The Scholarship Fund

The Bay Area has the largest wealth disparity in the United States. This means that without intervention, our student population risks becoming increasingly homogenous and available only to those who are high income earners, unless we take action to make our services more broadly accessible. 

Our Scholarship Fund aims to create equity within our local communities, and to increase access to our classes and our teacher trainings for whom our price point is out of reach. This fund is funded in two ways: (i) Our studio give back program, and (ii) Donations. 

Here’s how it works. 

Through our studio give-back program, we offer scholarships for up to 20% of our class slots and Teacher Trainings for low income students and/or students working on behalf of secular non-profit organizations.

The Scholarship Fund is also funded with donations from people within our community. Every dollar donated funds more class slots for low income applicants. Click below to donate. Note that we will also apply unused class credits to our Scholarship Fund. If you are interested in donating your unused class credits to our fund, please email us at

To apply for the Scholarship fund, you must be over 18 years old and earn under $52,000 per year. Please click below to apply.  Note that our Scholarship Fund is anonymous and all personally identifying information is kept strictly confidential.

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    The Teacher Training Scholarship Program

    At Pole & Dance Studios, all instructors without prior teaching experience are required to take a Pole & Dance teacher training in order to start the process of becoming an instructor. We run several teacher trainings a year across many disciplines (pole, flexibility, lyra, etc.). We will offer one full scholarship to a low-income participant in each training. All Scholarship recipients’ personally identifying information will be kept strictly confidential. 

    After the teacher training we will continue the mentorship process by having the trainee work with our experienced instructors as they develop their teaching skills. Once the mentorship is complete we will bring on the new instructor as an equal team member and employee with their own class or classes on the schedule according to our transparent and equitable pay structure.

    Student and Teacher Discounts - Berkeley Location Only
    At Berkeley Pole & Dance we offer a discount of 50% for students and 30% for teachers who teach in the Berkeley Unified School District, UC Berkeley, or Berkeley City College. Please follow the link below to apply for these discounts. When approved we will send you a promo code that you can use during checkout. This discount applies only at our Berkeley studio and is not eligible for use at SF, Oakland, or Portland Pole & Dance. Private lessons, workshops, special events, and memberships are also excluded.

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