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Join Our Team

At Pole + Dance Studios, we are always on the lookout for emerging talent. Whether you are new to our areas or have been training as a student for awhile, we are looking for people who are excited about creating community, love pole and aerial dance and are passionate about building technique safely and slowly. If this sounds like you, please fill out our application for employment. We can’t wait to meet you!

Benefits of working at Pole + Dance Studios:

Employee status. Employees, not independent contractors.

Competitive pay. Beginner instructors start at $40/hour. Senior instructors start at $50/hour.

Free studio access when classes, parties, or events aren’t happening.

Business cards. Personalized to you!

Instructor continuing education. Quarterly we host a senior instructor to walk us through technique, form and education on a specific aerial or pole skill set.

Annual Holiday Party. With presents!

Corporate Swag!

Pole + Dance Studio Instructors are expected to embody the Studio Manifesto and use it as a guideline for setting the tone of their classes. Building community is our number one priority and instructors who genuinely enjoy making connections with their students and building relationships over time are the most successful.

Instructors with at least 1 year of teaching experience may be hired via an audition. You should be confident running a group pole or aerial class from start to finish with exceptional understanding of (i) how to run a warm up, (ii) plan class curriculum, (iii) how to break down movements into manageable, progressive pieces, (iv) how to spot students using your entire body if necessary, and (v) manage a classroom to keep everyone safe, engaged, and progressing together.

Instructor hours vary: classes generally run between 4:30-8:30pm on weekdays and 10am-3pm on weekends. We also run morning classes several days a week. There are also opportunities to pick up additional private lessons and private events.

The Skill Set

  • Friendly personality: you genuinely enjoy being around people and are a connector of humans.
  • Patience explaining information and ability to break down movements into manageable chunks of information.
  • Ability to execute tricks and transitions that you will be teaching, with technically correct form and the ability to explain the technical excellence of form (often small adjustments that have a big impact) in a clear and direct manner.
  • Comfortable with technology and regular online communication. If online communication is not something you enjoy, our studios will not be a good fit for you.

Within 1 month, you’ll…

  • Read the Pole + Dance Studio Instructor Handbook and familiarize yourself with all the ins and outs of being an instructor at Pole + Dance Studios.
  • Read the P+D Curriculum Manual and familiarize yourself with our course offerings and prerequisites for the levels/classes you’ll be teaching.
  • Complete a studio Onboarding Session with the P+D management team.
  • Become familiar with the studio: apparatuses, facilities, supplies, etc.
  • Get to know the other instructors and Front Desk Managers.
  • Start learning the names, pronouns, and curriculum preferences of regular students.
  • Take a few classes to get a sense of our curriculum and overall vibe.
  • Be observed by a member of the P+D management team and given notes to help you continue growing as an instructor.

Within 3 months, you’ll…

  • Complete our quarterly New Hire Onboarding.
  • Have a sound knowledge of the classes we offer (and especially the ones you do or can teach).
  • Gone out to coffee with a member of the P+D management team to share feedback and check in about how things are going.
  • Attend Continuous Development events.

Within 1 Year, you’ll…

  • Be invited to the Pole + Dance annual party
  • Attend a studio photoshoot

The Front Desk Manager (FDM) is the face of a Pole + Dance studio. The FDM sits at the entrance of the studio and is the first and last interaction that students have with our business: getting students checked in, educating clients about classes and pricing options, and giving tours of the studio. Multitasking will feel essential but ability to work on one task at a time despite the urge to multitask is an essential skill set for this role.

Tasks include: using Bookee for sales of classes and merchandise as well as checking students in and out of classes; maintaining an iPad for students to use for self-check in; greeting and orienting students; light cleaning and maintenance of the studio; assisting instructors with announcements and with using Sonos and appliances (lights, fans, etc.); updating social media and monitoring online reviews; ordering supplies and organizing merchandise; and answering phone calls, messages, and emails.

The FDM should embody the studio Manifesto and set the Manifesto as the expectation and tone of their studio by demonstrating our values and upholding community. This person should be highly motivated by building cohesive communities and also feel comfortable using Gmail for email, Bookee for booking, calendaring and billing clients, and Instagram for filming Instagram stories.

FDM hours are typically between 4-9pm Monday through Friday (weekday manager) or 9am-2pm Saturday and Sunday (weekend manager). This role reports to the Studio General Manager.


The Skill Set

  • 1+ years working front desk and/or other customer service positions
  • Friendly personality – you genuinely enjoy being around people. Put another way, if you believe that “Hell is other people” then this job is not for you. 
  • Problem-solving skills, patience explaining the same information over and over, and attention to detail
  • Comfortability with technology such as Google Drive, Slack, NetGym
  • Experience with, or capacity to learn, Bookee (or other similar software)
  • Knowledge about dance/fitness is helpful
  • Have strong sales based conversations with clients and possible clients
  • Capable of moving large boxes and water containers
  • Comfort enforcing masking policy in compliance with California’s government health directives and checking for proof of vaccination status will be requirements for this role

Within 1 month, you’ll…

  • Spend 5 shifts shadowing a current Front Desk Manager
  • Work closely with the Studio General Manager onboarding
  • Read the FDM Studio Handbook
  • Become familiar with the studio: apparatuses, facilities, appliances, etc.
  • Become familiar with the classes and additional services we offer at all the studios
  • Get to know the instructors who work during your shifts
  • Start learning the names, pronouns, and curriculum preferences of members and regular students
  • Take a few introductory classes to get a sense of our offerings (optional)

Within 3 months, you’ll…

  • Have a strong comprehension of Bookee and be able to merge clients, bill students, figure out billing issues
  • Have proficiency in sales practices and following up with clients on package purchases
  • Be able to recognize and cater to members and regular class-package holders
  • Have a sound knowledge of the classes we offer and our staff
  • Feel confident in making suggestions about front desk workflow (and make those suggestions!)
  • Give studio and safety overview tours to new students and incoming members

Within 6 months, you’ll…

  • Train another FDM to take on this same role at another Pole + Dance Studios
  • Assisting in client follow up with Studio General Manager
  • Assisting in organizing and implementing student showcases and studio events
  • Working with Contractors and directing the studio improvement projects that they work on at the discretion and direction of the Studio General Manager

Job Application

What role are you applying for?
Please tell us about your teaching or customer service experience. If you're an instructor tell us what you love about teaching.
If you are applying as an Instructor, what are you interested in teaching?
Please provide a link to a video or public social media profile that shows us your movement style and skill level. If you are applying as a front desk manager please type N/A.
Are you available on weeknights between 4-8pm and/or weekends between 9:30am-2pm?
Which location(s) are you interested in working at? We ask anyone applying for Front Desk Managers or Instructors to plan on being at our studio for at least 6 months.
Legal Eligibility(Required)
Are you legally eligible to work in the United States?
Do you feel confident that you can respond to company Slack messages and team emails within 48 hours of receipt?
Vaccination Requirement(Required)
I understand if I am hired, I will be required to show proof of vaccination before my first day.
Guest Instructors(Required)
Guest Instructors are required to provide their own insurance. Do you have liability insurance for teaching?

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