instruction to your trained instructor. Please proceed at your own pace and do not exceed your current capabilities. Your instructor is there to guide you but you are always responsible for knowing your own limitations. Always follow your instructor’s cues and adhere to the lesson structure. Our curriculum is progressive in nature and is designed to meet you at your current level. If you do not follow the lesson structure and instead attempt to do your own thing, it is not only disruptive to the class but it presents a safety concern. Any inversions are never to be attempted without proper instruction and an instructor supervising or assisting your moves.

Code of Conduct:

Rising Goddess Fitness is a place to release stress, boost inner confidence, and participate in a healthy lifestyle. We are proud to have a positive studio environment where all are welcome. All students should be respectful and supportive of their fellow classmates and instructors. Also, please respect your fellow classmates and your instructor by not bringing your cell phone with you into the classroom space. If you must have it with you, please do so only in emergency situations and without being disruptive to the class. We appreciate your cooperation.

Pictures and Filming:

Taking pictures and filming is not allowed in our classes unless done so by the instructor and with the consent of other students in the space. If you want to take pictures or film yourself you are welcome to do so during private lessons and after class before the start of the next class, if time permits. Please respect the privacy rights of all other students in the studio.

Parties:

Please visit our Party and Events page for detailed information regarding parties.