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Private Lessons and Parties Exotic Dance & Pole Dance for Women (18+) in Oakland CA since 2000
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Frequently Asked Questions


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Where do the classes & workshops take place?

See Studio Locations Page for directions





How Many Poles are in the studios?

We currently use 3 poles. People often ask why just 3 poles?

We have a 2-1 student-pole ratio. We have found that by having 3 x 12' poles, students can take the necessary time to regenerate muscles while still learning. To learn is also to watch (and cheer) friends as they receive their one on one instruction and personal adjustments. This allows us to really offer quality attention and ensure safety to all students. You will never share your pole with more than 1 other. Class size is limited to 6 students.

Do you sell Holiday or Birthday Gift Certificates?

Yes! Go to our Registration Page. Once we receive payment, a pdf or jpeg of the certificate will be emailed to you. Be sure to include the name of the recipient and if this is for a specific class.

Do you rent out poles, or pole dance studios with poles available?

No. We do not have poles to rent. I’m sorry, we are not able to rent out studio space for private use. Poles can be bought and delivered within 1-3 business days. Contact office.



How do I book a party?

To book a bachelorette party or private group class, be sure to:

  1. Read our RATES page.
  2. you must read and consent to our studio and procedures policies before booking an event.
  3. Contact us via our CONTACT form and include the date(s) you are requesting. The more lead time you give us, the more likely we will be available. Include the time of day and whether or not you are flexible on your time or your date. Include a phone number(s.) Someone will contact you once the date and the availability of the studio availability is confirmed.
  4. Once the studio is confirmed, contact the office and make arrangements to pay a 50% deposit. We cannot guarantee your party until a deposit is made. We accept Visa Maser Cards, PayPal and personal checks.


How far will you travel? Do you teach off-site?

If you party is at any location other than our studios or Downtown San Francisco/Union Square, there will be an additional travel fee of at least $30.($60/hr). We will travel up to 60 miles outside of Downtown San Francisco/Downtown Oakland.

What do you do for a party?

Most clients want a pole focused party. We can either teach you pole dancing for the whole duration, or offer a Combo Class, our most popular choice. A Combo Class includes basic free-standing exotic dance moves (booty shows, hip gyrations) and some pole moves. Many pole moves do not require any strength and we can create an easy curriculum or a more challenging pole tricks oriented class. It is entirely up to you and the interest of your group. We can also include lap dancing. Be sure all your class participants know what this entails!

How much notice do you need?

We sometimes book up to 4 weeks in advance so plan ahead! Contact us as soon as you are even thinking about planning an event. You can always cancel up to 7 days ahead. Our cancellation policy is 3 days. If you cancel within 3 days of your event, you will forfeit your deposit.

Do you teach pole or exotic dance, or do we just watch?

You will be actively learning exotic and or pole dance.

What should we wear? Do we need shoes? What heel height?

See class info.



How do I pay for a class, bachelorette party, private lesson?

Send a check/money order, pay through this website, or call the office and make a credit card payment over the phone. 510-465-7607 10AM-7PM PST

For bachelorette parties, a deposit of 50% is required to hold your spot. Please read our private group policies before booking a party.

All classes are to be paid in full ahead of time.

Send checks to:
Slinky Productions
Catherine Rose
1091 Calcot Place #306
Oakland CA 94606

You can also use PayPal.

We accept all major credit cards over the phone.
Call 510-465-7607 (10AM-9PM PST)


You are fully registered once payment is received (unless class is sold out, which case, you will be notified.

Can I Book a Party Last Minute? (2-6 days)

Sometimes. We generally book bachelorette parties 2-16 weeks out.

What is the cancellation/refund policy? How do I cancel?

You are responsible for reading our policies. Registering for a class means you consent to the policies.

Is there an age/weight limit?

All our classes are open to women of all ages 18+ and body types, however, there is a weight limit of 195lbs because of the poles that we use.

Forgotten/Lost Items Policy

If you forget something at the studio, let us know right away. We can put is aside for you to pick up at another time in Oakland or SF. Slinky Productions is NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR LOST ARTICLES and does not ship items back to individuals except in cases where personal ID's or other small important items are left behind from out of town parties. We will not ship shoes, towels, clothes and other nonessential items.

Is parking free




Is the space private? Will I have privacy?


Can I show up early?

If you arrive at the Oakland studio early, you will not be able to come in. Please wait in your car or go to a nearby cafe. Please arrive 5-8 minutes before your lesson

Do I need to bring anything with me?

For all classes, bring bottled water (we want you to stay hydrated).

What clothing do I need to wear?

For Pole Dancing Classes:
You need to wear boy shorts or tight high athletic shorts. You can also wear a short mini skirt over panties. Check out this page for some ideas on sexy comfortable boy shorts.

Please remove all bracelets, watches and rings before pole classes and the all day workshops. When we use the wall and poles for moves, we want to avoid scratching them up.

Please bring water to all classes–you can refill at the studio.

Is there Nudity?

Generally speaking, most classes do not involve nudity unless there is a request for a striptease demonstration in the Intro to Erotic Dance Workshop. From time to time there will be a class specifically on the art of striptease, but otherwise, there is no nudity required from the participants.

What kind/heel height?

For most classes, it is most important that you wear clothes you are comfortable in. Yoga clothes, gym clothes, clothing you can move in. We strongly encourage you to bring playful, sexy, fun clothing and costumes or outfits that you can change into when you feel comfortable doing so. If there’s even a slight and remote chance that think you just might want it, then bring it!

POLE DANCE REQUIRES BARE SKIN TO POLE CONTACT. This means that we want your legs free to grip the pole, so please bring tight fitting and very short shorts, boy shorts, skimpy outfits, mini-skirts with ruffled panties, outrageous stripper outfits, whatever is in your comfort zone. No long baggy boy short


Please bring your own shoes. It is fine to be barefoot.
We like 6” platforms, but you’re welcome to bring whatever you are most comfortable in. It is perfectly acceptable to go barefoot, and your instructor will often take off her heels. Please no stillettos

Yes. More coming soon...





Are there pre-requisites to study Pole Dancing?

No-just a willingness to learn and get a little banged up.

Pole Requirements?

Do not wear any oils, lotions or moisturizers on your legs or arms, as this impedes pole gripping and can make it dangerous. If you use hair product, please be sure to scrub your hands right after to wash off all product. Please remove all rings and bracelets/watches before going on to the pole.

Do I need to own a pole to take a pole class?

You are not required to own a pole to take any of the pole classes. If you are serious about learning the art of pole dancing and do not have access to a pole, you may want to eventually purchase your own. We sell poles! Read the Slinky Guide to Buying a Pole.

How long will it take for me to get good?

It depends on what you want to learn and how good you want to get. Some women find that 1 or 2 classes is all they really want to feel inspired, while others study with us for up to 3 years!

When learning pole dancing, please give yourself at least 3 classes or more to feel comfortable as a beginner. The more you practice, the higher your learning curve will be. Remember to be kind and patient with yourself while you are learning a new skill and we promise it will pay off.

Everyone is different and needs a different amount of time to assimilate new information and body awareness. Some factors include: prior dance experience, being comfortable in your body and physical strength (for pole work).

It doesn't t take a lot of time to learn how to give a lapdance, but it can take months to perfect the perfect slinky walk, slithery hip gyrations and seamless floorshow. And pole dancing, as fun as it is, is really an aerial dance form and takes time to get really good.




Where can I practice Exotic and Pole Dancing after I take a class?

You can practice exotic dance in the privacy of your home. Close the blinds (or keep them open if you are an exhibitionist ; >) pour yourself a favorite elixir of wine or tea or bubbly water, dim the lights, put on a slinky outfit, your favorite sexy CD and turn of your brain.

If you want to practice pole dancing and you can buy a removable pole designed for renters and home owners who do not want to make holes in the floor. If buying a pole is not an option at this time, there are a growing number of establishments that have pole up for people to play on. I have created a list of these places and if you know of one that is not here, please let me know. A Slinky Guide to Places that have Dancer Poles.

Where can I purchase a Removable Dancer Pole?

I distribute excellent and professional quality removable dancer poles for homes and apartments. They come in stainless steel and steel coated colors red, black, pink and white. Check out our Guide to Buying a Dancer Pole or contact me.


Where can I buy sexy clothing and shoes?

We have put together a fabulous page of resources for buying sexy clothing in San Francisco as well as some online stores. Please visit our Slinky Shop. There are currently no Instructional DVDs taught by Catherine Rose.

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