Step I: Mentor training
Getting started with pole dancing can be difficult and challenging, but many pole dancers also think that learning the first moves is incredibly fun. This is why Allegra Poledancing wants to offer a bit more to beginners than the normal Bongerd classes (which are hard to subscribe to, due to popularity) and the normal member-hour (which has a mixed level).
Within Allegra you can ask for training by a mentor. Mentors are all experienced members of Allegra who have followed a workshop from our teacher so they know how to teach you some basic tricks! There are no hours set for this, but you can coordinate with your mentor when you are available and when the room is available. This contact typically goes through Facebook or Whatsapp. You can take as many hours with a mentor as you want. The goal will be to learn the moves which are required for independent training at the Bongerd. So ideally, you will train with a mentor as long as you need to, until you can safely participate in independent training. This level is called the Level 1. A sheet for this and the follow up level can be found below here.
The Board tries to organize a collective mentor training every week. You can subscribe for these training sessions also via the Gooogle sheet. Please note that due to corona, you are not able to plan mentortraining yourself anymore, you can only sign up for the training provided by the Board.
You can reach the reference level by following classes from the Bongerd (tuesday, thursday and friday), joining the Allegra hour (tuesday and thursday) or doing Mentor Training. The goal of mentor training is explicitly to get you to reference level, while the other classes have a loose structure.
Step II: Independent Training
As a member of Allegra you can apply for training independently. This is only possible if you have reached what we call the reference level. This is because pole dance can be a risky sport, so we want to make sure only sufficiently experienced members can train without supervision. If you have reached the right level, let the board or teacher know so we can get you a form and find a moment to let our teacher test your skill.
You can reach the reference level by following classes from the Bongerd (tuesday), joining the Allegra hour (thursday) or doing Mentor Training (sunday). The goal of mentor training is explicitly to get you to reference level, while the other classes have a loose structure.
The benefit of independent training is that you aren’t restricted to the availability of normal hours or the teacher. This can be nice when you need more hours to improve your skill, if the teacher is sick, if you want to do a performance or join a competition, if you cannot make it to one of the normal trainings… It opens up much more training moments!
You can do independant training if:
- You agree with the terms and conditions on the independant training form
- You are with at least 3 members in the training and everyone is allowed to train independantly
- You have mastered the moves listed here
Because we want to give the more advanced people, who want to train more often, the opportunity to train independently easier, we have provided a levelling system. If you increase in level, you will be allowed to train with just 2 people instead of 3. Levelling up should be judged by the trainer, and once approved communicated with the board.
When you print the form, carefully write down your name and sign it yourself. Then you should bring it to the class and let Laura sign the form. If you leveled up you should bring the sheet with the list of level 2 moves, let Laura sign it and hand it over to the board.
The Bongerd also provided four hours for independent training a week, for which you have to sign up via their website. These hours are:
Tuesday from 14:00 to 15:00
Tuesday from 15:00 to 16:00
Thursday from 14:00 to 15:00
Thursday from 15:00 to 16:00
The document with moves of the different levels is found the link below.